Publisher: GMTA Publishers
Category /Genre: YA, Fantasy
Recommended for: 14+
Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors
Received from: Adrienne Woods (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: Read Between the Lines
Date completed: 11.21.13
Description from the publisher:
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself
The red dragon got back up and flew away just as the copper dragon ripped the green dragon's neck apart. Then the copper dragon turned his gaze to me. For the love of blueberries! I forced myself to look away from the humungous figure, and I started to kick at the windshield with my newly freed legs. A new sense of urgency punctuated every kick.
C'mon! 'I kicked three, four times, but it only left long cracks in the glass. Watching the copper dragon trudge toward the pickup through the jagged cracks made the scene before me look even more terrifying. The copper dragon stopped right in front of the pickup. Our eyes locked, and I could see the vertical pupil inside a pair of a dark rich brown irises. My heart thumped wildly inside my chest as he hooked one of his talons gently into the shield and ripped it off.
He took a few steps back and nodded in my direction.
Did he want me to get out? You’re imagining things, Elena. Dragon’s aren’t real.
I didn't act. I couldn’t, to be honest. The dragon started to shrink. His wings and legs dwindled into a smaller size until they disappeared. His big head and horns shrunk into nothing. I watched as the dragon's huge figure melted away into a copper blob. I shrieked again as the heap started to transform into the figure of a man crouching low to the ground. The figure lifted up his face, and it felt as if somebody had squeezed all the air out of my lungs. I’d finally found my father─ without a shred of clothing.
Every three months, Elena and her father move. She doesn’t know why, but her father is paranoid about something. But is it paranoia when there really is something out to get you? One night Elena’s world is ripped apart when her father is killed … by dragons! She awakes to find herself on the other side of a magical wall that keeps the “real” world out. In a school for dragons and their riders, Elena is finally able to make friends and create her own roots. But this world also has its troubles and one of those troubles is an evil wizard named Goren. Elena and her friends must go on a quest to protect an ancient relic of the land in order to protect their world.
For the love of blueberries! This was a great teen-read. I especially enjoyed the chef’s riddle games and tried to solve them before the answer was revealed. I would have been having my favorite dinners quite often!
This is Ms. Woods debut novel and I am looking forward to the next in what I hope will be a long series of books visiting the land of Paegeia.
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