Why You Should Read Wings Of Fire

Why You Should Read Wings Of Fire

This is one book you really shouldn't judge by its cover.
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Wings of fire is a children's series about a group of five dragonets (young dragons) who are selected according to the specifications of a prophecy to end what is essentially the dragon equivalent of a world war. Immediately after hearing this statement, most adults and many teenagers think, "That's ridiculous," or "I'm too old for that." Even I was hesitant to pick up the series at first, even though I love fantasy and dragons and was familiar with the author. However, I decided to give the books a chance, and I was so glad I did. They went over and above my expectations in all areas, and continued to do so all the way through the ending of the first arc, in book 5.

One of the best things about Wings of Fire is the characters. Great characters are difficult to find in any genre, but they're especially rare in middle-grade fiction. Many middle-grade authors seem to think their characters don't have to be very interesting, because they're writing for a younger audience who won't know the difference. The characterization in this series, though, is outstanding. Every single one is well-thought-out, each with their own voice, motivations, and inner conflicts that grow deeper as their story progresses. This isn't confined to the main group either; even villains and minor characters that only appear for a few scenes have a depth that I can't remember seeing in any other children's book.

The world of Wings of Fire is interesting as well, though it isn't quite as detailed as the characters are. In Pyrrhia there are seven dragon tribes, each with their own habitats, abilities, and characteristics. Humans exist in this world, but they are nearly extinct after a mysterious event called 'The Scorching,' which is apparently when the dragons took control. Dragons and Humans can't communicate, but it is hinted that they could potentially get along, and even be equals, if they understood one another. This concept is something I've never come across before. Most of the time, dragons are either evil and nearly all-powerful, or they serve the humans. The idea of dragons and humans as equal races that misunderstand each other is a fascinating one to me.

Wings of Fire is also unique for a children's book in that it doesn't talk down to the reader. It deals with themes that are important for all ages, such as loyalty to family, kindness, mercy, leadership, overcoming fear and doubt, learning to move on after past mistakes, and so on. All of this is presented in an easily digestible format, so as to be accessible to kids, but characters often suffer on the path to learning. They have faults, they make mistakes, and those mistakes can hurt them and their loved ones. This conflict makes the story captivating to a much wider audience than just children.

All of these qualities make this series one of my all-time favorites. I highly recommend this series to all lovers of fantasy, especially those looking for something to share with their family. Wings of Fire is a great story, better in my opinion than most adult books I've seen, but in order to see it you have to be willing to see more than just a 'children's book.'

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."
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Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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Why I'm Obsessed With 'True Crime Obsessed'

I finally started listening to podcasts and now I'm never turning back.

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I've known about podcasts for as long as I can remember. The first one I ever listened to was an "Ugly Betty" podcast that I listened to on my light green iPod nano which was probably 2008ish.

For a number of years, I hadn't really listened to any podcasts. I had been jamming out the same playlist every time I got in the car and I finally got tired of it. So after getting in my car to drive back home from school, I opened Spotify and instead of clicking on my commute playlist, I browsed through the podcasts section.

I selected a super random playlist and ever since, I had been HOOKED.

Take it from me, if you're a fan of crime dramas and comedy... "True Crime Obsessed" is for you!

In each episode, Gillian and Patrick recap true crime documentaries. Let me tell you... they do not hold back. They hit on some hard to get content with grace and nothing but respect but if the time is right they will kill you with comedy. The best part is... these podcasters almost always say exactly what the listeners are thinking.

I've listened to some hilarious stories from southern states, heard the absolutely mortifying story of Warren Jeffs, and am currently in the middle of "TalHotBlond."

Staying in and watching "Dateline" on a Friday night has always been one of my guilty pleasures. So finally having a way to get those true crime vibes in a different format has been super refreshing.

With each episode I listen to, I get a new documentary to add to my watch list.

And if that isn't enough... they have more content on Patreon. That means once you run out of free content you can always get more without breaking the bank!

So what are you waiting for? Open up Spotify and search "True Crime Obsessed" and get obsessed!

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