Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: August 2, 2022
Once upon a time, Alliana believed in dreams and fairy tales as sweet as spun-sugar clouds. Alliana wished on shooting stars, sure that someday she and her grandmother would be able to travel to the capital city to see the queen. Then her grandmother passed away—and those dreams disappeared in a disenchanted puff.
Now Alliana’s forced to attend to the whims of her wicked stepmother—with long days of cleaning her stepfamily’s inn as her skin burns raw or staying up until the crack of dawn to embroider her stepsister’s ball gowns. Until she meets two beings who change her life forever—the first is a young nightdragon who Alliana discovers she can magically talk to. And the second is Nela, a young witch.
Nela needs Alliana’s help navigating the mysterious abyss, filled with dangerous beasts, a place Alliana knows by heart. Alliana sees Nela’s request as a chance to break free of her stepmother’s shadow and to seize a chance at a life she’s barely dared to hope for—but there’s a risk. If caught, Alliana will be stuck working for her stepmother for the rest of her life. Can Alliana truly make wisps of dreams into her own, better-than-a-fairy-tale happily ever after?
Inspired by the Japanese Cinderella story and set in the same world as the Eva Evergreen series, this story can be read as a standalone.
About the Author:
Julie Abe is the author of the EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH middle grade fantasy series; the middle grade fantasy ALLIANA, GIRL OF DRAGONS; and the young adult novel THE CHARMED LIST. She has lived in Silicon Valley, spent many humid summers in Japan, and currently basks in the sunshine of Southern California with never enough books or tea. Keep up with Julie’s latest books and adventures at instagram.com/julieabebooks or sign up for her newsletter at julieabebooks.com/newsletter.
I just feel so lucky to get an E-Arc of Alliana Girl of Dragons by the talented Julie Abe. Allians is a Japanese retelling of Cinderella with Dragons yep you read it right. There were dragons which made the story so much more interesting. If you expecting a prince come knight in shining armour rescuing the MC then you are reading the wrong book. There is none of that slushy nonsense instead you get a found family made up of witches, wizards and dragons well one main one called Kabo who loved Alliana who she was and what she could become. Thank you Julie for writing this book and showing young girls and women of my age that anyone can be a hero with the right love and support. My only criticism and why it only got 4 stars is I would of loved to see more of Kabo and Ryuji. Maybe a sequel about them would be great and a visit to see how Alliana is doing