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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. T
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Just tell me where I can throw my money. Julie Kagawa has made it onto my auto-buy list.
Could this really be the same author who wrote The Iron King?

Never have I heard of dragons being boring. Until this.

Where is the incredible world-building? The originality in characters? The exciting romance?


I would like to know. Have you read the blurb? The blurb which promises us so much…yet the story does not deliver. And it is disappointing! To tell you everything, the only reason I have not DNFed this is because I just DNFed These Broken Stars yesterday and would have felt…cheap to do so wi
Apr 20, 2013 Jordan marked it as to-read
April 2013:
Lets be honest, I'd read this woman's grocery list if she published it.
Emily May
I just... can't... finish it.

I tried, really I did. I'm a big fan of Kagawa's work and I've enjoyed both her Fae books and her vampire trilogy; it was only natural that I was dying to get my hands on her brand new series about dragons who take human form.

But there was a missing spark for me that I managed to find in her other two series. Plus, throw in a bunch of regular YA paranormal cliches like a love triangle and this book, despite the original-sounding premise, was nothing special. You can
Jul 18, 2014 Danica marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe
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Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.
Hear goes another review!

So I will start by letting you know I read this whole beast of a book in 5, 30 min reading sprints. Yes it was that good!

I loved the fact it was a fantasy based in modern time all about kick ass dragons that roam around as humans. Almost like the fantastical version of Hannah Montana!

I can not wait for the second book! I currently have a headache from reading so much but just believe that this book is amazing! you all must read it!

Ben ox
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj


And if you're wondering, then yes, it was definitely worth the wait.

First off - this book was different than Julie Kagawa's usual adventure type of books. If you've read her Iron Fey series, or her Immortal Rules series, you'd know that adventure is a big part of the story. It's one of my favourite things about her books. But Talon didn't really have any of that - and I actually didn't mind. I still enjoyed reading this. And I have a feeling that there wi
Molly (Stacks of Books)
Challenge #7 A book with non-human character (popsugar 2015 reading challenge:

***Two stars only because 1 star is for DNF's***

Today! On our segment of "REALLY?!?!"

1. Dialogue so cheesy you could grate it...

2. Heroine too trusting of the wrong people in very bad situations...

3. Frustrating amounts of NO ACTION...

4. Love triangle introduced in the last 20% of the book...

5.One guy has rape-y vibes and one guy wants to shoot her in her head...

6. Cliff hanger ending
Steysha Kravits
What I expected:

What I got:

I love Julie Kagawa. I’ve read her Iron Fey series and I liked it. So I had great expectations upon this book. I mean… it’s about dragons! But I’m actually disappointed.

Ember and her twin Dante are exceptional. Dragons usually lay only one egg a time, so they don’t have siblings. They live in a Talon – organization that helps them to survive in a world, where dragons are killed by St. George – military forces, created to drive dragons to extinct.
Ember and Dante are su
sunset shimmer
2.5 stars, as much as it pains me to do this.

Julie, oh Julie. Why you gotta do me like that? u_u

Prior to reading this book, I was like:

Because it's Julie! I adore her to pieces. The Iron Fey series to date is one of my favorite series' of all time, and so is Blood of Eden. She put out constant masterpieces that, naturally, I put her on a pedestal.

After reading this book, I'm starting to think that was not a very wise idea. ._.

This book suffered a massive case of blandness. It was extremely formu
Taschima Cullen

I am a huge, huge, HUGE Julie Kagawa, fan. Her Iron Fey series as well as Blood of Eden are on my list of favorites, which is why it pains me so much to say that Talon did not deliver as I thought it was going to. It did not hook me until the very very end and by then I was looking at the Epilogue. I thought Talon focused too much of its efforts on the wrong stuff, mainly the romance and the painfully obvious love triangle. It should have focused more on world building and a more epic plot… this
Kristina Horner
Okay. I have seriously been looking forward to writing this review. Because I HATED Talon with every fiber of my being and can't even think of ONE redeeming quality, aside from perhaps the fact that my roommate and I had a joyous time bonding over our simultaneous hate-reads of this audiobook. Sometimes reading a bad book can be fun, I'll admit it. But other times, it can make you want to drive your car off a cliff as you BEAT YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE STEERING WHEEL BECAUSE EVERYONE IN THE BOOK IS ...more
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An exciting start to what should be a promising series. It is an intriguing concept, with dragons hidden amidst a modern setting, and I really loved progressively learning more about Talon and St George.

