Genre: Dragons

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon is one of those books I feel a strong connection to, because I read it over and over again in my youth.  I grew up with both Eragon and Eldest, even though I didn’t finish the cycle until I was an adult.  The story of the dragon rider and the evil king captured my imagination, as tales of good and evil are wont to do. There is a bittersweet sadness to coming back to a book I loved so much as a high schooler only to find it riddled with flaws.  I want so desperately to be in love with Eragon the […]

Posted October 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

This book is utterly delightful. Seriously, after the dreary dullness of The Witching Hour, I needed a fun book with dragons and princesses.  It doesn’t matter than the novel is intended for middle-grade readers – a fun story is a fun story.  Besides, it’s not overly simplified.  I think an adult could easily enjoy Dealing with Dragons, as long as they don’t go in expecting something resplendent and deep and meaningful. Cimorene is a princess who has had quite enough of that, thank you very much.  At her wits end, she runs away to the dragons when her parents decide they only […]

Posted September 17, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
Talon by Julia Kagawa

Talon by Julia Kagawa

DNF @ 47%. Talon is the story of a girl who is also a dragon, but works for an organization that isn’t as pretty as she hoped it would be.  Like in Bloodlines, she believes she is doing the right thing until faced with an authority figure and a situation she doesn’t respect and she starts digging a little on her own.  Like so many other books, this is about an attractive sixteen-year-old who just moved to the California area and is in awe of the beach and a boy. The instalove kills me.  It’s not bad from Ember’s POV, but […]

Posted June 6, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

This is going to be a very difficult review to write. Tess of the Road filled a void for me that won’t (I hope) exist for most people, and because of that, Tess is my soul.  I’m convinced there must be a better word in German to describe how much I love Tess Dombegh and how much I am Tess Dombegh.  I can’t find it, so I will try to explain. I have felt Tess’ pain.  I have known Tess’ rejection.  Although she has certainly had greater misfortune than me (and certainly greater adventure) her heart is my heart in countless […]

Posted February 14, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Coiled by H.L. Burke

Coiled by H.L. Burke

Laidra carries half of a curse. She and her sister were given a mirror curse at birth.  For one, kindness makes her hideous.  For the other, cruelty makes her beautiful.  Laidra knows the boundaries of her curse, and yet she presses them, because she has an extraordinary gift and wants to help people.  The two princesses are not the only mirror-cursed, seeking a cure.  In a neighboring kingdom two brothers suffer from a more terrifying fate. By himself, Calen is a kind and gentle soul.  However, when anyone lays their eyes upon him, he turns into a terrifying beast.  It […]

Posted November 29, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //