Last of the Firedrakes engages fantasy readers on all levels of tropes. It has a wicked queen, an orphan with a royal name and an escapism that comes from being transported from harried teenager to hero of the day. A fun story that begins here but has more to come - this is book one of the Avalonia Chronicles -- and for young adult readers looking for a new villain to hate. A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that t…
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This duology by David Levithan flows with poetic ease and quiet and moves along with a gentle pacing even while tackling some of the uglier, baser sides of human nature. It tackles the unbending will of fate and its ability to rip your heart to shreds.
In Every Day and Another Day, we follow A and Rhiannon’s progression of love, hope and living for another day. No physical body has stopped A from feeling a gamut of emotions — A is in pain, hopping from one body to another. As A opens up, mind and soul to the body carrying around thoughts — the incorporeal being of who A is, the essence of A — other people are affected and question their existence, their thoughts, their actions. People change people; it’s possible. As much as humans claim to exist on a higher plane, to be more intelligent; our very way of life always comes back to the connection of one person to another. We rely upon it, pin our hopes upon it and more importantly define ourselves by it.