Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Review: Eon by Alison Goodman.

Eon (Eon, #1)

 Eon by Alison Goodman.
(Eon #1)
Book Summary: Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he's been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye-an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic...and her life.

Liana's Summary: Eon has one goal. To be claimed by one of the dragons. To be a Dragoneye. But it's dangerous- because Eon is actually Eona, a girl, skilled with fighting. If anyone finds out, she could die. She is now in grave danger and must do all she can to fight.

Rate(1-10): 8

I've been wanting to read this book for a long time- ever since my friend recommended it to me, like, LIANA YOU SHOULD READ IT IT'S SO GOOD. And then the first thing I asked: Is there romance? And she said no. Somehow I knew that I wasn't going to like it because there was no romance, but then she said that the rest of the book and the interesting plot made up for it. So then I decided to give it a chance, and when she went to the bookstore, I asked her to get this book for me. Calm down, I paid. Anyways, I was putting it aside for later later later but then my sister checked it out at her school's library, started reading it, and absolutely fell in love with it, which is why I decided to read it this weekend. Yes. I finished in a day. Headache.

Honestly it was not bad. It just needed more action. It was kind of slow but then there WERE interesting parts. It's just that it would be so much better if there was romance. Liana says more romance. The good news is, I will be getting Eona after all, because I heard that there was romance and the plot was much more suspenseful and action-y. 

So, the plot. The main character, a 16 year old girl dressed as a 12 year old boy (Because she's flat-chested?!) is Eona, or, should we say, EON, her boy name. She's only dressing up as a boy because she wants to be claimed by the dragon. And we all know that girls can't be claimed. The sexist past though. 

Alright, so the book summary already SAYS that she's a girl in disguise as a boy. The story would have been more interesting if the readers didn't know that already before they started reading the book. I like strong female protagonists. I know Eona is strong but then throughout this whole book she was trying to hide it, because of her master. She's crippled.. (Delightful surprise at the end btw) There ARE some unexpected deaths throughout this book, but I didn't really get roused because I wasn't paying attention.. and then my sister was all like, HOW DARE YOU BE SO UNENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS LIKE WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

And, I have to say, that's how I felt when she was reading Lauren Oliver's Delirium. She was so lackluster about the whole thing I was just facepalming at her reactions.

Anyways, since I'm Chinese and obsessed with watching ancient Chinese dramas, I should define a few words for you, that lots of people don't know.

Eunuch- A man who acts feminine, penis-less (ouch, painful.), who dedicates themselves to serve royalty.
Concubine- A queen. Like, the king or prince marries lots of women. Each and every one of them are concubines.
The 'dragons' are just all the animals of the lunar calendar. Rat Dragon, Ox Dragon, Tiger Dragon, etc. And yes, Dragon Dragon, aka Mirror Dragon. I know. The whole thing is really concentrated on Asian dragons.

And, the word in the 'O' in the title is dragon

Okay, so the character 四 is 4. And it's a homophone with 死, death. So that's why Chinese people consider 4 the number of death. There is a reference in this book.

That's the Chinese stuff you should know-- and, since it's Qing dynasty- the guys DO have half head braided tails, which, I have to say, is UNATTRACTIVE. And in every Chinese drama I watch, I get irritated when the guys have to do that to their hair.


Anyways, the whole time, my sister was like,

And, she was doodling on my notes for writing a review. She was that impatient about me finishing. And yes, she thought it was THAT good. I don't know. Maybe she just has a THING for Chinese history books. But then, at the same time, my friend was texting me when I was reading, and I didn't even bother to text proper grammar to her, replying in a few words and tossing my phone to the side. Which meant that it was good enough for me to do that.

One thing about this book was that the role of the antagonist was not clearly defined until, about, halfway. And not to mention he's a pervert.

It got a lot better near the end. If I didn't read the ending, then I would have given this book a 2 or 3 stars. Yes, that's where the action BEGUN. My sister DID say that EONA was a continuation RIGHT from the ending of EON. Therefore, I am looking forward to it. And yes, ROMANCE.

Anyways, I think it's time for quotes!

"Don't touch me!" I jumped back, my arms across my chest.




"So soft.. like a girl's bottom."


"You're a lord now. Lords bathe every week."
That's just. Wow. Ew.

"Please forgive me, dear son."
K, that's messed up. What kind of son has his own mother bow down to him to apologize.

"Don't touch me," I shrieked. "I'll have you whipped."

This is ridiculously funny omg

"You are mine, girl."


"He reached across and stroked my ankle."

"I had heard that three in ten eunuchs died in terrible agony after the cutting.."


"You are your own man."
She is her own WOMAN.


" A lord would not fall to his knees and weep like a woman."
She. Is. A. Woman. 

"You're disgusting," I spat.
Yes he his.

"I'll bite you," I hissed.
"Please do," he said. "And I will bite back."


"..but his mouth was on mine."


"...followed the line of my jaw."
Me: Tries to pronounce 'jaw' Mark Crilley style.

"Dead, my lord."


"No," I said. "No."
One thing I noticed was that she said 'no' too much.

"Kill or be killed."

"Swordman Jian."
I'm just dying right now omg why is this so ironic

"I was free."

So now..

Anyways, this was a humorous and enjoyable read! Once again, looking forward to reading the sequel, EONA!

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