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In OGDDA we watch Julias really grow into himself as a Dragon and we see him fight for his brother, his best friend Marci, and his clan. He breaks the mold on what a Dragon should do and paves a path for new beginnings. I cannot wait to dive into book 3 and I already have 1.5 on my e-reader (Thank you Rachel Aaron for the newsletter freebie!) I'm tempted to "read" book 3, No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, since I listened to books 1 & 2 in audio but they're just soooo good in audio. I'm torn, I may need to do both.
If you haven't already, grab the books. Trust me when I tell you that the Heartstriker series is everything that you'd want and nothing that you were aware of even needing. Rachel Aaron gives such a breath of fresh air in these books.
I’m usually not a huge fan of beta boys. Overall they can be a little boring, but not Julian, he has so much chaos going on around him there is no time for him to be boring at all. Everything in this story happens in a matter of days and so it all goes pretty fast and very nonstop and Julian gets thrown into the middle of it all. I blame Bob, Julian should blame Bob too since his brother and the Seer of the Heartstriker clan has positioned Julian into the middle of all of his machinations.
**** Schemes to foil, plots to thwart, naps to resume, you know how it is. ****
This book really developed more of the world and all of the magic in it. It was crazy all of the magical battles and finding out what Marci’s ghost cat really is. I was surprised so very surprised and a little bit afraid to be honest. I found this to have some greatly original ideas in it that were totally cool. Plus we get to meet a few more of Julian’s siblings and I think all of them are a little on the terrifying side, especially when one takes an interest in Marci.
But one of the things I totally loved and that made me bump up my rating (which was at 5 stars anyway so I guess we are at 5.5 stars now) was this…. You know that moment in so many books that you read when Geeky Girl A is given an ultimatum by Bad Guy B and they are painted into a corner with the choice they make. Then there is that moment when they think I should confess to Cute Boy C what just happened but then they decide that NO bad idea I’ll just hide it and then later at Inopportune Time D someone else can out their secret and then Emotionally Manipulated Scene E happens and Robin’s Eyeroll of Disappointment F happens.
We all know that trope well right??? And I thought it was going to happen in this and I was pre-internally groaning because I was so disappointed since I was loving the story. AND THEN the strangest thing happened. THE CHARACTERS COMMUNICATED, they actually had a grown up conversation and then worked as a team to solve it.
Needless to say that made me love the characters in this even more and I liked that there wasn’t any insta love. There is attraction between Julius and Marci and there is a friendship there first and foremost so that it is believable that they have feelings for one another and that those feelings might be changing into something more romantic. I love how they work with one another and try to let the other person be who they are and trust them. Plus I really get who Marci is and I love her super excitable and inquisitive nature
*** “You mean like dragon healing magic?” Marci asked excitedly. “Cool! How does that work?”
Julius couldn’t help but grin at that. Leave it to Marci to be more excited about the magical part of her magical first aid than the actual aid. “You’ll have to ask her,” he said, nodding at Ysolde, who’d gotten her orders from Katya and was now walking toward them at a stately pace.
It didn’t seem possible, but Marci looked even more excited than before. “Eeeee! Is that one of the Daughters of the Three Sisters?! She looks like a freaking Valkyrie! This was totally worth getting smacked into a wall for!” ***
There are some really great and crazy plots going on it this and I am so excited to continue on with this series. What an unexpected Gem
Things that I loved: Julius and Marci. In the first book we get just enough of their attraction to hint that there will be future developments in that area, but they don’t immediately fall in love or jump into bed at the first chance they get. I’m not against books that do that, but a slow burn makes a nice change of pace compared to many other books in this genre.
- Ghost. We learn a LOT more about this phantom kitty and it only made me want to read more! I think he and Marci are going to make a killer team in future books.
- Marci. She’s had it kind of rough due to events in the first book and while I often found myself cringing in embarrassment at her dragon-related faux pas, she’s still pretty awesome and STUFF HAPPENS that makes me excited to read the next book.
- The Heartstrikers. I love the whole “every clutch has names with the next letter of the alphabet“ idea. It makes me want the whole damn family tree charted out like in the Lord of the Rings appendices where I can check each name and see what became of them. Meeting new Heartstrikers, seeing more of the ones we already knew of, and learning more about the family history were all big parts of why I loved this book.
Certain things I found frustrating as a reader but didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book: Bethesda. How she acts is totally fitting for her character and that world, but she’s definitely one of those characters you love to hate. I was actually partially rooting for the antagonist at several points, if only so Bethesda could get what was coming to her.
- The antagonist. It’s pretty clear by the end of the prologue who the antagonist is, but I won't want to spoil it. I read a lot of first-person POV urban fantasy books, so it was tough in this book (with alternating POVs) to occasionally have to sit in the villain’s smug head, hearing all their smug thoughts about how delicious their long-awaited victory will be.
- All of the yelling. There were a lot of frustrated and angry people in this book, and for good reasons! That didn’t make it any easier to read through, especially when the characters were having an argument about something stupid.
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