Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Voices of Dragons book review

I just read VOICES OF DRAGONS by Carrie Vaughn. The premise of the book is pretty great: dragons and humans, after living together peacefully, have been separated by fear and misunderstandings. A teen, Kay, befriends a dragon by chance and realizes that friendships between species can occur and endure. But, the military wants to stir up the dragons and force them to attack humans so they can take over their land. Kay and her dragon must take a stand to prove to both dragons and humans that both races can live in peace.

I wish that there had been more character development between Kay and her friends and Kay and her dragon. There was a fair amount of action, but it was at the expense of interaction with family and friends. The book seemed a bit rushed and the ending left room for a sequel. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would read the sequel if there is one.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Book Review

I just read a YA fantasy called FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan. The main character, Jacinda, is a human who can turn into a type of dragon (draki) and lives in fear of hunters who kill drakis. One day, while flying with her best friend (against the pride's wishes), she meets a hunter who discovers her but doesn't let the other hunters know. When her mother relocates her and her sister to a town in the dry Arizona desert, she encounters the boy, Will, at her new school. Despite knowing that he is a hunter, they are drawn to each other.

The characters are all well-written and this Romeo-Juliet story manages to remain fresh and new. I'm hoping there will be a sequel to this story; the ending hints at one.