Firebolt (The Dragonian Series, #1)

Firebolt (The Dragonian Series, #1)

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by Adrienne Woods
     
 

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Lots of Harry Potter-like qualities to this book. And a book any fan of the aforementioned series should check out!
Jamie E. Amazon Reviewer

Sometimes a "Young Adult" book is a great all around story. This is one of those books.

By Barbara McKinley Amazon Reviewer

This book is the BEST dragon book I've ever read! (After

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Lots of Harry Potter-like qualities to this book. And a book any fan of the aforementioned series should check out!
Jamie E. Amazon Reviewer

Sometimes a "Young Adult" book is a great all around story. This is one of those books.

By Barbara McKinley Amazon Reviewer

This book is the BEST dragon book I've ever read! (After Eragon) THE BEST! I COULDN'T STAND THE AWESOMENESS!  Goodreads Reviewer

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Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940153228587
Publisher:
Fire Quill Publishing
Publication date:
09/19/2014
Series:
Dragonian Series , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
15,248
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Adrienne Woods resides with her family on the East side of Joburg, Gauteng. If she isn't writing, she is reading and love to spend time with her two beautiful little girls. You can find out more about Adrienne Woods at www.authoradriennewoods.com   

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Firebolt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
MontzieW 19 days ago
Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by Adrienne Woods is an awesome fantasy book I was able to get for a honest review from NetGalley and boy am I glad I did! What a great read! Dragons, magic, romance, magic, action, good vs evil, a clean book and a great book. Exciting and true dialogue full of emotion and excitement on every page. The plot is fast with lots of twists and turns. I was so impressed with this young adult novel, although I am NO young adult and I loved it, I had to go and buy the next book and the novelette that goes between the two! I rarely do that! I am one of those people that get the good free books or cheap books or find good books to review. I could not wait, I had to have the next books in this series!This book is that good and fresh. I read over 300 books a year and this is a new and exciting fantasy. Thank you Ms Woods, can't wait to read the next book!
CathrineLake 3 months ago
received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. I just loved this story however, I am crying over the ending. You will have to read it to find out what happened. If you have read the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey and the Jennifer Scales by MaryJanice Davidson, you will enjoy this series. Adrienne has a similar style of writing that they do and left me wanting more. I didn't want to stop reading, but my children needed feed. Elena never knew about dragons or why her father kept them moving so much. She comes to understand about dragons. However, we do not find much about her life or her parents. Some questions are left unanswered. Just remember Elena is no damsel in distress and has qualities that most 16 year olds don't anymore.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
MINOR SPOILERS I was super excited to be able to review Firebolt! You saw the cover, right? *points up* Yeah, it's fabulous. The concept and premise had already caught my eye, as those who know me know I LOVE dragons, so when I got my hands on it I might have did dance a little a lot.  The story started off strong which is fantastic since we were automatically thrown into the world. Elena gets the wake up of a life time when she discovers what her father really is and where she wakes up at. The pacing was good overall, we got straight to the important parts of the story which is great because I get tired of reading sometimes when stories meander. I also had no problems picking up where I left off when I started again the next day. In fact, I ended up staying up late a few nights because I got lost in the story and lost track of time. The characters were relatable, I found myself enjoying Elena and her friendships with Sammy and Becky. I love friendships, especially female friendships. I would have loved it more if Lucian had been good friends with Sammy and Becky prior to Elena showing up. It seemed he only stayed around more when she came. It would have been great if there were more gender mixed friendships without the expectations of them to have a relationship. Still, it's not a deal breaker for me. I love Elena and Lucian's relationship. Lucian was adorable, I hope she stays with him. There were moments where I did find the writing and characters a little more immature than I expected from sixteen-year-olds. That bothered me more than I wanted and it carried on through out the story. I personally would think this story would be better identified as a middle grade because that's how I felt the story and characters were described. Again, that is my personal opinion but that's how I felt about it. Still, it didn't bother me enough to stop reading. It was a little strange that at the beginning there was a tendency to substitute the curse words with something like "blueberries" which I found odd. There wasn't much actual cursing in the beginning of the story but there was much more at the end. Why was there such substitute words at the beginning only to use the real things at the end? Was it for character development? I'm not quite sure. I'd rather just have it consistent through out the story. I loved the world building and learning more about Paegeia, I wish there was more but it was skimmed more than I'd like but I do know I'd want to live there if I had a choice. One of my favorite scenes was