A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Sarah Nicolas for giving me the opportunity to read and review her novel, Dragons Are People, Too.
Kitty Lung is far from a normal teenager, but like most teens she’s great at keeping secrets. First, she’s undercover at school with the President’s son as part of his protection detail, along with her friend Sani. She gets sent on top-secret missions for the government when she has time. She might be not-so-secretly in love with Sani. And Kitty’s biggest secret of all is that she’s a dragon. But Kitty’s partner on her last mission was caught on camera shapeshifting into dragon form. Now the world knows that dragons are real and dragons are being rounded up and imprisoned. When the president’s son is kidnapped on her watch, it’s up to Kitty and Sani to rescue him and show the world that dragons are people too.
This novel was short and had very fast pacing. There was tons of action, comedy, and romance in it. I spent a great deal of my time laughing out loud, swooning, and hovering on the edge of my seat.
A good deal of mythology also made appearances in this novel. The mythology surrounding shape-shifting dragons, dragon hunters, and old perceptions about dragons were delved into, but also Japanese mythology on the Kitsune, the fox shifters and tricksters.
Kitty was a likeable, intelligent, brave, and often self-deprecating main character. She was fiercely loyal to her friends, family, the government and her job of protecting the president’s son. She has a healthy respect for the dangers in the world and on her missions and will risk her life to get the job done. Kitty’s also a normal teenage girl with a hopeless crush on her best friend. Added to that, she’s a normal dragon-to-human-shifter who would like to be able to fly and show her abilities without always having to worry about remaining invisible.
Sani shared many of the same personality traits as Kitty. He was funny, witty, dependable, and loyal. He was also very attractive and protective. He was often the voice of reason to Kitty’s behavior and would have her slow down to think before she acted. Their balance as friends, partners and undercover operatives worked well. Sani was a very worthy romantic-interest for Kitty.
Dragons Are People, Too is appropriate for adolescent and adult audiences.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Dragons Are People, Too
Release Date: 04/28/15
Summary from 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 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.
About the Author
Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. 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 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library and as a freelance book publicist and author’s assistant. She also blogs at YAtopia and video blogs at the YA Rebels.
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