Title: Voices of Dragons
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 309 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061798940 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0061798948 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity’s deepest fears: dragons.
Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she’s breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she’d rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.
But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon interactions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?
In her young-adult debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn presents a distinctly twenty-first-century tale of myths and machines, and an alliance that crosses a seemingly unbridgeable divide.
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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