After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Two of the seven dragon sanctuaries have already fallen. Will Wyrmroost be next?
Armed with secret information from a new ally, Celebrant seeks a talisman that will guarantee victory in the war against the humans. With a cursed castle and traitorous creatures standing in the way, Kendra and Seth must attempt to foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to his prize.
Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost to quell the uprising and protect the world from draconic dominion? One thing is certain—dragons are deadly foes, and one wrong move could bring swift defeat. It will take more than Kendra, Seth, and their current allies have ever given to endure the wrath of the Dragon King.
Brandon Mull is one of my favorite authors. And my daughters love his books as well. His books are a must read at our house. In fact, this book has been fought over. You know it’s good when that happens!
This book picks up where the first Dragonwatch left off. If you haven’t read that one, you really need to read it. Before you read any more of this review or before you read this one.
I love how Brandon Mull has kept Seth and Kendra consistent throughout both the Fablehaven series and this one. The reader knows the characters well enough to know how they will respond to things. Both Seth and Kendra are great characters. I love that you get to see things through their perspectives.
Another fun thing about this one is that we get to see things through a newer characters perspective as well. Knox is Seth and Kendra’s cousin. He and Seth seem to be cut from a similar cloth. They are both more curious than they should be about everything. And they both get into trouble because of it.
I loved the fantasy of this one. The way the author describes things like things like the feast with the dragons made it easy for me to picture it in my mind. And there are so many fun and clever things in this one.
If you’re a lover of middle grade books, fantasy stories, or dragons, you will love this book and the whole series.
I was sent a copy of Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children. He may or may not have a giant magical bovine in his backyard. Brandon is excited to share more adventures with Kendra and Seth in Dragonwatch, the sequel to Fablehaven.
About illustrator Brandon Dorman
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration. Brandon Dorman and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligan; The Alien who Ate My Socks, is Brandon’s first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.
Check out author Brandon Mull reading part of Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King
What to read after Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King
It’s been two years since Kate Evans unexpectedly lost her husband and one year since her aunt Cassandra stepped in and moved Kate and her son back to Colorado to start a new life.
Just when Kate is starting to get comfortable in her new reality, three very different men enter her life. Alec is young, easygoing, and up for anything. Nate is a divorced dad who is steady, reliable, and everything Kate should want. Jess is quite literally the boy next door, not to mention a real-life movie star straight from every girl’s dreams.
Is she really ready to jump into the dating scene again? Or does she stay in the same safe place free from heartache? In between braving water slides to cheating at croquet, Kate is forced to confront things she’d rather leave buried, along with the possibility of a new love that is exactly what she needs.
The cover of this one…I simply love it!
I loved the way Kate is in this book. She’s a bit of a quirky character and she made me laugh so many times. There’s a part in the first chapter where she karate kicks a swinging door open and makes her aunt’s housekeeper, Zinn, drop a whole bunch of drinks. That scene was so vivid, I could almost see it in my mind. It was interesting to me the way what had happened earlier in Kate’s life doesn’t get brought up for a bit in the plot. I knew something was up with her, but wasn’t sure quite what. Kate is a great mom to her 8 year old son. I loved the way he was the center of her world. It was obvious that she’d do anything she could for him.
There are so many great characters in this one. I loved her aunt Cass and her housekeeper Zinn. Kate’s constant re-writing of the history she had made up for Zinn made me laugh! It was a bit sad that we never actually found out. I also loved Jess. It was kind of fun the way he was always there, especially when Kate did something stupid or wasn’t looking her best. I loved how he goes out of his way to do things with Ethan. I can’t say I really liked Alec, he didn’t go out of his way to do things for Kate, let alone do anything for Ethan. Although, he did provide some funny situations.
The plot of this one was really well done. I loved the contemporary, humorous aspects. This one’s a fun one to read! Go get your own copy.
