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Fire of Stars and Dragons

(Stars and Souls #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A dragon's fire cannot be tamed.

In 22nd century sovereign America, women should be seen and not heard. Unfortunately, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN didn't get that memo!

Determined to make her way in the world following the death of her uncle, being "seen" is the least of Cait's problems.

Someone's trying to kill her.

Ordained to guard and protect her, when Theo Pendra
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Swoon Romance
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Melissa Petreshock Yes. However, that being said, it's not all cut and dry. This is fantasy, and there are supernatural forces at play. Small details and even the most i…moreYes. However, that being said, it's not all cut and dry. This is fantasy, and there are supernatural forces at play. Small details and even the most innocuous of exchanges are sometimes important to piecing together the hows and whys of it all. BUT, there are still two more books to come before you'll have all the answers. ;-)(less)

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Melissa Petreshock
To be clear, this is NOT YA. FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is written for a mature teen/adult audience and contains scenes unsuitable for younger readers. Cait is not a naive or innocent heroine, so things get steamy and rather explicit in a few scenes. (My youngest beta team member is a mature 16.)

This is a multi-POV book where readers are immediately immersed in the fantasy world without frontloaded world-building. Expect the world to be explained over the course of the book through the eyes of th
Carol Wooten
As one of the beta readers for this book, I am so excited to see the release date draw near! Melissa has an excellent story unfolding here in the first of a three book series. Her ability to take paranormal beings and weave them into the human world is so convincing that I am beginning to wonder when I see an extremely "hot" guy whether he just might have some dragon blood in him. Let me assure you, if you like steamy heroes, Theo will set your soul on fire! Intrigue, romance, fantasy...this boo ...more
Zara Hoffman
**Proud member of Melissa's All-Star Beta Reader Team**

Cait is the quintessential fictional representation of a strong, yet realistic strong-willed and independent woman. She stands her own against the powerful, supernatural men in the room—no matter how many outnumber her.

The author has not only created a worthy female role model, the guys in Fire of Stars and Dragons are equally admirable for their morals (and good looks)!

Theo Pendragon is a shapeshifting dragon, second in the House of Pendrag
Scarlett Petreshock
I love that Cait is a strong, independent, and often snarky main character. I like that she is a good role-model for how independent young ladies should be. Dante is my book crush. He is so epic with his brilliant banter, and his personality is so engrossing. The whole book's tone is addictive. I couldn't stop reading. Even the secondary characters are interesting and well developed. Dragons Clifford and Jai are my favorites.
*All-Star beta team reader*
DNF @38%, NO rating

Soooo, not for me. And I really wanted to like it :(
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

It has been a long time since I have read a book that has intrigued me the way that this one did. I started the book wondering if it was going to be another one of those romance books that are so predictable and by the 3rd chapter I was like WOW! Where is this going?!? I loved the character development, the characters themselves and the amount of detail that the author used when describing them to us. She made all of the charact
Tammy Farrell
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I don’t think I can express just how much I loved this book!

The cover is what got my interest at first. It’s just TOO pretty to ignore. I love fantasy novels! Like, LOVE! But I usually prefer a more historical-type or otherworldly setting. What shocked me about this book is that, while it’s set in a futuristic “sovereign” America, the novel had an almost historical feel. The world in which Ms. Petreshock has created is a society full of archaic social conventions, where women have little to no
As a member of the beta team, I’ve already read this book several times and can’t wait to read it again. The story is amazing, but it’s the key characters that will draw you in from the beginning and keep you coming back for more. Cait is a feisty heroine that you can both relate to and admire even as she navigates incredibly unique circumstances. The supernatural men (demigod, vampires, and DRAGONS!) are all complex and each brings something different to the story.

I highly recommend checking o
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Interview with Melissa A Petreshock! She chats about Fire of Stars and Dragons, her story telling, how she develops her stories, plots and characters. She also discusses how she had her early start in fan fiction and how it blossomed into the upcoming release, Fire of Stars and Dragons!

