The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart will give you a sweet tooth [REVIEW]

aboutthebook26869768The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
February 22, 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN13 9781408880319
RRP $14.99
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?addtogr


whatithoughtDo you ever read a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because it’s just so darn precious? Well, that was The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart for me.

First off, if you ever plan on reading this book, make sure you have chocolate nearby, because you’re going to get the munchies! There is oh-so-much talk of chocolately goodness throughout the entirety of this book, that I guarantee you’ll be craving sweets in absolutely no time at all.Read More »


Waiting on Wednesday #2: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine, and is a way to showcase our never-ending list of eagerly anticipated upcoming releases. This week I’m waiting on..

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Book 3 in The Rebel of the Sands Trilogy
Releasing on
 February 01, 2018 by Faber & Faber

I read The Rebel of the Sands a couple of months after it was first released back in 2016, and to be completely honest with you, I didn’t think it was anything too special.

Despite that, I still wanted to see where the series was headed, because it did hook me right at the very end (typical, right?).

After reading Traitor to the Throne earlier this year however, my opinion on this series has flipped completely! I absolutely L O V E D it, and now I’m desperate to know how it all ends!Read More »

From the Cave #1: Dec 03, 2017

From the Cave is a fortnightly update post to showcase any new books I’ve acquired and what I’m planning on reading next. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

Hey hi hello and welcome to this new thing I’ve decided to do (so eloquently)! I thought it might be fun to have some sort of recurring feature on my blog. For now this will remain a fortnightly feature, and will be used in place of monthly wrap-ups and TBRs (because I never stick to them lol). I feel that if I make more short-term goals for myself, I’ll have a bit more luck!lifeupdatesI am e x h a u s t e d. This last week has been pretty hectic for me. Not only has it been work work work, but I’ve also had a lot of family and social commitments including a wedding, a 16th birthday, and a 50th wedding anniversary!

My boyfriend and I recently finished watching Marvel’s The Defenders and started watching The Punisher, and we even went out and saw Thor: Ragnarok. 100 emoji @ all. Do recommend. I’m 2 episodes from being up to date on Riverdale, and then I’m going to need to find something else to watch. I did start rewatching The Vampire Diaries (I stopped at about season 5 back when it was still airing), but I’m not sure I’m quite feeling it at the moment. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to know!

I also realised a couple of days ago (with much shock) that next Sunday is my birthday! It’s snuck up on me so quickly, and everyone is now asking what I want and I don’t have a clue! HELPP!!!!Read More »

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Graevale by Lynette Noni

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine, and is a way to showcase our never-ending list of eagerly anticipated upcoming releases. This week I’m waiting on..

35439559.jpgGraevale by Lynette Noni

Book 4 in The Medoran Chronicles
Releasing on
 February 01, 2018 by Pantera Press

The Medoran Chronicles is easily one of my favourite series, and the wait for each new installment is EXCRUCIATING!

So far the series hasn’t let me down once and has destroyed every part of my being with its brilliance! Seriously, this series just gets better and better as the story progresses!

My review for book one can be found HERE if you’d like to learn more!Read More »

Embrace the Wonder with Akarnae [REVIEW]

aboutthebook23569787.jpgAkarnae (The Medoran Chronicles #1) by Lynette Noni
February 01, 2015 by Pantera Press
ISBN13 9781921997501
RRP $9.99
Young Adult Fantasy
Source: QBD the Bookshop

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes—literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?


whatithoughtIt’s not very often that I get hooked on a book from the very first page, but this book definitely had me so. So much happened in just the first ten pages, and I found myself on the edge of my seat right from the get-go.

The story follows Alexandra ‘Alex’ Jennings, who is thrust into a world that is not quite her own. Alex is meant to be spending her school year at the International Exchange Academy, whilst her parents are abroad on an archeological dig. Instead, she passes through a magical doorway, and ends up in the world of Medora, and finds herself at Akarnae Academy – an educational facility for teenagers who are gifted with extraordinary powers and abilities, much like Hogwarts or Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

Alex’s only hope of returning to her own world rests in the hands of Akarnae’s headmaster, Marselle. But with him currently missing, she has no choice but to attend Akarnae until he returns. Based on her potential, she is placed in a range of classes varying in difficulty, and so commences her education as she discovers this new and enchanting world.Read More »

Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Hey MTV, welcome to my blog! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kristy!


I’ve recently made the decision to stop reviewing for publishers in order to focus on my personal reading, and ya know what? It’s actually making me want to blog again! The obligation to review everything that I was being sent made reading and blogging feel like such a chore, and as such I sort of vanished from the blogging scene because I couldn’t handle the pressure of time constraints. But now I can finally read at my own leisure, and there’s no pressure on me to have reviews up by any given time.

With this decision comes a fresh start. I’ve moved my old blog to a different url (which will be deleted in due course), and am starting from the bottom once more. Over time, I’ll be moving my old reviews across to here, because I worked my damn butt off on those, so I sure as hell ain’t giving up on them!

If you’re looking for a blog with interesting discussions and other tidbits to share, then you’ve come to the wrong place my friend. Here, you’ll probably just find reviews and wrap-ups comprised mostly of keyboard flailing. But hey, I hope you’ll still stick around because I’m sure it’ll be fun! We can stay up late swapping manly stories, and in the mornin’ I’m making waffles!

Until next time,