Review: The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading

REVIEW

22716447Title: The Dragon of the Month Club
Author: Iain Reading
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: February 22, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

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This book reminded me somewhat of the Magic Treehouse books, but with dragons! The two main characters, Ayana and Tyler, come across a book at the library about summoning dragons.  One day, one of their conjuring spells goes wrong and they end up in a magical world based on the books scattered around Tyler’s room. Even his bedspread has come to life! They meet many interesting characters through their journey to get back to their world.  My favorite book they entered was Sherlock Holmes! They were able to help Sherlock and Watson solve a case with the help of their dragons.  This book is perfect for middle grade readers, because it’s full of adventure, imagination, magic, and of course, dragons.  I enjoyed finding out which dragon Tyler and Ayana would conjure next, and reading how they practiced over and over to perform the spell perfectly in order to bring each dragon to life.  The dragons were what drew me into this book, so I’m glad they were a major part of the story throughout, and not just background characters.  Each dragon was unique and had different skills and talents. I especially loved that each looked like the element used to bring them to life, whether it was water, sand, fog, etc.  

I don’t believe that books are gendered anyway, but with this one, there really is no reason for anyone to say that this is a “boy’s book” or a “girl’s book.” Our two main characters are a boy and a girl, and I think people of all ages and genders could appreciate and enjoy this fun story.  This was a great start to the series, and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys middle grade fantasy and adventure books.

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There is an ongoing contest for readers to win a one-of-a-kind hardcover version of The Dragon of the Month Club with their artwork as the cover.

“Draw a picture! Write a story! Take a photograph! Bake some cookies! Mold a dragon out of clay! Knit one out of yarn! Make one out of LEGO! Whatever you want! Just let your imagination run wild because anything goes – the more creative the better! Send your dragon in and then on the 13th day of every month one entry will be chosen at random and featured on the official Dragon Of The Month Club website. Each month’s lucky winner will also receive a free one-of-a-kind personalized hard-cover edition of The Dragon Of The Month Club book featuring their winning artwork (or other creative content) on the cover or inside the book itself,” says Iain.

To learn more, go to http://www.dragonofthemonthclub.com/

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7276101Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain writes middle grade and young adult books. His published works include the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.amazon.com/Iain-Reading/e/B00B0NGI6Q/

Connect with Iain on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

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