The Tea-Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – A Review

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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Graphic Novel | Fantasy
Published by Oni Press
Released in January 2019
Received in an Owlcrate Box
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars

This short graphic novel is probably one of my favorite items that I’ve ever received in a subscription box. I had never heard of Katie O’Neill before, but she has instantly become one of my favorite artists, to the point that I’m actually planning on buying one of her framed art prints as soon as my budget will allow.

The story in The Tea Dragon Society is almost too adorable – there are tiny dragons that grow tea leaves on their horns, and they’re meticulously cared for by their providers. The main character is Greta, who meets two members of the Tea Dragon Society, Hesekiel and Erik. They start teaching her how to care for the picky dragons. Greta also meets and befriends Minette, who’s very shy and quiet, but starts to emerge from her shell with Greta’s help.

There’s so much diversity in the characters, which is so wonderful to see in a children’s graphic novel. Within these pages, you’ll also find plenty of healthy relationships, whether it’s romantic, friendship, or familial love.

It’s the art, though, that makes this graphic novel truly spectacular. It’s beautiful.

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I want so much more of this world in my life. I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about this story or the art. Check it out, buy it, love it. I hope that one day we’ll get more Tea Dragon Society comics because I want to learn so much more about the different types of dragons and about what’s in the future for Greta and her friends.




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October OwlCrate Unboxing!

October was the first month in my subscription of OwlCrate, and it was a wonderful surprise! I loved every single item I received, and I can’t wait to read both of the books that were included.

In case you haven’t heard of OwlCrate, it is a monthly young adult book subscription box. Each box includes a book signed by the author along with several bookish items. They also offer the OwlCrate Jr box for children’s books.

I’ve been watching OwlCrate unboxing videos for ages, and wanted desperately to subscribe, but didn’t have the money to do so until recently. I was so happy with the box and the items, and it’s definitely a subscription I’m holding on to.

Keep scrolling for the October OwlCrate Unboxing!

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Here’s a quick run-down of the items included:

Choco Mint Truffle Tea from The Tea SpotI love teas with chocolate in them, so I’m looking forward to tasting this. The weather here on the coast is finally starting to cool down, so it’s a wonderful time to try a new tea.

Heart-Shaped Tea Strainer from Team OwlCrate and Michelle Gray. I’m really thrilled that they included a tea strainer in the box along with the tea because I didn’t have one. And the fact that it’s a heart is adorable.

Book Nerd Socks from Out of Print and UnderlinedThe socks are awesome. They have a book print on them and say book nerd on the bottoms. Only a savage doesn’t love fun socks!

Canvas Clutch Purse by Bookworm BoutiqueThis canvas clutch is really cute. I’ve used it once, but I’m the kind of person who likes huge purses that fit a couple of books, my large planner, and whatever other random stuff I feel like I need to tote around. For that reason, I doubt I’ll be using it frequently, but it looks great on my bookshelf!

Mirror of Erised art print by Michelle Gray. This is definitely getting framed and hung above my desk. It’s so pretty!

Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This book was actually the reason I decided to subscribe to OwlCrate when I did. Sometime in September through their Instagram page, they posted a spoiler that one of the two books included was going to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and this was the only book coming out around the same time that matched up. I knew I would end up buying it anyway, and decided I wanted the OwlCrate exclusive cover. I’m definitely glad I made that decision! Instead of the blue on the normal cover, the OwlCrate exclusive has pink accents, and the book itself is gorgeous. I especially love the art on the inside cover. (You can find the photos in the slideshow up top.)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. This was another book that was already on my TBR list, and I was super excited when I saw it since I wasn’t expecting it. It’s a fantasy novel based on Japanese folklore, and I’ve heard such great things about it.


The November theme for OwlCrate is “Rise from the Ashes,” and I can’t wait to see what is in next month’s box. Have you read Pride or Shadow of the Fox yet? What were your thoughts?