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.
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About the Author
Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando 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.
Find out more about her at www.sarahnicolas.com and check her out on twitter @sarah_nicolas.
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Dragons are People, Too
By Sarah Nicolas, Kate Brauning
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Sarah Nicolas
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Well, crap. Mission Intelligence got it wrong. Again.
I mean, seriously? Heat sensors? When your operatives have a core body temperature of 142 degrees, that should be the first thing you check for. Deep breaths, Kitty. I daydream about ripping Simon a new one as I scale up the three stories of crumbling stone.
So now I cling to the east wall of the Lebanese embassy in D.C. with a diplomatic document pouch hanging from my belt.
I'm overly conscious of the two security cameras aimed at my back, despite the full-body black catsuit with matching ski mask that Draconic Intelligence Command (or, as I like to call it, DIC) requires me to wear. Sirens blare, telling me security already knows we're here, but I still can't let them see my face. And, more importantly, I can't let them see me change.
Beside me, Wallace scrabbles, then loses his balance and falls twenty feet to the ground, hitting the wall at least twice in the process. Rookie. His breath comes fast, but he's uninjured. He could probably fall from three times that height without a scratch.
"Kitty." Even his whisper has a British accent. He lies sprawled on the immaculate walled lawn of the Embassy and slowly makes his way to his feet. "I can't make it without changing."
"No!" I yell, then catch myself and lower my voice to something more like a hiss. "Absolutely not. Do you have any idea how many cameras are on you right now? You can make it."
His hooded head flicks toward the cameras mounted around the lawn and back to me. I can't see his face through the black cloth, but something in his body language betrays his panic. I may be only sixteen, but this is Wallace's first mission, and I have been training since I was four. Though he's thirteen years older than me, I am the senior field agent; I have to get him through this. Thank the Gods it's not his dragon half that's panicking, just the human half. It's bad, but it's at least manageable. And, you know, not catastrophic.
I soften my voice and mimic the tone my mother uses when she convinces me to do something I don't want to do. "I'm almost to the top. I'll lower a rope when I get there, okay?"
His head snaps up and down in something resembling agreement. I almost feel sorry for him. We'd all told him his first mission would be a piece of cake. It should've been, anyway, if it wasn't for those freaking heat sensors.
It doesn't help that English dragons aren't exactly the ideal operatives for a stealth mission. They are too big, less agile than Chinese or African dragons, and they don't like any situation they can't bully their way out of. But if you need fire power or brute strength, they're definitely the dragons for you. During normal operations, this mission should've been given to an African dragon, but Command always wants every operative to train in every kind of mission.
Even if, like Wallace, they'll probably never see the same situation again.
I'm about five feet below the roof ledge when I hear the dogs barking. The first sleek shape rounds the corner from the north wall at a full sprint, his claws scrabbling in the lawn as he slides around the turn. A second set of snapping, snarling jaws follows close behind and I know their human counterparts can't be too far away—probably with something a little more dangerous than a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth.
In the next instant, I realize Wallace's chest is heaving too quickly, his eyes rolling frantically in their sockets. A panicking rookie means my night is about to get so much worse. The fact that it's not his dragon half raging out of control is now about as comforting as a single ice cube when you're on fire.
"No!" I scream, not caring about being heard now. "Wallace! Don't! That's an order."
He's going to break the Number One rule of an operative for the Draconic Intelligence Command: Don't let anyone know what you are. At any one time, there are maybe six or seven humans who know about our kind for assorted reasons. But there has never been any actual evidence.
But that all changes the moment his green and purple patterned wings snap out of his back, his body following closely behind, his clothes dematerializing.
Crap. Crap. Crap.
Before the dogs even make it halfway across the lawn, he becomes a twenty-foot monstrosity of muscle and scales. Because they're the showy ones, English dragons are the ones always depicted in movies: a four-legged dinosaur-like body, a bearded head with jewel-bright eyes, a long tail ending in an arrow-shaped tip, and massive leathery wings. His ebony talons dig deep gouges into the soft soil of the Embassy's lawn.
