The Dragon of the Month Club [Review & Giveaway!]

The Dragon of the Month Club [Review & Giveaway!]
Hello there!
Title: The Dragon of the Month Club
Author: Iain Reading
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 18th December 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher and author for the review copy*

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Synopsis: The
Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series
that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who
stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves
enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club – The Dragon of the
Month Club.

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and
the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties
are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons,
Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the
major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.

But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find
themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on
the various books scattered all across Tyler’s messy bedroom. Traveling from
one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and
a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow
find their way home again.

Drawing inspiration from some of literature’s most memorable stories – from
19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes’s London – the
adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in
delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and
non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages
to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a
little bit off the beaten track.

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Review: The Dragon of the Month Club was a fun
and creative read I really enjoyed. Two children going on an adventure and conjuring
dragons along the way to help them – as well as all the good and bad people
they encounter – truly made magic believable to me in this story.
The first thing I want to clarify, is that this novel
read more like a middle grade or upper middle grade novel to me than a young
adult novel. It’s the kind which is suitable for any age though – and I’m sure
an adult will be able to take just as much enjoyment and life lessons from this
one as a child.
I especially loved the adventure Tyler and Ayana embarked
on. Imagine getting sucked into a world which is made up of books. You have
fiction books, such as the collection of Sherlock Holmes (and yes they do go to
Victorian London in that part!), and sci-fi deserts with giant sandworms and
people who filter their urine to get water. There’s so much to it! It’s all so
creative and different and none of the characters in each place were the same.
I loved that variety.
The two characters that did stay the same were Tyler and
Ayana. Tyler feels for Ayana so much an is someone incredibly practical when it
comes to working with their hands and getting jobs done that way. I could
really admire him for that, and how quiet and shy he was. He’s such a
sweetheart deep down, and sometimes that shines through his character too.
Then we have Ayana, who is more of a fire-cracker kind of
girl. She’s well aware of Tyler’s feelings from time to time, and at others she
seems completely aloof. I love how she is working on becoming all the more
brave and getting over her past hurts. Because she has so many. Her father
walked out on her and her mother, and she’s getting bullied at school. Tyler is
one of her only friends. So you can see how getting sucked into a world made up
of book settings wasn’t so bad for her in the beginning.
We also have to talk about the dragons. I LOVE all kinds
of dragons, and this book certainly has a lot as it’s all about the different
types. The dragons were all unique and funky, and had their own advantages and advantages.
I loved how they clarified that the dragons were friends and not slaves to
their commands and wants. I also really liked that none of the obstacles they
faced were easy because of the dragons … the dragons were more so a helping
factor with their own talents too.
Oh, and lastly that cliffhanger at the end! So
suspenseful! Not cool! It’s smack bam in the middle of the tension. I just know
I need to get my hands on book two as soon as possible!
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Giveaway: Enter to win a paperback copy of The Dragon of the Month Club, open internationally!

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: What type of dragon would you make if
you could make it from anything?

Olivia-Savannah x  


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