by First Mate Keira

Title: Dragon Flight
Author: Jessica Day George
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 255
Grade Reading Level: 5th-9th Grade

Summary: Luka is in Citatie as an ambassador for Feravel on his father’s behalf when suddenly relations between Feravel and Citatie disintegrate without warning. This is very bad because Citatie has a huge trained dragon army and they’re going to use it to take out Feravel and all who stand in their way. Luckily Creel, the heroine of the First Dragon War, is on Feravel’s side.

Why I started this book:

I started Dragon Flight because I loved Dragon Slippers. It’s the second book in the trilogy and revisits all the same characters from the first novel.

Likes:

  • Dragon history is expanded and flushed out more as we learn of Shardas’ brother, the silver dragon known as Krashath.
  • For not imagining she would ever write a sequel, Jessica Day George is very consistent when it comes to her characters.
  • The romance between Creel and Luka is sweet and mature. They look out for each other and work well together.
  • Without giving too much away – I loved the setup for the Second Dragon War and I liked its conclusion. Too bad certain humans are a royal pain in the hinny, but I have a feeling this latest development will be expanded upon in the third book.

Dislikes:

  • I’m more or less indifferent to Marta, Creel’s friend and business partner in the dressmaker shop. It’s hard to back up as it’s really just a feeling as opposed to anything in the text.

Last Minute Thoughts: Can’t wait to read Dragon Spear, the last in the set.

Buy: Dragon Flight (Dragon Adventures)

Rating: 5 Treasure Chests

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by First Mate Keira

Do you find yourself falling asleep while reading? Are you constantly bored during school assignments? Conquer your boredom and perk up with these six easy steps:

1. Take a Music Break.

Pick a song or two from your playlist and turn the volume up. Now get up sing, dance, and move around. Be wild and crazy and expend a lot of energy. When the songs are over, turn your music off and pick up your book again. You’ll be refreshed and excited.

2. Move to a New Location.

If you’re falling asleep get off the couch, off your bed, off that comfy chair and move. Wake yourself up by going somewhere else and setting up shop again. You can go somewhere quiet like a library with bright florescent lights. You can go somewhere social and loud like a café type restaurant.

3. Give Yourself Permission to Mark.

A great way to keep focus and stay alert when reading for school is to mark your textbook. Use highlighters, rulers, sticky notes, pens, whatever. Do what’s easy and fun and mark up passages that are particularly long by highlighting the need to know information. This is a great study tip too! Warning: Only do this if you actually own the book and it’s not a school copy.

4. Read with a Friend.

Whether it’s an academic assignment or something you want to read, getting together with a friend is a pleasant way to get the reading done. You can read together discussing things out loud as you go along or by yourselves side by side only speaking up to point out something interesting or to ask a question.

5. Get a Snack.

Sometimes the reason you’re bored while reading is because you’re low on energy. Stop reading and go grab yourself a small snack. I suggest fruit because it’s crisp, clean, and full of good nutrients. Fruit smoothies work too and they’re cold. If you’re on campus you have the added benefit of walking and extending the break on your eyes and relieving that cooped up feeling.

6. Get Comfortable.

If you’re warm, take off your coat or turn on a fan. If you’re cold, put a jacket on or wrap up in a blanket. Sometimes your boredom arises because you’re focusing too much on minor discomforts. (Perversely if you think you’re bored because you’re too comfortable do the opposite and get uncomfortable!)

What else do you suggest for alleviating boredom while reading?

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Review: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

by First Mate Keira September 15, 2014
Review: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2) Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen Format: Ebook Page Count: 352 pages Grade Reading Level: Ages 11+ Summary: Jaron has inherited a kingdom that is politically unstable – he has one ally, with a princess his throne must marry, and a slew of […]

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Pop Your Top and Read

by First Mate Keira September 14, 2014
Pop Your Top and Read

by First Mate Keira Pop Your Top and Read days are some of the best days in elementary school. I remember looking forward to those days with gleeful abandon. In an effort to promote one of my favorite reading activities I’m going to talk a little more in-depth on what it is and how to […]

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Review: Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

by First Mate Keira September 13, 2014
Review: Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

by First Mate Keira Title: Princess for Hire Author: Lindsey Leavitt Format: Hardback Pages: 239 Grade Reading Level: Grades 6–8 Summary: Princess for Hire is the first book of a new series following the general mishaps and adventures of Desi Bascomb, a young fifteen year old girl looking for dazzle, something the city of Sproutsville […]

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13 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide

by First Mate Keira September 12, 2014
13 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide

by First Mate Keira Most students see summer vacation as the time to cease all things educational. They refuse to do anything that feels like school work and unfortunately this includes some pretty important subjects and activities they should be practicing. This decline in grade level equivalency is what educators call the summer slump or […]

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