The dogs stop and paw at the ground, shaking their heads in confusion. Their prey has suddenly become a predator. A powerful wind swirls around the lawn with the first beat of Wallace's wings and it almost knocks me off my perch on the Embassy's wall. The dogs whimper and sprint for the useless cover of the nearest bush. Wallace aims a spurt of fire at each of the security cameras, leaving behind charred metal poles and the toxic smell of burned plastic. Like that will do any good now.
Before I decide what to do next, his tail wraps around my waist—with the sharp defensive scales pointed away from my body—and we rise above the Embassy. I swoop up and over his back and he lets go, depositing me roughly on his neck in front of his wings. He climbs high into the clouds and heads toward Draconic Intelligence Command. My mind races, trying to figure out if I can get into the Embassy and destroy the security tapes before an army descends on me. I abandon that plan as soon as I remember Simon explaining how Embassy security footage is uploaded to an off-site server in real time. If the Lebanese release those tapes—I can't even imagine what will happen.
As soon as we are inside a thick cloud, I jump off his back and shift into my dragon shape in mid-air, wanting to distance myself at least symbolically from his actions before we reach DIC. Chinese dragons don't have wings, but we manipulate the earth's magnetic fields in order to fly. My dragon body is much longer and thinner than Wallace's, with a shape more like a thirty-foot green serpent with four feet and yellow spines all the way down my back. I also have this crazy red, green, and purple comb on top of my head that looks like some punk kid stuck his finger in a light socket. As soon as I shift, psychic waves of fear and regret pouring from Wallace pound against my consciousness and nearly knock me out of the sky. He's got enough of his own to deal with, so I guard my panic from him as best I can. If I'm being honest, I fly a little slower than top speed toward DIC and Wallace follows my lead, neither of us wanting to explain what just took place to my Draco Team Delta leader—who also happens to be my mom. I've messed up a lot before. Like, a lot. But I have never been this deep in crap.
As the humans would say, this is a game changer. If those tapes get out, this will go down in the history books as the most significant event in dragonkind history. And there, in black Helvetica on semi-gloss paper, will be the name of the person in charge when everything went to hell.
* * *
I wince as my full first name bounces around the stark gray walls and I press my palms against the cool fiberglass table in front of me. My mother hasn't used my first name since I was twelve and I decided to sneak into a mission briefing. I had just developed the ability to turn myself invisible and thought myself invincible also. The game ended when I touched Draco Team Beta Commander's arm and he disappeared from everyone else's view. I hadn't realized my power would turn any dragon I touched invisible too—and then he could see me. As a dragon, I was too big to escape from the conference room, so I'd had to shift to human form, which meant dropping the cloaking shields.
Today is so much worse.
Mom shakes her head and her eyes give me the I'm-so-disappointed-in-you glare all Chinese mothers master as soon as they give birth. I would prefer any amount of shouting or even physical punishment over this stare. Make me run sprints until I throw up or spar until my hands bleed—as long as I don't have to see how disappointed my mom is in me.
All the team commanders and the director had listened to the story Wallace and I told, then immediately darted out of the room to begin the attempts at damage control.
Now, my mom and I sit alone in the mission briefing room. The dim lighting in here almost lets the red streak in her hair blend in to the gentle sweep of her sable French twist, and it definitely softens the wrinkles just starting to pop up around her eyes.
I can't take the silence and the staring; I have to say something. That's probably her plan.
"Technically," I hedge, "I didn't do anything wrong."
It would probably sound more convincing if I believed it.
"You were the senior agent," she says, cool and calm. "You are responsible for the actions of your team." She's legendary for her repose in the worst of situations, even when in dragon form. Most people mistake it for serenity, but I know her secret truth: control is the only way she feels powerful. When she can't control everything around her, the only thing left is her emotions.
