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Penelope has dreamt of learning magic since she was a small girl chasing imaginary butterflies in her dreams. Unfortunately, as the Princess of Saleria, magic is not only unsuited to her station, it is forbidden by her father.

Spending her days slipping from the castle to gather supplies in a darkened shop is proving dangerous and more difficult as time goes by, even after she recruits help. When the opportunity arises to accompany her father on a visit to her wizard godfather, Stellan, Penelope jumps at the chance.

Soon after arriving at the castle, Penelope realizes something is very amiss with her godfather and his reclusive nephew. Things are not what they seem and secrets abound. When the truth is revealed, it sends Penelope hurtling down a road of danger and mystery. Her life will never be the same – and neither will Stellan’s.

©2015 Sara R Cleveland (P)2018 Sara R Cleveland

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Promising but underdelivers

I was truly hopeful for this to be a story that would pull me in and help make my drive fly by. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The story isn’t half bad. There are a couple of plot holes and some unnecessary jumps, but it has an interesting premise. The recording, however, was extremely rough. The voices didn’t fit the characters, and the chapter breaks were loud and distracting. One of the things I dislike about audiobooks is when the narration distractions from the story, and this one does. I honestly, wish I’d have read the book instead because I probably would’ve overlooked a lot of the things I didn’t like about the story if I had.

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Forbidden Magic & Romance

This was a fun start to the series, we're introduced to a princess with magical talent and her father's forbidden her to learn/practice it. They visit her Godfather (a wizard) only after she promises not to ask him to teach her and meets his nephew who is her age and of course very attractive.... Secrets are revealed and secret bonds begin to form causing a chain of events that will test them all. It's a fun romantic adventure that will appeal to romance, fantasy and dragon fans.

Parents- PG13- more young adult +15 and up
Language: moderate bad language and there are 2 or 3 f-bombs
Violence: normal to genre, nothing to warn of
Sexual Content- There's a scene where guards are talking about wanting to rape a girl, there's a beginning bedroom scene but gets interrupted

The narrator was ok, there were some sound issues mostly around the beginning of the chapters but once you got past that and speed it up to 1.25-1.35x speed it was much better.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Saving the Dragon

Penelope has been forbidden to study magic, but that doesn’t stop her from trying. Her life takes an interesting turn when she accompanies her father on a visit to her Godfather, and meets his nephew.

I was immediately drawn into this tale by Sara R. Cleveland. I was invested in the characters and loved seeing how everything unfolded.

Overall, the quality of the audio was lacking. Hilary Dickinson portrayed the characters well, but everything sounded like it was in a tunnel. It was very noticeable at the beginning of each chapter, and it took a few moments to get used to it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Very enjoyable tale of magic discovery

Very enjoyable tale of magic discovery involving a secret dragon, discovering love and independence with lots of sneaking about under a strict fathers disapproval. From beginning to end this was an entrancing tale full of adventure. Recommended.

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THIS IS A GREAT STORY AND I LOVED IT.

LITERALLY HAD TO LISTEN STRAIGHT THROUGH AS IT IS A GOOD STORY AND WAS EASY TO FOLLOW.
ACCEPTABLE FOR ALL AGES. MOSTLY CLEAN.

NARRATOR WAS OKAY. BUT SHOULD INVEST IN BETTER SOUND RECORDING EQUIPMENT. TO BRING BETTER CLARITY, MORE LIFE AND DEPTH OF EMOTION TO THE AUDIOBOOK .

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interesting story that draws you in with all the twists and turns. This is a new author to me and I will be looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Great Dragon Fantasy

I really enjoyed this clever fantasy that featured a princess who wanted to practice magic even though her father forbade it. The world building was interesting. The characters were fascinating and complex. There was magic and a dragon, two very important elements in a fantasy story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I recommend this book to others who enjoy this genre. Hilary Dickinson's narration was mediocre, and her voice lacked expression. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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Not really for me

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One, the audio. The way it’s been recorded doesn’t sound great. Narrator is ok but the echo and static isn’t good.

Two, the characters just don’t grab my interest. No real need for me to find out how their story continues and I don’t really by the relationship. There’s no smut and I’d call this series YA with a slight amount of bad language.

All in all the story really just needs to be more. I’m not invested, the romance isn’t great and the world building is sub par.

Gifted audio in exchange for an honest review.

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Saving the Dragon

This story is great, the sound quality not as much, the narrator I would say is okay, but Benjamin Fife did a better job with book two, Maybe the author would have him re narrate it?

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Good short feel good fairy tale

Only complaint is quality of audio: hollow, background sounds and a bit hard to hear in noisy environs like driving. Otherwise quiet enjoyable.

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  • 06-15-22

Cute

This is the first book in what I hope to be a great series!

The story begins rather cliche for this genre, our lead character is Penelope, a courageous, strong and independent princess who wants to study magic. However, her father has forbidden her to study magic - of course that in itself isn’t going to stop her!

The most intoxicating thing for me about this story was the fact that it had a dragon in it! I love dragons! I love looking at dragons, reading about dragons and hearing about dragons!

Overall, this is a beautiful short and sweet fantasy story which I thoroughly enjoyed. The narration was perfect and the plot was magical, exciting and definitely something I will be recommending to many!

A solid 4 stars

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I would like to thank @lucyturnspages for providing me with a review copy (Audio) of this book in exchange for my honest review. Views and opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.