Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Mini-Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) - The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

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Title: The Tea Dragon Society

Author: Katie O'Neill (aka Strangely Katie)

Genre: Kids/Middle Grade, Fantasy, LGBTQ+ (F/F; M/M)

Series: The Tea Dragon Society


Amazon: UK - USA














Verdict:




I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley gives reviewers the opportunity to provide a fair and honest review.





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Normally, I give full reviews for graphic novels - but as this is just shy of 80 pages, I think you'll forgive me!

Also, there's very few negatives to this book so that kind of halves the length of my review to begin with!








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This book is a gentle and beautiful tale about Greta - a young blacksmith's apprentice (to her mother, in fact) - and her new fascination with tea dragons.





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The artwork is both adorable and stunning - I dare you to not fall for those cute li'l tea dragons! And the colours are a pastel fairy-tale.





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This book has so much diversity that it brings a warm spark to my little book nerd's heart!





We have characters of various races and skin-tones, a central F/F relationship, a side M/M relationship, a side character who uses a wheelchair, and a love interest who struggles with memory problems!

All of this is done in such a 'this is just the way it is' casual kind of way that anyone accusing it of tokenism or pandering to 'political correctness' needs to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror.

I also like the refusal of 'traditional' gender roles here - Greta and her mother are blacksmiths, and nobody thinks this is in the slightest bit unusual. And that's awesome!






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There are a couple of potentially distressing scenes here - some blood, violence, and serious injury, as well as Minette's struggles with her memory problems - but nothing overly-graphic.

The majority of kids aged 9+ will be fine with it.






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This isn't a book that's just for kids though! Hell no.

While kid-friendly, this is very much an 'all-ages' title - both teens and adults will love this. Because, well, dragons! (Seriously, they're so cute!)







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Guys, this is one I will recommend to anyone and everyone. Don't miss out on this - it's magical.





















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6 comments:

  1. I've heard good things about this. It sounds really sweet, and I love all the diversity!

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  2. The cover on this is beautiful! Happy you enjoyed it :)

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    1. I def enjoyed it! This book is awesome! XD

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  3. This sounds so cute! I saw it a few months ago and I really like the illustrations. I'm just contemplating if I should buy it now or wait until I also know more people with children that I could lend the book to.

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    1. It's so sweet and magic and awesomeful!!!! XD

      Up to you, ofc, but if you buy it sooner, you can always lend it to kids when you actually, y'know, know some! Lol :)

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