Sunday, 24 January 2016

Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Cora and the Nurse Dragon Blog Tour

Cora and the Nurse Dragon was an amazing read. And my first middle grade read of this year which had me excited to read more middle grade books. I hope there is a series for the book. I enjoyed it very much. And all the characters are dear to me now.

  And there is extra tidbits about dragons and their different kinds in the book which I'm happy the author H. L. Burke provided me. Thank you!

Check out below to know more; blurb, my review and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a new middle grade fantasy adventure by author H. L. Burke. It follows the adventures of Cora Harrison in a world where Dragons no longer live in nature but are a resource exploited by humans.

Ages 9 and Up.

The book releases January 31st and is available for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents.


Cora's a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys "egg packs" at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.

My Review

Cora and the Nurse DragonCora and the Nurse Dragon by H.L. Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was amazeballs and cute! I enjoyed it very much! The story and writing hooked me from the first chapter. Cora is nice but Abry I love her! Her planning and being a bookish person made me adore her. I love them both, their friendship is amazing!
And Cricket! Can I have him he just adorbs! If I would have a pet dragon it would be him! And now I wiah there were dragons lol! Just similar to Abry :D
I want more of this world, hope so there would be. Loved it! Got an arc in exchange of an honest review.

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More about The Dragons of Cora and the Nurse Dragon 


Cora and the Nurse Dragon takes place on an alternate version of earth where dragons exist but have become a resource exploited by humans rather than a wild species. In fact, at the start of the story, they have been extinct in the wild for several decades.

Dragon breeding is also illegal outside of DRA (Dragon Regulatory Agency) approved facilities, most
owned by a small group of corporations, most notably Algernon Investments. The two classes of dragons needed for breeding--queen and drake dragons--are illegal to possess as private citizens.

Similar to ants and bees, wild dragons live in colonies with a single queen, who is the mother of all the colony’s dragons. Each class has its own purpose, both within the colony and the eco-system around the colony. Dragons are omnivores. As well as fruit, they commonly dine on plant nectar and encourage the growth of plants around their colonies.

Short-lived, tiny mayfly dragons are pollinators, keeping the area around colonies lush. They also provide a food source for many larger species who in turn become prey for the larger dragons. Mostly green, with some rare color variations, mayflies eat nectar and insects.

The next tier of dragons consists of the “cat-sized” dragons. The comparison to cats came about because these dragons are the most likely to be kept as pets. They are playful, generally docile, and stockily built, with short front legs, bird-like hind legs, and small wings. They are capable of flight only over short distances. However, they are voracious hunters. Cat-sized dragons, like their feline counterparts, can catch small birds, lizards, and rodents, and are responsible for providing food for the colony, especially hatchlings who are too young to hunt. The most common colors for cat-sized dragons are red, yellow, and blue, but green and purple varieties have been documented.

The next dragon class, called the sentinels, are colloquially referred to as “racers,” a term that is gaining popularity in more modern classification guides. With the die-out of wild colonies, their original purpose has been forgotten, and most now know them exclusively for their speed and ability to carry human riders.

They are roughly the size of horses, but with elongated bodies, short legs, and four butterfly like wings. In the wild, they were the protectors of their colonies, standing guard and occasionally bringing in larger game for the queen to eat. They are similar in coloring to their cat-sized counterparts.

Drakes are the drones of the dragon world. Even the largest colonies rarely produce more than a handful of drakes, for their primary purpose is breeding. However, as the second largest class of dragon, smaller only than the majestic queens, and commonly growing to as long as thirty feet, they are fearsome. territorial hunters. They often aid the sentinels in protecting the colony. Fast fliers, but more muscular than the racers, drakes range in color from dark gray to jet black. When a large number of drakes are produced, it is often a sign that the colony is about to split and a new queen will be born, leading a portion of the dragons to a new, less crowded home.

The DRA considers drakes too dangerous to keep in large numbers, even in authorized facilities, and most are euthanized at hatching, leaving queens to be artificially inseminated.

Queens are the largest dragons, living to be a century old and growing up to a hundred feet in length. Larger dragons have been reported, but no evidence has been presented outside of eyewitness accounts.

Queens have flashy, reflective scales, reminiscent of diamonds. Though their primary purpose is breeding, they maintain their strength and agility throughout their lives, and it is said there is no sight as terrible or awe-inspiring as a queen in battle for her colony. While a queen is essential for the function of a breeding facility, they are usually kept heavily sedated due to their power and intractability.

And then there are nurse dragons, rare dragons, considered by most experts to be extinct. What is the purpose of the nurse dragon? Well, you’ll just have to read Cora and the Nurse Dragon to find out.

Author Bio:

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic. 
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are. 
She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled "The Scholar and the Dragon", featuring the books Dragon's Curse, Dragon's Debt, Dragon's Rival, and Dragon's Bride as well as the YA/Fantasy Beggar Magic. Her current projects are a young adult steampunk fantasy and an epic fantasy trilogy.

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