And all that emotional control my mother has? She must have taken mine too, because I'm utterly lacking.
"We shouldn't have even been on the side of the building. The heat sensors—"
She cuts me off by standing up straight and crossing her arms over her chest. For a five-foot-nothing middle-aged Asian woman, my mom can be intimidating as hell. The power and majesty of the dragons seems to roll off her in waves stronger than any other dragon I've ever met. Her eyes say what she doesn't have to: No Excuses.
"Do you have any idea what this could mean?" she asks. I open my mouth to respond, but she obviously doesn't want an answer. "Depending on what the Lebanese government decides to do with the security footage, this could be the end of life as we know it."
Before tonight, I've always accepted the old party line that a dragon had never been caught on film. But just now, in this room, it doesn't seem possible. Between security cameras, tourists with digital cameras around their necks, and the ever-present cell phone camera, I can't figure out how we've gone so long without something like this happening. Impossible.
I realize my mom's glaring at me again, waiting for some kind of response. The air in my chest feels combustible, pressing against my ribs until I'm afraid I might burst. Finally, I let it all out with one violent exhalation. My palms slap the table, startling both of us.
"I don't know what you want me to say, Mom. He panicked." I feel my voice waver and I clench my fists, willing my body to at least pretend I'm not scared out of my mind. "There was nothing I could've done. He wasn't ready; he shouldn't have been there."
As soon as the words form on my tongue, before they even cross my lips, I know I shouldn't say this. Sending Wallace on his first mission was my mom's decision. And I question it? Gods, having your mom as your commanding officer really sucks sometimes.
They say Chinese dragons don't have anything to do with fire, but I would bet every one of the very few things I own that I see flames flicker in my mom's eyes just now.
"He was more than ready; he's been training for a full year." She swallows, dousing the flames in her eyes with great effort. "Perhaps it was his commanding officer who wasn't ready."
Anger bursts in my chest and drives me to stand up, towering a whole four inches over my mom. "Know what? I think you're right. I'm freaking sixteen years old. This whole DIC thing—"
"D-I-C," my mom interrupts, correcting my pronunciation. "How many times do I have to tell you to drop the childish nickname for our employer?"
I roll my eyes. "My point is: I should be going to high school dances and studying for my biology test, not running missions to steal diplomatic papers for the U.S. government."
Truth be told, I love working for DIC. And I actually do go to high school, but only because I happen to be the same age as the president's son. I can take out any assailant as well as three grown men with guns and I don't stand out at a high school like the other Secret Service agents. Or, at least, I don't stand out in the same way. Our family has been serving presidents since Woodrow Wilson, so a background check isn't even necessary. The U.S. government is my background.
But I'm not entirely ready to be treated like a full-blown adult, either. I'm just wise enough to realize I'm still a teenager, caught halfway between kid and adult. Sometimes, I need my mom to be just my mom. And being semi-responsible for both an international incident and the exposure of an entire species that thrives on secrecy? This could be one of those times.
"Well, you might soon get your wish," Mom says. "That is, as long as the public doesn't find out what you are."
I try to stop what happens next, I truly do. But my chest tightens, and my eyes sting, begging for a release. Dragons don't cry like humans do. Our bodies are too hot to let liquid water hang around for very long, but even though we don't have actual tears to shed, the rest of the crying is the same. The aching in the chest, the irregular breathing, the red puffy eyes—all unfortunate side effects of our human inclination. I've always wondered if dragons had to put up with this a hundred thousand years ago, before we developed our human forms. Might be worth it, trading my opposable thumbs for never having to cry again. But then I imagine always being able to feel everyone's emotions and I'm back in the humanoid camp again.
I don't think my mom realizes what is happening to me at first, but when I cover my face with my hands and a loud, embarrassing sob escapes my throat, she rushes to my side of the table and wraps her thin, iron arms around my shaking shoulders. My mom may be one tough-as-dragon-teeth commander, but she's also a good mother. She usually knows when to bark out orders and when to hand out hugs.
