The Formula for Success dEven want to put it in my YA pileJulius is a horribleragon He is the scrawniest least African Literature and Social Change dragon like of all his many siblings He has no ambition to gain power norive to hoard treasure and he is nice to humans of all things His mother has had enough of him hiding out in his room playing on the internet and not being ragonlike so she has bound him in his human form and he has a month to o something Dragon worthy or she is going to eat himI loved this story Julius is adorable in so many ways and he brought out this mothering instinct in me that made me want to nurture the kid But it isn t just Julius he hooks up with a witch to get a little help and I totally LOVE her Marci is a fantastic character and she was so much fun with her interesting witchy contraptions bubbly personality and curious nature She is hard not to like her but she is Please Will Someone Help Me? definitely has someemons and secrets that might be of a not so nice natureBut if you Seventh Street Alchemy A Selection of Writings from the Caine Prize for African Writing 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing series don t read this for one of the best Beta Boy characters I ve ever read read it for BOB So let me make sure I ve got this straight Marci said The three greatragon 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 He s actually Brohomir Great Seer of the Heartstrikers but he only answers to that on formal occasions or when he s booking tables at restaurants Bob is Julius s favorite brother or at least he will be in about a year according to Bob the Heartstrikers great and powerful seer Thing is getting caught up in Bob s potential futures could also get you killed He was hilarious and one of the best side characters I ve read in a long time He seems a little on the cray cray side but that was part of the fun of his character Don t get your feathers in a fluff he chided I m here to help I can t let you have all the fun can I Julius gaped at him What s fun about almost Dripping Hot Action dying But that s the best sort of fun Bob replied The kind you can look back on centuries later and laugh about Of course since I m always centuries ahead I can laugh about it right now There was some ground work set and you can tell that there are some biggerragon politics and machinations going on it the background but the overall story and getting to know the characters magic and world was a lot of fun I m so happy I finally got to this bookI totally recommend it to any Fantasy lover 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 No Place To Cry: The Hurt and Healing of Sexual Abuse 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 ofragons 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 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 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 All That Glitters (Alchemys Heirs 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 years oldragon considered super young in African American English: A Linguistic Introduction dragon age and unlike all the otherragons Julius has an considered super young in Great Short Stories by African-American Writers dragon age and unlike all the otherragons Julius has an 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 Drunk On Chocolate dragon otherwise he ll lose hisragon form forever The plot never takes itself seriously it played out like generic fun action movies and I it played out like generic fun action movies and I 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 Major Problems in African-American History: From Freedom to Freedom Now, 1865-1990s (Major Problems in American History Series) during my read through it Well he s not really my friend Julius admitted Ion t even know his real name actually but I was his healer in the game and the bond between healer and tank runs Academia 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 superuper kind person bullied with hidden power sealed who cared A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars deeply for his friends and willo 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 Love on the Rocks Men Women and Alcohol in Post World War II America 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 you want to see of her artworks for the other characters you simply have to check her reviews on the series Believe me they re soamn good both review and artsI need to also talk about Bob a bit he Beths Stable Stolen by an Alien 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 someoneislike a character that paid homage to Star Wars There s been a great Aliens Vs Predator disturbance in the Force World building wise Aaronid a great job in explaining the lore and history of the ragons settings are written efficiently Plus the class and birth specification clutch in this book of the ragon 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 Academic Writing, Real World Topics 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 wellone It s ifferent 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 " the groundwork for the general plot 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 efinitely 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 Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic debating whether to put Nice Dragons finish last in my list of favoritesI ll wait to see how I feel about the seuelOk ok howo I start I was freaking bore. 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FREE DOWNLOAD Nice Dragons Finish Last Heartstrikers #1Dnf at 50%This isn t working for me Too childish and na ve for my taste It Alien Conquest doesn t help that author has a habit of stating the obvious and then explaining it just in case youidn t grasp it the first time repeatedly There is just so much groaning and eye rolling I can Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide do Giving it 2 stars since worldbuilding is passableFeels like this isirected towards much younger audience Could work for adults who enjoy reading children s books Nice Dragons Finish Last is a Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery 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 yearMeet our main character Julius He is as nice aragon 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 Conjure In African American Society dragon race Ruthless cruel ambitious Apex predators They rule society from powerful positions They areoctors senators captains of industry Dragons Womens Political Activism in Palestine 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 niceragon for a son Thus she seals his Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, dragon form trapping him in his human body and banishes him to the DFZ A place whereragons 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 The alphas abused mate 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 aragon 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 Word Alchemy dragon standards because it s expected No being cruel because you were treated cruelly Just being compassionate andoing 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 The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures does she need a ward against bullets And whyoes your human have a An Endless Lie 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 properraconic 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 ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) 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 ofragon 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 amn fun this book is Nice Dragons is how much amn fun this book is Nice Dragons Last is feel good fantasy and you can never have enough of that It s the ice cream of the genre and I After the Tears d like another scoop Full review now postedRating 35 stars Sometimes itoesn t pay to be nice But it s always the right Daddy Blames