Review: Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock

Posted December 29th, 2014 in book review / 18 comments

Review: Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa PetreshockFire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock
Publisher: Swoon Romance on April 29, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: two-half-stars

A dragon's fire cannot be tamed.

In 22nd century sovereign America, women should be seen and not heard. Unfortunately, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN didn't get that memo!

Determined to make her way in the world following the death of her uncle, being "seen" is the least of Cait's problems.

Someone's trying to kill her.

Ordained to guard and protect her, when Theo Pendragon claims Cait as his ward, he finds more than he expects as the flames of passion ignite within the dragon for the first time. But Theo is not alone in his desire, and he must learn to fight for what he wants, even if it costs him his best friend.

Dante, a powerful demigod and beloved friend to Theo, has spent centuries pursuing intellectual endeavors rather than indulging in the heat of desire. But everything changes when Cait arouses an attraction he cannot deny.

But Dante isn't the only one with a vested interest in Cait's future.

America's monarch, an ancient vampire named Corrin, puts no stock in the frivolity of love, and yet a proper queen would boost his approval rating amongst the people. Marrying Cait could hold the key to his survival.

Now, love, desire and need force Cait into an impossible situation with dire consequences.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to fighting for a future she never knew she wanted with a man she never imagined she could love. But the key to her future is held in the one secret she has yet to uncover.

At A Glance

Fire of Stars and Dragons was up and down for me.

The Good

Yay, dragonshifters! I can’t resist a dragon book. I don’t even know why. I think they are the most exotic of the supernatural creatures in books nowadays. Melissa did a great job of creating fun and interesting dragonshifters. I loved how unique each one felt. As Cait’s group of loyal dragonshifters started to increase, we got to see so many different personalities and quirks. Cait even named her dragons based on their moods, like Smiley Dragon. It was cute how much they all adored and protected her. And Cait was the perfect, sassy girl to wrangle these magical beasts.

Theo was the main love interest. He struggled with the concept of love, but you could tell he loved Cait from the start. He was my favorite even when his struggle with Cait got a little dramatic. Dante, the demigod, was also after Cait’s love, and he truly was an amazing guy. Who wouldn’t love a man who can create anything out of thin air and come to your rescue with just a thought? Corrin was not in it for the love. He wanted Cait for power and survival. He started out as a douche but then ended up being pretty decent.

The action and drama were good. It’s hard not to like a book with sexy dragons in it.

The Bad

There is very little backstory and world building, so I felt lost through most of the book, especially in the start when we are thrust into a world and situation we don’t have a clue about. There were so many references and phrases that didn’t make sense to me since they were never explained or done so way too late into the book.

This whole book is based off a love-rectangle. Shoot me now!

I was not a fan of Cait. She was so indecisive about who she was going to choose, yet she already chose from the beginning. So this whole book was about her backing out repeatedly on her first initial guy she picked. Douchy move on her part.

The writing was mediocre.

The Snuggly

The only thing I hate more than bad love-triangles is bad love-rectangles. I get that it is suppose to be the concept of the book, but Cait’s reactions to the men were confusing and unnecessary. Not very romantic when your girl is dating and kissing other men, know what I am saying?

There is sex and it’s okay, but nothing special.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed myself for some parts. But is Fire of Stars and Dragons a good book? Not really. It was just okay. So much needed improvement. I wouldn’t read the next book in the series, but I don’t regret reading this book. Not really recommended overall.


“Cait’s lips are on mine, hard, insistent, hands fisting my hair, and she’s taking control, grinding her body to mine, finding ways to pleasure herself with my body. I am a willing slave to her desires, no intention of fighting her punishment for my resistance in accepting her love.”  


“I’d say Hades will convert the Underworld into an ice skating rink before the king has a personality makeover.”  


“Pretty packaging doesn’t make a bad gift any better.”  


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18 Responses to “Review: Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock”

  1. Red Iza

    I haven’t read any book with sexy dragons, just “actual” fire throwing ones, but I’d love to – I don’t think I will start with this one, though – thanks for sharing !

  2. Lekeisha

    You stopped me at “love triangle”. I may die if I read another book centered around one. I know It’s the thing, but Geesh!! I can handle a love triangle that’s really NOT a love triangle. You know what I mean? Anyway, this sounds like some sort of show where all the men are competing for the love of one woman. Ewww! But, I do love me some dragons. The book seems okay but I don’t think I can sit through this one. Great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, exactly. If you are going to do a love-rectangle, at least do it in a good way.

  3. laura thomas

    I’m over the love triangle thing and I don’t care for wishy washy protagonists but I do love dragons. I’ll probably pass on this one. Thanks for the great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I just want all dragon books to be awesome. It seems like it should be that way.

  4. Melliane

    It’s difficult when the worldbuilding doesn’t follow like that. I didn’t know about the book but I’m sorry it wasn’t better for you… I think I’ll pass.

  5. Christy

    Ha when I saw this in my email, I thought the title was you saying it’s Five Stars. Yeah, guess not. So she’s a serial kisser? 😉

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL, it does kinda look that way.

      Seriously, she will make out with a potato as long as it’s kinda cute.

  6. Olivia

    I don’t think this is a book I am going to pick up. I will admit I had never heard of dragonshifters until now and I love the idea of them – I am going to read a book including them as soon as possible! I love the concept! But bad love rectangles sounds horrendous and completely puts me off. As well as the fact that the world building wasn’t done well because in fantasy I see that as necessary.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I would definitely suggest trying a dragonshifter book eventually. They are so fun.

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