Sunday, 2 October 2016

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  

32 comments:

  1. I always love you reviews :)... this book sounds interesting.. >.<

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    1. Thank you <3 Glad you keep reading them!

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  2. Seems like a fun sort of book you have to read now and then to stay sane! Love the book cover.
    A tree dragon sounds cool!

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    1. I think my favourite thing about this book was discovering a new type of dragon every few chapters!

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  3. It sounds like a ton of fun but I'm generally not a MG reader, so as great as reading books about dragons sounds, I don't know if it will be something I can get into.

    Brill review, as always, Olivia!

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    1. I don't usually read MG much either, so this was a step out of my own comfort zone as well. I am just happy that it ended out so positively ^^

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  4. Ayana and Tyler sound like really cool characters! I would love to read this series.

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    1. They were brilliant partners in crime ;)

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  5. If only I could read as fast as you do. You're the bomb when it comes to reading and reviewing books, girl. Salute to you.

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    1. I read a lot but at the same time I get the feeling that I'm never reading fast enough!

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  6. I'm glad you clarified that this reads more like MG. Nevertheless, it seems very adventurous with dragons, world made out of books, and a I-must-have-the-next-book-now cliffhanger! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It really was magical, and that cliffhanger was especially cruel :D

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  7. This sounds like so much fun! I'd definitely go with a Halloween dragon so I can ride around on it and scare the local townsfolk. LOL! Some of them need to be brought back down a peg or two.

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    1. Is it strange that I can so imagine you doing this? :P

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  8. I got a review request for this one but I couldn't accept because of my TBR pile! Now I regret not accepting it! It sounds so amazing! 😭😭😍
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, a shame you had too much going on - but maybe it's one for your future!

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  9. This sounds so cute and like a lot of fun! Getting sucked into a world made up of books is like a dream come true haha <3 And I love dragons so much :3

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. I know right? I would love if this was me!

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  10. I'd honestly create my dragon from pute magic so that way the dragon would display magic when fighting.

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    1. That's a really clever idea. And so cool! I wonder what it would look like in that case?

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  11. Great review! This sounds like an interesting book and I would definitely like to read it. Thanks for the chance! ^^ (Valentina B. - on the raffle)

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  12. Ugh, dang cliffhangers. Happy it was good though.

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    1. They always get to me, those cliffhangers!

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  13. Since you say it's more MG rather than YA, I think my son would probably like to read it. He just got into Harry Potter and is devouring it! I love Harry Potter series too so this book looks like it's up my alley. Great review!

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    1. Yes, maybe this is one that he would be able to like :3 Thanks for stopping by :D

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  14. I love dragons and this sounds like a great book. I don't like cliffhangers so much, so it is good to know that bit of information going in. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I think this could be the perfect read for you! <3

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