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The Baby Swap Miracle eDnf at 50%This isn t working for me Too childish and na ve for my taste It doesn t help that author has a habit of stating the obvious and thenxplaining it just in case you didn t grasp it the first time repeatedly There is just so much groaning and ye rolling I can do Giving it 2 stars since worldbuilding is passableFeels like this is directed towards much younger audience Could work for adults who njoy reading children s books Nice Dragons Finish Last is a delightful start to what looks like a very promising seriesI might love the fantasy genre but urban fantasy has ver been my least favourite of its sub genres making this latest foray of mine a rarity Despite my reservations I am impressed though Once again my friend TS has proven that the title I have bestowed upon her ueen of Recommendations is not a ceremonial one in the least I am confident that this series is going to be one of my favourite reads this yearMeet our main character Julius He is as nice a dragon as you will ver meet Friendly Courteous Empathetic He loves reading studying online and playing games and hardly ventures from his bedroom Meet his family and also the rest of the dragon race Ruthless cruel ambitious Apex predators They rule society from powerful positions They are doctors senators captains of industry Dragons demand and the world givesClearly one of the apples fell far from the tree Unfortunately for Julius his mother will no longer tolerate the mbarrassment of having a nice dragon for a son Thus she seals his dragon form trapping him in his human body and banishes him to the DFZ A place where dragons are to be killed on site That s still the nice part of it though She also gives him an ultimatum He will get one last chance to prove himself a worthy truly draconic member of the Heartstriker clan Or she ll at himTo avoid relating much of the plot I will keep the rest to a minimum Julius teams up with a mage called Marci as they take on a seemingly simple sounding task but one that could put him back in his mother s graces Unfortunately for Julius things are way complicated than they appear Sometimes he really really really hated being a dragon I had a really great time following Julius s journey So often we as readers Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation expectvery main character to fit the same mold of asskicker and nametaker but it was refreshing to have a character who is basically just a nice guy Sure he IS a DRAGON so he is not without SOME skills And he IS very smart Julius s superpower though is being a nice guy That never changes and I loved his steadfastness in that regard No conforming to dragon standards because it s Gender Justice expected No being cruel because you were treated cruelly Just being compassionate and doing what is rightAnd that s just Julius Marci wasually fascinating and Generations and Collective Memory evennjoyable A mage with some secrets of her own she fights for what she wants and is tough as nails She is also completely wonderful and sincere and passionate and I can t get nough of her Or her cat Ghost What is going on he cried Why does she need a ward against bullets And why does your human have a dead cat in her purse Along the way we meet uite a few other great characters as well including some of Julius s siblings such as Julian and Chelsea both proper draconic siblings and both very intriguing in their own right And then we have likely the most ntertaining and fascinating character of them all The Great Seer of the Heartstrikers Brohomir Also known as Bob So let me make sure I ve got this straight Marci said The three great dragon seers are the Black Reach Estella the Northern Star and Bob When Julius nodded she arched an From Notes to Narrative eyebrow One of these things is not like the others Wrapping up Rachel Aaron has woven thannough worldbuilding into the story fleshing out the setting uite well for such a short tale and giving us tastes of dragon lore magical creatures myths spirits and much The pacing is brisk the writing Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America easy to read and the best part of it all is how much damn fun this book is Nice Dragons Finish Last is feel good fantasy and you can never havenough of that It s the ice cream
OF THE GENRE AND I D the genre and I d another scoop Full review now postedRating 35 stars Sometimes it doesn t pay to be nice But it s always the right decision Even if you re a dragonJulius Heartstiker is having a hard day His mom kicked him out with nothing but the clothes on his back and has threatened to God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School eat him if he doesn t mend his ways By mend she means stop being so darn nice Why is being nice a problem and what kind of mother threatens toat her child Well the answer to both of those uestions is DRAGON because that s what Julius and his mother and his dozens upon dozens of siblings are dragons However Julius s draconic form has been sealed leaving him helplessly human in the only city in the world where dragons are illegal