Review: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

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What would you sacrifice for your art? How much would you give up to be the very best? How much does one’s identity as an artist comes from innate talent versus the act of creation? Can an artist create art separate from their past experiences? Can an artist ever surpass their past?

These are the questions Roses and Rot asks of its readers and that protagonist Imogen, her sister Marin, and their fellow artists ask of themselves.

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Prairie Fire by E.K. Johnston (The Story of Owen #2)

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Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I know the cost of even a small bend in the course of history. Listen!”

How to Train Your Dragon set in Canada. 

That’s it, that’s the book. Sort of. 

Prairie Fire is the sequel and final book in the duology known as the Story of Owen, a teenage dragon slayer set in modern-day Canada, in an alternate version today’s world filled with dragons who eat carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. This review will spoil the ending of the first book, so if you’d rather remain unsullied, I heartily recommend you obtain a copy of the first book pronto because this is a book about a befuddled and likable teenage dragon slayer, his supportive family, town, and friends, people working together and forging positive relationships because positive relationships are awesome, and above all, it’s about Siobhan McQuaid, the teenage girl who became Owen’s bard and immortalized his story forever.

If you spoilers do not bother you, venture onward.

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