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Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace (Jennifer Scales #1)

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She knew that growing up would mean changing. But Jennifer wasn't prepared for the blue scales or the claws, since no one had told her that she came from a bloodline of weredragons. Her greatest challenge? Protecting herself from her family's ancient enemies and preparing herself for fierce battles. And that's a lot to expect of a girl just coming into her own.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Ace (first published August 2nd 2005)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Jennifer Scales is just like any other fourteen-year-old girl. She's going through some...changes. But it's all normal, right?

Not exactly. In JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE (don't let the title keep you away; it's not what it sounds like), Jennifer's parents tell her some...surprising news. She's going to be changing a lot more than most people do at her age. In fact, she's going to be getting scales, horns, and claws--at least some of the
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A weredragon teenager learning to cope with her new abilities sounds great, and that's why I decided to read this book. Unfortunately, the characters were one dimensional, learning about the dragons and their abilities was tedious, and the conflict and danger were bland. Like any teenager Jennifer is full of drama and isn't interested in the points of view of others. That doesn't make her very enjoyable or likable, which got the book off to a bad start. I was getting excited about the idea of a ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Aug 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it did not like it
This didn't really work for me. The protagonist is a teen girl who discovers that her parents never told her that she's half weredragon. And her race has an ancient feud with were-arachnids and beaststalkers. While I could suspend my disbelief with the paranormal aspects of this story, I had a problem with the characters and their interactions. Jennifer often acted like a brat, lashing out at her parents over everything, for example - her dad not being there because of his job. Jennifer takes ou ...more
Purr More
Mar 02, 2009 Purr More rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I am a big fan of MJD's other books, primarily the Queen Betsey series, so I expected to enjoy this book. Unfortunately, it did not grab me. I think it was the whole weredragon world that MJD created. It just didn't appeal to me and seemed almost cartoonish. Dragons that talk, have barbecues, sketch, and talk on the phone just seem a little too Disney-animated-featurish-ish. I finished the book so gave it two stars but I could have just as easily set it aside and not miss it. It did get a little ...more
Carina Schwab
Heute die Rezi zum Beginn einer neuen Drachenreihe. Ich habe früher die Betsy-Taylor-Reihe von Mary Janice Davidson verschlungen und war daher gespannt auf diese neue Geschichte.
Leider konnte sie mich nicht zu 100 % überzeugen, daher werde ich die Reihe wohl nicht fortführen da die Bücher meines Wissens auch nicht als Ebook erschienen sind und ich sie aber auch nicht weiter als TB kaufen würde.

Jennifer lebt mehr oder weniger das Leben eine normalen amerikanischen Teenagers.
Sie ist ein Ass in der
Sharons  Bücherparadies
Auf Grund des schönen Covers und des vielversprechenden Klappentextes, bin ich auf dieses wunderbare Buch aufmerksam geworden. Ich danke dem Egmont Ink Verlag, dass ich es lesen durfte!

Worum gehts?
Eigentlich ist Jennifer Scales ein ganz normales 14jähriges Mädchen. Doch im Alter von 5 Jahren sah sie, wie die Stadt Eveningstar im Bundesstaat Minnesota lichterloh brannte und ausgelöscht wurde. Es war Sichelmond! Sie floh mit ihrer Familie.
Nach und nach veränderte sich Jennifer, welche oft von Albt
Ich hab jetzt lange hin und her überlegt wieviele Sterne ich dem Buch gebe. Ist gar nicht so einfach, denn an und für sich hat es mir gefallen. Es gibt aber trotzdem so einige Kritikpunkte, wie z.b die Darstellung der Drachen. Die ist mir einfach viel zu menschlich. Mal ehrlich, ein Drache der mit seiner Flügelklaue genauso gut zeichnen kann wie als Mensch? Auch Jennifer's Verhalten gegenüber ihren Eltern war teilweise echt unter aller Sau und ich weiß beim besten Willen nicht ob man das auf ihr ...more
Aug 19, 2007 Dorcas rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in shapeshifting stories, strong young female characters
What’s better than a story about a girl who loves dragons, a girl who turns in-to a dragon. Jennifer is a 14 year old weredragon, from her dad’s side, learning to deal with some interesting changes, including how to walk and fly with her new clawed limbs, and how to chat up the new boy in class.
The sequel has just come out and a third one is on the way.

This YA novel, tends to be difficult to find on the shelves of either the bookstore or libraries, however, those interested in a contemp
Daily Daydreamer
I really loved this book. Jennifer, her grandpa and her parents <3
Can't wait to read the next!!
Sarah Crawford
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Jennifer Scales living in Minnesota. She is a freshman in high school. She manages to kick the ball in an amazing move. Later that night her father tests her kicking abilities, and both he and her mother say that some kind of change is happening to Jennifer.

Susan is her best friend. There's a new boy at school in her class, name of Skip.

Jennifer's parents tell her what is going to happen, and she ends up crying alone in her room.