"I'm sorry, Kitty," she says, after letting me cry myself out. "You're one of my most reliable operatives. Sometimes I forget you're just a kid."
Normally, I would object to the last part, but right now, when I just quite possibly ruined everything? I need to be "just a kid."CHAPTER 2
The absolute last thing I want to do four hours after the meeting with my mom is wake up to my regular alarm and get ready for school. My fingers itch to pick up the little clock and throw it across the meager length of my barracks. Even though my entire world may or may not have been altered last night, I have an obligation to Jacob, the president's son.
The beige walls of my windowless room do nothing to encourage me out of bed. Nor does the thought of sitting through lectures on subjects I mastered years ago.
I shower in the tiny stall that gives me just enough room to turn around. The water is still vaporizing from my skin when I slip on one of my more comfortable purple dresses made of organic cotton. The dress allows for a wider range of motion than jeans and it's the same shade as the purple streaks in my chin-length, stick-straight black hair. I'm not exactly the kind of girl who spends hours fixing her hair and putting on makeup, so I'm ready about twelve minutes after waking up. Just before I grab my backpack, a knock sounds at the door.
Like every other DIC operative, I live in barracks at the underground complex so, usually, a knock at my door means a last-minute mission. Adrenaline starts pumping, waking me up faster than the cup of coffee I had planned on grabbing from the cafeteria. I open the door to find Wallace, looking like he hasn't slept for weeks, standing there. The workout clothes he's wearing look like they were plucked from a dirty hamper fifteen seconds ago.
"Director wants to see us," he says. His voice sounds broken.
Crap. This can't be any flavor of good.
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I don't know what's going on, but the books I've been reading lately have been really hard to review. It's not that they're bad exactly, it's just that they don't seem to arouse any sort of genuine, heartfelt response to the story - it all seems to be just…meh. Unfortunately this was another one of those reads. My biggest problem was that the characters felt extremely flat. Kitty was supposed to be one of those young, genius girls who can kick your butt into next week. She's a soldier who works for this dragon community of spies. But in no way did she behave like it. She still behaved too much like a high school student who can't stop thinking about their crush. It got really annoying. What I loved but also hated at the same time, was the potential in the read. Sani has a really great backstory that's not explored in the slightest and Kitty has a lot of elements to her that could have made such a difference. Her parents for one and their story, but also, her spy level upbringing - I mean, she could have been that character that everyone loves to read about in YA, but instead she came across as too dependent. At the same time, this book isn't exactly a 'bad' read. There's plenty to keep you interested. I liked all the action and how fast paced everything was. In some ways, that was the problem - it was too fast. There were so many missed opportunities for characters to be explored. But there was enough there for me to stay curious and keep reading.
