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Talon (Talon #1) – Julie Kagawa

Talon (Talon #1) – Julie KagawaTitle: Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publishing Info: October 28, 2014 by Harlequin
Source: Audible
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 14, 2017
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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.

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I had no idea what to expect when I started TALON! I picked up it really only because of the audiobook narrators (MacLeod Andrews is one of my all-time favorites) when it was included in an Audible sale and wanting to start something fun a book that wasn’t TOO long (since I’m always behind on my Goodreads challenge).

TALON wasn’t anything super special for me but it was engaging and fun to read (or listen to). The characters were easy to follow and the book felt a little “typical YA” (things that you might place in a YA stereotype) but it was still a fun and enjoyable book. There was a love triangle which I didn’t expect at first but ya know, I didn’t hate it (maybe because there was a bad boy involved… just sayin’) and I would be interested to see where it goes except for the fact that I’m not sure that I’m motivated to continue the series. I wasn’t suuuper sold on the writing but it was still light and easy. There were two main POVs and then a third shows up halfway through the book so I thought it could have been structured better and I felt like the third POV probably should have been eliminated, even though I kind of enjoyed it.

The concept of dragons who can morph into humans was unique and the only thing I’ve read remotely like it, as far as dragons go specifically, was SERAPHINA. This was more on the contemporary side since it takes place in a contemporary time period, whereas SERAPHINA was more deep into the fantasy and a high fantasy world. I enjoyed the different feel that was involved here and it was fun to see the dragons incorporated into modern society. That being said, it also wasn’t the most well-done and there were some super obvious things about the dragons that I thought anyone should be able to pick up — especially a society that specifically hunts them — but I think this is one of those “suspend your disbelief for the sake of the book” kind of a thing.

The plot was fairly predictable but I still had fun with it. I wasn’t in it to be shocked and surprised so that wasn’t something that bothered me. I am curious to see where the rest of the series will go because it ended with kind of a cliffhanger there! BUT I also don’t know if finishing the series will be priority. Maybe Audible will have more sales for the rest of this series and I can finish that way, otherwise I probably won’t continue. It’s a sort of a read-it-because-it’s-there kind of a series and not one that I’ll really prioritize.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Dragons! I haven’t read a lot of dragon books and it was interesting to see the dragon-to-human concept since it’s not one that’s done often. It makes you think a little different versus other supernatural-to-human creatures that you see more often in books.
Left Me Wanting More: Maturity. I know I’m reading young adult novels and there’s the whole “teens are the target audience here” but sometimes YA is a little TOO YA for me and that was the case with this book. I’m sure going back to read TWILIGHT (I haven’t in probably… oh almost ten years now) I wouldn’t enjoy it the way that I had when I was much younger and that’s okay! But it’s things like obvious tropes, plot holes, and less mature language that leaves me feeling a bit old for the book when I continue to enjoy so many young adult books out there.

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Consider it

This book was light, easy, and enjoyable but it didn’t really knock me off my feet. I think it’s something to consider if the concept sounds interesting and fun but I wouldn’t put it first on your TBR.

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The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) – Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) – Julie KagawaTitle: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publishing Info: February 1, 2010 by Harlequin
Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: July 28, 2012
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    Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
    When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
    But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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This was a really, really creative story and I loved how in depth the world of the fey was. But… I just don’t think faeries are my thing. I’m not a really big fantasy person and I think THE IRON KING unfortunately solidified that. 

I really enjoyed Meghan’s character, especially her interaction with Robbie/Puck. I adored their friendship and Puck was hands down my favorite character with all his spunk and joviality (is that a word?) — They made a great duo and Puck was the perfect sidekick/bodyguard.
I started getting into the whole relationship with Meghan and Ash towards the end too. It was another “forbidden love” that I really rooted for.

Overall, I think the whole faery world just is not for me. Not to say it’s not a good book — I did enjoy it — but I think I easily get lost in what I can’t relate to. The faery world and all magic, eccentric and wild creatures… too many tend to bog me down and I just get confused with trying to use so much of my imagination to create the pictures in my mind. I really need something I already know to draw from in order to piece together the worlds that I read in books and I guess my imagination isn’t what it used to be when I was kid because I just can’t get there anymore!

I also had way too many things I was comparing this story to that I couldn’t pick up an original storyline to detach from the ones I already knew. I had The Labyrinth in the beginning (baby brother gets taken by the faery realm (okay, so the Labyrinth was the Goblin Kking — And isn’t Toby a half-brother in that movie too?) and the packrats), Alice in Wonderland with Grimalkin as the Cheshire Cat, Harry Potter (some magic, I pictured the mermaids/lake creatures from the Goblet of Fire challenge), Narnia with all of the doors leading to different realms, City of Bones (glamour and the supernatural hidden in plain sight) and of course the whole thing is based off of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. So between all of those old stories rolling around in my head, I just couldn’t separate them from this one and make it original and new to me.

Really creative, I enjoyed the writing — especially the humor and the sarcastic/witty remarks — but I just think I’m not the intended audience unfortunately.

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Try it

Lots of good stuff coming out of the book. Just not for me though.

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