Understandably chaos Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) ensuesUrban fantasy is one of my favorite genres for when I m stressed or tired or ju 5 dragonsstarsOh My Goodness Gracious MeTHIS BOOK I loved it I bought the audio version based on a recommendation well a number of recommendations really and the fact it had been sat on my TBR list for a while I LOVE all things dragon I love fantasy I love magic I love world building I love character driven stories On occasion and when done well I love humourNice Dragons Finish Last deliveredverything and and the audiobook narration by Vikas Adam m 45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum found this book surprisingly njoyableor perhaps that ought not to be so surprising After all I loved The Spirit Thief and the rollicking sci fi Paradox trilogy that the author wrote under her pen name Rachel Bach Still combining dragons magic dystopia humor and
URBAN FANTASY SEEMED JUST A TAD fantasy Seemed just a tad But boy does Aaron pull it off with flying colors I think Nice Dragons Finish Last may be my favorite book from her yet I also had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of this book and it was fantasticMeet Julius the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan He isn t a pushover so much as he s just downright terrible at being a dragon He s nice considerate has no designs on taking over the world all of which makes him an absolute failure in his mother s yes After twenty four years of watching Julius hide out in his room in the mountain Bethesda the Heartstriker has finally had it Sealing him in his human form the dragon matriarch banishes her son to the Detroit Free ZoneBuilt on the ruins of old Detroit the DFZ is set apart from the rest of the country having been annexed by the spirit Algonuin Lady of the Great Lakes It is home to modern mages lesser spirits and all manner of magical creatures Unfortunately it s also got a strict no dragons policy Trapped in hostile territory with only the clothes on his back Julius is going to have to prove himself to his mother if he wants any chance of getting his true form back His only source of help comes in the form of Marci an xiled human mage who is dealing with her own hefty set of problemsFirst of all I called this one an urban fantasy but it s actually a lot complicated than that Rachel Aaron puts a fun fresh twist on the genre infusing her setting with science fiction post apocalyptic and dystopic lements as well as a touch of mythology It s a fascinating mix Magic Foraging for Survival exists in the world now thanks to a meteor striking thearth in "2035 Algonuin awakens from the resulting shockwave causing great tidal waves to rise which was how " Algonuin awakens from the resulting shockwave causing great tidal waves to rise which was how was flooded and destroyed The DFZ rises from its ruins thriving unchecked on an Fragments economy system based on freenterprise and bounty huntingI also love rooting for the underdog and Julius is an underdog all right being the runt of Bethesda s latest clutch While his siblings are out doing great things Julius prefers to avoid the rest of his family by shutting himself in his room playing computer games and arning an impressive collection of online degrees It s hard not to feel for him if Julian were human he d actually be. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan Julius survives by a simple code keep uiet donÔÇÖt cause trouble and stay out of the way of bigger dragons But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators and his mother. Ters magic and world was a lot of fun I m so happy I finally got to this bookI totally recommend it to any Fantasy lover 10302017 AUDIBLE DAILY DEAL 495 IS A STEAL Y ALLI ve talked about my rocky relationship with Urban Fantasy in the past It s often formulaic it usually doesn t satisfy my craving for a Fantasy adventure because of its tendency to focus on sexual ncounters However I was pleasantly 355 starsThis is literally the second urban fantasy book that I njoyed readingMy great friend TS recommended this to me since the nd of 2016 She said I know you have a long TBR but I think you might like this Fast forward almost one year six month later here I am Yes I have a long TBR who doesn t As far as I know Heartstrikers is one of the popular and well received self published series ver since my friend recommended it to me I ve seen tons of people loving this series and ven though urban fantasy is not my favorite genre I m happy that I found this one highly njoyableThere are several reasons why I think the book nded up becoming One Ticket To Texas enjoyable to me but most of all it s because I started this one knowing what the mood and tone of the book will be and that is fun and light hearted The plot revolves around Julius a 24 years old dragon considered super young in dragon age and unlike all the other dragons Julius has anxtremely nice personality Because of his nice attitudes his ruthless and powerful mother Bethesda the Heartstriker sealed him in human form and gave him a one month test to prove himself that he can be a