I received a copy of Dragons Are People, Too in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Entangled and Netgalley. On the face of it, Kitty Lung is just an average sixteen year old girl. She goes to high school, she has a massive crush on her best friend, she reads gossip magazines. Appearances can be deceiving, though, because Kitty is in fact...a WERE-DRAGON! I want to say that again. WERE-DRAGON! Seriously, I’m ridiculously pleased about reading a book about were-dragons. I don’t know of any other were-dragon books out there, and I’m surprised because were-dragons are cool! I never really got on board with the whole were-wolf thing, probably because I’m not a fan of dogs, but dragons... Now there’s a shape-shifter animal I can get behind. Kitty and her dragon-best-friend, Sani, attend the same school as Jacob, the president’s son, ostensibly as the children of diplomats, but actually they’re on a security detail to protect him. Kitty and Sani both work for a super-covert dragon division of the government where they use their abilities as spies and bodyguards. One day, a new girl starts at the school and that’s when things start to go a tiny bit wrong. There’s some really nice world building in this book. The author has obviously put a lot of thought into the quantum mechanics of shape-shifting, and I really liked that. There were also some quirky little touches, like all Chinese dragons having a coloured stripe in their hair and how dragons from different parts of the world have different appearances and abilities. The world building was introduced gradually, too, and not all as one huge infodump. Kitty was very enjoyable as a protagonist. She had enough abilities to make her kick-ass and a lot of fun to read about, but managed to avoid being a Mary-Sue. Chinese dragons, like Kitty, have a serpentine look and no wings (I’m thinking Haku from Spirited Away) and can fly using the earth’s magnetic fields, which is obviously awesome, but Kitty had failings too and these made her really relatable. The only area where I felt this book fell down slightly (and it was only slightly) was in the romance. I liked Sani well enough as a character, but he didn’t seem to move the plot along very much. His main purpose seemed to be to provide some well-honed muscles for Kitty to perve on every now and then. I’m as much of a fan of a decent set of biceps as the next girl, but the romance didn’t really feel necessary. There were points where I thought the book would have worked as well, or even better, just as an action-adventure, almost like someone had turned round to the author and said, ‘You know, if you’re writing a YA book, you’ve gotta put some romance in.’ Still, all in all this was a fun, compelling book and I look forward to seeing more from this author.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review I love books about shapeshifters and haven’t read a lot of dragon shapeshifter books yet, so when I heard about this book I jumped on the chance to read and review this book. It’s a fun and original book about dragon shapeshifters with diverse characters. I had some issues with this book, but overall I enjoyed it. My biggest issue was that while the beginning is spectacular, after that it loses a bit of the pace and power. The beginning was so good, that after that it just felt a bit slow, but that might also be partly due to the fact I couldn’t read for long periods of time as this was my breakfast book. It just felt like it started with a bang and then sort of sizzled on. Dragons Are People, Too follows Kitty. She has been trained as a spy and her current mission is to protect the son of the president named Jacob. Then there’s the boy Sani with whom she’s secretly in love. Her whole world is turned upside down as due to an accidental shift of someone under her command dragons are revealed to the general public and all hell breaks lose. The story is filled with action and there are some really cool action scenes involving Kitty in her dragon form. Also there is this twist with all the dragons being captured except for Kitty and Sani, which seemed a bit too convenient. I assumed there are still a lot of dragons in total and it just seemed weird all of them got captured, even with the explanation that sort of made sense. And ofcourse the two of them still manage pretty well and avoid escape. I also would’ve liked a bit more normalcy, now the focus was constantly on guns and action, trying to free people, trying to infiltrate buildings and regrouping and making new plans. There’s also a scene with a super computer that made me wonder in which time it takes place. I liked Kitty, she is a bit stubborn and hasty to jump into the action sometimes, but she has her heart on the right place and she’s focussed on the goal and mission. I did think she made a few hasty decisions at times, but if you count in that she is only a teenager I think she did pretty well with all the responsibility. There is also a part at the end where I wanted to scream at her to go after a certain person as I am sure now that decision is coming back to bite her in the next book. Sani the love interest was someone who could easily keep his cool and he was the perfect partner for Kitty. They make a great duo and work well together. The romance is done well, it’s a bit slow at first, but for a good reason as they are busy trying to save some people and trying to stay alive. I could appreciate how they didn’t start kissing in the middle of an action scene, but there were all these little touches after the action scenes from which you noticed they liked each other and really cared and knew each other. There is a scene were sani buys something for Kitty and it was so sweet as he knew exactly what she needed to relax at that moment. They wait till they are on a save place before the romance comes out. The world building isn’t as elaborate as I would’ve wished, but I did like it. There are 3 different types of dragons to account for the different ways dragons are depicted, like the Asian and English dragons. Although I had some trouble imagining the African dragons as they looked more like a panther in my head and I am not sure what part of them is dragonish. Also the whole explanation attempt at how they could shift instantly and keep al their clothes and things on was a bit icky, but that’s just me. I prefer shifts that actually take time and their own body shifts, although the instant shift did make for some really cool moves in the action scenes. Also I just would’ve liked a bit more depth to the world building and insight in how the dragons lived. Also is it just me or is the other supernatural we meet in this book seriously overpowered? I also would’ve loved to see the actual reactions of the public after their world is upside down due to the revelation that dragons exist, now it just seemed to focus on Kitty her mission to free the dragons and Jacob instead of the bigger picture. But the thing that attracted me to this book was that it dealt with dragons suddenly made public and there is actually very little focus on that. To conclude: I enjoyed this book, but the great beginning made the rest of the book seem somehow less enjoyable. I liked the characters and thought Kitty and Sani made a good team. the romance was present, but didn’t overtake the plot. The world building was a bit meh, the concept was cool, but I would’ve liked a bit more punch behind it. It just felt a bit flat and I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t more focus on the aftermath and how the world reacts to dragons existing.
