Dragons Are People, Too
By Sarah Nicolas
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.
* Arc provided by publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
I loved this book!. It was an entertaining, thoroughly engaging read! I loved Kitty from the start and loved her even more as I read further into her story. I feel like she got the shaft after the junior operative screwed up on his first real mission, though the reaction of the D.I.C. was understandable as well, given the major consequence of his screw up and the fact that she was in charge on that particular mission.
Kitty is a strong protagonist. Brave and fully capable of holding her own despite being so young in life. She’s responsible for so much, and yet, despite the complications that come with her responsibilities, she does whatever is needed, asked, and expected of her. I loved that the author found spots to showcase Kitty as a normal teenage girl—if there is such a thing—with a secret crush on her friend and fellow dragon, Sani, and moments of true upset and fear over letting her fellow dragons down, but then following that up with Kitty doing whatever it takes rescue Jacob and free her fellow dragons.
The connection between Kitty and Sani is so well done, so well shown that it’s easy to see why she cares so much for him. Through her eyes, we see Sani as a strong, capable hero who both grounds Kitty and helps her to fly. He’s the calm in her storm, and when so much of Kitty’s world, their world, is crashing, he’s exactly what she needs to help her find a way through.
Like the characterization, the action sequences described in this book are stellar. The characters dynamic, the setting details vivid. Everything about this book is something to remember, enjoy, and keep to reread again and again.
I highly, highly recommend this YA read, and anything else Sarah Nicolas writes. She’s got a true talent for storytelling, for creating a vast and vivid picture of a world unseen. I only wish I had this one in hardcopy. It’s so good, I want it for my keeper shelf!
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 BS 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.
You can read a short excerpt from this book here.