The Dragon of the Month Club Book Review – The first installment in a new series for middle grade children! #spon

*I received product(s) mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.*

A couple weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review a book titled, The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading. When my daughter was younger, she read all the Kitty Hawk books by the same author and she really loved them. After I heard what this book was about, I was really excited to check it out because I knew my son would love this book. And I got even more excited that The Dragon of the Month Club is the first installment of a new series.

Once our review copy of the book arrived, I immediately handed it over to my almost 12 year old son. He read the back cover of the book to read what it was about and instantly started reading it. He was quickly drawn in and couldn’t put the book down.

The Dragon of the Month Club Synopsis

“On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.”

“But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler’s messy bedroom. Travelling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again.”

“Drawing inspiration from some of literature’s most memorable stories – from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes’s London – the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.”

Read more about it here – http://bookpublicityservices.com/dragon-month-club-iain-reading/

My son really liked it and as I previously mentioned, he couldn’t put it down. He is anxiously awaiting the next installment of the series. I also read the book myself. I wanted to make sure I got a good opinion about the book for my review. And besides that, it sounded really interesting to me too. So after my son was finished with the book, I began to read it. 

About the story…

The story starts out about a girl named Ayana Fall who had to move to a new town and ran into a boy named Tyler Travers in the library one day after she was hiding from a bully from school. They instantly became friends. While at the library, a book fell into their laps. It was a magical book about how to conjure dragons. At first there was only the option to conjure a water dragon. It was a pretty small book – at first.

They go to Tyler’s house to try the spell and after quite a few attempts, to their surprise they actually did! The book, magic and dragon was real! I loved this part of the story because the whole scene was pretty funny. This little water dragon was dripping water all over his room. After they discovered that all this is real, they looked in the book again and saw a page in the back of the book for the Dragon of the Month Club so they decided to join. And on the 13th of every month at Noon, another dragon will be revealed in the book. And sure enough, each month new pages magically appeared in the book with instructions on how to conjure yet another dragon.

A lot of them they were able to conjure but there were a couple that they weren’t able to conjure because they didn’t have what was necessary to conjure them. When they received another one that they were finally able to conjure up (the Steam Dragon), something went wrong with the spell. Somehow they ended up being sucked through a mini vortex and into a book that was on Tyler’s bed. So now they were thrown into a whole new magical world which they referred to as the world of books after some discovery. They start in a pop up book – and yes, everything is real. The trees and everything. Of course there are villains as well. They do have to escape a villain in the “Pop Up Forest”. Once they escape that, they find themselves on a little island. There are lots of other little islands dotted all over the ocean. This ocean and islands are there because that is what is on Tyler’s bedspread. 

They figure out that they have the requirements on that island to conjure up a new dragon they never could before. So then they conjure up this new dragon which happens to be made of wood to get them across the ocean. But then they soon found out they will have to fend off sharks because it just so happens that there are also sharks on Tyler’s bedspread as well.

But the story continues into new parts of this Book World. They travel from the Pop Up Forest, through the ocean and islands,  through the dessert planet of Arrakis of Dune (where there are giant sand worms I might add), through 19th century Germanic fairytales and even the pages of Sherlock Holmes. Each time they face some kind of obstacle. There are a few villains but there are also characters they meet that just simply want to help them along the way so they can try to find their way back to their own world.

Now that my son and I both read it, I have many kinds of opinions on this book. After talking with my son about it, I have his opinion – which he says he really liked it and that the story kept him wanting to read more. I also have my personal opinion of what I thought about the book and I have my thoughts and opinions what I like about it for young readers.

My overall thoughts….

The story is really well written. I love the concept for the plot and story. The characters are really likeable and easy to feel like you get to know them. There isn’t anything complicated and I love that the villains are made to be bad but at the same time not too over the top for young readers. The story and plot flows really well too. I have actually been reading this book (a few chapters each day) with my 8 year old. He’s at the comprehension level for this book but for him to read the book himself, he’s not at the reading level. But when I read to him, he’s really drawn in. He loves the story too.

The other thing that I love about the story is the way it’s done with the different book worlds the characters adventure through. My son actually asked me if I ever read any Sherlock Holmes. He wants to check some of those out now. He was also curious about the Germanic fairytales that the story refers too. So I thought that was pretty awesome. I thought the story was engaging and it was pretty much non stop action. There was always something going on and there was never really a “slow” point in the story at all.

I am really happy that my son enjoyed it immensely. I did too! The ending left us wanting more. Yep, even me. I am a grown adult and I honestly couldn’t put the book down either and now I am impatiently waiting for book 2 just as much as my son! I highly recommend it. 

The Dragon of the Month Club is an engaging story for all ages whether you’re twelve or an adult. Filled with wonder, magic, an intriguing world and of course many different kinds of dragons! As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved it just as much as my son did and it left me wanting more. My son and I are both waiting impatiently for the next installment! – Nicole at dustinnikkimommyofthree.com 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free copy of the book mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.

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