This was a great read. There was almost non-stop action, an intense teen romance, and enough fantasy creatures to keep the imagination running wild. Kitty is a weredragon, as in, she can change from human to dragon at will. She's also an undercover agent tasked with guarding the president's son, Jacob, along with fellow weredragon Sani. But Sani is more than a partner to her, and Jacob is more than a charge. When a mission goes bad and a dragon in her charge changes in full view of a camera, breaking the number one directive, the day goes from bad to worse, as all dragonkind are taken into custody and the president's son is kidnapped. Kitty and Sani must work to save pretty much everything and everyone, but Kitty finds her feelings for Sani keep popping up, nearly as wild as her dragon. I really enjoyed this book. Definitely a YA read, and at moments the romance thing gets a bit intense/sappy, but otherwise a very thrilling read with lots of turns and twists that you'll never see coming. Ends at a good place, but a very strong cliff hanger. I love the race theme, too. Really makes you think.
Just finished reading DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO and I am can not wait for the next one. There is good writing that keeps the reader turning the page and guessing the next twist and turn. This is a wonderful first book and I look forward to reading more stories about the dragons. DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO is an action-packed, fast-paced, YA adventure featuring dragons with a delightful romantic element thrown in for good measure! The story is played amidst diversity issues and dirty back-room politics. 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!
Very interesting twist on shifters. Loved the plot and the characters. It did leave the ending wide open gor the next nook so if you dont like to wait there is that. That being the only reason I didnt rate this with five stars! Good read
You'll need to read this book to find out what a CINDY is... but I need one now! The right side of the screen then shows a close-up of the protesters. There are only about thirty of them, but Gods bless them they're energetic. And they have catchy picket signs, like: "Set the dragon-people free!" and "Dragons are people, too!" and "End Racial Segregation! Again!" DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO is an action-packed, fast-paced, YA adventure featuring dragons with a delightful romantic element thrown in for good measure! The story is played amidst diversity issues and dirty back-room politics. Kitty Lung, our heroine, is a sixteen year old government security operative who works undercover detail protecting Jacob, the president's son. Bulsani Mathe, our hero, is Kitty's backup protecting Jacob. Kitty calls him Sani for short. When Kitty's not attending school and shadowing Jacob, she's on covert missions. The job protecting Jacob has been pretty boring with no real threats to Jacob - until now. As the story opens, Kitty is on one of those special missions with a newbie dragon operative who loses it under pressure and morphs into dragon form on camera - a huge No No! All these years, dragons have been incognito - it's just Kitty's luck that dragons would have to be revealed to the public in such a colossal way on one of Kitty's missions! Of course, the director of Draconic Intelligence Command and her mother, Kitty's Draco Team Delta leader, are very unhappy with Kitty. While the director and Kitty's mother decide what to do with Kitty as punishment, she has her regular job to do at the school. However, this won't be a mundane day. On this day, someone will kidnap Jacob. AND the dragons at Draconic Intelligence Command will be placed on lock down leaving Kitty and Sani as the only free dragons left in the world. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out there. 4 Wine Glasses!
