Review and Giveaway! Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee #DragonPearlRRP

I am giving away a wonderful prize pack that was sent to me with the book I’m reviewing today! The contest runs from today until Sunday, January 27th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced Monday the 28th. Entry form is at the bottom of this post!

What do you have a chance of winning?

A copy of the book, a travel mug, a lollipop, a tattoo, and trivia cards!

Now, here is my review!

Dragon Pearl
By Yoon Ha Lee
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Rick Riordan Presents on January 15, 2019

Synopsis from Publisher- “Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.
Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.
Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.”

What I Thought- This was a fascinating book, with an amazing sci-fi story that mixed astoundingly well with the traditional Korean mythology. Lee writes a captivating space saga, already a daunting task, but she also adds a mythos that isn’t usually featured in modern-day literature. I’m still incredibly impressed at the way Lee blended the new and the old, and was able to succinctly create both worlds. The characters have a way of coming at you from multiple angles, touching many different emotions. Min is a person that you can really connect with, as you know that she wants to do right but also wants to find her brother above all else – this creates a very nice conflict, especially when the two don’t always align perfectly. Lee is an expert at completely building a solid setting, plot, cast, and connection within her books – I was completely immersed in the book. I think fans looking for new mythology in books or for a great sci-fi story will love this book!

Five out of five bookworms!


This prize pack was provided by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney Books to give away to one lucky reader!

Entry form is below the picture!

Categories: Age 9+

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11 replies

  1. I’m really excited to read this book! I’d love to enter the giveaway – is there supposed to be a Rafflecopter plug-in here?

  2. Awesome, Erik!

  3. Sounds like an amazing story. Great review, Erik. I’m going to enter the contest. I’d love to win the book and prizes. Cool!

  4. This sound like a very fast-paced story — well developed! Excellent review. Although I’d enjoy reading the book, I will pass with the hopes a teen wins the book and pack of goodies.


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