30 April 2015

Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: April 28th 2015 by Entangled .
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.

Reviewed by Kelly

First Impressions: If you are looking for a book with diversity then this is it! We have prejudice, interracial romances and more.

Kate Lung is a were-dragon. When she is on a mission with a greenie, he panics and breaks the Number one rule- don’t let people see you change or don’t let people see dragons! Now Kate who was in charge of this mission is in trouble by her mom, one of the biggest ranking officials at DIC where dragons work and protect humans. Then the next morning she and her work partner and secret crush, Sani, go back to their routine of watching over the president’s son at their school while waiting to hear if the public got wind of the scandal.

During school, they meet an uber beautiful girl who has some gifts of her own when the girl touches Kate she is in a grayness and is entranced. The president’s son invites her over to his home. Then the secret service guys are packing her in the car and leaving Kate and Sani behind. Wait- They all must be entranced too as well as the secret service men because they don’t get the background check before taking off. The next thing that happens is the car carrying them blows up and this girl is pulling the boy out and getting him to this helicopter that appears for them and the secret service guys start shooting at Sani and Kate hitting Sani a few times including one of his two hearts. Dragons heal fast but his heart will take a little longer and he can’t shift until then. What else can go wrong for Kate?

The public did see the dragon and all hell is breaking loose. CIA is now taking control of DIC and the president says that the dragons are being held for their own safety and the president calls Kate and asks her to find his son in time to save him. From there on it is action packed. With betrayals galore and feelings of not sure who to trust.Kate and Sani are the only dragons free at the moment and while it is known that Kate is out there. No one is aware that Sani is with her. Kate and Sani set out to find the boy in time and to save the dragons and her parents from being imprisoned forever. Kate, now having more time with Sani, finds her feelings getting deeper and deeper but Sani who is very sweet to her and helpful never seems to reciprocate those feelings. And they find an unlikely ally in the same secret service man who shot Sani twice!

Time is ticking and they have so much to do!

The story is action packed with plenty of romance, suspense, betrayals, dragons, technology and a kitsune. There is family, heartbreaks, and species prejudice.

I enjoyed the story. I like how the author added a lot of diversity in it. My daughter loves all things kitsune so we talked a lot about the book. Kitsunes are in Japanese folklore.

The ending- well it isn’t a cliffhanger but definitely shows there will be a sequel. I am eagerly waiting to read it!!!

Sarah is a 31-year-old YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.

She's a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at YAtopia.

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