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review 2014-01-12 10:43
Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher
Dragon's Milk - Fletcher

I had to stop reading this book half-way through. It's not because I wasn't interested in the story. I really wanted to find out more about Kaeldra's power and what she was going to do once she took the draclings to Landerath. However, I just couldn't bring myself to finish this book because of something that happens. Now, if you have a sensitive stomach or are easily nauseated or you want to avoid spoilers all together, I advise you stop reading now. Otherwise, continue to scroll down to find out why I have chosen to stop reading this book.

I will not be continuing this book because there are many instances where the dragons injure other animals. Now, I am fully aware that they are powerful beasts in need of meat. I understand that. I managed to power through the book even though the dragons were eating rabbits all the time. It's not something I am completely comfortable with but I continued reading anyway. However, there is this one scene in particular that I just cannot "power through." I won't give too many details but it involves the dragons escaping from an attack dog by burning that dog alive. Then the author goes on to describe how the dog was nothing but a "black, mangled heap" that "lay smoking on the ground." Yes, the dragons did it in self-defense, but I am not a person who likes to read about things like that. I am very sensitive when it comes to animals getting hurt and so I am making the choice to stop reading this book. It's not a bad book but it's definitely not something I am comfortable reading with. If things like this doesn't bother you, then go ahead and give this book a shot. It can be quite the fantastical read. I was enjoying it until that particular scene. So, if you want, try it out for yourself. You never know. You may like it.

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text 2013-07-11 14:27
What August, Camp NaNoWriMo, and Dragons Have in Common
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
Dragon's Milk (Dragon Chronicles) - Susan Fletcher
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien,Alan Lee
The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
Dragon's Blood - Jane Yolen

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this summer features beasts that have become very popular over the years--dragons.


I'm going to dedicate the month of August to reading books all about them.


During August, I'm going to finish ten books about the alternatively understood, or misunderstood creatures (this can include re-reads!)


If you know of a  good book (MG or YA preferred) that includes a dragon(s) as an integral element, leave me a comment so I can add it to the list!


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review 2012-03-17 00:00
Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher (Dragon Chronicles, #1)
Dragon's Milk - 'Susan Fletcher'

*Read the full review at Witchmag's Boekenplank*


What drew me to this book was the fantastic cover with the dragons. Normally speaking a great cover = a great book. At least that was the case with all the great covers I came across. Till I started reading this one. The story isn’t even half as good as the cover is.


The first few pages weren’t that bad. The writer used short sentences and simple words. So, it should be no problem for me. Wrong! I’ve read English books for a couple of years now, so you would expect that a book like this would be no problem for me. Especially since it’s written for young adults. But I don’t what was wrong, but I had to reread sentences a couple of times before finally grasping the meaning. It also looked like some parts of the story were missing. The one moment she was doing this and the next something else was happening. Not logical at all.


Kaeldra’s personality was also not something that I liked. She didn’t really think before acting. Like when you come across the cave of a dangerous, man-eating dragon. You don’t just walk in. Especially when you now said dragon has young to protect. That’s only asking for being eaten! She also expects that the young baby dragons will immediately listen to her. Hello, the words already say it: they are young baby dragons. If human baby’s don’t really listen how will you expect that dragon baby’s do?


The adventures that happened in this book were over in a flash. Were the baby dragons discovered? No problem, a couple of sentences later they were already safe again and learned yet another lesson. I think the only thing that kept me reading was that I wanted to know how it would end with the baby dragons. Even if their personalities didn’t have much dept and the role they had in this story was kind of underdeveloped.


Likewise the ending wasn’t that great. Okay some things happened, but it was written in such a way that it didn’t make me feel a thing (sorry can’t describe this better). Even though some shocking things happened, I still didn’t feel a thing… And then the epilogue. So not believable. Not a way to finish the story.



2 HEARTS, barely. I first planned on giving this only one heart, but the little dragons saves the story. Just because they were adorable little dragons. Oh and don’t forget the amazing cover! The story itself, in my eyes, just isn’t really worth giving it those two hearts…

Source: witchmagsboekenplank.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/review-dragons-milk-by-susan-fletcher
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review 2009-09-02 00:00
Dragon's Milk - Susan Fletcher I read this at least a dozen years ago. What I remember: there is a young girl (possibly adopted, but definitely less parentally favored) who tries to save her sick younger sister with doses of dragon's milk. To get the milk, she makes a bargain with a dragon. But after the mother dragon is killed, Kaeldra takes on the responsibility of the three baby dragons left behind. She and a would-be dragon slayer traverse a surprisingly well-thought-out fantasy world, trying to keep ahead of their enemies.
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review 2008-03-29 00:00
Dragon's Milk - Susan Fletcher i remember liking this book, but i read it like four years ago ... i remember that i hated the ending, but i won't give it away.
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