Genre: Dragons

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 //
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Violet wants to be the best princess for her people. Violet is not a beautiful princess.  Not a “proper” princess.  This is made abundantly clear to her in whispers and misspoken quips.  It eats away at the girl, whose hair is not shiny and whose eyes are not symmetrical.  Her father is bold, her mother is kind, and Violet is just… Violet.  She accepts this with a princess’ grace, but still, it eats away at her.  She tries to distract herself with her friend, Demetrius, and exploring their mysterious castle. Our course, the castle has more than meets the eye, […]

Posted November 16, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Hiding in the shadows is not suited to Seraphina. The young music mistress doesn’t rebel, not intentionally.  Music is in her bones and it calls to her soul.  When an emergency means she calls up her instrument to perform at a royal funeral, suddenly everyone knows her name and it gets more complicated from there.  But people can’t know her name because Seraphina can’t make friends, get into relationships… she has a dark and terrible secret and if anyone finds it out, she will surely die. Meanwhile, the celebration of the treaty between humans and dragons draws near, and the mystery of the prince’s […]

Posted November 9, 2017 in Reviews // 12 Comments //