Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday Review by the Book Dragon: A clever, quirky guide to Prague

The Book Dragon has read Honest Guide Prague by Janek Rubeš & Honza Mikulka, and illustrated by Eliška Podzimková and gives it 4 claws!
My review: I've been following the Honest Guide YouTube videos for a long time now (since before my first trip to Prague in 2016) so when we returned to Prague for our third visit last month, I managed to purchase this book the day before the stores closed due to coronavirus. It's fun and quirky and artistically done! It definitely helps you think "out of the box" as far as looking for places to see and eat in Prague (which I hope to do next visit, since this one was very bad timing for exploring new places in Prague).

Monday, April 13, 2020

Monday Review by the Book Dragon: A powerful pro-life story

The Book Dragon has read For Eden's Sake by T. M. Gaouette and gives it five claws!
My review: Though not my usual genre to read, this story grabbed me from the beginning as Isaac, a sympathetic young man, is caught up in circumstances that lead him to break a vow of purity until marriage, resulting in a pregnancy. The story is also partly told from Rebecca's point of view, and at first she is not a sympathetic character. The reader can feel Isaac's anguish as he tries valiantly to do the right thing and atone for his sin. This is a powerful pro-life story with realistic, flawed characters, and you'll be cheering for Isaac every step of the way! Recommended!

Note: This book is featured on the Catholic Teen Books site.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Monday Review by the Book Dragon: Fantastic fantasy adventure with dragons!

The Book Dragon has read Lea Doue's The Red Dragon Girl (third in the Firethorn Chronicles) and gives it a roaring five claws!
My review: Though books 1 & 2 of the Firethorn Chronicles were really good, this is by far my favorite in the series! So many dragons! So much adventure and suspense! I can't say enough good things about this book! It's not necessary to have read the first two to enjoy this installment, since each book stands alone, but The Red Dragon Girl will definitely make you fall in love with the world Doue has crafted. Princess Melantha is such a strong and sympathetic character, you'll be alternately rooting for her and biting your nails at the situations she falls into! A cast of well-rounded and mysterious secondary characters makes this an unpredictable and fun read. Highly recommended!