A Humorous Story about Adolescence in the Fantasy World

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Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford

First off I’ll admit I was drawn to this book because of the cover. Look at it. It’s amazing. It’s blue (my favorite color). It mentions dragons. And since I recently discovered I have asthma myself, I had to have it. I mean, I have to know whether I’m half-dragon or not, right?

Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon is a humorous young adult fantasy novel that follows Allyson on her adventures with her friend, Beth, as they work to clear Beth’s name. Allyson is dealing with being a teenager in general and then discovers that she is half-dragon. Of course, her family didn’t share any details with her regarding what it means to be half-dragon. So as Allyson discovers people can be trolls and unicorns and dragons, hilarity ensues.

Allyson and Beth were good foils for each other. Beth’s troll attributes put her in a position that most female characters don’t occupy—she’s the muscle, but she’s also got brains. Allyson’s need to find answers and discover who she truly is was touching. Her journey covers all the emotional bases and in the end, she is forced to make a tough choice. Beth’s knowledge and connections to the creature world help guide Allyson and give her context for the things she discovers. Like yin and yang, it’s hard to see Allyson without Beth and Beth without Allyson. They are true best friends.

This book reads like a good buddy road trip movie. Beth and Allyson experience all kinds of crazy things and I found myself laughing out loud many times. The story moves quickly and resolves itself in a satisfying fashion.If you are looking for a lighter fantasy novel without a lot of romance definitely give Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon a shot!

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A Humorous Story about Adolescence in the Fantasy World

Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon

Author: Rena Rocford
Published on: November 23, 2015
Pages: 230
Genres: fantasy, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon

About Rena Rocford

Like most mad scientists, Rena Rocford’s early works were largely met with scorn and mockery, but she bided her time. After all, what did her fellow kindergarteners know about literature? From that day forward, Rena kept her writing on the mythical back burner as she pursued more logical goals. Today, crayons. Tomorrow, the world. She moved on to essays and egg drops, followed by experiments in shady laboratories. She tried her hand at everything, learning from anyone who would teach her. She even moonlighted as a horseback riding instructor.

Admittedly, living as a muggle brought Rena some levels of success such as completing her master’s degree, but always the stories returned, calling her to the keyboard in the dark of night. Now, having built armies from words, Rena has set her sights on world domination, one book at a time.

From her secret base in the wine country, Rena has enlisted the help of her cats, her loyal dogs, and her family―who can be relied upon to hide the launch codes at a moment’s notice. You can find Rena at her blog, follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook.

(from Curiosity Quills)


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8 responses to “A Humorous Story about Adolescence in the Fantasy World

  1. Ooh, I just got this book the other day! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, it does sound good. Funny, light books can be the best when you’re just in that mood or need a pick-me-up! But I like that it’s apparently also got a range of emotion. Great review, I’m looking forward to reading this one 🙂