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Read The Painted Boy doc Å Hardcover ↠ Charles de Lint Ý James Li should be in Chicago finishing high school and working at his family's restaurant Instead as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan he is on a uest even he does not understand Jay's journey takes him to Santo del Vado Viejo in the Arizona desert aJames Li should be in Chicago finishing high school and working at his family's restaurant Instead as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan he is on a uest even he does not understand Jay's Last night when I finished this book my boyfriend asked how it was and I shrugged and said it was okay Thustwo starsIt really wasn't a BAD book but if I were to ask parallel universe me who has read every book ever and being me obviously knows my taste if I should read The Painted Boy she would probably tell me to skip itThe only interesting characters were Paupau and Maria and they really just don't have very big roles Everyone else is really one dimensional melodramatic kind of dim and what is with the all the playful punching all the freakin' time? The dialogue was kind of flat like another reviewer said tons of telling not much showing The author was unable to elicit any kind of emotion from me Things that should have been sad just weren't things that should have been sweet or funny left me scratching my headThat said the premise is awesome I really like the idea behind it all the dragon clan the magic the cousins Aztlan etc I liked that it was set in the desert I like that it dealt with gang violence It could have been really awesome but I don't really feel like it delivered I wish the writing had been I don't knowbetter? Because I really liked the story

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Journey takes him to Santo del Vado Viejo in the Arizona desert a town overrun by gangs haunted by members of other animal clans perfumed by delicious food and set to the beat of Malo Malo a b This is definitely one of my favorites The location is different American southwest desert rather than his usual cool green northern settings but his lyrical writing evokes the desert as well as it does his familiar northern forests As always excellent characterization and seamless blend of people and not people

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The Painted BoyArrio rock band whose female lead guitarist captures Jay's heart He must face a series of dangerous otherworldly and very human challenges not just to survive but to prove his worth to the cla This book started out great for me; there was just enough mystery within its opening pages that got my attention right away Unfortunately books heady with folklore and myths tend to be heavy on the narrative as well and The Painted Boy suffered from the same symptoms and uickly lost its initial appeal I finished the book but it took me uite a bit longer Sadly it couldn't maintain the interesting beginning It lagged and dragged until the seemingly rushed and convenient endingThe Painted Boy is the story of James Li and his uest to find his purpose and stake on life The dragon that mysteriously appeared on his back when he was eleven years old held the key to his destiny Some say that the dragon and James Li were one in the same; but he needed to understand just how vast the spectrum of his power was When he ended up in Santo del Vado Viejo he was comforted by the fact that for the first time in a long time he felt like he belonged Never having any life to speak of when he lived in Chicago the desert town offered him friends a job and talks of destinies and training did not existIt didn't take long however until the violence of living in a barrio overrun by gangbangers soon bled into a life he wanted to build for himself After witnessing a senseless killing of a girl in the hands of a gang banger the dragon in him woke up incinerating the murderer and decimating a building in a fit of uncontrollable rage Suddenly he didn't have a choice but to continue on with the uest on finding himself and controlling the great power within him before it destroyed everything in its pathMy major problem with this book is the switching styles of narration; diarized entries is something that I haven't been able to enjoy and this book has that along with first and third POVs There were also several point of views but that didn't bother me as much as the formerWith the lack of lead Asian characters in YA nowadays reading about James Li was refreshing But it was a bit disappointing because I read so little about his Oriental heritage He was a character in a town populated by Mexican Americans and aside from mentions of his Paupau grandmother don't expect much mention of his culture I was looking forward to reading about that element of his character but sadly it was pretty much nonexistentHe was also a bit tame in my opinion I mean the primary reason why I picked this book off my Mt TBR was that I'd expected a bad ass kick ass defender of the oppressed hero He eventually assumed the character but it took him awhile Because this is a stand alone book and James' wasn't able to undestand and harness his powers until close to the end The Painted Boy left me a bit unsatisfied I'd have loved to read about this boy and how he'd utilize his powers The ending was sort of kind of open ended but apparently there'll be no seuelThere was also an awkward out of place romance that I felt was forced This book could've gone without it in my opinion There was a first meeting and the matter of fact description of how pretty the girl was and then it suddenly went into details about how much James was pining for her I understand boys will be boys but I expected a slow development of attraction not a whiplash Don't get me wrong it wasn't an instant love syndrome; James's attraction just happened way too fast for me But in the end the romance didn't really go anywhere so I guess my point iswell what the hell is the point? The best thing about this book is the myth that we're all related to animals somehow I love how Charles spun it in the most believable way possible Arizona once again proved to be the source of the Earth's teeming life I've read some books regarding the mystical power of the desert and the land and I'm convinced of its magic VERDICT This book fell a bit flat for me I'm not that familiar with Charles de Lint's work but I'm willing to read of him I think he's got a great talent for story telling based on this book's original plot alone If you're interested in a novel rich with environmental and social issues give this book a go