I was sent a copy of Simply Starstruck as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
Aspen Marie Hadley loves nothing more than a great story. She has devoted herself to storytelling for the majority of her life, writing her first novel at her kitchen table in the eighth grade. Aside from writing for her own enjoyment, Aspen has blogged and for a time wrote The Aspen Adventure Series that she would email around to family and friends, sharing her tales of accidental escapades. Aspen has been supplied with endless fodder for her stories through her work at a dry cleaner, as a waitress, as a dental office manager, executive assistant, transcriptionist, and working on an 800-line taking customer messages while attending Utah State University. Aspen shares her life with a patient husband, four hilarious children, one grumpy dog, and two incredibly loud birds in a quiet Utah suburb next to her beloved mountains. Simply Starstruck is her debut novel. You can find her at www.aspenmariehadley.com, on Facebook at facebook. com/aspenthewriter/ and Instagram @aspenmarieh_author.
Two children mean twice the laughter, twice the mess, and twice as much fun! Keep track of all the milestone moments of your second child’s birth with this unique memory book that involves the whole family. From pregnancy cravings to toddler quirks, this is your place to record all the memories you’ll want to treasure forever and create a special keepsake both your children will love.
See that cover…Isn’t it the cutest? I love it! And the memory book inside is just as cute. I wish we had had this book when we had our kids!
I love the way this book has places for everything. There is a spot for the story of the start of the family. Also spots for recording things about the Big Sib. As well as spaces for tons of things relating to the new baby, from morning sickness to age two. I love how the author of this one includes the whole family, with places for pictures and stories and clever check lists.
This book will be a treasured keepsake for many years to come! This would be the perfect gift for anyone you know whose family will be becoming four soon.
I have included my normal Amazon link below. I wanted to let you know that this one is for sale at Costcos in Utah, so if you are local and wanting a deal, that’d be a good place to look. And you can get 10% off at ldsbooksandthings.com.
I was sent an e-copy of When We Became Four as a gift. All opinions are my own.
A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?
The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge.
The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is.
After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again.
Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.
Jack Bentley’s life fractured into jagged shards of pain and loneliness four months ago when his wife’s car plunged into the Snake River. Still reeling from the loss of his wife and infant son, Jack finds his world shaken again when he sees the ghost of his wife, Gina. But the truth she tells him changes everything: their son didn’t drown with her.
Now, Jack must find his son before he slips away forever. Haunted by loss and his wife’s plea, Jack finds himself diving into a mystery deeper than the river’s swift current. No power on Earth can reunite him with his little boy—and even help from beyond the grave may not be enough to bring Jack’s son back.
I first got to read River Whispers last year as a beta reader. It always makes me happy to get to re-read something that I loved the first time I read it. I pulled this one out of my to be read pile one day last week.
One thing I really like about this one is the setting. I grew up living near the Snake River in Blackfoot, Idaho where the story is set. A lot of the settings are familiar to me. I could picture where the story took place. And I love that!
Rachelle Christensen is one of my favorite authors. I love her character and her plots. She just does an amazing job. Each of her books keeps me interested and turning page after page. I actually read this whole book in an afternoon.
Jack is such a great guy. The reader can sense his anguish over losing his wife Gina and son Easton. And it only gets more intense as his wife starts trying to communicate with him to let him know that their son is still alive. I loved this aspect of the story! One thing I believe is that the people we love that have died are able to help us when we need it, much like Gina does in the story.
Then there’s Emily. She was one of Gina’s best friends. So she and Jack share their grief over her death. I liked that she was also able to receive messages from Gina and she was in a position to help Jack. She goes along with some of his ideas, even when they seem a bit crazy.
The plot of this one was so great! I didn’t want to stop reading it, even though I had read it before. It’s so suspenseful. This one kept me interested until I read the very last word!
I was sent a copy of River Whispers as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life.
But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.
I love when I find new authors! The Truth About Miss Ashbourne is a a Regency Romance written by a debut author and it’s really good!
I have to say that I LOVED Miss Ashbourne, Juliana. She’s a governess in London. I loved that she wasn’t your typical governess. She’s young and pretty and willing to let her charges learn things that not a lot of society thinks they should learn. One of the things she does that her boss, Mrs Seymour objects to is taking the children to the park. Life sure is different these days!
Anyway…Juliana isn’t a governess for very much of the book. She learns early on that she’s actually an heiress. I loved the way she found out that she’s an heiress and the way she meets William Rowley. Juliana is always getting herself into scrapes that she needs help getting out of. Well…she doesn’t think she needs help getting out of them, but she does.
There is a lot going on with the backstory of this one. There were several parts relating to the backstory that I really loved. Probably my favorite part is her flashback when looking at the picture gallery. This one’s late in the story, so I’m not going to say more than that to not give anything away.
One thing about this story is that Juliana is the only character you get to be in the head of. That works sometimes really well, but I really would have loved to have seen what William thought. One thing I loved was that there were surprises for Juliana at the end of the book from her relatives that she’d gotten to spend time with.
I loved this book! Hopefully Joanna Barker is planning to write more books like this one!
I was sent a copy of The Truth About Miss Ashbourne as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Series: The Spinster Chronicles Genre: Adult, New Adult, Romance Publisher: Phase Publishing Publication date: November 1, 2018
Poor, unfortunate Spinster…
Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution.
Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject.
I love a good Regency Romance! And i’ts always a bonus when the good Regency Romance is part of a series the way this one is! Make sure you check out my review of The Merry Lives of Spinsters from yesterday to learn about the start of this series.
The Spinster and I is the story of Prudence, or Prue. She’s a member of the Spinsters group. I loved the way Prudence’s character is flawed. She’s not perfect, because she tends to stutter when she’s in an unfamiliar environment or with a large group of people. That becomes fairly obvious almost immediately in this book. Prue is, at her mother’s insistence, at a house party trying to find a man to marry. There are plenty of opportunities for everything to go wrong for her. And they do…until she meets Camden.
Camden is a young man with a suspicious reputation. What’s interesting is that as the reader gets to know him, the reader realizes that he’s more a gentleman than even he knows. I loved the way Camden saves Prue time after time. He makes her comfortable with him. And Prue is finally able to be herself in his company.
I loved that the Spinsters are in this book. They are so clever! I loved the way there are snippets from their articles at the beginning of each chapter. They made me smile every time.
I did not like Prue’s mom. At. All! It was obvious from The Merry Lives of Spinsters that she was terrible. But seeing her through Prue’s eyes showed me that she was even worse than I thought. Yikes!
I loved the plot of this one. It’s clever, romantic and there’s tons of things going on to keep the reader interested. Make sure to get yourself a copy!
I was sent an e-copy of The Spinster and I as a gift. All opinions are my own.
Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.
Georgiana Allen is a spinster and everybody knows it. She also happens to be one of the writers for the Spinster Chronicles, and everybody knows that as well. She’s accepted her lot in life, and, along with the other spinsters in her circle, takes great pride in the articles she writes and the influence she has. Then Captain Anthony Sterling infiltrates their group, and her life, and Georgie impossibly begins to hope once more.
Tony Sterling had no idea what to expect when he agreed to break up the Spinsters for his cousin, but he certainly did not expect Georgie Allen. From the very first meeting, she upends everything he thought a spinster would be, and her beauty and wit keeps him on edge in thrilling ways. The more he gets to know the Spinsters, the less he wants to break them up. And the more he wants Georgie in his life. Permanently.
I haven’t read very many of Rebecca Connolly’s books yet, but the ones I’ve read have been great! This book is great, I loved her characters and the cleverness! There are so many things to love about it.
The main heroine of this one is Georgie. She and her group of friends, the Spinsters with a capitol S, write a page in the paper. Their columns are generating plenty of talk among the ton, including young men, who want to get rid of the group. I laughed out loud at some of the witty things these young ladies came up with, both in the snippets from their columns and in their lives. Strong women characters are some of my favorites and these young ladies are!
I love all of Georgie’s friends, Izzy, Prue, Charlotte, Grace and Elinor. They each have their own personality and crazy character flaws. I loved the way each of them shines in her own way. And they’re all going to get their own story. That just makes me happy!
Then there’s Tony. Tony gets involved with the Spinsters because of his cousin Hugh. Hugh is one of the ones who want to get rid of the group. He tasks Tony with infiltrating the women and getting rid of them once and for all. Tony is happy to check things out, but it’s never his goal to do what Hugh says. I didn’t like Hugh at all! I hope he mends his ways.
Tony on the other hand is a gentleman. I loved the way he looks after all of these young women as best as he can. One of my favorite scenes is a ball where he tries to confuse all of London in regard to these young women. It works too!
This is such a fun Regency Romance. I didn’t want to stop reading it. And I’m so glad that the next book in this series is out so I can read it as well!
I was sent an e-copy of The Merry Lives of Spinsters as a gift. All opinions are my own.
The Betting Groom: Last Play Christmas Romances: The Legendary Kent Brother Romances by Taylor Hart
How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?
After getting caught in a media frenzy at a charity event, Will Kent, Quarterback for the Denver Storm and five of his buddies found themselves in jail—with no one coming for them. After bemoaning their situation, Will challenges the guys to a Christmas Bet to find the woman they had always loved, the one who had gotten away…and kiss her by Christmas Eve.
Tara Lighthouse never would have expected to find herself barefoot, on a ledge, in the middle of a snowstorm. But the recent divorce and the pregnancy test made her feel hopeless. After saying a prayer, she is shocked when Will Kent shows up at her door. And even more shocked when he offers to hire her as his PR consultant for the next four days.
After playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus, buying Christmas for a bunch of children, skiing, and spilling secrets, both of them recognize something magic is happening between them.
When the truth comes out, they are left with a choice: forgive or walk away from the only love they’ve ever wanted.
From the Author
Oh man, I can’t even tell you how much I love Will! Not only is he fun, loving and generous-he’s also…good. Really good.
He has a depth that most people don’t see in him because he keeps it hidden.
And the love he has for Tara is inspiring!
Praise from Readers
Such a great story! She turned him down once but will she give him a second chance? Sweet romance at it’s best.
I’m rarely surprised by a Taylor Hart book because they are nearly always good…but this one took me by surprise…because it’s pure gold!
Another Kent brother bites the dust in this 2nd chance love story. A sweet story of finding your HEA with your one true love.
As someone who has loved, lost, and loved again, it’s so nice to have stories that inspire the hope for those of us who have relationships that have ended in loss.
I’m excited to get to tell you about an upcoming movie “Twice the Dream.” This movie looks like it will be amazing! Let’s check out some of the details. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
About “Twice the Dream”
After years of being forced to live their mother’s aspirations, Amber and Sam Bradshaw are offered an opportunity to chase their own dream of becoming musicians. Upon this quest, a tragedy strikes. In the wake of this tragedy, they discover that it is their dreams that hold the family together. Coming Spring 2019.
Director Q and A
How was it to write and direct your first feature film, Twice the Dream?
A: It sincerely was a dream come true, in every sense. The cast and crew were all so incredible and really put on their “A” game. At the end, we all felt like family! Some of us of course, literally being family. ;P Haha and by that I mean, my husband was one of the producers, and was also the director of photography. My mom is amazing at art and making props, so she was in charge of the art and prop department. A lot of my lifelong friends helped as well, and my brother. So it truly was a dream come true making the movie I love, with the people I love. It was nothing short of magic!
What were some high points during the creative process?
A: There were so many high points, everything from writing the screenplay, to setting up that perfect shot. When writing the script, there seemed to be something so special about being so into the story, and so sucked into that world. But, as soon as we got on set, it was incredible to see those characters and scenes come to life. I would say that was a high point- seeing these characters come to life, living, breathing, and interact with each other. It was really fun working with the actors as well, and collaborating with them. The cast truly understood their characters- just as much as I do. Sometimes, maybe even more. A few of the actors would come to me with some ideas, or thoughts on scenes, and their character’s journey, and sometimes would suggest certain lines of dialogue. 9 times out of 10, we were always on the same page, and I let them go for it. It was soooo cool seeing this!
What was your favorite scene on set?