ruthless dragon otherwise he ll lose his dragon form forever The plot never takes itself seriously it played out like generic fun action movies and I found it a nice change of pace from the kind of books I usually read The plot may be predictable it may be simple for now but incredibly I found the book Helpmate entertaining and it managed to put a smile on my face several times during my read through it Well he s not really my friend Julius admitted I don tven know his real name actually but I was his healer in the game and the bond between healer and tank runs deep Julius as the main character is pretty much almost a carbon copy of Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy every Shonen manga main characters like Luffy and Naruto forxample He s a super duper kind person bullied with hidden power sealed who cared deeply for his friends and will do anything to save them This is not a problem for me I m uite surprised that it took me this long to see this kind of character appeared in a novel Other than him what really stands out from this book is the way Aaron immediately fleshed out the side character s personality from their first appearance Marci Ian Justin Bob Chelsie Bethesda all have a distinctive personality and this makes a wonderful starting line and groundwork for the ntire series to come Check out this awesome artwork of Julius by a fellow Goodreads user GerganaPicture Julius by Gergana Posted with permission of course If you want to see of her artworks for the other characters you simply have to check her reviews on the series Believe me they re so damn good both review and artsI need to also talk about Bob a bit he didn t appear a lot in this book but his ccentric and antics gave me a strong feeling that he will become my favorite character in the Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader entire series That still remains to be seen of course but c mon how can someone dislike a character that paid homage to Star Wars There s been a great disturbance in the Force World building wise Aaron did a great job inxplaining the lore and history of the dragons settings are written fficiently Plus the class and birth specification clutch in this book of the dragon based on the first alphabet of their name is a nice and uniue touch For xample Julius s name started with a J which means he s in the tenth clutch or tenth generation Bob is in the second clutch which makes him a much older dragon I also think Aaron s prose was simple and very Bryozoan Evolution easy to read Her writing never gets in the way of the story and it accumulates to a pleasantly appropriate pacing for the book However I have to admit that there are a lot of sentences that felt a bit awkward to read and she used several glaring words repeatedly one for instance is ten foot pole I heard from my friends that all these awkward sentence problems vanished in the seuels and I can t wait to read the improvementsNice Dragons Finish Last as the first book of a five book series is really well done It s different from the usual urban fantasy and it s of a preparation book for thentire series as book prepared the groundwork for the general
Plot Characters World Building For The Rest Of The characters and world building for the rest of the I heard from Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) everyone that this is a series that keeps on getting better withach seuel and I definitely will continue reading the series You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest I m still debating whether to put Nice Dragons finish last in my list of favoritesI ll wait to see how I feel about the seuelOk ok how do I start I was freaking bored with this book XD Yep that s how I felt at first Julius the protagonist was too nice too misunderstood too predictable The supporting cast failed to impress me too as if they all had a couple of personality traits and that was it the nasty and dangerous big sister the crazy all knowing brother the hyper active and annoying side kick and so on So it was no surprise that by the Silvers Edge end of this bookI TOTALLY LOVED IT WHAT How did this happenWell one day I was looking at my list of books to readAnd like many goodreads members I was slightly concerned about my capability to finish it during my life time Others are far relaxed about itbecause they are aliens from another planet of courseI was trying to decide on what to read next when this gorgeous cover popped up I mean just LOOK AT IT The combination of colours the composition the city scape the hot dude at the front the little poster behind him HOW AWESOME IS THAT And itven has BIG letters that many people find ummm I have no idea what but many booktubers love them ok Me personally I want to see of that stunning background and the letters are on the waygrrrrrrrBack to the topic I WAS SOLD It s not like I ve read any other Urban Fantasies for this month Ahem So I got the audiobook and I was ready to dive inHow did it go0 10% Ok that s interesting but still not hooked10 30% I m still not half way through This book is so slowI m kind of bored30 40% There are a few interesting stuff I love