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I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover months ago. I was so curious about these dragons and I loved the sky in the background behind the girl. This is a really hard review for me to write because there are so many things that I really loved about this book. But there were two things that didn't work for me, and they were fairly large things. I'm going to start with what I loved.

Cait is super spunky, sassy and fi
Joshua Johnson
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As you can see from the synopsis, this book has everything going for— a strong set of characters, a brilliant setting, vampires, demigods, and dragons— my most favorite part of the book.

The dragons, specifically, are what makes this story stand out— it’s unique. In many books, we’ve seen vampires and ghosts and other paranormal creatures of that sort, so human/dragon-beings is an immediate hook that pulls you into the story: it’s refreshing, but what Petreshock has brought to them makes the stor
Greer Robinson
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Member of Beta Team*

As a member of Melissa's beta team, I've witnessed Fire of Stars and Dragons grow from a sassy and confident fledgling to an even sassier and more confident adult. The fantasy elements are combination of dragons, vampires, deities, elves, and Fae (basically everything great and awesome in the fantasy world). However, it's all spun in a unique way with all the supernatural creatures existing within their own society where even they fall under a higher order and don't know eve
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ERMERGERSH!!! I am seriously pretty flippin heart broken! WHY? because I did NOT want this book to end!!! I’m completely enamored with everything about Fire of Stars and Dragons!!! EEeeeeeeep I can not put into words how much I loved this book! It was near perfection for me, by the time this series is over there is no doubt I will be shouting 5 stars from roof tops. What an amazing and magical world Ms. Petreshock has built, I mean seriously
Shelley Watters
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
FIVE STARS all the way.

I mean look at that cover. How can a book with a cover THAT gorgeous NOT be amazing?

I wasn't disappointed. First off, Melissa has a way with men. I love a good alpha hero and wasn't disappointed with not one, not two, but three alphas. Honestly, there were even more than that, but the story revolves around the three main alphas. Who wouldn't love to be fought over by three ridiculously gorgeous alpha males??

The pace was perfect and I was pleased with how Melissa presente
Mary Waibel
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to so several behind the scenes interviews with the characters of Melissa Petreshock's debut novel FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS without having read the story.

What I learned about each character intrigued me and made me quite anxious to read this novel to learn more. And Ms. Petreshock didn't disappoint.

In a unique love triangle, I found myself torn between two of Cait's suitors. While I was greatly please with Cait's ultimate choice, I still felt bad for the one who lost out, and c
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, swoon, na-pnr
Great NA romance novel with fantasy elements (and sexy guys who shift into dragons!). It's nice to see something different to the usual college setting of most NA books. ...more
Morphys Book Blog
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dragon lovers
Caitriona Hayden is living in a time where women weren't treated as equals. She was just a normal human woman until a dragon took her as his ward. From there her world was turned upside down. Not only does she have a dragon but also a deity, a demigod fighting for her love. And last but not least, a Vampire, the King of sovereign America. Cait has some hard decisions ahead of her and some BIG changes to come.

I really don't know where to start. I have only just finished the last page and have to
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was asked by the publishers if I would like to review this book and I'm so glad I did as I loved every minute of this book and was close to perfection...

The only thing I don't like about this cover is the blue bit on the top corner as I feel like it takes away the beauty of the background which I must say is stunning. I love the typography of the title as I always love fancy style font.

Even while writing this review I am debating on whether to rate this book the full 5 out of 5 as I loved ever
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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It takes a pretty fine book for me to start and finish it right through the middle of the night in one sitting, especially for a book in a genre I don’t read all that often. But Fire of Stars and Dragons was something else. This was a spectacular book and I knew right from the first page that I wasn’t going to sleep (or getting up) until I’d finished it.

Wow – the characters – they were fantastic! I read so many books where I strug
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5/5

A kick-ass heroine, a mix of magic, and three swoon-worthy guys. We get all that and more in Fire of Stars and Dragons. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. It wasn't perfect, but it was a lovely read.

Cait was a wonderful heroine. She was very strong and, even while surrounding by several powerful men, she refused to let anyone walk all over her. She wasn't taking any of their crap. I thought she was a great character and I really liked her.

