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Tale of a Dragon Princess

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The day Princess Mellie turns sixteen, her parents reveal she was cursed as a baby and will spend the rest of her nights as a dragon. Two years later, she discovers a chance to break the curse, but it will take a quest with only her chosen bodyguard, a brave female warrior who has lost her lust for fighting but has developed an attraction for the princess.
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Published August 20th 2018 by Nine Star Press
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Whitney Atkinson
2.5 Stars

Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

As soon as I saw this was a f/f book about a princess that transforms into a dragon, I didn't hesitate requesting his from netgalley. And though its premise kept my interest throughout, there were several glaring issues with it. First, I think the size and scope of this book would make it better fitted as a middle grade unless it underwent some rigorous editing and the author added a lot more to the story. It was
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Joc
The story and themes of this work have a lot of potential but the writing is not very dynamic or atmospheric. When princess Mellie is a baby her parents find a witch at her crib putting a curse on her. She is to turn into a dragon from sunset to sunrise from her sixteenth birthday onwards. Dragons are not revered in the kingdom and Mellie would be in danger from hunters.

What the story has going for it is ethnic diversity, a character with a physical and learning disability, a lesbian main charac
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Natasha
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Rep: f/f romance, disabled mc, lesbian mc, bisexual mc 

Release date: 20th August 2018

I received this from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

Tale of a Dragon Princess sounded like an exciting book with an f/f romance, lesbian princess who is cursed, and bisexual warrior. It had a really exciting and grabbing premise and with sapphics on top of that? Exciting! But the execution wasn't the best. 

The world was quite... bland. There
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TJ
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, kindle
I don't usually read F/F books usually when I read LGBTQ books it's M/M. But something told me to request this plus the description sounded too good to pass up. This book had so much potential I mean the storyline in itself was practically yelling "READ ME", but besides the great storyline, this book had nothing going for it. The characters were one dimensional, I knew nothing about them except they were gay and the princess turned into a dragon. My main problem was the book was just awkward esp ...more
♚sari♚
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
stopped paying attention at 30%
THIS BOOK WAS SO BAD OH MY GOOOOOOOOD
this was awful, I thought the storyline sounded great and I’m not even joking but it was over within 30 pages (it was also poorly written crap), the writer clearly wanted to get into her quirky lesbian romance scenes
But yeah, this was awful, I feel bad for hating this because it’s an ARC and the author needs reviews but I can’t act like this is good, I just can’t
nati
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you NineStar Press and NetGalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I did enjoy this book, but there was some things that made my experience a little uncomfortable and it was difficult to be 100% into the story. I'm talking about the writing, it was kind of weird? Especially for a fantasy book, I was expecting something different.
The plot was another thing that wasn't perfect for me, everything was solved so easily and there wasn't any action, but I do understand t
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. (not active on this account stop adding me)
ARC kindly provided by NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review.

Representation: interracial f/f romance, lesbian main character, bisexual main character with a disability (prosthetic fingers)

Tale of a Dragon Princess follows Mellie, a young girl who has been cursed by a witch to turn into a dragon after the sun goes down each day. When she turns eighteen, she asks a female warrior named Adie to accompany her on a trip to remove her curse.

I wasn't expecting the most beautifully craft
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AnnMaree Of Oz
A quick 1 hour read, young adult in nature. I liked the premise and characters but it was a little basic in story and development.
Amber
[I received a copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.]

The thing that high fantasy and historical writers tend to gloss over (or entirely erase) time and time again is this: queer people absolutely existed, regardless of social status. Princesses, even those that turn into dragons, absolutely fell in love with other princesses — and often. Luckily, Lizzie Colt’s debut novella, Tale of a Dragon Princess, allows readers the opportunity to see the developm
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Chelsea Rockingham
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for giving me a chance to read this!

I loved reading this story! It was a great short story for me. To be able to sit down and read this is one sitting was a great feeling.

As it was such a short story, I found that you did not get a chance to get to know the characters as well as you could of done. There could of been more of a background story to them I think. I would of loved to have seen the relationship grow more over a longer period of time.

I also think
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iam
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Tale of a Dragon Princess is a rather short fantasy novella about Mellie, a princess cursed to turn into an ice dragon every night, her loving parents and Adie, a young warrior, who together find out why Mellie was cursed and how to reverse it.

The story felt rather fairy tale like in it's shortness and how some of it was told.
Overall, the writing was really awkward. It didn't flow well, didn't build up emotion or excitement, and the dialogue felt stilted and unatural.

The first two ch
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Jess
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This short fairy tale is a fast read that will warm you right up, even if the story is full of ice. In this case, I think the shorter length works—each page is charming and well-done in its own way. It’s perfect for a day snuggled up with a blanket and a hot drink.

Sometimes fairy tales bore me
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Marie
I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think I went into this story expecting something different. It is marked as a novelette, so I should have known it was short beforehand. It still surprised me a bit.

What I liked about this story is the diversity. It featured a f/f romance, one half of which was a woman of colour and suffered from a disability. Overall it's a nice little fairytale about a cursed princess, who transforms into a dragon at night and sets out to
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Lacy
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
While Tale of a Dragon Princess reads more like a story from an anthology, it was still a cute quick read.