She transforms into a dragon. The first time she does, it's very p
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it liked it
Jennifer Scales thought she was prepared for being a teenager---soccer, friends, noticing boys.... except that in her case, she got a lot more changes with puberty than most kids. Turns out she's inherited her father's ability to turn into a weredragon, too. Her transformations are tied to the crescent moon, which means avoiding everyone not a dragon often enough to put a severe crimp in her social life. But the biggest problem may not be explaining why she has to miss school so often, because w ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Manja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eigentlich führt Jennifer Scales ein ganz normales Leben, bis sie plötzlich merkt, dass sie außergewöhnliche Körperkräfte besitzt und Dinge sieht, die andere nicht sehen. Und dann passiert es: In einer Halbmondnacht verwandelt sie sich in einen Werdrachen! Und sie ist nicht die Einzige in der Familie. Auch ihr Vater und Großvater können fliegen und Feuer speihen. Von nun an ändert Jennifer zweimal im Monat für einige Tage die Gestalt und lernt andere Werdrachen kennen, die unerk
Julia Lizoyfanes
Die 14-jährige Jennifer Scales kommt sich eigentlich vor wie ein normales Mädchen, bis sie sich in einer vom Sichelmond beschienenen Nacht mit ihren Freunden Susan, Eddi und dem neuen Skip trifft. Alles ein normales, amerikanisches Mädchenleben, denkt Jennifer, bis sie die Wahrheit über sich und ihre Familie erfährt.
Plötzlich überrollen Jennifer heftige Schmerzen und sie verwandelt sich in einen blauen, geflügelten Werdrachen! Jennifer kommt hinter das Geheimnis ihrer Familie, wo auch ihr Vater
Yessenia Andaverde
Apr 24, 2016 Yessenia Andaverde rated it liked it
Well, this was not what I was expecting.

For once, Jennifer was so much younger than what I imagined: she's just 14! And already she has to face situation a 14-year-old is absolutely not ready to face. Mabe not even a 100 year-old is ready to face.

Also, I was exppecting to laugh a lot in this book. It's a MaryJanice Davidson book, for Chrissake. I have read some of her sagas wich made my stomach hurt laughing. What happened here? I have no idea.

Another thing: why keep a secret from you child some
May 05, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
Even though I was intrigued by the premise of weredragons, after I started this I felt like I wasn't going to like the story after all. All the whiny teenager angst at the beginning was awful. But if you can get past that, it gets interesting and has some really solid, intense intrigue going on. There’s a lot of really good scenes and the characters start to fill out.

I love as she learns about being a dragon, meeting others and the lessons. Her dog is adorable and so is Geddy. It took me awhile
Jennifer ist gerade vierzehn geworden und spielt Fußball in der Schulmanschaft. Bei einem wichtigen Spiel schafft sie einen fast unmöglichen Treffer, da sie ein Salto macht, worüber sich alle wundern, bis auf Jennifer selbst. Sie ärgert sich mehr darüber, dass ihr Vater mal wieder nicht da ist. Der ist, wie so oft, auf Geschäftsreise. Mit ihrer Mutter versteht sie sich auch nicht so gut und fängt ständig Streit an. Dass ihre Eltern ihr etwas zu sagen haben, merkt sie eigentlich gar nicht, bis es ...more
Julie Christin
Jan 25, 2014 Julie Christin rated it really liked it
Erster Satz
"An ihrem fünften Geburtstag musste Jennifer Scales mit ihrer Familie umziehen."
aus "Drachenstern - Gewandelt" von M.J. Davidson, Egmont Ink, S.7

Was würdest du tun, wenn du dich auf einmal in einen Drachen verwandeln würdest?
Jennifer Scales ist zwar etwas verwirrt, aber sie nimmt diese Veränderung gut auf und fühlt sich schnell in ihrem neuen Körper wohl. Zusammen mit ihrer Familie führt sie ein glückliches Drachenleben, obwohl ihre Freunde sich langsam von ihr abwenden. Doch n
Apr 28, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So! Heute morgen fertig gelesen.
Ich liebe Mary Janice Davidson!
Und mit diesem Buch noch ein bisschen mehr ^^
Ich muss sagen ich bin es gewohnt von ihr mit Humor, Erotik und einem spritzigen Sarkasmus zu schreiben.
Aber hier zeigt sie etwas ganz anderes vill liegt es auch daran das sie mit ihrem Ehemann zusammen geschrieben hat ^^
Ich muss zugeben ich habe selbst noch keine Bücher von Anthony Alongi gelesen.

Also Fazit:
Es lässt sich leicht lesen man kann sich schnell in die Geschichte vertiefen und n
Ricarda Scola
Mar 24, 2014 Ricarda Scola rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy

Jennifer Scales ist ein ganz normales 14-jähriges Mädchen - bis zu einer verhängnisvollen Sichelmondnacht, in der sie sich plötzlich in einen Drachen verwandelt. Glücklicherweise finden ihre Eltern sie rechtzeitig und bringen sie zu der Farm ihres Großvaters, wo man ihr erklärt, dass die ganze Familie väterlicherseits diese Fähigkeit besitzt. Auf eine gewisse Weise findet Jennifer das Ganze sogar cool, allerdings ändert sich diese Ansicht ganz schnell als ihr Vater spurlos verschwindet...
Teresa Sporrer
Feb 03, 2014 Teresa Sporrer rated it liked it
Jennifer Scales dachte immer, dass sie ein normales Mädchen ist. Doch kurz nach ihrem 14. Geburtstag beginnt sie sich zu verändern: Beim Fußballspielen gelingen ihr unglaubliche Tricks, Insekten verhalten sich komisch und sie träumt seltsame Sachen.

