Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa

Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
This is a young adult paranormal romance book (Rated PG-13)
(Four Dragon Hearts)
Book Summary
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
My Review 
Okay, let’s get it straight. It was obvious from the very beginning what the arc of this book was going to be. It was almost too obvious that I hoped she would pull a fast one on me and take the story in a different direction.
Well, she didn’t unfortunately. However knowing exactly how things would play out, I still wanted to listen. Therefore, I’ve given it four stars instead of three. And I also want to listen to the next book which comes out soon, so that’s a plus.
I do like this story better than the Fey book which annoyed me because the author sent in my opinion the wrong message to the young adult readers. In the story it came down to one of the persons in the relationship having to make the decision to ultimately and fundamental change who they were down to their (race/ethnicity) DNA in order to be with the other person. And for that reason, I couldn’t finish the series. It’s the wrong message to send that you can only be with someone if you are the same. Yes, I got the storyline, but there were other ways to handle the situation than making the person change their “race”.
Also unfortunately, I can see how this story might go down the same path and I’m hoping it doesn’t. I think it’s a decent start. So far however, if you like YA paranormal stories about dragon shifters, you might try Firelight by Sophia Jordan. It’s not as predictable in book one and a great series. The series is also complete, so you won’t have to wait for each book.
Overall, I’m cautiously optimistic about this series. It’s one of two very predictable books I read back to back this week. :/
Audio Review
Caitlin Davies did a great job narrating Ember’s parts. MacLeod Andrews and Chris Patton also did great jobs narrating Garret and Riley.
My book boyfriend is Garret (although I do have a thing for Riley too).
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