Mage to Star Wars There s been a great disturbance in the Force World 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 uniue 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 even kill anyone who gets in their way And noone is enthusiastic about it then the Heartstrikers the largest dragon family there is with 10 clutches for the past 1000 ears There is one tiny exception Julius the A Bush Calendar youngest and most useless to his mother dragon in the family and probably the whole world Protagonist Julius is only 24ears 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 whimOne 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 uestion Dragon logic ok The Siblings We don t get to see many of Julius s siblings but let me tell ou THEY ARE AWESOME I complained about them being boring and predictable but I was proven wrong uite uickly Not only are they complicated 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 manipulativeChelsie around 700 ears 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 warningIan around 100 50 Years of Silence years old a calculative and probably the most ambitious Heartstriker despite hisoung age Very good at manipulating others to achieve what he wants He s the one who hires Julius to complete the taskBob around 800 Vide et plein 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 800ears of experience behind him ou 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 endJustin 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 of his mother s 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 wordOf course there are a few dragons 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 circumstancesMy final impressionI absolutely herself to a rather menacing ghost cat for lifedue to some weird circumstancesMy final impressionI absolutely 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 es 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 seuelAudiobookVikas Adam is hilarious he adds even humor to the dialogue and I loved his narration ConclusionWill I read the seuel Gimme Gimme GimmeWill I reread Sure probably once I finish the seriesWill I buy a hard copy Depending on whether a like the seuel 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 Punainen kuin veri you re looking for a light and entertaining Urban Fantasy read with good uality humor give Nice Dragons Finish Last a go Ifou find the first half a little bit boring like me don t worry it gets far betterPublished on the 15th of July My birthday It s a sig. 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 dragon. ,
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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 uite the pair when they end up togetherThere 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 awesomeThere are other dragon clans including the amazing Svena Katya and Estella There are Seers too throwing a spanner in the worksThe lore and world building is as strong as the characters and their development You have spirits and shaman thugs from Las Vegas and uniue 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 readinglisteningIf Make You Mine you want a fun playfulet 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 More Than a Princess (The Montevaro Monarchy you enjoy audiobooks I cannot rate it highly enoughThe most fun reading I ve had in a very long timeTo read the rest of my review including things I loved and didn t love head over to my website 45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum found this book surprisingly enjoyableor 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 magi 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 foroung adult fantasy Rest assured it is not and neither does it have all the standard overused YA tropes which are prone to induce eye rollingThis 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 The Courage to Stand Alone Letters from Prison and Other Writings 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 uniue 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 characteristics typical to such apex predators ie 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 with interactions between Justin and Marci and with his family members his characterisation became engaging 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 these powerful 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 Audible Daily Deal Sale until 28Jan18 495425 Just try to forget I m watchingour every move while silently judging Halftime with Craig you and make the decision asou normally would based on the information provided
Thank You 3 3You 3 3 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 ou don t have to have sighing teenagers whose eye dilate in a spectacular shade of blue and let out breaths they didn t know they were holding 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 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 exudeferocity power Headed up by their matriarch Bethesda they exude 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 discoveredThis story in a word FUN The book sets up a situation that manages to be both serious playful at the same time 355 starsThis is literally the second urban fantasy book that I enjoyed readingMy great friend TS recommended this to me since the end of 2016 She said I know ou have a long TBR but I think Daughter of the Moon (Tales of Inthya, you might like this Fast forward almost oneear 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 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 enjoyableThere 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 Great Short Stories of Detection Mystery and Horror years old dragon considered superoung 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 it Well 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 deep Julius 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 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 entire 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 Unstuck you want to see of her artworks for the other charactersou 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 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 ho. 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. .
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 Adam in Ochre: Inside Aboriginal Australia 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 passableFeels like this is directed towards muchounger audience Could work for adults who enjoy 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 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 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 The Storytellers Muse yearMeet our main character Julius He is as nice a dragon asou 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 givesClearly 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 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 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 Breve diccionario artúrico you were treated cruelly Just being compassionate and doing what is rightAnd that s just Julius Marci was eually fascinating and even enjoyable 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 Ghost What is going on he cried Why does she need a ward against bullets And why doesour 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 entertaining 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 eyebrow One of these things is not like the others Wrapping up Rachel Aaron has woven than enough 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 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 Le corps des femmes: La bataille de l'intime you can never have enough of that It s the ice cream of the genre and I d like another scoop Full review now postedRating 35 stars Sometimes it doesn t pay to be nice But it s always the right decision Even ifou 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 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 uestions is DRAGON because that s what Julius and
his mother and his dozens upon dozens ofmother and his dozens upon dozens of 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 ensuesUrban 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 Witha compelling story with 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 uality 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 feel like I get to know the protagonist and some writing choices that I would generally view as lazy become like character uirks in my eyes actually making the protagonist sound realistic 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 experiencingWhile I didn t fully click with the characters I did enjoy them Especially Bob Bob is uite possibly the most eccentric character I ve come across in urban fantasy and that s saying a lot I can t wait to learn about himI 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 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 delivered everything and and the audiobook narration by Vikas Adam made the experience all the enjoyableI 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 that than this oneThe 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 Saving the Omegas The Legion Omegas 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 BethesdaA 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 draconicou know take over something command and conuer or she ll eat himAs 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 uetzalcoatlTo 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 indeedWe re introduced to a number of characters all of whom I loved. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan Julius survives by a simple code keep uiet 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.