I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on December 18th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction
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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.
I think “The Dragon of the Month Club” by Iain Reading was a very cute read. I think that “The Dragon of the Month Club” can be enjoyed by any type of reader, but I foudn that it is geared more to Middle Grade than Young Adult. Ayana and Tyler discover a book that has a spell in it that will summon a dragon each moth. This starts as some harmless fun for the two of them until a dragon transports them into another book that was lying open on Tyler’s bed. Now they have to find their way back home.
There was a few times that things were a bit rough for the reader. The worlds didn’t completely flow very well together. I feel like the characters weren’t completely given entire depths to their personalities. It seemed like the characters were a bit wishy-washy to me also. Things I liked about the characters though was how genuine their friendship was with each other and how sweet they acted.
It seems like there was a lot of research put into this book especially for all the world building that Reading did. Having the story take place in the world of “Dune” and the world of “Sherlock Holmes.” I think it was a lot of fun reading the Sherlock Holmes part. Sherlock Holmes is a classic favorite. I thought this was well done. This is definitely a book I would recommend to the middle grade age but not teens.