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Nice Dragons Finish Last txt Nice Dragons Finish Last, text ebook Nice Dragons Finish Last, adobe reader Nice Dragons Finish Last, chapter 2 Nice Dragons Finish Last, Nice Dragons Finish Last 1edf83 As The Smallest Dragon In The Heartstriker Clan, Julius Survives By A Simple Code Keep Quiet, Don T 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, Bethesda The Heartstriker, Has Finally Reached The End 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 His True Shape Goodbye Forever But In A City Of Modern Mages And Vengeful Spirits Where Dragons Are Considered Monsters To Be Exterminated, He S Going To Need Some Serious Help To Survive This Test He Only Hopes Humans Are Trustworthy Than Dragons


About the Author: Rachel Aaron

Hello, my name is Rachel Aaron, and I write the Heartstriker books, a new Urban Fantasy series about misfit dragons, starting with Nice Dragons Finish Last I also wrote The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series for Orbit Books about a wizard thief and the poor bastards who have to try and stop him PLUS I m also the author of the new, rolicking fun Science Fiction romance Fortune s Pawn under the name Rachel Bach Confused yet I know I am I was born in Atlanta, but I currently live a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with my lightspeed son, perpetually understanding husband, and fat dog Besides my own books, the internet knows me best for writing very fast The best way to get to know me is probably to read my blog or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.



10 thoughts on “Nice Dragons Finish Last

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    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 sequel.Ok, 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 activ 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 sequel.Ok, 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 end of this bookI TOTALLY LOVED IT WHAT How did this happen Well, 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 farrelaxed about it because they are aliens from another planet, of course I 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 it even has BIG letters that many people find ummm, I have no idea what, but many booktubers love them, ok Me personally, I want to seeof that stunning background and the letters are on the waygrrrrrrr Back 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 in How did it go 0 10% Ok, that s interesting, but still not hooked.10 30% I m still not half way through This book is so slowI m kind of bored.30 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 cool 50 70%.THAT S FREAKING AWESOME 70 90% OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD 90 99% NOOOOOOOOOOOO DON T END PLEASE DON T END 100% 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 even kill anyone who gets in their way And noone isenthusiastic about it, then the Heartstrikers the largest dragon family there is with 10 clutches for the past 1000 years There is one tiny 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 who doesn t obey their mother s whim.One day, his mother has had enough of him hiding from his siblings in his bedroom and decides to lock his shapeshifting abilities Having a useless brat in the family is not something the Heartstrikers want to advertise to the rest of the Dragon Clans, so Julius s mother decides to give him a task and if he succeeds and proves his worth, she won t have to send his older sister, Chelsie, to kill him Don t question Dragon logic, ok The Siblings We don t get to see many of Julius s siblings, but, let me tell you, THEY ARE AWESOME I complained about them being boring and predictable, but I was proven wrong quite quickly Not only are theycomplicated than they first seem, they are also epicly amazing and hilarious Like any Heartstriker, the few brothers and sisters Julius meets along his way, are way too trigger happy, violence loving and manipulative.Chelsie around 700 years old is the Heartstrikers best assassin She s not only her mother s right hand, but she s also responsible for keeping all of her siblings in check and eliminating anyone who crosses the line or annoys their mother Chelsie appears to know everything and to be everywhere, often popping out of nowhere to clean Julius s mess or give him a friendly warning.Ian around 100 years old a calculative and probably the most ambitious Heartstriker, despite his young age Very good at manipulating others to achieve what he wants He s the one who hires Julius to complete the task.Bob around 800 years old is the family s highly treasured Seer able to see the future and predict any enemy attack and alsothe weirdest dragon alive If he wasn t an immortal being with 800 years of experience behind him, you would think Bob was just high Stumbling around, appearing out of nowhere as if by accident for no reason at all, sending strange and meaningless phone messages to his siblings that they freak out about them and take very seriously regardless of their brother s easy going nature Bob is also the most dangerous Heartstriker of them all You ll know why by the end.Justin Oh my, where do I start Justin is Julius s clutch mate, meaning he s 24 as well He s also his mother s favorite child and often the most pampered one He gets the best tools and a lot of his mother s attention And no surprise, Justin s dragon form is very large for a Hearstriker, he s one of the best fighters in his family and he s a relatively valuable asset considering his age Only problem ishe isn t very smart and his common sense can be hard to find Most of his older siblings would much rather avoid dealing with a baby brother who has the tendency to be way too trigger happy even for the Heartstriker standards So when Justin is sent over to help Julius during his task, it s difficult to say whether help is the right word.Of course, there are a fewdragons in this story, but this review is getting way too long as it is MarciMarci is hyper active, too curious for her own good and a highly powerful mage with a very complicated life She s also Julius s side kick human servant according to his siblings , who has no idea that she s working for a dragon, nor the mess she s getting into or is it the other way around Anyways, she s a cool character, just not as interesting as the dragons Oh, and she also bonded herself to a rather menacing ghost cat for lifedue to some weird circumstances.My final impression I absolutely loved it The story was alright, the pace I thought was a little too slow at times, the world building wasn t phenomenal, but it was interesting enough I found the Yakuza dragon mafia element highly entertaining , but what really made this book great for me was the Characters They are hilarious, complex, despite their nature, and, interestingly enough, relatable yes, even the menacing dragons I can t describe it with words, all I know is that by the end, my hands were itching to get the sequel.AudiobookVikas Adam is hilarious, he adds evenhumor to the dialogue and I loved his narration ConclusionWill I read the sequel Gimme Gimme Gimme Will I reread Sure, probably once I finish the series.Will I buy a hard copy Depending on whether a like the sequel A few times I bought the whole series just because I enjoyed the first book and I regretted it later Will I recommend to friends Yep, if you re looking for a light and entertaining Urban Fantasy read with good quality humor, give Nice Dragons Finish Last a go If you find the first half a little bit boring, like me, don t worry it gets far better Published on the 15th of July My birthday It s a sign


