Dragonblood Ring (Hardcover)

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A deadly new sport is making dragons disappear.


Playing in the Blazewrath World Cup with Team Puerto Rico and the Sol de Noche
dragons had been Lana Torres’s dream come true—until it turned into a nightmare. To rid
the world of the dragon supremacists, Lana and her friends had to cancel the games forever.

Without the sport that brought them together, the whole team returns to Puerto Rico to
recover. But rest isn’t in the cards. Someone is kidnapping dragons and has set their sights on
the Sol de Noches.

To keep their dragons safe, Team Puerto Rico has to take down an underground cabal of evil
magic users who are fighting stolen dragons to the death. But even if they join forces with
Blazewrath-superstar-turned-international-fugitive Takeshi Endo, will they be able to
stop the most powerful witch the world has ever seen?

About the Author


Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. BLAZEWRATH GAMES is her debut novel (Page Street Kids, 2020). Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology PUERTO RICO STRONG (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s streaming Kpop music videos, vlogging for her eponymous YouTube channel, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

Praise For…


“Dragon battles and action sequences, paired with magic elements that expand upon the previous entry, make this a page-turner. Thrilling from start to finish.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Come for the dragons, stay for the thrilling adventure, heart, amazing representation, and punchy writing that will keep you glued to the page. I didn’t want it to end!” —Kalynn Bayron, bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead

Dragonblood Ring is a searing sequel—filled with magic, monsters, and perfectly paced chapters that will keep you up late, racing around the world with its cast of perfectly snarky characters.” —Sarah Henning, author of The Princess Will Save You and Sea Witch

“With rich world-building, a diverse cast of believable characters, and an infectiously enjoyable style, Ortiz has created a book that’s impossible to put down and easy to love.” —Anya Josephs, author of Queen of All

"Ortiz takes readers back into the Blazewrath world with a heart-touching exploration of identity and belonging, wrapped up in magic, dragons, and high stakes. A soaring one-of-a-kind ride!" —Rebecca Coffindaffer, author of Crownchasers

"Dragonblood Ring is a brilliant adventure of a book that is both emotionally compelling and intensely readable. It kept me up long into the night, as I rooted for the characters and raced through the twists of the story. Highly recommended!" —Jamie Pacton, author of The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly and Lucky Girl

Product Details
ISBN: 9781645673163
ISBN-10: 1645673162
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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