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Heartstrikers Series by Rachel Aaron (3 stars)

I'm really liking this series! It's urban fantasy with just the right touch of silly, strange and irreverent.

Julius is a nice dragon. That's not a good thing in a family where ambition, backstabbing and manipulation are prerequisites for success and social standing. (If you've seen "Stardust," he's basically Tristan, but growing up surrounded by his murdering uncles/grandpa.) Marci, Julius' partner in crime, is not a mage to be messed with; but her thirst for knowledge (and staying in the black) never overwhelms her compassionate, friendly nature. Julius' family is awesome. They're all so different and crazy and draconic, and they're so much fun!

Also, there is a dragon seer named Bob with a pet pigeon. If that doesn't get you to read the first book, nothing will.

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #1
Genres: YA/Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published on July 13, 2014
Published by Rachel Aaron
Final Rating: 3 stars
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ--a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit--Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons...

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #2
Genres: YA/Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published on August 1, 2015
Published by Rachel Aaron
Final Rating: 3 stars
After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side.

Happy reading!


  1. These sound interesting! Shape shifting dragons is always a plus!

    1. Yes! The first book had fewer dragons in dragon form, but they're both still really fun!

  2. Ha, I'm glad you're enjoying this series! And you're right, Julius is similar to Tristan, they're both such good guys, I like characters like them, there are too many bad boys around. Why anyone would pick a bad boy over a good guy is beyond me.
    I'm very much looking forward to the third book of the series.

    1. I feel like I've seen so many bad boy characters they've become somewhat predictable. "Honestly, it's the honest ones you want to watch out for because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly...stupid." ;) I can't wait for the third book!