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Review: Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H.L. Burke


Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Release: January 31, 2016
Pages and Format: 215 pages; PDF
My Rating: 5 Stars

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

“Cora’s a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys “egg packs” at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.”

I want to live in Cora’s world! So want to! I want a pet dragon too! *Pouts!*
Ha ha, seriously now though, this was truly a great book. A true fantasy for middle grade and onward.

After Cora and her best friend Abry are assaulted with eggs and childish taunts from the resident spoiled, rich bratty kid, she spots that he didn’t damage one of the eggs. She takes it home and it hatches into a new kind of dragon. Well, a new kind of dragon to Cora and Abry until they do some research and find out that Cricket is an extinct dragon called a Nurse Dragon. Cricket is no ordinary dragon either. He has the ability to turn normal eggs into rare dragons when they hatch. So rare that these dragons land Cora and her friends into some big trouble.

Thank goodness for Abry’s mother, being a lawyer. Whew.

This book does touch on some touchy subjects like racism and societal issues, but it is quite worth the read.

Cora is a wonderful little girl with such a loving personality. She tried to keep the mayfly dragons, that usually hatch from the eggs they could buy at the dragon emporium, alive by testing their diets and seeing which ones would exist on what diet. She’s a pretty smart kiddo, in my eyes. Her best friend Abry is your typical nerdy, bookworm type but is very smart and ingenious in her ideas. They’re awesome kids.

There is a great moral to the story as well. More books need more morals added to them.

I’d totally love a cat like dragon. Something that purrs and would be happy to sit in my lap and not give me horrible hives if I touched it.

Where to Buy: 
Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Indie Bound | Barnes and Noble

Meet the Author:

11755639_10154140291146002_1215304829087524943_nBorn in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled “The Scholar and the Dragon,” YA/Fantasy “Beggar Magic,” and MG/Fantasy “Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon,” among others . Her current projects are a young adult Steampunk fantasy and an epic fantasy trilogy.

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