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review 2018-12-15 13:17
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone - Jaclyn Moriarty 
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of... The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone - Jaclyn Moriarty

So much win.  It's kind of amazing how much I love Moriarty's books. I really liked how it all came together. Interesting universe with so many pirates and dragons and water sprites, but also committees and dull trips and people being late to pick one up at the station. I only had two tiny quibbles: it's weird to read about a girl living in a more-or-less-contemporaneous setting who wears dresses or skirts all the time. It's just a slight thing, but it pulls me just the tiniest bit out of the story every time a dress or skirt is mentioned because I so rarely see girls or women in them anymore. And also, this is a very white world. Not that everyone is explicitly called white, but because no one isn't. The illustrations reinforce the white-is-default impression. It's a good thing that I've become so accustomed to reading books with a diverse cast that I can't stop noticing when there aren't any other characters.

 

Despite those two issues, I loved the book. It's my favorite middle grade in I don't know how long. Highly recommended for white readers.

 

Library copy

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review 2018-12-10 02:02
The Tea Dragon Society (graphic novel) by Katie O'Neill
The Tea Dragon Society - Katie O'Neill

Greta is the daughter of a female blacksmith and has grown up learning her mother's craft. One day, she saves a Jasmine tea dragon. The dragon's caretaker, Hesekiel, offers to teach her about caring for tea dragons. Each dragon has its quirks, but, when properly cared for, they produce magnificent tea that carries the memories of their current caretaker. Greta's visits to Hesekiel also allow her to get to know Erik, Hesekiel's long-time friend and partner, and Minette, a shy girl who is approximately the same age as Greta and who is closely bonded to a Chamomile dragon.

I didn't realize until I had the book in my hands and saw the little blurb on the cover that this was by the same person who created Princess Princess Ever After. Thankfully, the printing for this volume was better than it was for that one - all of the artwork was bright, clear, and lovely. I'm tempted to get a copy for my own collection, even though I have no idea where I'd keep it.

The story was simple and quiet, focused on the characters' relationships and the details of tea dragon care. The most action-filled moment was a tea-induced flashback to the beginnings of Hesekiel and Erik's relationship as

a pair of adventurers who eventually settled down for a quieter life after Erik was badly injured and ended up in wheelchair.

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The entire volume dealt with things that took time and patience, from developing relationships with others to blacksmithing and tea dragon care. The inclusion of both older and younger generations worked really well in this respect. With Greta and Minette, readers could see the beginnings of a sweet and occasionally awkward relationship, while Erik and Hesekiel were a great example of a couple that had had years to get to know each other and settle into life together. There was a little of that when it came to the tea dragons as well, although that was more unbalanced. The process of establishing a relationship with a tea dragon was mostly covered in lectures, because Erik, Hesekiel, and even Minette had already gained the trust of their dragons and bonded with them fairly well.

While I wished this had been a bit longer (Minette's backstory, in particular, felt like it needed more closure), I really enjoyed this. The artwork was lovely. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that CLAMP, particularly their work Chobits, was one of O'Neill's influences - one panel featured Minette in a pose that reminded me a great deal of Chobit's Chi.

Also, the "Tea Dragon Handbook" at the end, which contained more information about various tea dragons and their care, was fabulous. I'd happily read an expanded version of it featuring even more kinds of tea dragons. I wonder what a Pu Erh dragon would look and act like?

Additional Comments:

If you're hesitant about getting this, it looks like the entire story can still be read online (minus the "Tea Dragon Handbook").

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-12-04 11:00
A 5 STAR Release Day Review & A 5 Star Recent Release Review! Dragon Knight of Khoth & The Gift (Dark Warrior Alliance #17 & 17.5) Brenda Trim & Tami Julka!

 

 

Lorne is a dragon knight to his core. He joined the Khoth Maahes as a young dragon and quickly rose to second Lieutenant. His days are spent fighting the Unseelie and guarding the royal family. When the Cuelebre King assigns Lorne to play bodyguard to Cambree, the realm’s hottest commodity, he is insulted. His skills are better suited for battle, not following a dragon-breeder around town. His arrogance results in Cambree being attacked, and the female adds insult to injury by firing him. Determined to earn her trust and respect, Lorne sets out to ensure her ongoing safety, but finds himself undeniably drawn to the female. Their passion burns hotter than his dragon fire, but Lorne isnt the only male vying for her attention. He's prepared to go down in flames to win her heart, but if he isn't careful, that's exactly what will happen.

 

Cambree enjoys her quiet life. Too shy for her own good, she prefers to melt in the shadows where she's lived her entire life. When the king returns to Khoth, and resumes the ancient ceremony identifying fertile females, Cambree is shocked when she is chosen. She's never been on a single date and is suddenly the focus of every male on Khoth. The irrisistible, sexy knight assigned to protect Cambree stirs a desire she's never felt before, but when she needs Lorne the most, he's nowhere to be found. Then Cambree draws the attention of the most dangerous creature in the realm, and becomes the target of a sinister plan that could rob the Cuelebre dragons of their ability to procreate.

