Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! I started this book as one of those books just to read before bed one night until I fell asleep, except that I fell completely under its spell from the very beginning and read straight through the night until I finished it after 3AM. I couldn’t stop swiping the pages on my kindle, even when my blinks turned into three-minute-long catnaps. I don’t normally give up my sleep for anything, so you know this book had to be something special.

Packed with plenty of heart-pounding action and swoon, this first installment of the Transference series held me mesmerized. Bethany Wiggins definitely has piqued my interest, and I’m certainly looking forward to more of what she has to offer with these books.

♥ Review: I really loved the characters. Our heroine is headstrong, yet naive. Her demeanor made her very likable, and I truly enjoyed the growth of her character. As for our hero, Golmarr, oh sweet sparkly pandas did this boy charm the hell out of me. He was funny and feisty, so damn strong and charismatic. I love a guy that can make me laugh, and he had me smothering my cackles in my pillow so I didn’t wake up my husband. Together, these two fell hard and fast for one another, but considering the dire circumstances they were under, I don’t feel like it was too insta-lovish. Mostly, these two together were hella adorable and I swooned my freaking face off. Aside from them, there were some really great secondary characters, particularly Golmarr’s family. Honestly, I get a little giddy every time I think about getting more of them in the next installment.

Together this duo battles some pretty formidable foes, and yes, I’m talking about dragons. DRAGONS, people! It made for interesting plot developments with some unique aspects that I’ve never heard of before, especially the whole transference element. That was very intriguing. The ending was a bit frustrating in a way that totally seemed necessary, and it also insured that I’ll absolutely be on the hunt for the sequel! Gimme, and gimme as soon as freaking possible, please and thank you!

If I had a tiny little gripe, it would be that some of the pacing felt a little wonky in spots, particularly when it transitioned from the action scenes to what would be considered down time. It isn’t anything that messed with the overall flow of the story though, so I didn’t find it to be too much of an issue.

♥ Teaser Quote: I had so much highlighted text on my kindle, especially dialogue exchanges between Sorrow and Golmarr.

     He cups the side of my face in his hand and runs his callused thumb over my bottom lip. My breath catches in my throat as I stare into his eyes. Taking my hand, he places it against his chest, in the space where his shirt hangs open, so my palm is flat against his warm skin. I can feel his heart beating slow and steady. “I want you to feel what you do to my heart when I kiss you, Sorrowlynn.” With those words, my blood begins pumping so fast that my head starts to spin.
     He puts both of his strong hands on my hips, and I can feel them there, warm and firm through the lightweight fabric of my skirt. Moving his face down to meet mine, he pauses and looks into my eyes, his lips hovering above my own. “You’re going to want to hold on,” he whispers.

– quote taken from the eARC of The Dragon’s Price at 68%

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters
Angst Me So Good
Overall:

♥ Rec It? Abso-freaking-lutely! I’m going to need everyone to read this book! But I’m calling dibs on Golmarr (and probably the rest of his family, too!). Give me more because I certainly haven’t had my fill of these characters or this world yet!

♥ A very special thanks to Crown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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