Series Review & Giveaway: Tarragon by Karlie Lucas

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Series Review & Giveaway: Tarragon by Karlie Lucas

I received this book for free from Loving the Book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Series Review & Giveaway: Tarragon by Karlie LucasTarragon: Dragon Bane by Karlie Lucas
Series: Tarragon #3
Published by DragonKey Press on April 29, 2018
Cover Design: Karlie Lucas
Format: Digital
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, romance, Speculative Fiction
Pages: 267
Source: Loving the Book
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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The Revenants are coming. 

Only recently woken from their centuries' long slumber, the dragons are unprepared to face them. But when a legend is uncovered, revealing the existence of a lost tribe of mages, hope flickers to life. 

The race is on as Tyler Durand and Anwen Kaida rush to find this missing tribe while the others prepare for their last stand. But time and numbers are against them, and Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late. 

Young Adult, romantic fantasy.
Book #3 of a trilogy, that is not suppose to be read as a stand-alone. Is the end of an ongoing trilogy.
  • Addictiveness: Highly addictive. This one kept me guessing until the end.
  • Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5  They are all easy to love, connect and understand. In this one we have very old dragons that have been waken trying to fit in this world. So there a several new characters, all interesting and pertinent to the story. We really got answers for all characters and between the new interesting ones, Leslie is definitely one that stands out. I’m not going to say much about Anwen and Tyler, because from here on, anything I say will be a spoiler.
  • Freshness: This is a one-of-a-kind type of book. Totally unique, with a take on dragons that I have never read before. Great end to a very original plot!
  • Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4.5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Good opening and great end. ,  Interesting conflict and well written dialogues. Fast-paced with enough subplots to enhance the story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but in this last installment the reader got answers for everything. This new dragon community is trying to learn how to survive while still facing some enemies. The overall all plot for the trilogy was really good. There is no loopholes on the story arch.
  • Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 3/5, description 3/5, development 3/5, steam 0/5 This is a clean romance, but there is a love story here. From they meeting and not being certain if they could trust each other, until this book, there is a full beginning-middle-HEA to their love. It is cute and sweet!
  • Writing Style: The third book has a great plot that settles all doubts from previous books of the trilogy. With a great group of characters and a sweet romance, this is a trilogy worth reading.

  • Cover: art 3/5, title 5/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 2/5, buy 3/5 I’m obsessed with book covers and I love to “read”snippets of the story on it. I don’t like much about this one. I mean, I like the title, it fits the story and I also like the font used. But I definitely don’t like the background.I do like that the backdrop of the dragon here is red, almost fire like, fitting for this new society of living dragons, but all the black still annoys me. I wouldn’t buy this without reading the blurb.
 I have enjoyed the series, and I would love to read more from the author.

289.5/35 STARS –  4 STARS (3.5 stars between 24.5 and 27.5 stars)

Addictiveness: 4.5 Character: 5  Cover: 3  Freshness: 5  Plot: 4.5  Romance:3.5 Writing Style: 4

  • Action 5/5
  • Angst 0/5
  • Darkness 0/5
  • 0/5
  • Romance 5/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 5/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoys ya romantic fantasy.
  • Would I re-read this book? YES!
  • Would I re-read this series?  I will follow the series. Can’t wait!
  • Would I read more from the author? Yes,  looking forward to.

You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you followed; you MUST read this because it is ONE-OF-A-KIND!

 

 

“I see Revenants,” Anwen gasped with realization. There could be no mistaking those harsh forms, so familiar and yet not, despite the lack of definable vision. They were like a vast sea of activity. “Hundred. No. Thousands. There are too many for me to count.”

THEY ARE PREPARING

Anwen couldn’t help but stare with horror-filled eyes. They resembled a colony of army ants assembling. “Revenge?” she wondered, not realizing she’d spoken aloud.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, the voices replied. THEY DO NOT TAKE THE DEATH OF ONE OF THEIR KIND LIGHTLY. THEY KNOW THE DRAGONS ARE BEHIND IT AND THAT THEY ARE WEAK, ALL TOO RECENTLY WOKEN FROM THEIR SLUMBER.

Shaking her head, Anwen tried to make sense of what they were telling her. “I don’t understand.” Thoughts of the Revenants coming after the dragons filled her head and she cringed. The images weren’t pretty. She hoped they weren’t a vision of what would happen in the future.

THEY WILL COME. WE WILL TELL YOU MORE AS YOU ARE WORTHY OF THAT TKNOWLEDGE. GATHER YOUR PEOPLE AND PREPARE.

Before Anwen could ask any more questions, she felt the ground crumble beneath her. She reached out as her body began to fall in slow motion. “Wait!” she screamed as everything fell away into darkness.

 

Tarragon #1

I received this book for free from Loving the Book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Series Review & Giveaway: Tarragon by Karlie LucasTarragon: Key Keeper by Karlie Lucas
Series: Tarragon #1
Published by DragonKey Press on April 22, 2016
Cover Design: Karlie Lucas
Format: Digital
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, romance, Speculative Fiction
Pages: 241
Source: Loving the Book
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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She holds the fate of the dragons in her hands.

For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father's dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.

With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?