* Arc provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review * I loved this book! It was an entertaining, thoroughly engaging read! I loved Kitty from the start and loved her even more as I read further into her story. Kitty is a strong protagonist. Brave and fully capable of holding her own despite being so young in life. She’s responsible for so much, and yet, despite the complications that come with her responsibilities, she does whatever is needed, asked, and expected of her. I loved that the author found spots to showcase Kitty as a normal teenage girl—if there is such a thing—with a secret crush on her friend and fellow dragon, Sani, and moments of true upset and fear over letting her fellow dragons down, but then following that up with Kitty doing whatever it takes rescue Jacob and free her fellow dragons. The connection between Kitty and Sani is so well done, so well shown that it’s easy to see why she cares so much for him. Through her eyes, we see Sani as a strong, capable hero who both grounds Kitty and helps her to fly. He’s the calm in her storm, and when so much of Kitty’s world, their world, is crashing, he’s exactly what she needs to help her find a way through. Like the characterization, the action sequences described in this book are stellar. The characters dynamic, the setting details vivid. Everything about this book is something to remember, enjoy, and keep to reread again and again. I highly, highly recommend this YA read, and anything else Sarah Nicolas writes. She’s got a true talent for storytelling, for creating a vast and vivid picture of a world unseen. I only wish I had this one in hard copy. It’s so good, I want it for my keeper shelf!
Dragons Are People, Too was a lot of fun to read--some suspension of belief is required, but overall I really enjoyed the world that Ms. Nicholas created here. She's come up with an interesting an unique explanation for what happens to a person's clothing and belongings when they shift--I like it! 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. 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.
3.5 stars I liked this more than I thought I would. I’m actually pretty excited to see what happens next in the series. As for the characters of this story, I really don’t have any complaints. I liked them. I the heroine, Kitty was cool I liked that she didn’t whine or do anything too over the top. And, her bestfriend and love interest, Bulisani Mathe, was okay too. Although, I’m not sure how I like that name. Now this book, in my opinion is fast paced and it was well written. And the whole Weredragon thing I wasn’t sure how that was going to go, but obviously I liked it. The author did a good job about describing the world and about the weredragons. This book was fun to read. I’m just wondering whats going to happen in the next book. And I would also to see how the romance plays out. It was light in this book. Which I’m okay with that. Sometimes. Which in this case I was okay with it. I really liked the plot overall in this book. I thought it was fast paced and I’m excited to see what happens next. I just wish I had book 2 now. I can’t wait to find out what happens. Happy Reading ¿
Sixteen year old Kitty Lung is a were dragon who secretly works for the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) and has the very important job of guarding the President’s son whilst he’s at school. Kitty is having the worst day of her life not only is her job on the line from the nigh before when her trainee spilled the best kept secret to the entire world by changing into his dragon for on camera, but now on the last day before be pulled off the mission to protect the presidents son, he gets kidnapped. With the DIC on lock-down from the unfortunate secret spilling incident, it’s up to Kitty and Bulisani to save him. This book was so good!!!! It’s The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter meets DRAGONS! The characters are amazing you will fall in love with Kitty in the first chapter. The story is very well developed and great for younger readers. Bulisani (Kitty’s best friend/partner) is an excellent match for her, he is funny and helps keep Kitty in check. Sarah did a great job in the description of each dragon explaining their powers and the distinct differences. The plot development was fantastic I never wanted to put the book down. Anyway, I don’t want to give away to much, so grab a copy and see what happens.
