Book Reviews

A Dragon for Christmas by M.D. Neu at NineStar Press

Genre Lesbian / Fantasy / Mythological Creatures / Young Adult / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-December-2017

Book Blurb

Carmen is eleven years old and wants to get her dragon. Since she was seven years old, she understood two things. One, she was going to be the strongest Dragon Keeper there ever was. The second was that she was going to marry her best friend, Mattie.


As Christmas approaches the magical charms Carmen has to use to fight off her curse are taking a toll on her health. But that can’t stop her from taking her final test to become a Dragon Keeper. If she passes her test she gets her dragon, if not, she has to start all over, relying on different magical charms to fight the curse for her. That is something Carmen doesn’t want to have to go through. The testing is difficult and charms make her sick. Carmen has decided that if she doesn’t get her dragon this Christmas she’s not going to go for a third attempt, even if that means she can’t marry Mattie when she grows up.


Book Review

Set in an alternate contemporary world where dragons exist (and so do Lady Gaga and Beyoncé), and some people can bond with them, this story is about eleven-year-old Carmen who is desperate to get her dragon. She has already failed once, even though she comes from a magical family, so she is even more determined now. But it isn’t just because she has always wanted a dragon since she was told she’d have one when she was seven. Her best friend, Mattie, already has her dragon, and Carmen figures she needs one as well, or she won’t be allowed to marry Mattie.

Carmen has found out that it is not so easy to get a dragon, even when you were told you’d be good at being a Dragon Keeper. The charms are making her sick, and it’s bad enough for her to know that she won’t want to make a third attempt. It is now or never, and even though Carmen is more than a little scared of failing again, she perseveres. But that is not the last obstacle Carmen has to overcome, and the tension remains fairly high until the end, when she is in college.

This story reads a lot like a fairy tale, what with all the charms and curses, but the characters feel “real” and very much like young teens in our world. The details about how this world functions, all the different dragons, and the lore behind the dragon riders were fascinating, and very well done. Christmas and Santa are almost like a secondary thought, except Christmas definitely has a role to play even in this very different-from-our world.

If you like dragons, if you enjoy exploring a new fantastical world that is close to ours with a few noticeable exceptions, and if you’re looking for a creative read with lots of fun little worldbuilding details, then you will probably like this fun little short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 40 pages/12600 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-December-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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