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Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey

The intensity of the series emerges as the Dragons cross the line from the middle-grade genre to a more serious, young adult tale. Familiar characters return to say hi again…while others leave us forever.

TitleDark Fire
Author: Chris D’Lacey
Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles, Book 5
Publish Date: April 1, 2001
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased by the reviewer.

Publisher’s Description:

With the Earth on the brink of recolonisation by dragons, David Rain is sent on an important mission: to seek out and destroy a trace of dark fire, the deadliest force in the universe. But with success could come a terrible price, the sacrifice of a beloved clay dragon. How much does the life of one small dragon count?


Luna Lovebooks says…

 

Unfortunately this review is going to be short and to the point. There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t previously been stated. This series has become increasingly young adult and less middle grade. I am not sure how I feel about this as what first drew me to the series years ago was the cute whimsy of the Pennykettle dragons and the shenanigans of Wayward Crescent.  There are several (often violent) deaths in this installment that I honestly did not see coming. The cliff hanger ending is killer, but also confusing as events happen very fast. The characters are still well written, even if the author pulled a kill everyone move. We shall see how this pans out in the next two books of the series.

Over all I give this one 4 fire tears.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

 

I’d suggest other dragon reads – Eragon by Christopher Paolini, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

The Fire Eternal by Chris D’Lacey

Fire. Snow. Darklings!

Title: The Fire Eternal
Author: Chris D’Lacey
Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles
Publish Date: September 6, 2007
Genre: MG Fantasy
Source: Purchased by the reviewer

Publisher’s Description:

A new magic is stirring beneath the surface of the Earth….

Five years have passed since David Rain, now a bestselling author, disappeared mysteriously in the Arctic. And slowly the ice is changing, bears are starving, dragons are rising, the souls of the Inuit dead are haunting the skies. The spirit Gaia, goddess of the Earth, is restless, aching to bring down her might upon these changes. But all living things may suffer if she does.

As the weather grows wilder and the ice caps melt, all eyes turn from the north to David’s daughter, Alexa. She is the key to stopping Gaia…but can one girl save the world from the forces of evil, or will she disappear like her father?


Luna Lovebooks says…

 

Fire Eternal takes place five years after the events in Fire Star. Lucy is the only one who still believes that David is alive and enlists the help of a journalist to get the investigation rolling.  The events at Wayward Crescent are intermixed with expeditions of polar bears in the Artic. The introduction of modern IT dragons made the Crescent scenes/chapters loveable. But I was drawn in by the polar bears and the legends of the north.

This series has been cutesy and, for the most part, care free up until this installment. Here we get into slightly heavier material. We go from a cute middle grade read about dragons into a more adult science-fiction war novel. I feel the introduction of the IX and the time traveling elements will go over the heads of its target audience. I struggled trying to understand some of it and I am an adult!

I do have to say that Gwilliana has become my favorite bad/good guy. She is evil, but she is always doing things that contradict that. There were some surprising twists that I did not see coming!

I feel I have to give this novel 4 scales. 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

 

I’d suggest other dragon reads – Eragon by Christopher Paolini, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

Firestar by Chris D’Lacey

Things begin to heat up in the third installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles.

Title: Firestar
Author: Chris D’Lacey
Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles 
Publish Date: March 2007
Genre: MG Fantasy
Source: Purchased.

Publisher’s Description:

There is a fire star coming, signaling a time of new beginnings. A time for dragons to rise again…

A research trip to the Arctic and a contract for a new book – life can’t get much better for David Rain. But as soon as David finds himself in the icy climes, he begins to write his legend of bears, dragons, and the mmysterious fire star. Soon he realizes that his tale is starting to mirror real life, and that an old enemy is on her way to meet him.

Can David thwart her terrible master plan? Or will his world be destroyed forever?


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: Readers get to travel all over the world from the comfort of their favorite reading chair in this novel. We go from the Artic to Scrubbly to Northern Scotland and back all within 400 some odd pages. But the best element of this series is the characters. Yes, David can be a bit immature at times, but the interaction between the humans and dragons and bears is amazing. I also found it a little amusing that in the belief system of this novel God is essentially a female dragon named Godith. I also didn’t see the tragedy that befalls one of the main characters coming!

