I’m so excited to be taking part in the Alliana, Girl Of Dragons Book Tour, hosted by TBR And Beyond Tours. Check out my review below!
Alliana, Girl Of Dragons
By Julie Abe
Middle Grade Fantasy
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
August 2, 2022
Hardcover ~ Kindle
Once upon a time, Alliana believed in dreams and fairy tales as sweet as spun-sugar clouds. Alliana wished on shooting stars, sure that someday she and her grandmother would be able to travel to the capital city to see the queen. Then her grandmother passed away—and those dreams disappeared in a disenchanted puff.
Now Alliana’s forced to attend to the whims of her wicked stepmother—with long days of cleaning her stepfamily’s inn as her skin burns raw or staying up until the crack of dawn to embroider her stepsister’s ball gowns. Until she meets two beings who change her life forever—the first is a young nightdragon who Alliana discovers she can magically talk to. And the second is Nela, a young witch. Nela needs Alliana’s help navigating the mysterious abyss, filled with dangerous beasts, a place Alliana knows by heart.
Alliana sees Nela’s request as a chance to break free of her stepmother’s shadow and to seize a chance at a life she’s barely dared to hope for—but there’s a risk. If caught, Alliana will be stuck working for her stepmother for the rest of her life. Can Alliana truly make wisps of dreams into her own, better-than-a-fairy-tale happily ever after?
Inspired by the Japanese Cinderella story and set in the same world as the Eva Evergreen series, this story can be read as a standalone.
A retelling with a twist! Cinderella but with a dragon! I’m a huge fan. I love the found family trope and Julie Abe pulled it off wonderfully. The story flows easily without any down time. The characters are well fleshed out and extremely loveable. I enjoyed the likeness and differences from the original fairytale. The world building is above and beyond what I’ve normally seen in middle grade. As a dragon lover I was beyond excited as soon as I seen this gorgeous cover – and the book did not disappoint!
About The Author
Julie Abe is the author of the EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH middle grade fantasy series; the middle grade fantasy ALLIANA, GIRL OF DRAGONS; and the young adult novel THE CHARMED LIST. She has lived in Silicon Valley, spent many humid summers in Japan, and currently basks in the sunshine of Southern California with never enough books or tea. Keep up with Julie’s latest books and adventures at instagram.com/julieabebooks or sign up for her newsletter at julieabebooks.com/newsletter.
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Huge thanks to TBR And Beyond, Little Brown For Young Readers and Julie Abe for my gifted copy! To grab this book for yourself click on one of the links below!
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