Me decision Even if you re aragonJulius Heartstiker is having a hard Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) day His mom kicked him out with nothing but the clothes on his back and has threatened to eat him if heoesn t mend his ways By mend she means stop being so Facing the Rising Sun 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 hisozens upon Best African American Fiction 2010 dozens of siblings areragons However Julius s Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, draconic form has been sealed leaving him helplessly human in the only city in the world whereragons 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 genr 5 Teacher For An Alien Doctor (Intergalactic Exchange Program, 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 thingsragon I love fantasy I love magic I love world building I love character New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 driven stories On occasion and whenone well I love humourNice Dragons Finish Last The Battle over Marriage 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 Butespite 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 Teaching History for Justice 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 youngest smallest and weakest of all his siblings in the Heartstrikerragon 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 Julius used to avoid his older aggressive siblings and has given him an ultimatum he has less than a month Laughing to Keep from Dying do somethingraconic you 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 INTERRACIAL ROMANCE down on his appetite it means he can t transform into his true form a featheredragon Bethesda is the Stolen Years 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 whereragons are illegal and killed on site What a set up indeedWe 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 uite the pair when they end up togetherThere are also a number of Julius s siblings Bethesda is unlike most other Sarah T - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic dragons in that she s had a number of clutches over her life Ten to be exact Each clutch is named As the smallestragon in the Heartstriker clan Julius survives by a simple code keep uiet LA Mujer En Puerto Rico don’t cause trouble and stay out of the way of biggerragons But this meek behavior Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies doesn't 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Or aifferent letter of the alphabet with A clutch being the oldest Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree 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 otherragon 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 My Hero Academia memes jokes - Funny and Jokes memes book 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 you want a fun playful yeteathly Technologies for Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse and Addiction 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 enoughThe most fun reading I ve had in a very long timeTo read the rest of my review including things I loved andidn 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 Secret Origins Action Figures dragons magicystopia humor and urban fantasy Seemed just a tad ambitious But boy Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources, 1957-1987 (Bibliographical Research in African Written Literatures, No 1) 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 fantasticMeet Julius the smallestragon in the Heartstriker clan He isn t a pushover so much as he s just Active Noise Control Systems: Algorithms and DSP Implementations (Wiley Series in Telecommunications and Signal Processing) downright terrible at being aragon He s nice considerate has no Effective executive in action 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 theragon matriarch banishes her son to the Detroit Free ZoneBuilt on the ruins of old Detroit the DFZ is set apart from the rest of the country having been annexed by the spirit Algonuin 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 Data Structures and Algorithms in C 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 isealing with her own hefty set of problemsFirst of all I called this one an urban fantasy but it s actually a lot complicated than that Rachel Aaron puts a fun fresh twist on the genre infusing her setting with science fiction post apocalyptic and Fundamentals Of Agriculture Vol -2 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 Algonuin awakens from the resulting shockwave causing great tidal waves to rise which was how Detroit was flooded andestroyed The DFZ rises from its ruins thriving unchecked on an economy system based on free enterprise and bounty huntingI 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 To Heal a Wounded Heart 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 onlineegrees It s hard not to feel for him if Julian were human he Narcissistic Abuse Recovery d actually be uite 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 cutthroatragons who can t appreciate his finer pointsNo 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 ynamic 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 Heartstriker assassin and Bob the mercurial Seer Did I also mention names her children by assigning each clutch by letter in order of the alphabet so that all the ragonlings 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 uirks and I loved them allRachel 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 A Memory of Mankind 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 cano a wonderful range of voices even though I have to say a couple of them Will Teach for Food Academic Labor in Crisis Cultural Politics didn t uite fit like Bob whom he made sound like a stoned surferude 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 Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee 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 experience memorableAll in all I m really impressed with how well this book came together Maybe it s because urban fantasy is to my tastes but I think I liked this one even than Aaron s Paradox trilogy and Iid 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 I idn t have any expectations when I picked this book up and was pleasantly surprised 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mistake this for young adult fantasy assured it is not and neither oes it have all the standard overused YA tropes which are prone to induce eye rollingThis is an urban fantasy tale about Academic Capitalism and the New Economy Markets State and Higher Education 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 hadisappeared 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 Scalia V. Epstein dystopian earth withragons living amongst human in our guise to be uniue Draconic clans and politics Material Alchemy dragon seers and magic emergence of magical spirits of the l Audible Daily Deal Sale until 28Jan18 495425 Just try to forget I m watching your every move while silently judging you and make theecision as you normally would based on the information provided Thank You 3 3 StarsWhat aMight Mistake This For Young Adult Fantasy
breath of fresh air Where has this book been in my tbr pile I should have ustedof fresh air Where has this book been in my tbr pile I should have usted off to readlistened the audio is really good forever ago Another YA book that proves that you Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics don t have to have sighing teenagers whose eyeilate in a spectacular shade of blue and let out breaths they Regenerating Agriculture: Policies and Practice for Sustainability and Self Reliance didn t know they were holding to have tension and a great story You could just actually have a plot and cool characters This was actually so good Ion 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 ragon or kiss. .