Dislikes: There is a huge dry spell in the middle of the book but it is worth it to muddle through it. Some of the elements like alternate dimensions may be difficult for younger readers to understand.

I give this installment 4 flames due to the dry spell. 

 

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Other recommendations…

I’d suggest other dragon reads – Eragon by Christopher Paolini, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

Forbidden Promises Review by Katee Robert

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Forbidden Promises
Author: Katee Robert
Series: The O’Malleys 
Publish Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Provided by Barclay Publicity and Net Galley

Publisher’s Description:

Sloan O’Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she’s free. She can live the “normal” life she’s always wanted. A life without fear. But there’s nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he’s never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan–who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation–has forbidden written all over her. Only after it’s way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.


Luna Lovebooks says…

 

Likes: I must admit books like this are my guilty pleasure. Usually big alpha males are a turn off for me. But Jude, while being alpha, was more concerned about Sloan and her pleasure and safety. That was refreshing. He let her find her feet and the strength she had buried deep down. I like that even though it’s part of a series you don’t have to read the other books to know what is going on. The characters from the other novels make appearances but aren’t essential. The sex scenes were tasteful and red hot in my opinion.

 

Dislikes: I was trying to figure out what the Russian mob boss’s fascination with Sloan’s younger sister had to do with the overall story. Unless that will be the set up for a future novel in the series, it seemed unnecessary, even if it did all tie together in the end. There were a few instances that were very unbelievable to me as well. For instance having both a condom break and the plan b pill fail, while possible, is highly unlikely and seemed a little far-fetched to me.

 

This is a good book to relax in a hot bath with and have a glass of wine and some candles going for some me time but it’s not something I would read every day. I give it three bullets. 

Other recommendations…

I’d read the rest of the O’Malley series by Katee Robert,  Preston’s Honor by Mia Sheridan, The Wing Man by Natasha Anders.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Darklands: The Not-Where by Lyn I Kelly

The mysterious world of The Dark Lands unfolds more terror, love, and mysteries in this second novel of the trilogy.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Darklands: The Not-Where
Author: Lyn I. Kelly
Series: Dark Lands
Publish Date: May 18, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author.

Publisher’s Description:

The betrayal at the Requiem has passed, but the foreboding presence of the Dark Man still exists. While whispers of a new threat roll across the Dark Lands, Webb Thompson is plagued by a recurring nightmare that warns of a looming evil powerful enough to transform not just his life, but also that of his sister, Sundown, and her counselor, Raven. After the Dark Man initiates a move that destabilizes the shaky balance of good and evil in the Dark Lands, Webb realizes the only resolution may lie within a shadowy region known to few and traversed by even less. But does the cryptic Not-Where hide the source of tribulation or is it a place to release more insidious forces? As the paths of Webb, Sundown, and Raven surreptitiously intertwine, they realize too late that despite their caution and steadfastness, destiny cannot be tempered as new evils are unleashed, secrets are revealed, and a vast army rises. Now only time will tell if they can stop the Dark Man from escaping his otherworldly prison. . .


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I like that the information over load is very minimal in this book. The reader gets a more in depth look at Raven, Webb, and Sundown, as well as the evil creatures presiding in the Dark Lands now that the back story to the land itself is established. I actually like that the Dark Man is so mysterious and always one step ahead of the main characters. I am sure this will change in the third installment of this unique series, but for now it is refreshing to see an underdog story being set up.  That cliff hanger ending was killer!

Dislikes: I am normally a fan of love but this instant attraction between Raven and Webb and the reasoning behind it did have me rolling my eyes a little. It was a predicable move, one that I actually guessed while reading Requiem. There are a few other predicable tid-bits throughout the novel but this one stood out because it seemed kind of cliché compared to the rest of the novel. While overall I do like Webb, I find his childish way of thinking annoying. He just doesn’t act 17 to me most of the time, and I always feel like Sundown is much younger than she is as well (or maybe I’m just getting older and can’t remember being that impetuous ;)).

I have to give this novel 4 Dark Mans. 

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Other recommendations…

 

Check out some of these other supernatural reads! Riders by Veronica Rossi, The Things They’ve Taken by Katie McElhenney, Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan.