10 September 2011

Title: Born to be a Dragon (Dragons Forever, #1)
Author: Eisley Jacobs
Publisher: CreateSpace, 134 Pages (July 20th 2011)
From: the Author, Thank You!

Synopsis: Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup…

This is what Lord Edric wants you to believe. He will do anything in his power to see that humans never come in contact with dragons again. However, he doesn't plan for Meia, the foster child who dreams of dragons, believing they are real. Or Deglan, the ten-year-old dragon who bears the ancient mark that threatens everything Lord Edric has worked for.

Join these two unlikely friends as they discover the truth behind a legend so extraordinary it will alter each of their lives… forever.

Review: 4 Stars - Born to be a Dragon is an exciting new series from self published author Eisley Jacobs. With tween characters, one a Dragon and one a human girl that are mysteriously connected, Jacobs writes a sweet but thrilling story told from the duel perspective.

Deglan’s a Dragon, raised on an island with his family and their clan. He’s 10 years old and about to face some huge choices and some even bigger problems. Lord Edric might be their leader, but he’s far from a good one. With a legend the clan has been worried about for years, and Lord Edric out to “remove” anyone who poses a possible threat because of what the legend has told, Deglan and his family know trouble is right around the corner. Jacobs did a great job of writing this character to feel more like your normal ten year old kid, instead of a Dragon. I often forgot he was Dragon, but I loved that part of it. It made reading this story richer in a way that I was thankful for.

Meia is also 10… and human. She’s been raised in the foster care system since she was a baby, but has always dreamed of Dragons. She just knows they are real. When she’s given a chance to visit a set of islands where Dragons may very well be hiding she jumps at the chance and heads out on a vacation with her Foster parents. She’s sweet and adventurous which was perfect!

With events that neither character could see coming, truths surfacing and a legend that’s going to happen whether the Dragon’s like it or not – Jacobs has a fantastic beginning to a fun, entertaining and well written tween series.

Also, something that I really wanted to talk about in this review was the drawings at the top of each chapter title. I asked Eisley about them and she told me that it all started with a beta reader’s son and his love for the story. Soon more and more kids found their love of the characters and parents mailed in the art that their kids were drawing. Once she figured out she had enough drawings, she added the art to the top of each new chapter! So cute!! I love this idea and am happy to hear that she’s going to continue this with the next book in the series.

All in all, it’s easy to say that I had a great time reading Jacobs tale of Dragons. This might be a quick read once you sit down and become enveloped in the characters and story, but it’s not lacking when it comes to an entertaining read. I highly recommend this to anyone with tweens or younger teens… or fans of a good story with a younger take on Dragons. I, for one will be on the look out for the next book, so Eisley, keep writing and keep’em coming! Enjoy!

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