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Princess Madeline Blog Tour and Giveaway

Princess Madeline and the Dragon
Blog Tour and Giveaway

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About the Book
Title: Princess Madeline and the Dragon
(Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #3)
Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Caliburn Books
Number of pages: 135
Recommended age: 10+


After a season of battle and rebuilding, the Kingdom of Soron is exhausted. With the return of the exiled wizards, the Spring Faire, and her upcoming wedding, Princess Madeline is looking forward to a peaceful season of celebration. When the mysterious green dragon reappears, threatening the kingdom and the king, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden won’t rest for long. Faced with this incredible new danger, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden must find a way to lead their kingdom and secure their future. Can they find the answers hidden within their mother’s cryptic messages from the past, or will the dragon destroy everything they hold dear? Follow Princess Madeline as she embarks on a dangerous new adventure to save her kingdom and her family.

My Review

What I liked about the book:

In Princess Madeline and the Dragon, Kirstin Pulioff creates an imaginative tale that will encourage kids to read and enjoy it.

With the final episode of the Princess Madeline trilogy, we are swept up into the excitement of an event that happened in the history of Soron, the kingdom that is ruled by Princess Madeline's noble father, King Theodore. This piece of the puzzle plays an important part in Princess Madeline and the Dragon.

In the history books, dragons existed, but when Madeline is born, dragons had not been seen for many years. Then, suddenly, a green dragon mysteriously appears and shatters the peace in Soron. Madeline's deceased mother has left prophecies that are full of riddles and need to be figured out and understood. Can the people of Soron trust Elias, the head wizard, and the other wizards under him enough to accept their help?

In this third book, Madeline's relationship with her twin brother, Braden, is met with challenges, especially as her young feminine intuition and wisdom are questioned. Sophia, Madeline's childhood friend and her brother's x-girlfriend, has an important role to play too. Her character becomes more defined through the difficult decisions that she has to make.

The final episode is pact with many attributes that make a story great. The plot thickens from one book to the next and the third book keeps one's mind guessing and wondering. The puzzling pieces come into clarity as the story unfolds. There is adventure, magic, relationship difficulties, challenging moments that build character, and more. I would recommend the Princess Madeline books to kids around the ages of 9 to 14.

What I didn't like about the book:

I came across several typos in all three books, like this one on page 14 of Princess Madeline and the Dragon, "Sometimes out hearts act quicker than our minds" (emphasis added). Normally I don't comment about typos, but there were quite a few in the first two books, so I thought it should be mentioned.

I felt that there was one too many pep-talks (rallying speeches) that came across as repetitive.

Also, when King Theodore is in a lot of pain after experiencing severe burns, it seems that he has enough strength and good lungs to pound things and shout. When he does this later in the story, the author mentions how it pained him to do so. I think this information should have been mentioned the first time. Bad events shouldn't be down-played, not even in children's fiction. They can be carefully worded to keep the material age appropriate, but they must be mentioned in a way that is believable and true to the story-telling.

More Buzz About The Book

"The story is engaging on many levels, as is Pulioff's writing, but on this occasion I was mostly drawn into the action and the mystery as how to prevent the worst from happening. This is great entertainment and should do well across a wider age range." ~ 5 Star Review,ChristophFischerBooks, Amazon

"Kirstin Pulioff has saved the best for last. 'Princess Madeline and the Dragon' is the final instalment in the 'Princess Madeline Trilogy'. I thought the first two books were finely wrought stories, but this novel surpasses its predecessors. Prophesies, family tragedies, magic and - of course - dragons, combine to produce a tale that is an instant classic. Written with a great deal of charm, 'Princess Madeline and the Dragon' will not disappoint Ms Pulioff's young fans. I look forward to seeing where next her imagination will take this natural storyteller. " ~ 5 Star Review, Diogenes, Amazon

"Princess Madeline and the Dragon is an exciting and thoroughly satisfying final chapter in this fantasy/adventure series. As she did with books one and two, the author has created a fantasy world in a rich medieval setting that we can believe in--and want to visit, over and over...Along with adventure, a sweet romance, and a theme that centers on the power of love, you may find a surprise or two! If your tween or teen loves princesses, brave heroes and fairytales of daring-do, they shouldn't miss this one!" ~ 5 Star Review, Ally S., Goodreads


Princess Madeline and the Dragon by Kirstin Pulioff

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About the Author:
Kirstin Pulioff
Kirstin Pulioff
Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids and church.

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* $25 Blog Tour Giveaway *

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Contest runs: January 13th to January 31st, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Kirstin Pulioff and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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