Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: The Dragon of the Month Club

Title: The Dragon of the Month Club
Author: Iain Reading
Publication Date: February 22nd 2015
Pages: Paperback, 224
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Starfish

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. Travelling 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.-
Summary and cover image from Goodreads


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I didn't have high expectations for The Dragon of the Month Club going into it, but I must say, it was so much better than I thought it was going to be! I did have a couple problems with it. I don't know why it's shelved as "Young Adult" because I personally think it belongs more to "Middle Grade". The writing wasn't overly simple, but the book as a whole felt younger than I anticipated. The story also had the tendency to be slow going in some spots, but despite those couple of problems, it was an enjoyable read.

It was imaginative, fun, and chocked full of adventure. It was different from what I've been reading recently, in a good way. The two main characters, Ayana and Tyler, were likeable, real, and believable; not just flat, two-dimensional cardboard cutouts of every other boring character in literature. And I especially LOVED the inspiration behind this book popping up at various instances throughout. (Sherlock and Watson, anyone?) So keep an eye out for some of these "cameos" while you're reading.

I have to say that my favorite thing about this whole book is Ayana and Tyler's friendship. It was so sweet and pure in a way that I haven't seen in a while from the YA genre. Also, the Roving Tailor. He was pretty cool.  

I would recommend The dragon of the Month Club to kids more than I would teens, but I still give it 3 Stars. Not too shabby.