when Elena confronted something on her own. I felt that was a really strong series of scenes that helped develop Elena as a person and why she was important. It also gave the other characters a chance to gain a new respect for Elena which I adored. I did wait for there to be a huge climax in the story but I felt like I never quite reached that point. I mean it did hit a climax but I felt like it wasn't enough. I'm not sure why, maybe I missed it in the writing but everything was placed as it should be for the climax. The stakes were placed and sacrifices made but it didn't hit me as it probably should have which left me slightly disappointed because I wanted it to hit me hard. Overall, I think the story was highly enjoyable! I do look forward to the next installments. I already have a few theories about Elena and her friends and what's going to happen in the next book but I'll keep those a secret for now. If you're a fantasy lover I know you'll have a good time with this book. You can't go wrong with magic. If you love dragons, princes, and evil-lurking magic then you'll love this book! 3.4 out of 5 rating for me! (An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
sportochick More than 1 year ago
What a delightful captivating read! This Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal book gets your attention right from the beginning. I enjoyed how the author developed the primary female character Elena Watkins. In the beginning she came across as not in control of her feelings or life and then throughout the book she worked on strengthen her character and eliminating self-doubt. This fit perfectly into the story line as you could see how her on going experiences changed her.  It was interesting how the primary male characters Lucian, the Prince of Tith and Blake started out as well. Lucian stays the same throughout the book but bad boy Blake has little personality quirks that just make you want to solve why he does things the way he does. It adds a great spin to the story because you are never sure whom she likes more. The secondary characters are Elena’s roommates Sammy and Becky. They round out a very unusual friendship that just works even while you are scratching your head going huh. I really enjoyed being on the edge of my seat and working through the story to see how it would end up. In fact I read it on my long trip to Poland and couldn’t put it down while everyone around me slept. This book is well suited to Young Adults and all others who love good Fantasy, Paranormal, intrigue, lessons learned and a small dose of romance. I WAS GIFTED THIS ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION VIA FIRE QUILL PUBLISHING. To see the full review visit my blog: sportochicksmusings.blogspot .com
Andrettas More than 1 year ago
Adrienne Woods is a very good writer and she really does draw the audience in. I mean seriously I almost felt Elena’s pain after the Art of War Class. This book delivers more than I first anticipated and I am excited for the future of Elena, I mean does she find her very own dragon, I have my thoughts about who it will be but I want to see if Adrienne goes that way or if she choose a different path. I am also very curious as to who her father was and why his life went the way it did. I am sure that all of the questions will be answered in due time… or at least I hope they do because if not I am sure I can find Ms. Woods contact information somewhere :). In short, this book is really good if you want that quick, and I mean I read it in a day quick book to brighten your day, increase your awareness of your surroundings, and generally make you happy, but honestly I was happy reading this book and I was sad on the last page, not because of what was on it, but the fact it was the last page.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
LibraryThing Review Elena Watkins doesn't know what it means to have friends or an extended period in one place for more than three months. Elena's father's makes them move after three months. As child Elena was told stories of a place called Paegia where mythical creatures are real but as teenager she doesn't believe. That is until she's face to face with one because her father happens to be one. Elena is taken to Paegia where her birthmark is valued for it's rarity. Elena gets a crash course into what it means to be human and dragon too. With the help of Becky and Sammy, Elena learns not everything is as it appears at face value. Kings and Queens along with princes and princesses exist. One prince named Lucian McKenzie falls in love with Elena much to several classmates dismay. Will Elena accept her new life? Will Elena stop being afraid? Your answers await you in Firebolt. Unusual for a fantasy story. The story and characters were rich and bold along with creative and intriguing too. I'm curious to see where this story goes in the future. This story also includes girl meets boy aspect as well as bad boy in need of redemption.
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Elena is suddenly thrust into a new world of magic and dragons upon the death of her father. How will she cope? A beautifully imaginative and descriptive narrative leads characters and readers through normal teenage turmoils as well as turmoils special to this reality. Elements of action, adventure, with a hint of romance help to flavor the story. Characters are genuine, caring, and interesting. Overall, a fun read.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter but with more dragons, anyone? What an enjoyable little story Firebolt was. It took me back to my younger years whenever I first got swept away by the magical world of Harry Potter. Younger kids will love the take-me-away quality of this excellent start to a promising series while adults will love the nostalgic feel. Adrienne Woods was meant for writing this type of book. I felt like she was able to keep my interest from beginning to end with relative ease. Her grasp on delivering the story in a seemingly seamless way really worked for me. The story felt real to me. Whenever I read fantasy, it's important for me to get the feeling that I'm actually in the world that the story is happening in. With Firebolt, I definitely got that feeling! My biggest drawback would have to be Elena. She wasn't a bad character. She just had her moments that grated on my nerves. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy her character; I did. And I thoroughly enjoyed the other characters in the story, as well. The author is skilled at managing a large cast of characters, and I enjoyed getting to know all of them. Their dynamics were very fun. I enjoyed Firebolt quite a lot. Fans of Harry Potter who are chasing that next nostalgic high should definitely give a closer look to this book. Though in general, I think I would recommend this to a younger crowd of readers who are looking to delve into the fantasy genre.  **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Adrienne Woods.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Firebolt is the first book in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods. I never knew I was a Dragon girl, but they are really growing on me these days, and Firebolt really helped this new addiction along. Needless to say, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. Elena has been thrown into this world of dragons, and I think she's handling it pretty well. I enjoyed her as a character quite a bit. She's smart, brave, funny, and interesting. We learn quite a bit about this world and its history as well as the other characters right along with her. So, it was like we were discovering things together. I loved that. The supporting characters were beneficial to the story line, and I have some clear favorites. I also have some predictions. First of all, I think Elena will claim Blake. My second predictions: I think Blake knows it. Maybe I'm just pushing my hopes out there too much, but I can't help it! Blake intrigues me. I need to know more about him. Lucian, the prince, is super sweet. He seems genuine, and really cares about Elena. He would be a safe choice for her. So, naturally, I'm Team Blake. What is it about the unobtainable bad boy?? Sheesh! This was an impossible book to put down, and now it's going to be even more impossible to wait for the next book in the series. Firebolt by Adrienne Woods was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from this book in exchange for an honest review. Dragons? Yes, please! But “Firebolt”, the first book in a riveting new YA fantasy series, gives us so much more than ‘just’ dragons. With great writing, an enchanting fantasy world called Paegeia, and a main character who one can truly root for, it’s an interesting and intriguing start to a new series. Elena Watkins had all the ingredients to live a perfectly happy, normal life. That is, except for how she had to move states every three months. This time around, however, her Dad comes up with his escape plan a bit too late, and while they race away in their car, father and daughter get attacked by…you guessed it, dragons. Her father jumps ship to save her, but dies while trying to protect her from the dragons. Elena is taken back to her birthplace, Paegeia, where she is send to Dragonia Academy, a premier school for young Dragonians. But unfortunately life isn’t baout to sit back and relax and let Elena enjoy it just yet. A dark sorcerer, Goran, has been plotting his revenge in the ruins of the former capital of Paegeia, Etan. Elena may have to step up and save her new-found home. If you read the plot just like that, you may see some resemblances to Harry Potter, mainly in the whole Dragonia Academy part. While there are some resemblances, there weren’t enough of them to bother me, and mostly they could be overlooked by how awesome the story was. The name may not be so original (Dragonia, coming from Dragon) but I actually liked it – I don’t like the whole inventing names thing when those names don’t make sense at all, and her the name definitely made sense. Elena is a strong, loveable character. She has some very distinct flaws, which made her seem a lot more like a real person. My favorite quality about her was her courage – even in the face of evil, she still could act bravely, a definite feat. The most enjoyable part about the book, was the fantasy world author Adrienne Woods created. Paegeia was amazing. I loved the setting, the little details that made it seem real, the lore behind everything. I kind of want to live there too now. An awesome start to a new series, and I’m hoping the sequel will be out soon.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is an amazing story. The author does such a great job with the storyline and character development. You are drawn into this world and don't want to leave. Can't wait to read the next installment and other works by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year old Elena Watkins started believing in fairy tales the night one killed her father. Dragons now exist in Elena’s new world and at her new school. After a life on the run a Prince now wants Elena’s heart, some of her friends & classmates are dragons and a sorcerer is trying to end the world. Adventure, love, and finding yourself is in store for Elana. In the likes of Harry Potter and Eragon this book grabs hold and doesn't let go. Rich characters and a well thought out plot it is the first installment of a very promising series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 Elena and her father were always on the run. She never knew why, only that she hated it.  Three months here and three months there. She had no friends and life was boring. Then one night her life changes in ways she could never expect.  As they are trying to get away, Elena watches  her father turn into a dragon and then is killed by another dragon.  She can't believe her eyes.  Dragons?  Elena has a whole lot more to learn before she can become the great person she is meant to be.   New friends will help her along the way, but the confidence has to come from within.       An amazing tale of dragons and those who can  claim them.  A mix of shifting, magic and good old fashioned teen love.  Ms Woods made this story an enchanting and engaging one to read.  I love that she mixed in how teen girls deal with daily life as well as all the things Elena must go through  to make the adjustment.  You will find the characters wonderful to read about. They just leap off the page at you.  You can really put yourself in Elena's shoes.  Thank you for such a wonderful read Ms. Woods.      I found no issues with this one.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it made a dragon lover out of me~! ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