 

Young Adult, fantasy.
Book #1 of a trilogy, that is not suppose to be read as a stand-alone. It has a huge cliffhanger at the end.
  • Addictiveness: Medium-low addictiveness. It takes a while for things start really to happen here, but after it does, you can’t wait to finish.
  • Character: hero 3.5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 5/5, real 3/5  This is all about Anwen. Following her father’s last wish before dying, Anwen goes into a journey of self-discovery. Her character is multidimensional and shows an amazing arch through the story. She really matures and grows in this journey. She has the help of two others, Tyler and Courtney. Is hard for her to decide who is friend or who is foe in this self-discovery journey. Anwen is easy to love, connect and understand.
  • Freshness: This is a one-of-a-kind type of book. Totally unique, with a take on dragons that I have never read before. Amazing world-built!
  • Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 1/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, opening 3/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Good opening , interesting conflict and cool dialogues. Steady-paced with enough subplots to enhance the story. Amazing world-built! On a journey of self-discovery, Anwen goes back to the mountains her family lineage has been exiled from many years ago. There she learns she is part of a prophecy of dragons. A while ago, mages decided that dragons should serve them and after a long battle the dragons have sealed themselves in this mountain to protect from the evil mages, until the key keeper that has the role of guarding them all. There is still a lot of mystery here, but the overall concept is amazing.
  • Romance: believable 1/5, chemistry 2/5, description 3/5, development 3/5, steam 0/5 That is not a romance here yet, but maybe a promise of one. Tyler may be a love interest or he may be against her cause. The author has played really well with the mystery of the book and we don’t really know where anyone, besides Anwen, stands.
  • Writing Style: Fantastic setting, great heroine, interesting plot.

  • Cover: art 3/5, title 5/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 2/5, buy 3/5 I’m obsessed with book covers and I love to “read”snippets of the story on it. I don’t like much about this one. I mean, I like the title, it fits the story and I also like the font used. But I definitely don’t like the background. I like the idea of the dragon with a forest as a backdrop, but too much black. I wouldn’t buy this book without reading the blurb.
  • Plot: I love how detailed the world-built is, but it did take a while for some action in the story. Also, I don’t mind cliffhangers, I already expected here, but to stop in the middle of a scene, that is a horrible way to end a book. I’m lucky, because I already had to second book to read, but still, really bad end.
New to me author, with a very interesting story that I would love to read more.

26.5/35 STARS –  3.5 STARS (3.5 stars between 24.5 and 27.5 stars)

Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 5  Cover: 3  Freshness: 5  Plot: 4  Romance: 2.5 Writing Style: 3.5

  • Action 3/5
  • Angst 0/5
  • Darkness 0/5
  • Humor 0/5
  • Romance 2/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 4/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoys YA fantasy.
  • Would I re-read this book? YES!
  • Would I re-read this series?  I will follow the series. Can’t wait!
  • Would I read more from the author? Yes,  looking forward to.

You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy young adult fantasy; you MUST read this because you want something unique!!!

 

 

Tarragon #2

I received this book for free from Loving the Book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Series Review & Giveaway: Tarragon by Karlie LucasTarragon: Dragon Mage by Karlie Lucas
Series: Tarragon #2
Published by DragonKey Press on April 15, 2017
Cover Design: Karlie Lucas
Format: Digital
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, romance, Speculative Fiction
Pages: 258
Source: Loving the Book
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three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

Young Adult, fantasy.
Book #2 of a trilogy, that is not suppose to be read as a stand-alone. The end of this one doesn’t feel like a cliffhanger, but if you are following the series, you know there is a lot learn yet.
  • Addictiveness: Highly addictive. This one is packed with action and keep the readers on the edge of their seat from the beginning.
  • Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5  Yes. In this installment of the series we got to see Anwen discover more about herself and how “different”she is. Even better, we really learn a lot of Tyler and his true feeling for Anwen. Courtney is another one that has a lot of emotional growth here. A few new secondary characters, specially Anwen’s mom and Tyler’s friend, Walter. A lot of character development here. They are all so easy to love, connect and understand.
  • Freshness: This is a one-of-a-kind type of book. Totally unique, with a take on dragons that I have never read before. Amazing world-built and superb character development.
  • 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 4.5/5, opening 3.5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Ok opening  and great ending. Very good conflict and awesome dialogues. Fast-paced with enough subplots to enhance the story. A lot of action here. Now that Anwen knows she is the key keeper and has opened the gate, she needs to learn how to wake the dragons. We also learn more about Tyler and Courtney here. This one, even though we know is not the end of a trilogy, has a great ending to the book. I can’t wait for the next one!
  • Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 3.5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 0/5 Now, we got a love story. Yes, Tyler learns more about Anwen and is more open here to his feelings. We know he loves her, but at the same time they are  treading so many discoveries throughout the trilogy, will they have time for love?
  • Writing Style: Fantastic character development, great plot and cute romance.

  • Cover: art 3/5, title 5/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 2/5, buy 3/5 I’m obsessed with book covers and I love to “read”snippets of the story on it. I don’t like much about this one. I mean, I like the title, it fits the story and I also like the font used. But I definitely don’t like the background. I like the idea of the dragon with a forest as a backdrop (only changed the lighting from book 1) but still too much black. I wouldn’t buy this book without reading the blurb.
  • Plot: There a somethings that are still hard to understand in this fantastic plot, but I hope that the last installment will take away all my doubts.
If in the first book the author took really good care with world-built, in this one she has really delved deeply into character development and the beginning of the love story.

29.5/35 STARS –  4 STARS (4 stars between 28 and 31 stars)

Addictiveness: 4.5 Character: 5  Cover: 3  Freshness: 5  Plot: 4.5  Romance: 3.5 Writing Style: 4

  • Action 4.5/5
  • Angst 0/5
  • Darkness 0/5
  • Humor 0/5
  • Romance 3.5/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 5/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoys ya fantasy with a bit of romance.
  • Would I re-read this book? YES!
  • Would I re-read this series?  I will follow the series. Can’t wait!
  • Would I read more from the author? Yes,  looking forward to.

You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you followed the series; you MUST read this because you want unique dragons!!!

 

 

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About Karlie Lucas

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.