 

Will Lorne and Cambree find their happily ever after, or will the entire dragon species burn away like embers of a fire?

 

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The newest book in the Dark Warrior Alliance series is fiery and gripping with strong, captivating characters that easily draw readers in and refuse to let go. Lorne and Cambree are the kind of hero and heroine that readers can really sink their teeth into, they differ in so much, temperament, lifestyles and more but they fit together so well. Too bad that they have to work through so much of their own issues before they accept that the blistering attraction that they feel for each other is so much more than either thought. Readers can’t help but sympathize with Cambree after what she’s been through and her vulnerabilities that keep her from reaching out, while the sexy dragon might need a few lessons in feelings, he certainly knows how to keep readers’ hearts fluttering. The relationship is sweet and completely tangled up in emotional turmoil while these two heat up the pages with their fiery chemistry throughout.

 

The fast paced plot keeps readers holding on the edge of their seats with lots of thrilling suspense and exhilarating danger as their enemies are up to some major plotting and have some surprises in the store for Angus and his dragons. The spine tingling tension builds as a mysterious suitor competes for Cambree’s attentions, King Zander and his family visit Khoth and ask for a surprising favor while unexpected twists from the bad guys keeps readers guessing and waiting for the next explosive event or bloody battle. Oh, let’s not forget, there is still things happening back in the Tehrex Realm that just whets readers appetites for more. There is no way for readers put down this story once they have begun and there is not a dull moment to be found.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas is a time of joy, goodwill, and cherished moments spent with friends and family. But not for Ren. The holidays are a painful reminder that he's alone and depressed. The worst part is knowing it's all his fault. He put his parents through hell while in the throes of addiction, and despite years of sobriety, the damage is irreparable. His only solace is a beautiful angel that visits his dreams, offering comfort and support. Arial consumes his every waking thought and is the object of his nightly fantasies. Unfortunately, she is nothing more than a figment of his imagination.

 

When a surreal event brings Arial into his life, and ultimately his bed, Ren must face something greater than addiction. Forgiving himself for past mistakes is an impossible task, and it will take the love of an angel to prove to him that everyone deserves a second chance.

 

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This delightful story in the Dark Warrior Alliance series is set during the Christmas holidays and warms the heart with as the strong, captivating characters discover forgiveness, hope, love and joy. Ariel and Ren’s story is really short but packs quite a punch as rule breaking occurs, dangerous fights with an enemy and a feisty angel refuses to take no for an answer. There is no way for readers to stay emotionally detached during this thrilling and enjoyable read that is full of sweet romance and electric chemistry. This story does not have to be read in sequence but it touches on an event that started in Dragon Knight of Koth, but has not reached its conclusion but that event is in no way influenced by this story.

 

 

 

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42380563-dragon-knight-of-khoth

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/dragon-knight-of-khoth-by-brenda-trim-and-tami-julka

 

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1029956

 

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42667965-the-gift

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-gift-dark-warrior-alliance-novella-by-brenda-trim-and-tami-julka

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1029958

 

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Both are AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Dragon Knight of Koth


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Knight-Khoth-Warrior-Alliance-ebook/dp/B07JW9PXTY?_bbid=11058116&tag=bookpage2-20

 

 

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The Gift

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Dark-Warrior-Alliance-Novella-ebook/dp/B07K6S52S6?_bbid=11057968&tag=bookpage2-20

 

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Dragon Knight of Khoth is the 17th book in the Dark Warrior Alliance series & The Gift is #17.5.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/149446-dark-warrior-alliance

 

Author - http://www.trimandjulka.com/dark-warriors-alliance/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JMDGDTY?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 Dream Warrior      2 Mystic Warrior
3 Pema's Storm      3.5 Mistletoe & Mayhem
4 Isis' Betrayal     4.5 Heat in the Bayou
5 Deviant Warrior     6 Suvi's Revenge
7 Scarred Warrior      7.5 Tinel & Temptation
8 Hellbound Warrior      9 Isobel
10 Rogue Warrior     11 Shattered Warrior
12 King of Khoth      13 Ice Warrior
14 Fire Warrior      15 Ramiel
16 Rivaled Warrior      17 Dragon Knight of Khoth
17.5 The Gift

 

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Neither Brenda nor Tami grew up writing stories or dreaming of one day being authors but that changed when they shared a joint dream of creating a world to bring to life the stories of a group of dangerously handsome supernaturals.

Brenda is a Southern California girl who grew up in a chaotic house with ten siblings. Brenda survived the brutal murder of her first husband, John DeCaprio, at the hands of the children he was counseling to go on and help children in similar situations. Brenda remarried years later and now lives with her husband and their three fun-loving, energetic children. She loves running, reading, cooking, and Monster Energy drinks. And, Tami's margaritas!

 

Tami is a southern girl, born and raised in Georgia. She is married and has two boys, so needless to say, she is surrounded by testosterone. We are trying to bottle Tami's strength and positive outlook on life. It has helped her beat breast cancer and she is a proud three-year survivor. She loves reading paranormal romances, running at the lake near her home, watching college football (Go Dawgs!!!), and is always in search of the next best margarita.

