Review: Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis

Series: Regency Dragons
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Publisher: Five Fathoms Press
Released: October 4, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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Have you ever found yourself reading Sense and Sensibility and wishing that there were more fantasy elements woven into the story? Well, good news! Following recent trends, Scales and Sensibility, written by Stephanie Burgins, incorporates dragons into this classic Jane Austen story.

Elinor Tregarth really did try. She wanted to be a helpful cousin to Penelope, especially as her family was kind enough to take her in. She was even willing to put up with Penelope’s wild outbursts. However, she drew the line at watching Penelope mistreat her pets.

Though even then, she didn’t mean to just walk away with the poor little dragon. Bu the was just so scared. Now, Elinor faces a surprise courtship, several trials, and the weight of her sister’s well-being on her shoulders.

“It was a truth universally acknowledged that any young lady without a dragon was doomed to social failure.”

Right, so I knew right away that I had to read Scales and Sensibility ASAP. Why? Because I adore both Jane Austen and dragons, and miraculously this novel somehow brings the two together. I never thought I would see the day when that happened!

As you can imagine, Scales and Sensibility is a bit of a romantic and comedy mixture. Much like its predecessor, there’s a lot of Victorian chaos and drama, which leads to, you guessed it, more drama! And that’s before taking the cute little dragons into account.

I’ll admit that I adore the idea of Victorian-era people trying to turn little dragons into fashion accessories. Given that’s how many people treat small animals, it holds. Just with these guys, there happens to be a bit of a stinkier mess when they get scared. Again, that sounds about right.

Scales and Sensibility is such a fun read; I sat down and read through it all in one sitting. I have no regrets on that matter; I can promise you this much! And you better believe that I’m going to be watching out for the sequel (Claws and Contrivances).

Thanks to Five Fathoms Press and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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3 Responses to Review: Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis

  1. Sheri Dye says:

    Ohmygoodness.. What a brilliant and fun idea for a book! I will definitely have to read this!
    Fantastic review, Liz, and thank you for sharing it!

    Liked by 1 person

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