Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz + What it feels to see Puerto Rico in a fantasy?

The post I’ve been waiting to put out there! Thanks to HOV book tours I was able to get an opportunity to read this book before the publication date. I was suppose to post a reading blog with the review and “what it feels to see my culture in the story?” but my reading blog was so long that I divided it, therefore I decided to post the REVIEW on the day that my post was suppose to be up, and the reading blog goes up tomorrow.

I’ll try to put my thoughts in a coherent way since I have been trying to SCREAM about this book but *whispers* I’m not that coherent.

Content warnings + Representation

Synopsis

How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch through the Ages in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

Review

In my words…
Here we have the story of Lana, a Boricua who dreams to be part of Puerto Rico's team in the Blazewrath Games. Until an opportunity comes, after some kind of tragedy, and she is chosen to be the last member of the team.

Is a book full of ups and downs (in a good way) that keeps you at "the edge of your seat", and makes you root for some characters. You'll find every type of character you can think of, the ones you don't like for most of the book, the ones you won't ever like, the ones who you'll love since the first page, etc. I'm trying to find the coherent way to put my thoughts down, excuse me if it is a mess. 

You'll find a found family that isn't a 100% close since the beginning, family relationships that vary from super close to keep your distance, friendships that can last over anything and everything, and bonds between people and creatures (animals). Yo can expect to keep turning the page until there is nothing else to read and you feel "empty" hahaha. Is a book that will calm your fantasy cravings, if you have them. Or, what it did for me, give you a "full on fantasy" without the feeling that you are lost or don't understand the worldbuilding or magic system. If you are a sports lover or are in need of the Olympics Games, this book will do it for you and add magic while doing it. The scenes of the games are so descriptive and creative that you are going to feel part of them.  

Recommended for fans of sports, found family, worldwide representation, ups and downs, magic, DRAGONS, villains, best friends. And if you are from Puerto Rico (Boricua), consider picking it up, you'll feel all the feels while reading this and reading about people screaming Puerto Rico while watching a game.

I know it is a short review, but I can't find a way to put my thoughts on this book because even when I closed the book, I wasn't able to put my thoughts in order besides the fact that I LOVED it! PLEASE excuse the change in font, I don't know what happened and I tried to change it and I can't. 

What it felt to read a fantasy book with Puerto Rico?

I’m not a fantasy reader, why? I don’t really know. But knowing about a book that had a female main character from Puerto Rico and had dragons, I was into it ASAP. But with that said I NEVER, and maybe I’m lost in this big reading world, heard of a fantasy book by a Puerto Rican author and with a Puerto Rican main character. The first time I read the mention of Puerto Rico I this book I felt like I was watching a competition and rooting for my team. Seeing a girl with long hair and descriptions similar to myself or friends was so refreshing and vivid.

Besides that, reading about people chanting, screaming, playing instruments while watching a game made me feel like I was there. Made me go back to the baseballs and basketball games I used to go with my family. Or when we sit down “around” the TV and watch our favorite team and scream and root for them. Another thing that I want to thank Amparo because she gave me the Olympics games the year they were cancelled/postponed. She gave me a Boricua team to root for when I was craving for it. I know this may seem far from the question of how I felt while reading a Puerto Rican main character, but is something that makes Boricuas who we are, we may fight or don’t have the same ideas, but when it comes to sports and cheering for a team, we come together and we enjoy it.

Thank you Amparo Ortiz for giving Puerto Rico magic, something to cheer for when local sports are down, for giving females Boricuas see themselves in a fantasy book in so many ways. For explaining to the world how loud and proud we are when it comes to sports. For giving us a book that may open many, many doors for many Puerto Rican fantasies be written or filmed.

This is all for today, hope you enjoyed. Thank you for reading my blog! I can’t wait to talk to you in the comments! Hope you all are having a nice day. Keep reading, keep reacting and making new bonds! Take care, I’ll see you on my next one, Goodbye!

-Yade

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