 

Their life journeys led them both to Texas and one another. They fast became best friends and can always be found together. Whether it's lounging by the pool or writing steamy love scenes, they are frequently seen laughing and smiling!

 


Website - http://www.trimandjulka.com/


Goodreads –

Brenda Trim - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13396038.Brenda_Trim

 

Tami Julka - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13396039.Tami_Julka

 

Bookbub –

Brenda Trim - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brenda-trim

 

Tami Julka - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tami-julka


Blog - https://www.trimandjulka.com/blog/


Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/trimandjulka

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TrimAndJulka/?ref=br_rs

 

 

THANKS FOR VISITING!

 

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review 2018-12-03 23:13
One Sentence Review – Dragon’s First Christmas by Emily Martha @CleanYAFantasy
Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs Book 3) - Emily Martha Sorensen

 

 

I have been reading the Dragon’s Eggs books from the first one and I love watching the little tyke growing up.  Virgil has been very entertaining.

 

I love this adorable cover.

 

Cover Art:  Eva Urbanikova

 

Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs, #3)

 

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

Temper tantrums, fire breathing, large claws, at two months old Virgil is having his first Christmas, his first Christmas tree, when they go out he has his own stroller, they carry him like a baby, claws, tail, and all, so if you are looking for an original story about dragons and want to follow them from egg on, this is a series that is highly entertaining and a quick, easy read.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2018-11-27 11:00
Blog Tour with New Release Review! A Dragon's Treasure (Shifters of Black Isle #3) Lorelei Moone!

 

 

http://indiesage.com/

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

A Dragon’s Treasure, A Dragon Shifter Fantasy Romance
by Lorelei Moone
Shifters of Black Isle, #3
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Shifters, Novella, Standalone

 

 

I’m a warrior. No one will tame me, except…

 

Rhea’s new position as general of Black Isle’s armies brings with it a whole host of challenges. The enemy is at the gates, and he’s furious. Black Isle’s defenses are weaker than she would like, so she sees only one solution: to summon their secret weapon. A creature so untamed and powerful, he has been banished to the depths of the dungeons, only to be let out in the direst of need. To ensure his cooperation, she will need to rely on more than just her combat skills…

 

The harder she makes it, the sweeter my victory when I claim her.

 

Saras has been asleep for generations. When a female voice wakes him from his slumber, he knows there’s only one way to avoid the disaster that led him to be confined to the dungeons in the first place. But she’s unwilling and instead hopes to use his considerable powers in battle against Black Isle’s enemy. But a dragon has needs and ignoring them will only end in tears; or in this case, in flames.

No matter how hard Rhea tries to deny it, the attraction between them is hard to ignore. But with the future of the Black Isles on the line, this is hardly the time for romance. Or is it? That’s the thing about playing with dragon fire; sooner or later you’re going to get burned.

 

*NOTE* Although A DRAGON's TREASURE is book #3 in the Shifters of Black Isle series, this book features a new couple, therefore can be read as a STANDALONE!

 

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Thrilling suspense and fascinating characters draw readers into the midst of this exciting story. The characters are strong and vivid which makes them come to life for the reader and the relationship between Rhea and Saras is very passionate although due to the length of the book there’s not a much of it because this book also has a lot of action as well. The story is fast paced and flows smoothly throughout giving readers insight into the characters and has an intense depicting of a major battle which adds suspense and excitement to the story. The story is a great read and the world is quite intriguing and readers will certainly enjoy it but the story could benefit from a bit longer with more details, especially in the relationship building between the hero and heroine. The story can be read as a standalone but the readers would have a better understanding of the character interactions by reading the stories in sequence.

 

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41941112-a-dragon-s-treasure

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/a-dragon-s-treasure-shifters-of-black-isle-3-by-lorelei-moone

 

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A Dragon’s Treasure is the third installment in Lorelei Moone’s brand new fantasy romance series, Shifters of Black Isle. Shifters, magic and relatable characters; set in a mysterious, distant land, where anything seems possible, and yet all its inhabitants hold dear could be destroyed in an instant.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/239200-shifters-of-black-isle

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J46QN6L?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 Claimed by the King
2 The Soldier and the Siren
3 A Dragon's Treasure

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

NEW RELEASE ALERT


Amazon -
https://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Treasure-Shifter-Fantasy-Shifters-ebook/dp/B07HF1Y1X6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539725608&sr=8-1&keywords=a+dragon%27s+treasure+lorelei

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-dragons-treasure-lorelei-moone/1129556773?ean=2940161710395

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-dragons-treasure/id1436464020?_bbid=10675383&mt=11

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lorelei_Moone_A_Dragon_s_Treasure?id=1pJuDwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-dragon-s-treasure-1

 

 


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Lorelei Moone is an author of paranormal / fantasy romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.

 


Website http://www.loreleimoone.com/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LoreleiMoone

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/authorlmoone

 

Newsletter http://www.loreleimoone.com/contact/join-loreleis-mailing-list/


Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14233748.Lorelei_Moone


Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lorelei-moone


Amazon https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lorelei-moone

 


 


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