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“The only reason this book isn't getting one star and that I finished it at all is because I am so loyal to Carrie Vaughn. This book was terrible. The world was not very well developed and I couldn't understand why dragons disappeared, why they reappeared, why they were up north, what happened...”see full review » see other reviews »
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Quick & Dirty: This was a fun YA paranormal book filled with lots of action, romance, friendship, and loss. Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with the story.
Opening Sentence: Her parents were going to kill her for this.
Kay Watt is a 17 year old girl living in a small town in Montana. It’s the closest town to the border between human territory and dragon territory. Kay’s mom works with the FBI to help regulate border control and her father is the sheriff and he helps enforce the law that no one is to cross the border — ever. Years ago there was a big war between dragons and humans but there was a peace treaty signed and now the dragons stay in their land and the humans stay in theirs. Kay has always been really outdoorsy and she loves to rock climb and hike. She’s not afraid to take on tough challenges and so one day she decides to rock climb by the border. She ends up falling into a big creek and she is saved by a dragon.
She soon learns that dragons are way different than she has been taught. For one thing she learns that dragons can talk. The dragon that saves her is named Artegal and they soon strike up a friendship. It seems that maybe humans and dragons can live peacefully together if they just tried, but fear of the unknown is starting to settle in. The human military is starting to question if it is safe to let dragons exist, and if they aren’t careful they are going to start a whole new war between the races.
Kay is our heroine and I really enjoyed getting to know her. She is a very independent girl that loves the outdoors and isn’t afraid to try new things. She is also a normal teenage girl that struggles with boys, parents, and friends. She doesn’t rush into any decisions without thinking things through and I really liked that about her. She also likes to test boundaries and she has some great new things happen because of it, but she also has a lot of heartache as well. As you read her story, you see her grow and learn to trust in herself and rely on the people that care about her. She is a really great character and I connected with well.
Artegal is a young dragon that wants to learn how to speak English better, and he wants to try and mend the gap that is present between humans and dragons. His was taught by his mentor that at one point in time dragons and humans were friends. When he happens to save Kay’s life he hopes that they can development a friendship that can help his kind. I thought Artegal was a somewhat boring character. You don’t really get to learn much about him and he was really hard to connect with. I hope that if there is a sequel we get to learn more about him and just more about the dragons in general.
Overall, this book was an ok read for me. There is good action which made it fast paced and easy to read. The romance is sweet, but it didn’t give me butterflies or make me swoon. My biggest problem with this book was the setting. When I think of dragons, I think of magic and a beautiful new fantasy world. The setting was modern day in our world with no magic, and it just didn’t work for me. I had a hard time really getting into the story and I really couldn’t connect to it like I wanted to. The book ended with a pretty bad cliffhanger and that peaked my interest so I would like to see what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes light YA Paranormal books.
A deep, short growl echoed above her. She rolled over and looked up. She was in shadow, and a dragon hunched over her. A real dragon, close up. Two stories tall, a long, finely wrought head on a snaking neck, and a lithe, scale-covered body. It was gray like storm clouds, shimmering to ice blue or silver depending on how the sunlight hit it. Its eyes were black, depthless black. Bony ridges made its gaze look quizzical, curious.
Or maybe it really was curious.
It sat back on its haunches, its clawed hands resting on the ground in front of it, the wing membranes running down its arms tucked neatly back. It wasn’t doing anything-not breathing fire, not tensing its muscles getting ready to attack. It wasn’t even making noise anymore. That first huff of a growl had been to get her attention.
They regarded each other. Her heart was racing, getting ready to burst out her ears. The trouble she was going to get into over rock climbing by herself was nothing compared to the trouble she was going to get into over this. This … this was epic trouble. She waited for the thing to eat her.
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Voices of Dragons. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
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Another random fact about me: I love dragons!
Voices of Dragons was a very fun read. Dragons live in the modern world. We have given them some of the more uninhabitable land of the world. The dragons stay on their side, and the people stay on theirs. The two never interact, and it is against the law to cross any of the borders.
Kay falls into a river after rock climbing and is caught in the river current taking her into dragon territory. She befriends a young dragon, Artegal, who wants her help to perfect his speech. Kay and Artegal are both well written characters. I couldn't find anything I didn't like about them. They saw how their secret friendship was possible, and saw a world where dragons and the human race could live together. And when a war is started they do everything in their power to prove that fighting is not necessary.
I did dislike how this book ended. I have looked everywhere trying to find any information about a sequel, but have come up empty handed. I really hope one day there will be a book 2, because I was left wanting to know what happened after their dangerous protest to stop the war.”
“It ended kind of abruptly. But I think I got it. AND IT WAS AMAZING. Tam kind of irritated me though, and it was kind of depressing how it portrayed normal high schoolers and stuff.”Caity Kay ™ wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's got some bad language and a couple of bad things but otherwise its fun to read.”Kairi wrote this review Sunday, December 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the book. I liked the premise of the book of dragons in the modern world but I didn't enjoy the main character Kay and friend talking about sex. It didn't need to be in the book. ”Robin Brunner wrote this review Wednesday, May 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book a lot, the idea and all. I don't love the title nor her writing style, but it was a cute YA book and it's great for middle school kids.”Cassidy Berlin wrote this review Thursday, May 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cute story. Definitely for a younger audience. I prefer Carrie Vaugh's adult series. Very different from the adult series.
“This book was just amazing, obviously since I finished it in about 12 hours. This is my first taste of Carrie Vaughn, but if her adult books are this well written, I shall definitely be reading more of her. I haven't read a lot of dragon books before, but this is like a modern "How to train Your Dragon" and I love it. ”Zombie Katie wrote this review Friday, April 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was fairly well written but a bit slow in parts. There were a few weak characters but the overall plot was new and exciting. I liked the ending, though a bit predicatble, it left just enough for the reader to fill in for themself.”Jacqueline wrote this review Sunday, December 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No