Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas is a really well written and sassy debut novel that really is pure fun to read and is sure to easily entertain.
Sixteen year old Kitty Lung has never been a normal teenager. Not only does she come from a long line of renowned were-dragons, but she’s a secret government operative tasked with protecting the President of the United States’ teenage son. Capable and confidant, Kitty is good at her job, but when her latest mission turns bad and an agent under her instruction changes form on camera, the were-dragons are revealed to the world. To stop panic from spreading, the American government steps in and in begin imprisoning dragons with only Kitty and her best friend, and secret crush, Sani free. And in the midst of all this, is a successful kidnapping of the president’s son that leaves Kitty out for blood and prepared to rescue her friend and charge, even if it means disobeying orders…..
There’s nothing bad I can say about this urban-fantasy novel. Sarah Nicolas has obviously thought long and hard about the backstory behind her world in Dragons Are People, Too and implements it wonderfully. Nicolas won me over by choosing to introduce different types of dragons to the story, from those within Chinese folklore and the more popular English dragons of medieval lore. I thought this was really cleaver and appreciated the multicultural feel it brought to the story, especially when combined with Kitty’s Chinese heritage and Sani’s African background.
Kitty was likable and easy to follow as the main character. Her voice was sassy with plenty of attitude. Her inner monologue was funny and entertaining to read and I liked her attitude towards the world. At the end of the day Kitty is still a sixteen year old girl, so I’m going to forgive her constant reference to Sani, her crush, and the endless appreciation of his physique, abilities and calm approach to everything she seemed to have.
The storyline within Dragons Are People, Too was entertaining to read. The story was easy to follow and the characters Kitty meets and knows are colourful and bring a little something each to the story. There’s enough humour, romance and action to keep you on your toes and the abilities of the dragons and Kitty’s dragon form make for an easy reading experience.
My only issue with this novel was the ending; the ending was too erupt and seemed to come out of nowhere. Not a cliffhanger per say, the final chapter of Dragons Are People, Too leaves the story open to a sequel as there wasn’t really any resolution to one of the obstacles Kitty faced during the story. Sarah Nicolas left me wanting more from Kitty, Sani and their associates and I hope for another story!
Light, entertaining and just downright fun, Dragons Are People, Too is a great young adult urban fantasy which explores were-dragons in a delightful manner that is sure to entertain from beginning to end. ...more
Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London is a delicious contemporary romance that features two brilliant characters and an addictive romance you’ll be unable to put down!
Aimee and the Heartthrob follows two very different teenagers who are living two very different lives but sees them falling for one another when they’re brought together after years apart. British born Miles Carlisle is a member of America’s number one boy band Seconds to Juliet. Alongside his four other bandmates, Miles’s life is an endless string of tours, music and paparazzi. Caught up in the public eye, Miles wishes someone would see past his public persona but the last thing he expected was that that person would be a girl he knew as a kid and left long ago.
Aimee Bingham is a normal teenage girl who had her heart broken when her brother’s best friend Miles left and landed an international music career, taking him far away from her, the girl who secretly loved him for years. Though two years have passed, Aimee is afraid of rekindling her crush, and facing the same heartbreak when she finds herself accompanying her brother on Seconds to Juliet’s latest tour over the summer. Both teens are in for a surprise as Aimee discovers Miles is still the wonderful guy she fell for all those years ago and Miles quickly realizes that the young girl who used to follow him around like a puppy is now a beautiful, funny and sassy young woman. With their attraction to each other impossible to deny, Aimee and Miles soon find themselves falling headfirst in love.......
I found Aimee and the Heartthrob to be a really enjoyable read. Ophelia London does everything right in this novel with her characters, atmosphere and chemistry spot on. Aimee is living every teenage girl’s fantasy in Aimee and the Heartthrob and London encompasses this wonderfully. I felt excited and giddy whilst reading this novel and I know I’m already invested in following the other Seconds to Juliet members if possible.
Aimee and Miles were really great characters. They were normal, down to earth and really easy to follow. I loved seeing the story unfold through both their eyes with Aimee and the Heartthrob told in varying POV’s. Aimee was sweet and sassy and the kind of girl you can’t help but like and Miles was a truly genuine guy; likable but cheeky and perfectly put together and very, very charming.
I really appreciated that Ophelia London gave Miles and Aimee a history in this novel. It gave some real substance to their relationship considering they had known each other since they were children. Aimee knew Miles before he became a household name and saw him still as the boy she idolized as a young girl, even though he was now a young man and very much the superstar he was----less a lot of the drama. The chemistry between Miles and Aimee was wonderful—this novel straddles the line between YA and NA and was sexy and simmering without being too descriptive or heavy. It was the perfect balance and swoon inducing romance.
Sweet, charming and very, very addictive, Aimee and the Heartthrob left me raring for more and ready to read more from both Ophelia London and about the Seconds to Juliet boys! I highly recommend this if you're a fan of teenage contemporary reads with wonderful romance!