If you're in a reading slump or just in the mood for a short fantasy with dragons and princesses and sapphic girls then I recommend this book.

Edit: I think with some world building and fleshing out the characters more, this story has the potential of being turned into a great fantasy series. The more I think about, it could also be marketed using Frozen hype. Frozen but gayer and with dra
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Renee
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a short story (~60 pages) that follows a cursed princess as she tries to understand her curse. The story mainly revolves around the princess Mellie and her friend Adie. The story is good and I would have loved if the story was longer to better expand on the plot and world. There isn't a lot of action and the end wraps up quickly; again, there are lots of areas for the story to grow if this were longer but it's a nice quick read.
Danielle
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Shia
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-arcs
I was provided an eARC by NetGalley and the publisher NineStar Press for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was a story about a princess named Mellie who is cursed at birth to turn into an ice dragon at every sunset until sunrise upon her 16th birthday. Once the curse sets in, she seeks out to find the witch who cursed her with an ally from a nearby kingdom named Adie. During the journey, they fall in love with each other and discover that the witch had not cursed her o
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Pamela
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Winter Witch put a curse on Princess Mellie when she was a baby. The curse turns her into a winter dragon every night at sundown until the next morning at day break. The curse begins when the Princess turns sixteen. Her parents are determined to save their daughter from being killed by people who hate dragons. There is only one hope for the Princess to have a normal life and that is to travel to the Winter Kingdom to have the witch remove the curse. Princess Mellie chooses Adie, a warrior fr ...more
Lynne ♠ The Book Dragon ♠
I received this EBook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a quick and beautiful read that could have easily been a full 300+ page novel. Novellas can be such a bittersweet affair and that is definitely true with this one. The plot itself is intriguing (who doesn't love a good dragon story) and the characters were well thought up. I wish there could have been more world building but when a story is this short I understand it needs to move quickly. I loved the f/f budding
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Lindsey (Lindseyybooks) Swindlehurst
I received this as an EARC from net galley for an honest review. I gave this book a 25 stars. I sadly did not like it at all. At times I thought maybe I would enjoy it and I started to but the a few sentences later I was reminded of why I didn't like it. The writing style was not for me at all. I felt as though it should have been a Children's book. I had no interest in the story and as I kept reading there were many gaps. Many times it felt as though she jumped and skipped many important detail ...more
Nicole Diskin
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this story as an ARC courtesy of Net Galley and Sun Fire Press! ( a budding YA publishing company of Nine Star press!)
Tale of a Dragon Princess is a quick ( I mean I read this in an hour and a half!) read that was a wonderfully fantastical tale reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty meets how to train your dragon! the setting was magical, ( Along with the actual magic!) the characters were relatable and loveable and I loved the portrayal of someone with a disability as a strong and capable ch
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Freya
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I couldn't get through this book at all. I got to about halfway through the prologue before I put it down. Although the description had me intrigued, the writing was something to be desired. It was a tell you rather then show you type of book. Rather then show you how much the queen had loved the king, we were told that she was.
After some quick research on here, I realized that this is Lizzie Colt's first book and I hope
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Jana
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book unfortunately really disappointed me. I LOVE the premise and think it has so much potential, but as for the actual execution of this book, I just felt that it was way too short and things therefore happened way too quickly. This has the potential to be a great adventure story, but fails to build the suspense required for that because everything feels too rushed and convenient. I did appreciate
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Charline Dumais
Great plot idea, poor execution

I bought this blind without reading the reviews and I regret it. The plot sounded great but this was a painfull read. Flat characters, flimsy conflict, convienient love interest, no description of their environment during travels. The only thing separating the two characters is one is a dragon, the other is a warrior, but it felt like the same person talking no matter who it was. I've read fanfictions that were better written than this.
Destiny Bridwell
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got every excited that this was a book about a princess that turns to a dragon from nightfall until day break because of the curse of a witch. When she discovers a way to break the curse. It involves going on a quest with her loyalest female guard who does not want to fight anymore, but seems to be developing feeling for Mellie. I enjoyed it and would like to read other things by this author. 
Mia
Jun 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not Worth It

The writing was not good. The concept was something I would have been really into, but all the decisions made for this story were weird and bad. I skimmed through a lot of it, which didn't take too long because it was thankfully short. Short stories can be done if they're given as much attention as regular ones. Not enough setup and detail was given. It was very much just being told what was happening.
Veselina
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book! It is little romantic fairy tale about a princess cursed just after her birth to turn into a ice dragon every night after she turns 16. It reminds of Sleeping beauty if she was lesbian and had magic. In general it is a light read just to kill time.
Jennifer Reaves
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute short story that had potential. The story should really be reworked into a broader adventure story. It was short and a bit rushed really. The traveling part could be made into a grand adventure that bring the princess and her protector together and in the end they band together to defeat the great evil that threatens the kingdom.
But this was a quick read with a sweet end.
J.R.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was it a curse or a gift?

A baby princess is given the opportunity to become an ice Dragon on her sixteenth birthday. Bitterness goes with her as goes to the queen who gave her this change. Following along with the princess is a female warrior who has difficulties with a deformed left hand. The two ladies discover that it was indeed a gift and what follows is their tale. Enjoy!
XR
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
Nope. The dialogue was horrid, the story was forced, jumped a lot and just, nope.
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