A secret government operative AND a were-dragon–bonus!
Dragons Are People, Too
by Sarah Nicholas
Young Adult Paranormal
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.
Kitty’s inner (and outer) snark added a lighthearted element to the action-adventure plot–I loved her voice! My copy has numerous highlighted areas that made me smile.
“I thought you were just typical teenagers.”
No one has ever called me typical. I can’t say I like it.
“I could hunt instead,” I say, in between shoving fries in my mouth, the salty, starchy goodness muffling my words.
“Hunt?” Dominic’s eyebrows twist in a combination of disgust and suspicion.
“Yeah, I hear there are a lot of cattle farms around here. That would be perfect.” I’m just messing with him; greasy burgers and fries are so much more delicious than swallowing a cow whole. Trust me on that one. But you do what you have to while staking out political refugees in rural Argentina.
The romance takes quite a while to get going, which is fine since they obviously have other things to take care of–an entire species has been outed and incarcerated, after all–but it was sweet and PG rated. This is definitely a book I’ll be passing down to my teenaged daughter.
The final pages of the book bring us to an ending but not the end–not everything is wrapped up, so hopefully we’ll be seeing Kitty and Sani again soon to set the rest of the world right!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.