the humor but should I just move on to the next one My TBR pile is too bigstill not half way through 40 50% Ok this is getting better but still not sureWait that s kind of cool50 70%THAT S FREAKING AWESOME70 90% OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD 90 99% NOOOOOOOOOOOO DON T END PLEASE DON T END100% Dammit The World Magic is back and so are most magical creatures The scariest and most dangerous of them all however are the dragons with their uncanny ability to shapeshift into humans and blend in among the unsuspecting human population Being the greedy and power hungry creatures that they are they operate similarly to the mafia think of Yakuza with the leader being the Mother Dragon her followers are her children and her servants are humans with magical abilities Nothing makes a dragon happier than to threaten beat up and ven kill anyone who gets in their way And noone is nthusiastic about it then the Heartstrikers the largest dragon family there is with 10 clutches for the past 1000 years There is one tiny Going Berserk exception Julius the youngest and most useless to his mother dragon in the family and probably the whole world Protagonist Julius is only 24 years old still a baby for dragon standards and the runt in his family Not only is he the smallest of his clutch but he s also kind considerate polite reasonable and not at all aggressive WHAT THE HELL is the usual reaction the rest of his sisters and brothers have who can t wait to go around subjugating and hurting anyone. His true shape goodbye forever But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to bexterminated heÔÇÖs going to need some serious help to survive this test He only hopes humans are trustworthy than dragon.
review É PDF, DOC, TXT or Book ☆ Rachel AaronUite a catch Good looking sweet kind ducated and being just this side of geeky Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America enough for me Bah too bad he had to be born to a clan of merciless cutthroat dragons who can t appreciate his finer pointsNo worries though because I m on Team Julius all the way Also in his corner you ll find Marci the runaway thaumaturgic mage as well as surprise surprise Julius s brother Justin Marci s a great character she s got an awkward personality but also a shrewd mind which creates an interesting dynamic with our protagonist I loved Justin too He s Julius s complete opposite but it s hard not to be touched by his brotherly love and concern Iven got a kick out of Julian s less benevolent family members like Chelsie the Heartstriker assassin and Bob the mercurial Seer Did I also mention Bethesda names her children by assigning Autobiography and Other Writings each clutch by letter in order of the alphabet so that all the dragonlings in her first clutch would have names starting with A those in the second clutch would have names starting with B and so on The Heartstriker clan is full of uirks and I loved them allRachel Aaron has an incredible imagination and I think this book than any of her others let her go wild with it The audio version really did an amazing job bringing this book and all of her ideas to life the narrator Vikas Adam making this one a really fun listen I haven t listened to any of his other performances but this was a great firstxperience Adam can do a wonderful range of voices ven though I have to say a couple of them didn t uite fit like Bob whom he made sound like a stoned surfer dude and at times his female voices can be hilariously awkward You can tell he had a good time reading the book too though because his narration is animated and he does wonderful ffects like hissing for when Bethesda is annoyed or groaning when Justin is Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.├á r.l. exasperated with Julius Little touches like that can make the listeningxperience memorableAll in all I m really impressed with how well this book came together Maybe it s because urban fantasy is to my tastes but I think I liked this one ven than Aaron s Paradox trilogy and I did love those Devi Morris books Julius is just such a lovable character though and the story is so fun and asy to get into it s hard to stop once you start Highly recommended if you re looking for an Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript entertaining feel good book I didn t have anyxpectations when I picked this book up and was pleasantly surprised by how njoyable it was At first glance one might mistake this for young adult fantasy Rest assured it is not and neither does it have all the standard overused YA tropes which are prone to induce ye rollingThis is an urban fantasy tale about dragons which are able walk the Infamous earth in human form Rachel Aaron created a really interesting world that takes place in the future where magic which had disappeared for over a thousand years ago came crashing back intoarth While I ve not read a lot of urban fantasy aside from Dresden Files and Kate Daniels I find that the premise of a futuristic slightly dystopian Walled earth with dragons living amongst human in our guise to be uniue Draconic clans and politics dragon seers and magicmergence