Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Alliana, Girl of Dragons

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Book Review - Alliana, Girl of Dragons

Alliana, Girl of Dragons

About the Book

For fans of Shannon Hale and Gail Carson Levine, comes an enchanting fairy tale retelling of the Japanese Cinderella, set in the magical world of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch.

Once upon a time, Alliana believed in dreams and fairy tales as sweet as spun-sugar clouds. Alliana wished on shooting stars, sure that someday she and her grandmother would be able to travel to the capital city to see the queen. Then her grandmother passed away—and those dreams disappeared in a disenchanted puff.

Now Alliana’s forced to attend to the whims of her wicked stepmother—with long days of cleaning her stepfamily’s inn as her skin burns raw or staying up until the crack of dawn to embroider her stepsister’s ball gowns. Until she meets two beings who change her life forever—the first is a young nightdragon who Alliana discovers she can magically talk to. And the second is Nela, a young witch.

Nela needs Alliana’s help navigating the mysterious abyss, filled with dangerous beasts, a place Alliana knows by heart. Alliana sees Nela’s request as a chance to break free of her stepmother’s shadow and to seize a chance at a life she’s barely dared to hope for—but there’s a risk. If caught, Alliana will be stuck working for her stepmother for the rest of her life. Can Alliana truly make wisps of dreams into her own, better-than-a-fairy-tale happily ever after?

Inspired by the Japanese Cinderella story and set in the same world as the Eva Evergreen series, this story can be read as a standalone.

Find Alliana Girl of Dragons on Amazon.
My Take on the Book
I have seen the Cinderella story retold in a number of ways in the past and this was a completely new way that I had never seen before. The book takes Cinderella, mixes in dragons, witches and more. While I had not read all of the Eva Evergreen books in the past, this book could easily stand on its' own. In reading the book itself, the heroine is definitely one that you want to root on throughout the book. I found that the book was a quick read and one that I did not want to put down.  

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