toni-michelle More than 1 year ago
To rate with five stars is just simply NOT enough to properly award the author for her amazing work in this book. I don’t know what the future holds for her books, but I know I will be first in line!" I ENJOYED THIS STORY SO MUCH….shape shifter books are just absolutely a trip into the imagination. This is a must read for everyone into the fantasy world. You don’t want to miss out on this book. Perfection!!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can't wait for the next one.  If you love dragons, you should read this novel. It has a bit of a Harry Potter feeling to it.
Sakuchu More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Actually I'm a little bit torn about this book. I loved how it started fast-paced with a fight and didn't need a lot of explanations to start the story. It changes afterwards though, when Elena is enrolled to a school for Dragonians.  There the whole question process started. Well.. it didn't strike me as odd, so it was fine, but when I got further into the story, my feelings and my thoughts started to clash. In fact I would have liked to give 5 stars, since I just couldn't put this novel away. However I kind of was disappointed, when I had finally finished reading. There were so many things I wanted to get to know, but none were explained. So I was left with a lot of questions and ideas in my mind(as I think this novel to be pretty obvious on how it will continue), making me wonder: "Why did the author decide to explain nothing?" I actually would have preferred it to be longer, too. I still have high expectations for this one though, so I'm giving 3 stars and have probably to wait about a year to continue reading. Still I got a nice feeling, when reading Firebolt. It's fast-paced and easy to understand, you can enjoy it as a light read. It's a little bit like Eragon and Harry Potter mixed together, so this might still turn out great as a complete series. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for almost any dragon story, but to become engrossed requires the necessary "meat" for a good story and I sure became engrossed. The story plays on the similarities of other great fantasy and magic books like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, but it creates enough of its' own uniqueness so that it has no trouble being a great story all by itself. This book jumped right into the action and really never let up all through the book. It is filled with likeable characters who have enough varying qualities to flesh out a very interesting society and the amount of imagination that went into the story line was enough to make me beg for more pages to the book. I hope there will be more stories with Elena and her friends and I would highly recommend this book to any fantasy, dragon, magic, or adventure lover and I am sure you will be like me - waiting for the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I'm not a fantasy fan, or like dragons for that matter but I got to say that this was a very entertaining novel to read. Adrienne has a gift for telling stories. I like how she adds mystery to her main character and at first I did thought that the queen appearing in her dreams was her mother, but then I remembered the story about the wall and how no human can leave Paegeia once they entered. Her on take on dragons were done beautiful and I like the 'claiming' procedure. My favorite part was when Becky ascended. I think she had captured it well.  I love the inner conflict that goes on with all the characters, who in my opinion is really well developed. You connect to all of them, even the dragons. Her main character had a lot of flaws and the end, well... it was a surprise. Some authors make their characters so strong that it's easy to predict the ending, Adrienne isn't one of them.  The ending was very, very realistic. I can't wait for the second novel, and that coming from someone who doesn't read fantasy or likes dragons.
threedanes More than 1 year ago
Dragons what dragons are real. In one night Elena Watkins’s life was changed forever. She finds out things her father had hidden from her and yet she never got the chance to discuss this with him.  With tragedy and loss she must overcome how her life has become different.  She moves to her birthplace Paegeia.     Her new friends and life will help with this. But an evil that is suddenly awoken threatens to destroy her home.  Will she be able to save it before she is too late? I have always loved dragon stories and this one is no different. A phenomenal and high flying ride of your lifetime. *DISCLAIMER* I was given this book as a free ACR copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fire bolt was not my normal kind of read I would put it as teen romance/adventure in the sci-fi genre. There were a couple of typos, some kissing and violence and some cussing spread through the book that not enough to be objectionable. That being said, I did find the book interesting read the majority of it over the course of one night. I will likely read more of this series on my kindle, since it made a good quick read.