Not your usual dragon story, and that's a very good thing. I do get tired of having the dragon always be the bad guy. Here, for a change, is a lovely, magical tale of a beautiful friendship that grows between two fairytale characters -- the dragon and the princess -- and their adventures as they grapple with the evil and selfish forces that threaten to take over their land.
Dec 08, Lotus rated it it was amazing. This book was so much fun! Linear narrative, so easy to read. Fast-paced, and it grabs your attention with the first chapter. Olivia is a young noblewoman who runs away from home to avoid arranged marriage.
This imaginative story of Mary Magdalene's life reminds us of our own stories in one way or another. It speaks dramatically to all of us who have suffered abuse. Mary Magdalene's story reminds many of us of our own stories in one way or Start reading True Love and the Dragon: A Story of Hope on your Kindle in under .
She finds refuge with a dragon. Their friendship is the main story in the book, and it is described beautifully. The writer is clearly focused on this, and that is the best part of the book. Then, there is a prince -the villain - who travels with his knights and a courtesan. He is on a quest t This book was so much fun! He is on a quest to slay the dragon.
But, that frees the story to be a page-turner. Events unfold quickly, and it is difficult to put the book down. There is some adult content sex and violence.
Jan 07, Craig Jr. Beauty and the This was a fun read. A girl runs away, ends up in a cave This dragon isn't quite what she suspects. It reminds me a little of a Beauty and the Beast retelling. The pacing of the story was a bit slow, especially in the beginning, but for a slower read with not a whole lot of action, the story was interesting and very fun to follow.
I didn't like all parts of this book, but overall, I think it was a great read, and the ending was done wonderfully. I'm Beauty and the I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Aug 22, C. Rosens is editing rated it really liked it. That said, I'm quite demanding about the richness of the fantasy worlds I dive into, and this one is nicely realised and ticks a lot of the boxes for me. This is the perfect book to read when you want a fairy tale kick, but its mature themes potentially make it unsuitable for a younger audience. It's very much a new adult NA fairy tale, and the relaxed, whimsical style of the narrative reminded me a bit of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, albeit in a more simplified style with Starling's light, gentle narrative voice. Knowing that English is not the author's first language made me appreciate the style and tone even more.
It's so well-woven into the narrative that you can't really skip it and pick it up afterwards, at least, not very easily without ad libbing a little.
So yeah, don't buy it for your kids unless you're comfortable with that. So I would definitely recommend it if this is also your thing. The rest of this review contains some spoilers re: characters. Again, I really enjoyed this - it's an easy read and I love fairytale retellings that have interesting twists. I love Beauty and the Beast regardless of its problematic elements as a story, and Starling does a fantastic job of eliminating what, to me, are the most troubling of those.
There's no Stockholm Syndrome here, for a start: the protagonist runs away and is rescued from wolves by the Beast Dragon , and they form a bond of friendship. So that's one of the things that kept me reading, because I really loved the interplay between the characters and appreciated the fact that there weren't any of the elements that made Beauty and the Beast problematic for me.
The problematic elements of the Beast's behaviour appear in the Prince's character instead, displayed in the way he interacts with his subordinates and his entourage, and they are tackled and challenged within the narrative rather than excused or brushed under the carpet. Charlie is one of my favourite characters.
She's a professional sex-worker, so no, this isn't a kid's story. She's not particularly pleased about this job, but that's where the relationships with the knights come into play, particularly the ones who are actually pretty decent and steering towards the lighter end of the morally grey spectrum, even though their lord and master is pretty suspect. Even the villainous prince isn't exactly 2-D though: he has a backstory and some pretty bad father-issues, reminscent of Draco Malfoy in the later Harry Potter books, only with a crown and a bigger hit with the ladies.
In this case, he has scales rather than fur. Would recommend. Sep 14, Yashaa Bajracharya rated it really liked it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's been a while since I read a fantasy book and this book was recommended to me by a friend of mine in wattpad, obviously.
I wasn't planning on reading this book but it really got me hooked since the first chapter. As the story proceeds, it keeps getting better and better. It is about a girl named Olivia who runs away from home because she was forced to marry another man due to tradition. She runs off to the mountains where she meets a dragon who at first terrifies her but later on, they beco It's been a while since I read a fantasy book and this book was recommended to me by a friend of mine in wattpad, obviously. She runs off to the mountains where she meets a dragon who at first terrifies her but later on, they become really close friends.
Kaden who is the dragon has had a lonesome time for many years, considering he is human who was cursed by a witch.
When he meets Olivia he is very protective of her and cares for her deeply. Their relationship is very cute, although Olivia doesn't know that he is human which is pretty sad and Kaden doesn't tell her so either. Then there's this cruel, mean prince called Magnus who I hate very much.
He is planning on slaying Kaden and returning home with his head to prove to his father that he is a worthy prince. I hate the way he treats people, he's quite selfish and thinks about only himself. His knights, on the other hand, are really good at heart. The ending left me heartbroken though because Magnus forces Olivia to be his wife since she was the first girl to ever reject him otherwise he would kill her parents.
Yeah, he's really messed up. Also when he says that he killed Kaden, I was so upset, but then they just managed to take his claw instead of his head, so that definitely means Kaden's alive but I have no idea what happened to him. I'm just glad he's alive. Overall, the story's really good and I'm glad it was recommended to me. Love the concept and how smoothly it goes. Totally awesome!!! This story was so very different from any dragon story I've ever read before.
It was a story within a story. First a story of a lonely dragon, then the story of an angry impulsive girl that ran away from home and right into the arms of a dragon. Dangerous, running into a dragon's arms? Not when that dragon was Kaden. Kaden was a lonely dragon who used to be a man and wished he still was.
How did he become a dragon? Read the book to find out. How could Olivia fall in love with a Totally awesome!!! How could Olivia fall in love with a dragon? Again read the book to find the answers to all your questions. Very well written, totally engaging, well developed characters and a unique storyline. Dec 20, Zoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. If you love dragons then this is definitely the book for you!! I am blown away by this author, her way of writing and portraying the characters and even the landscape is mind boggling!!
I could not put the book down!! I cannot wait for the release of the sequel, Dragon's Prize!! Feb 10, Mary Mary rated it did not like it. It was long, there was completely NO action, the heroine was annoying and the idea of relationship between a woman and a dragon was just WEIRD. In , police discover a trio of construction workers have been murdered at an expensive home in Indiana. As police dig deeper, they discover the puzzling presence of Charity Payne, a woman who might have helped a group of robbers to break in and commit the murders.
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