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    3.5 5 starsThis is literally the second urban fantasy book that I enjoyed reading.My great friend, TS, recommended this to me since the end 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 thepopular and well received self published series, ever since my friend recommended it to me, I ve seen tons of people loving this serie 3.5 5 starsThis is literally the second urban fantasy book that I enjoyed reading.My great friend, TS, recommended this to me since the end 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 thepopular and well received self published series, ever since my friend recommended it to me, I ve seen tons of people loving this series and even though urban fantasy is not my favorite genre, I m happy that I found this one highly enjoyable.There are several reasons why I think the book ended up becoming 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 an extremely 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 entertaining and it managed to put a smile on my face several times during my read through itWell, he s not really my friend, Julius admitted I don t even know his real name, actually, but I was his healer in the game, and the bond between healer and tank runs deepJulius as the main character is pretty much almost a carbon copy of every Shonen manga main characters, like Luffy and Naruto for example 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 quite 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 entire series to come Check out this awesome artwork of Julius by a fellow Goodreads user, Gergana Picture Julius by Gergana Posted with permission, of course If you want to seeof 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 arts I need to also talk about Bob a bit, he didn t appear a lot in this book but his eccentric and antics gave me a strong feeling that he will become my favorite character in the entire series That still remains to be seen of course but c mon, how can someone dislike a character that paid homage to Star WarsThere s been a great disturbance in the ForceWorld building wise, Aaron did a great job in explaining the lore and history of the dragons, settings are written efficiently 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 unique touch For example, 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 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 sequels and I can t wait to read the improvements.Nice 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 sof a preparation book for the entire series as the book prepared the groundwork for the general plot, characters, and world building for the rest of the series I heard from everyone that this is a series that keeps on getting better with each sequel and I definitely will continue reading the series You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest


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    10 30 2017 AUDIBLE DAILY DEAL 4.95 IS A STEAL Y ALL I 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 encounters However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Nice Dragons Finish Last The Heartstrikers are a large clan of dragons known for their ferocity power Headed up by their matriarch, Bethesda, they exude the type of uny 10 30 2017 AUDIBLE DAILY DEAL 4.95 IS A STEAL Y ALL I 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 encounters However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Nice Dragons Finish Last The Heartstrikers are a large clan of dragons known for their ferocity power Headed up by their matriarch, Bethesda, they exude the type of unyielding superiority to be expected from any respectable family of dragons And then there s Julius Born without the personality or temperament of a good dragon, Julius is undoubtedly the black sheep of the Heartstriker clan As punishment for his lack of initiative, his mother seals him into his human form drops him in the middle of the Detroit Free Zone, where dragons are destroyed on sight if discovered.This story in a word FUN The book sets up a situation that manages to be both serious playful at the same time It reminded me a lot of the experience I had reading The Rook The magic lore are relevant to the outcome of the story, but do not overwhelm the charm of the characters Speaking of, my favorite aspect of the novel is, by far, the characters Julius interactions with every member of his family are hilarious authentic in the way they are written I was delighted every time someone new came into the story totally engaged with how they involved themselves in the plot.Julius in particular really appealed to me as a character He s a lover of video games fantasy movies with a heartfelt sense of justice he is exactly the type of person I could see myself hanging out with in real life The story is sprinkled through with so many references, my heart was singing I could really feel Rachel Aaron s love for nerd culture.My only issues with this installment were 1 Some phrases were repeatedoften than necessary it interrupted the flow of my reading.2 I did not love the romantic development, but it is in no way overwhelming Most people would probably agree that it s not relevant enough to mention, but after being exposed to so many shitty insta love triangles but daddy, I love him plot devices, I m a little no nonsense when it comes to romance in my novels.As the book came to a close, it laid out some hints about the forthcoming plot that really piqued my interest I can t wait to start the next one


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    I didn t have any expectations when I picked this book up and was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable 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 eye rolling.This is an urban fantasy tale about dragons which are able walk the earth in human form Rachel Aaron created a really interesting world that takes place in the future where magic which had disappeare I didn t have any expectations when I picked this book up and was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable 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 eye rolling.This is an urban fantasy tale about dragons which are able walk the 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 into earth 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 earth with dragons living amongst human in our guise to be unique Draconic clans and politics, dragon seers and magic, emergence 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 eyes 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 even a bit boringly so at first His older siblings, however, have characteristicstypical to such apex predators, i.e arrogant, aggressive and ambitious Being so undraconic and feeling completely out of his element 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 withinteractions between Justin and Marci, and with his family members, his characterisation becameengaging 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 entirely predictable as one does not know for sure how Julius was going to work his way around all thesepowerful characters, while still being true to his personality His partnership and eventual 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 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 fun, enjoyable and riveting A series that is definitely worth continuing This review can also be found at Booknest


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    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum found this book surprisingly enjoyable or 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 ambitious But boy, does Aaron pull it off with flying colors I think Nice Dragons Finish Last may be my favorite boo 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum found this book surprisingly enjoyable or 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 ambitious 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 fantastic.Meet 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 eyes 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 Zone.Built on the ruins of old Detroit, the DFZ is set apart from the rest of the country, having been annexed by the spirit Algonquin, 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 exiled human mage who is dealing with her own hefty set of problems.First of all, I called this one an urban fantasy, but it s actually a lotcomplicated than that Rachel Aaron puts a fun, fresh twist on the genre, infusing her setting with science fiction, post apocalyptic and dystopic elements as well as a touch of mythology It s a fascinating mix Magic exists in the world now, thanks to a meteor striking the earth in 2035 Algonquin awakens from the resulting shockwave, causing great tidal waves to rise, which was how Detroit was flooded and destroyed The DFZ rises from its ruins, thriving unchecked on an economy system based on free enterprise and bounty hunting.I 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 earning an impressive collection of online degrees It s hard not to feel for him if Julian were human, he d actually be quite a catch Good looking, sweet, kind, educated, and being just this side of geeky enough for me Bah, too bad he had to be born to a clan of merciless, cutthroat dragons who can t appreciate his finer points.No 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 I even 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 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 quirks, and I loved them all.Rachel 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 first experience Adam can do a wonderful range of voices, even though I have to say a couple of them didn t quite 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 effects like hissing for when Bethesda is annoyed, or groaning when Justin is exasperated with Julius Little touches like that can make the listening experiencememorable.All in all, I m really impressed with how well this book came together Maybe it s because urban fantasy isto my tastes, but I think I liked this one eventhan 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 easy to get into, it s hard to stop once you start Highly recommended if you re looking for an entertaining feel good book


