Talon by Julie Kagawa | Book Review

I have been on a bit of a Julie Kagawa reading binge of late and I have absolutely no regrets. After finishing The Forever Song I read a couple of books but I came back to Kagawa OF COURSE and picked up Talon. I took the leap from vampires to dragons and that has made all the difference. Well, in a good way. Not that The Forever Song is bad but I am totally all about the dragons so this book sucked me in immediately. Friends there are just not enough books about dragons who are also people but I am glad that Talon and the subsequent books in the series are changing that.

Talon is about teenage dragon turned human girl Ember Hill who is about to assimilate among humans with her twin brother Dante at a California beach. If they pass assimilation, they will move up in this organization that oversees all of the world’s dragons called Talon. All is not sunshine and waves though, as there’s this group called Order Of St. George that is all about driving the dragons to extinction. Garret, a member of the Order, has a directive to go to the beach, infiltrate and find the Sleeper aka the dragon. What Garret doesn’t account for is falling for the dragon, falling for Ember. MEANWHILE, there’s this other dragon who is in town, Riley, who is a rogue. Riley has broken away from Talon because he thinks they have nefarious plans. And he’s trying to convince Ember that her best option is to leave Talon. YO there is so much plot and drama in Julie Kagawa’s Talon and I LOVE IT.

Ember is the kind of character I just want to shake hard — like yo listen and stop being so stubborn. Like you know in horror movies how there is that one character that sort of is stubborn and doesn’t do the sensible thing and like goes down the dark hallway? THAT IS EMBER. She drove me nuts while reading, but I loved it. I thought she was the quintessential teenager. And of course as the quintessential KIDS THESE DAYS GET OFF MY LAWN type, I loved it and was also annoyed but was like, this book is for teenagers not crotchety old ladies like myself. Still, I like that Ember has got gumption even if she makes the worst decisions ever and places her faith in the wrong people. Her heart is in the right place, ya know?

As for Garrett, who lol, for like the first chapter I read as Garnet as in the precious gem, he’s an okay love interest. He and Ember have a lot in common. Both are orphans. Both are cogs in a larger machine. Both believe certain things about the other’s organization. I like that they have fun with each other. They aren’t a terrible pairing, but they aren’t OTP of my reading life, ya know? ALSO, I do find Riley a lot more interesting than Garrett and yes there’s totally a love triangle going down.

Talon by Julie Kagawa is written with alternating first person chapters. I LOVED THIS. It made the book much more intense and interesting, especially when things came to a head. I really felt sympathy for all sides involved. I also think that the different points of views added a faster pace. There were no boring parts because with each different character we are getting action and straight up to the point. That’s awesome. If anything, I wish that there was more kissing scenes in this book. That’s my one complaint — not enough making out. Otherwise, this is a great read that I’d recommend if you were into Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. I picked this book up at BEA last year, but I still haven’t read it. I’m not sure I will enjoy it because Ember seems kind of frustrating as a character. But maybe I will give it a try. Thanks for the review, April!
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  2. This sounds like so much fun!

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