Okay, first of all, I WANT a CINDY! Don't know what a CINDY is? Well then, I guess you'll have to read and find out. ;) I was a little worried before I read this that the description of a person, changing to a dragon, was going to be confusing, and pull me out of the story. But Sarah Nicolas does a fantastic job of not only describing the change, but what each of the differnt kinds of dragons look and move like. I could absolutely picture them, in whichever form they were. I really enjoyed the buildup of Kitty and Sani's relationship. There was a jaw-dropping conversation in the middle of the book that makes SO MANY things much clearer about everything that's gone on between them. But this book isn't just about their relationship. It is definitely a coming-of-age story. Kitty has to take the bull by the horns when she is the most senior (and only one of two) free dragon at the moment. She must take everything she's ever learned about being an operative for the DIC, and turn it on its head, because the world now knows that dragons exist. And, of course, there are people on all sides of the battle who would rather see her locked up, or worse. She really is very strong, even in her weakness. She knows when she needs help, even if she's stubborn about using it. The secondary characters, both good and evil, are fantastic in this story! They bring a lot of things into the story; without them, there would have been a lot less laughing, and probably less crying. I currently have a love/hate relationship with Kitty's parents, as well as a few other characters who shall remain nameless so you can experience them for yourself. And I must say...there ABSOLUTELY has to be a sequel to this book! I. Need. MORE.
Just finished reading this book and I can’t wait for the next one. There is great writing that keeps the reader turning the page and guessing about the who done it. This is a wonderful first book and I look forward to reading more stories about the dragons.
Loved this book! It had me hanging on to the edge of my seat the whole time... I read the whole thing in 2 sittings, which I never do! I loved Kitty and how much of a real character she was. She was a real teenager, filled with teenage brattiness, puppy love, and a bit of rebellion... but not at all a wimp! I loved her strength and how I was constantly rooting for her! The plot was also very exciting! Constantly moving and I couldn't wait for the next twist! Great book, and I can't wait for a sequel!
*Disclaimer* I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Kitty is not your average 16 year old girl. She is aged beyond her human years thanks to her dragon side. She works for Dragon Intelligence Command or DIC as a senior field agent. That is until one single event starts the downward spiral for all of dragon kind. She has another job and that job is to keep the President’s son safe and sound at school with her partner Sani. Just how strong is Kitty and what lengths will she go to protect her family? Will she find her true love? I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting take on dragons and humans as shape shifters. The author did a great job with the detail written in the story and the little things others might not think of; like dragons in human or dragon form cannot shed tears because of their body heat. It was little details such as that, or the description of the dragons that made it so easy to picture them. There was never really a lull in the story line or a boring part. There was always something happening or planning for what was next. This kept me reading and wanting to know just what was next. The technology in this story was awesome and something I'd love to get my hands on! This was a fun read and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store next! Kitty and Sani have an interesting journey ahead!
Great teen fantasy! Sixteen year old Kitty Lung is a were dragon who secretly works for the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) and has the very important job of guarding the President’s son whilst he’s at school. She works with Bulisani Mathe, another were dragon and one she is really attracted to although he had never shown anything other than friendship towards her. All is well until a junior operative panics when on a minor mission, changing into dragon form whilst in view of security cameras. Suddenly the world knows about the previously secret were dragons and the government’s reaction is to imprison them all to stop the public panic. Fortunately for Kitty, this all starts whilst she’s at school. Unfortunately it is at this point that, whilst handing over the President’s son to his secret service escort, he is kidnapped! Kitty feels responsible for him and is determined to get him back but can she and her partner avoid being imprisoned before she is successful? This is a great paranormal story with teenage were-dragons coming to the rescue. The characters are complex, fantastically described and made to feel ‘real’ by the author’s brilliant writing. They have a full range of interesting abilities and traits, all the usual teenage angst and emotional turmoil combine to make this a superb introduction to what I hope is a new series. With mysteries and problems to solve, battles to be won, this is a superb story to keep you reading, riveted to the very end. I hope a sequel will be published soon! This is definitely a great story written by an author I will certainly be looking out for in future. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.