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    5 dragons stars Oh My Goodness Gracious Me.THIS 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 humour.Nice Dragons Finish Last delivered everything and , and the audiobook narration by Vikas Adam made the experienc 5 dragons stars Oh My Goodness Gracious Me.THIS 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 humour.Nice Dragons Finish Last delivered everything and , and the audiobook narration by Vikas Adam made the experience all theenjoyable.I m struggling on where to start with this There s so much to go over It s an urban fantasy without the urban fantasy tropes But despite the lack of expected stuff which can make a lot of urban fantasy boring , this book is the start of what s sure to be a fantastic series I m so pleased all the books are out so I can devour them one after another I m already nearly halfway through book two, and am loving thatthan this one.The story kicks off with a mysterious prologue where we re introduced to the concept of magic and mages, which is all very enjoyable and thought provoking Then we get straight into it with Julius, the youngest, smallest, and weakest of all his siblings in the Heartstriker dragon clan, waking up on the sofa in an immaculate apartment Jessica, his sister, has let him stay with her for the night after he was kicked out of home by their mother, Bethesda.A phone call from Bethesda, lays everything out for him She s bored of him hiding in his room a survival tactic Julius used to avoid his older,aggressive siblings , and has given him an ultimatum he has less than a month to do something draconic you know, take over something command and conquer or she ll eat him.As punishment for being a whelp, Julius has been sealed in his alternate, human form by his mother While it has cut down on his appetite, it means he can t transform into his true form a feathered dragon Bethesda is the daughter of the the ancient Quetzalcoatl.To make matters even worse, Julius has been sent to the Detroit Free Zone The DFZ is about the only place in the world where dragons are illegal, and killed on site What a set up indeed We re introduced to a number of characters, all of whom I loved and some I loathed as well , including the absolutely wonderful Marci She s not just some side character or love interest although there might be a few sparks building she s fully fleshed out with power and troubles of her own She and Julius make quite the pair when they end up together.There are also a number of Julius s siblings Bethesda is unlike most other dragons in that she s had a number of clutches over her life Ten, to be exact Each clutch is named for a different letter of the alphabet, with A clutch being the oldest, down to J clutch, where Julius comes in We meet a few of his siblings alongside Jessica Justin, Ian, Chelsie, and Bob I can t get over how awesome Bob is They all are, in their own way But Bob is extra special awesome.There are other dragon clans including the amazing Svena, Katya, and Estella There are Seers, too, throwing a spanner in the works.The lore and world building is as strong as the characters and their development You have spirits and shaman, thugs from Las Vegas and unique, rare magical items It s an unrelenting story in terms of pace, action, reveals, twists, and turns I could not predict what would happen and thought about this story as soon as I stopped reading listening.If you want a fun, playful yet deathly dark and serious in numerous places , highly entertaining I laughed out loud in my car so many times story, this is one to go for The cover art, too, is DAZZLING, and if you enjoy audiobooks, I cannot rate it highly enough.The most fun reading I ve had in a very long time.To read the rest of my review including things I loved and didn t love, head over to my website