A: Every scene! Haha jk. Although I did enjoy filming every scene on set, the concert scenes were the most fun to film. Everyone was dancing, laughing, singing along. Those were my favorite scenes to film… and we had three concert scenes! 🙂
Any learning moments you want to share?
A: Making this film has been a long journey, and throughout that journey, I have learned so much. Ultimately, I think that one of the most important things that I have learned would have to be to just trust myself and the stories that you want to tell. Along the way, a lot of people will try to discourage you- and that’s just life. Just because someone else doesn’t particularly get your vision, doesn’t mean that it’s not good. If you have a story that you want to tell, then you need to tell it. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
What inspired you to tell this story?
A: Growing up, I realized that there weren’t a lot of inspiring, feel-good coming of age movies. Movies that I really wanted to see at that age, stories that I could relate to. It was always such an underserved market. (For the record, these types of moves aren’t only limited to that age group, because I still want to see these kind of movies. They are for the young at heart.
So, at the tender age of 14, I started writing my story, “Twice The Dream”. Something about this particular story had set my soul on fire. The characters had absolutely consumed me, but in the best possible way. I knew it was my mission to get this story told through film. I could hardly think of anything else!
How is it being a female in the film business?
A: Being a female in the film industry is definitely tough. At times, it really seems that all of the “suits” in Hollywood making the decisions are men. I sat in many meetings like that. They would be interested in my story, but they would insist on making certain changes- changes that would change the very heart of the story. Although these offers were sometimes tempting, I would resist, remaining stubborn. I’ve even been called a “B” word because of this. But you know what? I think it’s necessary. As women in this industry, we have to stick up for ourselves. Luckily, I think this is changing. Slowly, but at least we are getting somewhere. People are starting to realize that half of the population are women. And as such, I think it’s safe to say that we know what a large portion of the population can relate to in film. Together, we are changing this.
What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?
My number one piece of advice is to stick to the story that you want to tell. Don’t let any “suit”, or colleague, teacher, or even a family member try to convince you otherwise. You’re set on the story you want to tell? Great! That’s the one you need to go with. Because as we all know, making a movie is hard work. So you have to love your story so much, that you would be willing to go on this journey with it. And another thing… never give up.
Do you think your experience as an actress helped in directing other actors? Why?
A: I absolutely think it helped. Truthfully, I believe my experiences as an actress have helped me as a writer as well. Since I’m familiar with the actors process, and the way actors think, I found it fairly easy to convey direction to the cast. And they always took that direction so well, and would totally understand where I was coming from. We were always on the same page!
What is your next step with Twice the Dream?
A: We are knee deep in post production right now, finalizing the sound mix, original score, color grading, etc. It’s been a fun but long process in itself, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot. We are currently exploring different distribution options. Looking for the right partner! Our goal is to release it theatrically first. (Even if it’s a limited release) Following our theatrical run, we plan to release it on various VOD platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc.
Do you have any other projects on the horizon?
A: Oh, most definitely. Since I’m crazy, I’m currently writing two different scripts- both female driven like Twice The Dream, but very different genres. One is a thriller and the other is a fantasy. I also am still working on my YA fantasy novel series and re-launching that.
How did you finally get to make your movie?
A: I know the reason that I was able to achieve this dream is because I have been so fortunate to have such amazing support from my family and friends. They always have kept me going, and amazingly enough, they were the same people that saw my dream to the very end.
Dreams are important, but I know it’s hard. There are days, sometimes months when you feel like your dream might be impossible. At times, it can feel like the whole world is against you. During the pursuit of my dream, there were times when it felt like I was going nowhere. Sometimes, it was very painful. Blood, sweat, tears, and many other losses went into this pursuit. I would then ask myself, “Is this pain really worth it?”There were many times when I felt like I had absolutely hit rock bottom, and that my dream may never come true.BUT…. Yes, that’s a “but.” Here is the important part:I refused to give up. No matter how long it took, or how hard it was. This dream was too important to me. And I remembered why I had been holding on for so long.Moral of the story is: NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP. Period. Dreams come true, even if it takes over a decade.