Monday, May 25, 2015

#Review: Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas - 4 Wine Glasses

22550717Title: Dragons Are People, Too
Author: Sarah Nicolas
Format" eBook/Paperback, 255 pages
Published: April 28th 2015 by Entangled
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

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 über-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.

Linda's Thoughts:
The right side of the screen then shows a close-up of the protesters. There are only about thirty of them, but Gods bless them they're energetic. And they have catchy picket signs, like: "Set the dragon-people free!" and "Dragons are people, too!" and "End Racial Segregation! Again!"

DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO is an action-packed, fast-paced, YA adventure featuring dragons with a delightful romantic element thrown in for good measure! The story is played amidst diversity issues and dirty back-room politics.

Kitty Lung, our heroine, is a sixteen year old government security operative who works undercover detail protecting Jacob, the president's son. Bulsani Mathe, our hero, is Kitty's backup protecting Jacob. Kitty calls him Sani for short. When Kitty's not attending school and shadowing Jacob, she's on covert missions. The job protecting Jacob has been pretty boring with no real threats to Jacob - until now.

As the story opens, Kitty is on one of those special missions with a newbie dragon operative who loses it under pressure and morphs into dragon form on camera - a huge No No! All these years, dragons have been incognito - it's just Kitty's luck that dragons would have to be revealed to the public in such a colossal way on one of Kitty's missions! Of course, the director of Draconic Intelligence Command and her mother, Kitty's Draco Team Delta leader, are very unhappy with Kitty. While the director and Kitty's mother decide what to do with Kitty as punishment, she has her regular job to do at the school. However, this won't be a mundane day. On this day, someone will kidnap Jacob. AND the dragons at Draconic Intelligence Command will be placed on lockdown leaving Kitty and Sani as the only free dragons left in the world.

I liked both Kitty and Sani. Kitty is super intelligent; she knows how to kick butt; she has a crush on her friend, Sani; and she loves to read celebrity gossip magazines. She seems like a normal teenager except she shifts into a dragon who can fly without wings. I love that purple streak in Kitty's hair!  Sani is hot! He's protective and thoughtful. He has been there for Kitty when she needs him in more ways than Kitty knows. He's been put through the wringer. Their romance is secondary to the plot, but still an integral part of the story.

This is primarily an action book which also addresses the issue of discrimination against dragons and dirty politics. I like that the dragons are diverse depending on where in the world they are from. It's very difficult for Kitty to know who she can trust. Her mission to save Jacob is made even more difficult as Kitty has become public enemy #1!. One thing is clear, if Kitty and Sani can't find and free Jacob, dragons may never be free again.

The author makes some profound statements on equality and discrimination. I thought this one was really good:

"I may have scales and claws and the ability to tear you limb from limb without breaking a sweat, but a monster exists in the mind. A monster is a creature of hate, not form."

Following please find two more of my favorite quotes:

“Do you hear that?” he says.
“You mean the crashing thunder and pounding rain?”
He shakes his head. I listen closely, trying to filter out the sounds of the storm.
Then I hear it. A whooshing sound with a fast buzzing underneath it. It’s so, so familiar
but I can’t quite put my finger on it. A very definite black spot appears among the dark gray clouds. The spot lengthens horizontally. The puzzle pieces click into place and I get the full picture: Fighter jet. Headed straight for us. It could be a coincidence, right? F-22 Raptors fly low through giant thunderstorms over major metropolitan areas in the middle of the night all the time. Right. My illusions of a coincidence are shattered - by a missile flying straight at me. It would seem this guy has infrared, too. I mean, missiles? Really? Isn’t that a bit overkill? I start flying
away, but Sani stops me.

Greasy burgers and fries are so much more delicious than swallowing a cow whole.

Sarah has written an imaginative tale that has some really cool characters. I love dragons and have been known to pick up a book just because it features a dragon. I believe this is the first YA book I've read that features dragons... so Sarah has blazed a path with this tale. I'm looking forward to seeing this series get stronger - there's definitely potential. Kitty and Sani certainly still have their work cut out for them and I can't wait to see what happens next! You'll need to read this book to find out what a CINDY is... but, man, a CINDY would be so nifty to have! I want one now! I recommend  DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE TOO to the YA reader who loves adventure and dragons in an urban fantasy setting.

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