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And then their was a soldier – A review of SOLDIER by Julie Kagawa

Soldier by Julie Kagawa (Audiobook)

Arghhhh! I thought this was the last book in the series but nope, I was wrong.17342750 I thought for a moment at the end that it was going to have a surprise ending, but then BOOM!– Epilogue to open up the new conflict.

While I don’t think this is my favorite book in the series, I really loved how the author flashes back to give us glimpses of the characters previous lives. I think knowing the past, especially for side characters, made this story really rich.

I’m looking forward to the next book, but now I have to wait! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!


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Plugging the Holes and Dragging out the Claws: A Review of Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Rogue by Julie Kagawa (Audiobook) This is book two of the Talon series, about a young dragon girl who gets mixed up with a rogue on the run from dragon law. She is also involved (unknowingly at first) with a human soldier assigned to kill her. Book On (Talon) was the first book I read in 2016 and for six months had remained my number one. Book two MAY have overtaken this position (I want to give it some time to simmer) The reason being that book one left on a cliffhanger, with no real resolution to the original story. In my review, I mentioned that Talon seemed to stop mid-chapter in an action scene. This left me feeling just a touch annoyed, because I prefer a “hint” of conflicts to tease me into a new book, but a satisfactory ending to my current read. TALON did not provide that.

But Rogue totally delivers

However ROGUE did deliver on a satisfactory ending to the current conflict, all the while introducing a totally new one that I can look forward to in the next book.

ROGUE totally delivered on giving me more action, adventure, intrigue, and backstory on Riley and Wes, that was missing in book one.

I am definitely a fan of this series, and look forward to the next book, SOLDIER.


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Get your Dragons on! A review of Talon by Julie Kagawa

Wow!

I am not sure what I expected out of this novel, but for some reason I found this to be a huge surprise. Talon is told from three different points of view. 1: a teenage soldier, part of a secret order whose sole goal is to destroy every dragon before they can take over the world. 2: A teenage dragon-shifting girl, who is fresh out of school and has to learn to blend in to normal human society for a few months in the summer before becoming an active member of Talon, a dragon organization built to help dragons survive. And 3: A young rogue dragon who has left Talon and is struggling to free other dragons from their rule.

Yes, there is a slight love triangle in this book, but it is not overbearing as it is in many YA novels. Also, the love triangle is not the focus of this book. Rather, it is about the struggles of these three characters all in direct opposition to each other, and all faced with decisions that will question everything they believe.

This book had me really drawn in and dying to get back to it when I had to put it down. The only drawback is that it has one of those endings that is worse than a normal cliffhanger. For me, a cliffhanger is when the plot points of this book are complete, but there is one or more questions open that make me interested in getting another book. Talon does not end like this (although it easily could have). Rather, it ends mid-chapter, in the middle of a climactic scene. Everyone could still die. (In other words, no ending) This is not my favorite way to end a book 1 in a series. This is okay for me in a second or third book, because if I’d continued the series past book one, I would probably keep reading anyway, but to end like this in a book one feels like a cheap way to guarantee another sale.

Am I getting the next book? Of course! I loved Talon. This might even be in my ten best books ever. I just wish it had a more traditional ending. A few more pages. That’s all I needed.

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