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    Full review now posted Rating 3.5 stars Sometimes, it doesn t pay to be nice But it s always the right decision Even if you re a dragon.Julius Heartstiker is having a hard day His mom kicked him out with nothing but the clothes on his back, and has threatened to 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 to eat her child Well, the answer to both of those questions is DRAGON, because that s Full review now posted Rating 3.5 stars Sometimes, it doesn t pay to be nice But it s always the right decision Even if you re a dragon.Julius Heartstiker is having a hard day His mom kicked him out with nothing but the clothes on his back, and has threatened to 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 to eat her child Well, the answer to both of those questions 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 ensues.Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres for when I m stressed or tired or just need an escape The genre doesn t tend to be as literary as a lot of the fantasy and other fiction I choose to read, which is absolutely why I enjoy it It gives me a compelling story with interesting characters, but in a way where I can just sink into the story without having to think too deeply Urban fantasy and romance and middle grade books are what I read for fun, and to give my mind a break That being said, I still expect a certain quality of writing in my urban fantasy, and this first installment in the Heartstrikers series left something to be desired The writing felt novice, if that makes sense There was a lot of said wearily and scoffed angrily and such, which is a writing pet peeve of mine Show me what the characters are feeling don t overuse adverbs to describe their tones Aaron did a lot of telling instead of showing, and because of that I never engaged as deeply with the characters as I would have liked One of the things about urban fantasy that I used to dislike but now appreciate is the use of first person narrative It s not my favorite perspective to read however, it imbues the main character with , well, character I feellike I get to know the protagonist, and some writing choices that I would generally view as lazy becomelike character quirks in my eyes, actually making the protagonist soundrealistic I think Julius, our main character in this series, would have benefitted from this treatment However, I ve heard that Aaron s writing improves as the series progresses, which I look forward to experiencing.While I didn t fully click with the characters, I did enjoy them Especially Bob Bob is quite possibly the most eccentric character I ve come across in urban fantasy, and that s saying a lot I can t wait to learnabout him I didn t immediately fall in love with this series, but I am intrigued Dragons aren t very predominant in the UF genre, and the whole premise is interesting I have multiple friends who adore this series, so I can t wait to see where it leads


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    Nice Dragons Finish Last is a delightful start to what looks like a very promising series.I might love the fantasy genre, but urban fantasy has ever 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 Queen 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 Nice Dragons Finish Last is a delightful start to what looks like a very promising series.I might love the fantasy genre, but urban fantasy has ever 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 Queen 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 year.Meet our main character, Julius He is as nice a dragon as you will ever 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 gives.Clearly, one of the apples fell far from the tree Unfortunately for Julius, his mother will no longer tolerate the embarrassment 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 eat him.To avoid relating muchof 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 waycomplicated than they appearSometimes, he really, really, really hated being a dragonI had a really great time following Julius s journey So often we as readers expect every 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 expected No being cruel, because you were treated cruelly Just being compassionate and doing what is right.And that s just Julius Marci was equally fascinating, and evenenjoyable 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 enough of her Or her cat, GhostWhat is going on he cried Why does she need a ward against bullets And why does your human have a dead cat in her purseAlong the way we meet quite 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 entertaining and fascinating character of them all The Great Seer of the Heartstrikers, Brohomir Also known as, BobSo 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 eyebrow One of these things is not like the othersWrapping up, Rachel Aaron has woventhan enough worldbuilding into the story, fleshing out the setting quite well for such a short tale and giving us tastes of dragon lore, magical creatures, myths, spirits and muchThe pacing is brisk, the writing 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 have enough of that It s the ice cream of the genre and I d like another scoop


  10. says:

    Dnf 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 then explaining it just in case you didn t grasp it the first time, repeatedly There is just so much groaning and eye rolling I can do Giving it 2 stars since worldbuilding is passable.Feels like this is directed towards much younger audience Could work for adults who enjoy reading children s books.


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