I liked that all 3 potential l
Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog

I am always on the lookout for a good Dragon book. So when I found this book on the newly release list, I immediately jump on it. Though I did spend first halve of the book frustrated, and annoyed because the "courting" process. And yes the whole thing took little more than 50%. The whole time I kept doubting myself, since it should have been obvious whom she will choose in the end (at least I've hoped). But because the lack of communication, trust and self-doubting, it took quite a while t
Meradeth Houston
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to reading this for a VERY long time, and I was definitely not disappointed! Petreshock has designed a really interesting world, with some great characters, that drew me in and kept me up very late at night. I loved the detail when it came to describing the dragons and their hierarchy, as well as the world in general. It was seriously fascinating. Also, the book gave a whole new meaning to, well, 'how to train your dragon.' Hehe! There was some serious heat to this, w ...more
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Katie Edmonds
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book with pretty awesome world building. I just felt like there was a lot more to the story. I have a strong feeling that there is another book in the future but as there is no clear indication at this point in time, I felt a little unsatisfied with the conclusion.
Give me Dragons, throw in an awesomely awesome heroine, mix in fantastical shenanigans and combine it with a love triangle of sorts and I'm hooked. Fire of Stars and Dragons is an awesome story. I was sucked in from the first paragraph and by the time I reached the end, well, I can't wait to see what will happen next.

When Cait's Vampire Uncle unexpectedly dies, it leaves her a very rich heiress. It also leaves her vulnerable to the laws of the Vampires, which basically makes her a dependent eve
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads) At A Glance
Fire of Stars and Dragons was up and down for me.
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Yay, dragonshifters! I can't resist a dragon book. I don't even know why. I think they are the most exotic of the supernatural creatures in books nowadays. Melissa did a great job of creating fun and interesting dragonshifters. I loved how unique each one felt. As Cait's group of loyal dragonshifters started to increase, we got to see so many different personalities and quirks.
Siv Therese
Ok, so wow.
This one recieves five stars in indicisive heroine and heroes.
I finished the book, although I'm still not so sure why. Maybe I'm just a huuuuuge sucker for books where one female is swarmed with good looking males. Or I'm a sucker for, well... good looking males. God, I'm such a shallow human being. That being said.

THe book overal's got lots and lots of potential. I didn't detest the heroine, and enjoyed her spunk, humor, her detest of one male ego, and her somewhat deluded misconcep
Apr 26, 2014 added it

I am always looking for something different in the New Adult genre, and after reading the blurb, I thought this would be just that. I am happy that is was too, no broken people, just romance with a little bit of a twist. The paranormal world, with fae, vampires and dragons made this romance even better. It follow Cait, shortly after the death of Cait’s Uncle, he leaves her a fortune that would be the envy of just about anyone. But at only 21, she is not old enough to be on her own, so she will
Roxanne Kade
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing in EVERY way! I loved every second spent within the pages of this exciting, adventure-filled story.

The more I read this book, the more I was reminded of Laurell K Hamilton’s Merry Gentry Series. With an enthralling mix of characters that will each capture your heart, even the more devious ones. Who would have ever thought of putting together a girl with a supernatural destiny – a higher calling, a demigod, a vampire king, and a brethren of dragon guards. Well, this is what
Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 2014-adult
***4.5 Stars***

Fire of Stars and Dragons is the debut novel for Melissa Petreshock. And it is an impressive debut!

Fire of Stars and Dragons is a story that centers on Caitriona (Cait), a young woman who is destined for greatness. Cait is suddenly surrounded by a dragon, a demigod and a vampire king, who are all competing to be her husband. At first I was confused and overwhelmed with all the characters of the story, so I wished the author would have included a brief prologue to describe this fut
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Melissa A. Petreshock is a writer and business manager, loving life in the Greater Atlanta Area. When not working, Mel enjoys coffee, random dancing, all things Marvel, and her kitties.

BLOOD OF STARS AND GODS is the sequel to her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, and the second book in the Stars and Souls Trilogy.

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