Und dann passiert es: Jennifer verwandelt sich in einen Drachen! In einen Werdrachen. Einige Tage im Monat muss sie nun ihrer neuen schuppigen Gestalt verbringen.

Diese Rezension beginne ich mal damit, warm ich dieses Buch unbedingt lesen wollte: Mary-
Jul 01, 2013 Wren rated it it was ok
I will give pretty much anything a read if it promises people who shapeshift into dragons.

The writing is rather juvenile, but the main character is quickly established as being only 14 - I probably would have enjoyed this story at that age. This novel is pretty much the antithesis to the current YA novel trend of absent parents, Jennifer's family is very much the main focus of the story. She seems to feel at once stifled by the overprotective parents, and insulted that the father isn't around fo
María Paula Castellano
Fué muy muy bueno pero va demasiado rápido, me gustan tanto los personajes como la historia y definitivamente pasaron bastantes cosas que no me esperaba y que me gustaron mucho.

Tienen que saber que: 1.Jennifer es una chama sarcástica, divertida y friki que se puede transformar en dragón (una protagonista cool). 2.Hay gente-araña (tal vez uno enamorado de ella) y cazadores de bestias (otro enamorado tal vez por ahí, y alguien que no se esperaba hgdjgjdsags) 3.Y que hay un pleito que te hace segu
Dec 26, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Fourteen year old Jennifer Scales surprised her soccer teammates with an impossible jump and kick to win their soccer game. That was just the beginning of the surprises as Jennifer finds herself turning into a dragon that can fly and breathe fire! She learns that her father is a weredragon and so is she! This really complicates her school and social life especially after she learns that she is only in dragon form during a crescent moon. She comes to grips with her strange gifts as an ancient en ...more
Aug 19, 2010 Danielle rated it liked it
I think this is the first author I've ever read who (according to her blog, anyway) says her books kinda start off as big ol' chunks of dialogue, then she has to grit her teeth and go back in and add descriptions. Sounds like my writing!

I was pleasantly surprised at how solid this was. Near the end, I was afraid this would be a 'TO BE CONTINUED' ending, but she actually did a nice job of making a short-but-effective climax battle. (And the end twists actually surprised me a bit!)

I liked the firs
Jan 22, 2015 Stacey rated it really liked it
If it weren't for the main character's age and the fact that there is no requisite sex scene, this could be any one of the better adult paranormal/fantasy novels on the market today. I think this one actually stands out because of the nature of Jennifer's 'beast'. The authors do an exquisite job of fleshing out the book's teen heroine. She is moody, angsty, and removed from her parents. She is desperate to be anything but the 'freak', she just wants to fit in. The plot from start to finish is en ...more
Lisa Adkins
Jan 19, 2015 Lisa Adkins rated it really liked it
Jennifer Scales is a fun, sports loving teenage girl that is having a few more than your avarage growing pains.

Turning into a dragon, upside down goals on the field and putting the resident school bully in his place will have you pulling an all nighter to get to the end. I hope this gets turned into a series on the CW.
Coney Zealley
Aug 15, 2016 Coney Zealley rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragon-books
This is a book I read back in middle school and I remember loving it, but our library never had the second book! Now I'm going to track it down if it's the last thing I do. Great, fun read. I've been reading nothing but dragon books lately and this is definitely one of the better ones. Recommended for ages 11-17
Sep 08, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it
This is another of those books I have eyed for years but never got around to read. When I spotted it on the library's webpage, I downloaded it on a whim. I was in the mood for a something short, and something that wasn't romance. This one fit my needs. I couldn't put it down. The voice were smooth, with a touch of humor. The worldbuilding felt solid, the secondary characters were interesting. But what made the story for me was Jennifer. Her struggles to adjust to her new life felt real, how when ...more
You know how you went through changes at puberty? Jennifer did too. Only hers changed her into a dragon. She's a little pissed off that her parents neglected to mention this side of her genetic heritage and can you blame her? One of the things that attracts me to certain YA series is how realistic the teenager is. Jennifer is realistic. She hates being a dragon, hates that her parents kept this a secret from her, hates that she has to keep secrets from her friends, worries that her life will nev ...more
Sarah Adamson
Apr 06, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Unfortunately I just wanted more out of this book. I know it's for YA and I read a lot of YA but it was not quite enough for me. I wanted more dragons, more fantasy, not more teenage angst and relationship issues.
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series. She is both a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She won a 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and was nominated for the same award in 2005.

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