Official Review: The Dragon In The Garden by Erika Gardner

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Official Review: The Dragon In The Garden by Erika Gardner

Post by Kendra M Parker » 27 Feb 2019, 09:55

[Following is an official review of "The Dragon In The Garden" by Erika Gardner.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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As a child, Siobhan knew that the little green dragon statue in her grandmother’s garden was different from the others. When that dragon came to life and spoke to her, she was not surprised. Years of therapy, drugs, and counselors could not change Siobhan’s conviction that the dragon was real. As an adult, she returns to that garden after inheriting her grandparents’ home. Upon arriving, she sets off a series of events that place her squarely in the middle of a supernatural conflict that could spell doom for all of humanity.

Erika Gardner’s light tone in The Dragon in the Garden makes for an enjoyable read. Her sense of humor pops up regularly, reminding readers to enjoy the journey. She effortlessly weaves together elements from various myths and religions into an enjoyable tale. In many ways, her writing reminds me of the Supernatural television series. Even though the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, characters can still find reasons to laugh and enjoy life.

Many of my favorite books find a way to balance humor, suspense, romance, action, and drama. While Gardner does a largely good job of balancing these elements in her book, I think the romance element might have been the weakest of them. Romantic relationships had a tendency to simply appear instead of developing more organically in the book. Once that romantic involvement became clear, though, Gardner handled the emotions and concerns inherent in a relationship well. Conveying a romantic relationship through suspenseful action sequences can be difficult, and Gardner showed she could mix these elements with a dash of humor to create a delightful story.

I thoroughly enjoyed Gardner’s writing style, but the book could use another pass on the editing. After identifying a number of errors with misplaced commas and a few with missing words, I must deduct a star from the rating. This is truly a shame because her style, characters, and plot are so enjoyable that she would have received the full four stars had the editing been cleaner. In fact, her writing style had me so engaged that I had to keep reminding myself to look for errors. Fortunately, the errors I discovered are minor, so a casual reader may not even notice most of them.

Gardner’s novel earns a strong 3 out of 4 stars. With an engaging writing style, strong plot, and entertaining characters, she has crafted a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Cleaning up the grammatical issues could easily take this book to the 4-star territory. Fans of modern fantasy, especially the Supernatural series, are sure to enjoy this novel.

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Post by EvelynBlake » 02 Mar 2019, 12:11

Thank you for a thorough review. Humour in fantasy is a very underrated thing and, when used well, can really lift the story. I'm very curious about this book :)

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Post by Firefawkes » 02 Mar 2019, 17:54

I enjoy reading books that make me forget I'm supposed to be reviewing them after! I always have to go back a few pages and read with a closer eye lol Thanks for your review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Mar 2019, 09:40

I do dislike when it seems like the romance comes from nowhere. However, I love that there are so many different elements in this one, including the humor. Thanks for the information on this one.
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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 04 Mar 2019, 12:30

The plot sounds interesting, and I'm a fan of Supernatural, so I'll definitely give this book a shot.
Great review!

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Post by HRichards » 04 Mar 2019, 17:55

The humor of the book appeals to me. I might check it out editing issues aside.

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Post by Chikari » 07 Mar 2019, 04:27

Thank you for this informative review! This book will have to go on my to read list. It sounds like something I'd enjoy very much.
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Post by SunVixen » 07 Mar 2019, 12:45

It seems a fairly interesting book. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Skye45 » 10 Mar 2019, 05:28

While I’ve never seen a bit of supernatural nor do I know anything about it, a good fantasy novel is hard to come by. Thanks for your review!
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Post by jgrimshaw » 10 Mar 2019, 20:49

I’m a huge fan of stories that can intertwine seriousness and humor. I’m also a fan of fantasy books and I especially love dragons.
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Post by Emjopin » 13 Mar 2019, 01:12

The review just hooked me up. The title of the book made me click on the official review to take a closer look into Gardner's symbolic dragon lording it over a primrose path in the garden. Thanks Kendra for this cutting-edge review, an exciting read for the weekend.

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Post by Juliana_Isabella » 28 Mar 2019, 15:24

It sounds like this might be worth reading even with the grammatical errors.

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Post by Letora » 30 Mar 2019, 04:14

I will have to give this one a try. I enjoy characters with a good sense of humor. And you had me at saying it was similar to Supernatural!
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Post by Lindsey Klaus » 03 Apr 2019, 19:56

I loved the first five seasons of Supernatural, so if the humor is similar to that, I'm down! There's something refreshing about a series that doesn't take itself too seriously, but still maintains a level of intensity in order to keep the reader's attention. It reminds me a bit of Buffy and Avatar: The Last Airbender, too, and how they had a good balance of humor and drama. Thanks for the review, I'll check it out!

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Post by Ellylion » 11 Apr 2019, 10:35

Thank you so much for this great review! A lovely green dragon from the Grandmother's garden that invites the main character into the magical and even mythological realm, good humour and thrilling adventures make me want to read this book dearly!

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