Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Series: Talon #1
Published by Harlequin on 2014-11-01
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
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In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. 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.
Well, that was a disappointment.
What makes Talon such an utter and complete disappointment is the fact that you go in expecting awesome dragon mythology with some kickass characters and some pretty intense plot twists. What you get instead is a cardboard cutout of every single bad YA book out there and the occasional mention of the word “dragon”.
The story itself begins on the wrong foot, when immediately we are introduced to Ember. So begins the immense suffering of having to hear her whine, complain, and act stupid and recklessly throughout the rest of the book.
The whole book supposedly emphasizes how amazing, and powerful, and brilliant Ember is, but all I saw was an annoying, ignorant, and idiotic brat.
I could’ve looked past this if I hadn’t immediately been thrown into some insta love. I’m telling you, one conversation and suddenly it’s “oh there’s something about him… He makes me feel so different”.
And then… The next chapter or so gives us a love triangle. By this point (10% into the book or so) I felt like the book was just checking off a list which tropes to introduce next.
The writing itself wasn’t my cup of tea, and I know many others will disagree with me but I’m starting to think Julie Kagawa isn’t the author for me. I read The Iron King and disliked how juvenile the protagonist was plus was pretty annoyed at the extremely simplistic writing (when it wasn’t in detail). Same thing happened to me in this book. I deplored Ember. Really I did. Never once do I think I liked her. When not describing the dragons or action scenes, the writing turned dull and sometimes even amateur. I cannot begin to tell you how many times (in the first chapter alone) was it mentioned that Ember’s hair was red and her eyes were green. I wanted to stop listening to the audiobook altogether but thought against it believing that it would get better.
I didn’t even get to read about dragons all that much! Instead I would get endless scenes with Ember hanging at the mall with her friends, or surfing at the beach, or going to an arcade to play games.
However, the audiobook narrators were pretty good. I mainly didn’t put the book down because they made it much more tolerable. It was weird when the female narrator tried to do the male voice and vice versa, but it’s something that not many narrators can achieve.
Overall, if you expect an awesome book about dragons, don’t read this one. It is entirely disappointing and filled to the brim with tons of YA tropes that’ll make you want to rip your eyes out. The audiobook narration however is great in comparison with the story, which disappoints because it was severely wasted on this book.
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