of magical spirits of the land and sea all of these make a potent cocktail of an addictive story Julius the main protagonist was the titular nice dragon who was such a failure in the yes of his tyrannical mother Bethesda was tossed out from his home magically sealed in human form to prove himself worthy before he can regain his dragon form The characters took awhile to warm up to initially Julius was really as nice as the title suggests and perhaps ven a bit boringly so at first His older siblings however have characteristics typical to such apex predators ie arrogant aggressive and ambitious Being so undraconic and feeling completely out of his lement amongst other dragons Julius struck up a partnership with a human mage Marci much to the disdain of other dragons who treat humans like pets or food As the story progressed with interactions between Justin and Marci and with his family members his characterisation became ngaging With his aversion to aggression Julius necessarily relied on his mind to negotiate compromises in order to obtain what he needed to succeed or in some cases to merely survive The plot was not ntirely predictable as one does not know for sure how Julius was going to work his way around all these powerful characters while still being true to his personality His partnership and ventual friendship with Marci played a large role in their success indicating that the pervasive arrogance of dragons was misplaced And strangely while one of his brothers Justin was obnoxious and full of himself I actually Snowbound Seduction ended up liking his character as well In short Rachel Aaron has taken our fascination with these mythical magical flying creatures gave it an original spin and it resulted in a story that was at once funnjoyable and riveting A series that is definitely worth continuing This review can also be found at Booknest Audible Daily Deal Sale until 28Jan18 495425 Just try to forget I m watching your In the Surgical Theatre every move while silently judging you and make the decision as you normally would based on the information provided Thank You 3 3 StarsWhat a breath of fresh air Where has this book been in my tbr pile I should have dusted it off to readlistened the audio is really good forever ago Another YA book that proves that you don t have to have sighing teenagers whoseye dilate in a spectacular shade of blue and let out breaths they didn t know they were holding to have tension and a great story You could just actually have a plot and cool characters This was actually so good I don t Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia Over the Long Eighteenth Century even want to put it in my YA pileJulius is a horrible dragon He is the scrawniest least dragon like of all his many siblings He has no ambition to gain power no drive to hoard treasure and he is nice to humans of all things His mother has hadnough of him hiding out in his room playing on the internet and not being dragonlike so she has bound him in his human
form and he has a month to do something Dragon worthy or she is going to at himI lovedand he has a month to do something Dragon worthy or she is going to at himI loved story Julius is adorable in so many ways and he brought out this mothering instinct in me that made me want to nurture the kid But it isn t just Julius he hooks up with a witch to get a little help and I totally LOVE her Marci is a fantastic character and she was so much fun with her interesting witchy contraptions bubbly personality and curious nature She is hard not to like her but she is definitely has some demons and secrets that might be of a not so nice natureBut if you don t read this for one of the best Beta Boy characters I ve ver read read it for BOB So let me make sure I ve got this straight Marci said
"The Three Great Dragon Seers "three great dragon seers the Black Reach Estella the Northern Star and Bob When Julius nodded she arched an yebrow One of these things is not like the others He s actually Brohomir Great Seer of the Heartstrikers but he only answers to that on formal occasions or when he s booking tables at restaurants Bob is Julius s favorite brother or at least he will be in about a year according to Bob the Heartstrikers great and powerful seer Thing is getting caught up in Bob s potential futures could also get you killed He was hilarious and one of the best side characters I ve read in a long time He seems a little on the cray cray side but that was part of the fun of his character Don t get your feathers in a fluff he chided I m here to help I can t let you have all the fun can I Julius gaped at him What s fun about almost dying But that s the best sort of fun Bob replied The kind you can look back on centuries later and laugh about Of course since I m always centuries ahead I can laugh about it right now There was some ground work set and you can tell that there are some bigger dragon politics and machinations going on it the background but the overall story and getting to know the charac. Bethesda the Heartstriker has finally reached the nd of her patience Now sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss.