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Friday, March 20, 2015

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: Moorigad Dragon and Reap Not The Dragon by Debra Kristi

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A Magical Universe… Hidden throughout the worlds are magical portals leading to the secret dimension where Mystic’s Carnival is nestled. A self-aware fair that is both carnival and circus combined, and filled with a plethora of supernatural and paranormal beings. Performers and runaways, Kyra and Sebastian, are away visiting the human realm when they find themselves at odds. Stay hidden, or interfere with a human’s destiny? Saving a life doesn’t go unpunished. Kyra thinks saving Marcus’s life is easy – slick as dragon snot – and a one-time deal. The resulting bond tying her to him and enslaving her as protector is unexpected. She didn’t expect one good deed to turn into an endless chain of good deeds. Or to complicate the relationship with her best friend, Sebastian. And she especially didn’t expect it to place her life on the line. Kyra’s dragon must keep Marcus alive and salvage her relationship with Sebastian without losing herself or dying.
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RATING: 3 1/2 stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was so utterly confusing. It drops you in the middle of a magical carnival that seems to be on another plane of existence, but intersects ours at strange times, like when a terminally ill girl is in a medically induced coma. The two main characters are very confusing. There's Kyra who is half fire dragon, half water dragon, with a preferred human looking state of being. This makes her into something not quite fire dragon, not quite water dragon, instead into an anomaly called a Moorigad dragon.Then there's Sebastian, who we don't learn a lot about, but if you read the next book in the series, it explains the Death card that he seems to favor. He's Kyra's childhood flame, and a Tarot card reader.And finally there's the man Kyra saves, Marcus, whom she is insanely attracted to.
While this book confused me more than anything, it does a good job of setting up the next book, which is where the action really happens. You need to read this one, to understand the next one. I think I would prefer the two books combined, with the first book being a prologue of sorts, or a part 1, and the second book being a part 2.
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Dark PerceptionsLove is stronger than fear…or is it? The last thing Sara remembers is a conflicted night out with her boyfriend, Matt, and laying out under the dark night’s sky. How she came to be seated among the crowd under the Big Top is a mystery. When and how did she get there? She doesn’t wait to find out. Whether it’s due to basic fear or the scary, hideous clowns, Sara and Matt run. Run beyond the tent walls into the deep, dark alleys of the carnival. What they find along their mad dash to the parking lot will have them redefining their idea of fun zones, thrill rides, and date nights. Fear is an eat-you-alive monster. Refusing to be defined by that monster, they will confront those fears. What they find?   Perceptions can be excruciatingly misleading…and some monsters have hidden claws.
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Reap Not The Dragon  A Reaper with a mission. Sebastian is finished following commands. Higher powers be damned. He has his own agenda – find Kyra and help restore her memory. At first his plan goes better than expected. But as life starts looking up for the would-be Reaper, his metaphorical sickle becomes caught in a web of complications. Things are never smooth for Sebastian and Kyra. Best-laid plans sometimes rest in peace. A detour?unexpected and unwelcome?delivers Sebastian into the depths of an grave situation. Misfortune and misunderstanding are the cards dealt to him. And events fail to flip in his favor. Creatures from hell all want a piece of the young Reaper. If Sebastian ends up dead, that’s okay. For he has a more grievous beast to worry about. To save the woman he loves, Sebastian will venture into the heart of an all-powerful fire demon. Sebastian must find a missing dragon and the key to Kyra’s memory without being devoured by sinister beasts or?even worse?consumed by his own inner demons.
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Rating: 4 stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is pretty much from Sebastian's point of view. You know, the mysterious Tarot card reading secret flame of Kyra's? Well, now she's disappeared and when he finds her, she has no memory. Instead, she seems to have lost her dragon part of her soul, and shacked up with Marcus, the man she saved.
This book is so much better than the previous one, since the previous book really set the stage and helped explain the world the book is in.
The carnival is not quite so prominent in this book, and open-ended storylines in the last book have been explained. Marcus and Sebastian's characters are much more in-depth now, and we can truly understand the characters and their drives.
This book is so much better written than the previous, and was much more enjoyable to read.

About the Author:

Debra KristiDebra Kristi found it rather dull always staying tethered to reality. She decided to let whimsy get the best of her, and with the help of her muse she began bringing magical stories to life in 2010. It’s been nothing but write, write, write and type, type, type ever since. Born and raised a Southern California girl, she still resides in the sunny state with her husband, two kids, and three schizophrenic cats. A lover of fanciful stories at a young age, she hadn't realized the writer bug infected her until much later in life. As a result, her stories pull from a rich history of experiences. When not busy drumming away at the keyboard or chatting it up on social media, Debra is hanging out creating priceless memories with her family, geeking out to science fiction or fantasy television, and tossing around movie quotes.  
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