Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Published: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Entangled 
Pages: 255
Copy: Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the ├╝ber-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

Oh my goodness, how much I loved this wonderful book.  Of course, we have a major dragon lover here, but I defy anyone not to love Kitty and Sani.  Kitty is funny and  although occasionally my older brain went !!, I'm certain today's teens will just love her snarky asides.  Anyone who gets up in the middle of the night for a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup when she can't sleep has to be ok in my book.  Sani is a much more complex character and I really look forward to digging deeper into his past in subsequent books, but he is such a nice person.  The glimpse we get into his past would lead us to expect a very bitter teen, but he is not at all and I really enjoyed his character.  It is so obvious what he wants, but he struggles with a promise he once made and is really very honourable.  Ahhh!

There is a lot going on in 'Dragons are People, Too' and the pacing was fast and compelling.  There are some red herrings thrown in that threw me completely off track and I was surprised on a couple of occasions, which I really enjoy. 

But let's talk dragons here.  Dragons from different continents are different from each other - English dragons can breathe fire, African dragons are smaller, but smarter and faster, Chinese dragons don't have wings - yup, that threw me for a loop too, but they can fly, and the mechanics of it make a lot of sense.  Does anyone here remember seeing the movie version of 'The Neverending Story'?  Do you remember what the dragon in it looked like?  Long and white and furry?  Well that is exactly how I picture Kitty, only slightly more feminine.  I kept wanting to get close to her and give her a cuddle.

Cuddly dragons aside, 'Dragons are People, Too' was exciting, mysterious and romantic and I loved every minute of it.  I really can't wait to find out what happens next.  Even if you're not a huge dragon fan, you'll probably enjoy this one just for the mystery.

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