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The Dubious Gift of Dragon Blood

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  10 reviews
High schooler Crispin Haugen already has so many identities to sort through—Asian, Scandinavian, not to mention gay. Then a messenger from another world arrives to tell him he also carries the blood of dragons in his veins.

Transported to the Realm of Fire, where dragons and humans live in harmony, Crispin falls for Davix, a brooding, nerdy scholar. But dark mysteries threa
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Published December 1st 2020 by Bold Strokes Books
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mwana
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book... This book has me befuddled. The saying is true folks. Never judge a book by its cover. Or its snappy title.

As always, I went into it having no clue what it was about so judging from the YA contemporary cliches I was subjected to in the first couple of chapters, I thought I'd be getting a low fantasy about an awkward teenage boy navigating a magical heritage and high school. That's not what it was.

Soon after, Crispin discovers that his blood is special. "Yer a dragon Crispin". Addit
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Veronica of V's Reads
3.5 Stars

Crispin is a high school senior and out to his friends, but not his parents, and he's secretly hooking up with his long-time friend, who happens to be dating the coolest girl in school. Crispin thinks he's falling hard for his buddy, but he's clearly not comfortable or interested in coming out--or even reciprocating.

Crispin is stunned to learn that he is one of 20 beings on Earth who hold the sacred Copper blood of dragons. That there are realms of beings beyond Earth where dragons and
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Alex
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Dubious Gift of Dragon Blood in exchange for an honest review.

I read an ecopy of this so I'm not sure how long the actual page count is going to be, but this book felt way longer than it had to be and it made it really hard to stay focused on the story. This is really your standard "high schooler who feels like an outsider finds a new purpose in a secret magical world" (although that purpose is slightly more mature considering Crispin's chosen
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Two Nerds With Words
The Dubious Gift of Dragon Blood is a YA fantasy. There's a little bit of everything between its pages as far as themes and tropes go.

Crispin had a strong voice and was a likable character. While it was fun following his journey of self-discovery, intermingled with a mystery thread in this fantasy world, the pace was a little slow going at times.

There's some sweetness to the romance and some thought-provoking moments, just like there are moments of action and interesting developed subplots.

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Rafael Rodriguez
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Wanted to thank netgalley for allowing me to review The book and giving me the eARC to read.

It was an interesting adventure follow crispin in his self discovery he is a very likeable and relatable character i did feel for him seeing how his relationships with different characters were.

It was interesting to watch it all develop through out the book i did however feel like the book was rushed and a lot of the pacing was thrown off, I do feel the book could of been a lot better and benefit f
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emma
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really tried to get into this but I just couldn't. I was intrigued by the magic system, but I just never got sucked into the story or the characters. This started off strong, and I was interested more in Crispin's earth life than that of the dragon world. Although this wasn't for me, this isn't to say that you might not enjoy it, just that I couldn't get into the story.
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David Swatling
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here be dragons! I may not be the YA target reader but I thoroughly enjoyed following teenager Crispin’s adventures in the Realm of Fire. Fantasy, mystery, and otherworldly clashes keep the story moving. But it’s the engaging voice of teen Crispin, at turns funny and vulnerable, that drew me in. Not to mention the sparks that fly upon meeting handsome young Davix. A skillful mixing of genres. And did I mention dragons?
renée
[CW: nsfw, violence, blood, death, mentions of suicide, swearing, grief, bullying, bruises, homophobia, homicide, mentions of murder]

This is a good book. Not a perfect one, but surely entertaining and fun to read. Crispin was an interesting main character, though my favorite character in the book was Davix: he was often afraid and impulsive, and would say things as they happened, without romanticizing them, characteriswtics which I’m not used to seeing in protagonists. He also made several pop c
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