It took me a little while to get really invested in the story. The beginning is slower in pace and I didn't find myself connecting with the characters until later on. However t
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
A ruse. That's all it was. Pretend to like this girl. Pretend to have feelings, to pursue some kind of relationship. Earn her friendship and trust, knowing I might have to destroy it, and her, in the end.

Ruthless. Julie Kagawa is ruthless. Mad. Intoxicating...Brilliant. I just....I don't get why people aren't loving this one. Is it the content? Is it because it's about dragons and you just can't get past it? Is it the non-existent love triangle? The not-so-insta-love? Is it because it isn't ov
Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars (0.5 stars for sentimental value)

"We were taught their entire blood-filled history, from the dragonslayers, to the fanatical Templar Knights, all the way up to the militaristic order they were now... St. George was ruthless and cunning and unmerciful, the enemy of all of our kind."

Look at that passage. Just look at it. Does it not reek of potential? Does it not guarantee High Fantasy epicness in the form of dragon vs human smackdowns? Does it not promise you incredible things??

Now ta
Alienor ๑ is waiting for July ๑

Book 2 : Rogue (2.5)

Actual rating : 3.5 stars

Deciding to read Talon was an instant-jerk reaction for me. After reading a bunch of mixed reviews, I reached the decision to never, ever read it. Guess I was fucking wrong. Because what happened next is kind of a blur : reading Chelsea's review - downloading it - eating it - loving it.

I ended to disagree with almost all the warnings I read before. Go figure. Maybe I'm a weirdo. *shrug*

About what have I been warned?

Be careful, the main character
Apr 17, 2014 Angelica marked it as to-read
No tittle, no synopsis, no release date, written by Julie Kagawa...


IT HAS A TITTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S ABOUT DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(this gif kills me! lol)

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!


It has a cover! And it looks so pretty! And a synopsis! It's going to be so cool!

Disclaimer: This is a review of an uncorrected Advanced Reader Copy.

Know how to ruin a potentially great fantasy novel?
Cram it up to the brim with Young-Adulterism. That's what I'm coining this phenomena.
When, at around 60 pages I'm already smacked in the face with:

- beautiful main characters
- beautiful love interests
- a third party making unwanted sexual advances to female MC just so male LI can step in and rescue her
- a beautiful bad-boy to possibly serve as a future love-triangle
- said beauti
update: Oh my God. This is so badass. OMG.

She could be writing a book about how a llama and a panda fell in love and I'd still read it.




And why is everybody freaking out over the love triangle issues? Guys, this the legendary Julie Kagawa. She can do this, and she can do this well. (Except ... if she does it too well, then I won't be able to choose between two characters ...)
Rachel E. Carter
I can't write a long review on this one. This book had basically all the cliches I despise (instalove, superstar warrior teens that don't make sense, cheesiness to the extreme, etc.). People either loved or hated this one and I fell into the latter. The positive: Julie is an awesome writer and her style is so fast-paced it is very easy to fly by the pages in her books. I loved The Iron King but Talon just did not work for me. I love dragons but this book felt far too middlegrade-contemporary. If ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
"[...] as is the case with YA books, a love triangle."

Seeing as I was approved for an eARC of Rogue, I though it was time to give Talon a go, and I wasn't disappointed.

Talon tells the story of Ember Hill, a female shape-shifting dragon (dragonelle) who is tasked with blending in with the humans for the summer in California. Whilst there, she faces many difficulties, including falling for a human (a big no no), and becoming close to a Rogue, a dragon who has left the Talon organisation (an even bigger no no).

Talon is a secret society, a secret dra
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

Damn, this sounds really cool. And I really liked Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.

However, I see a lot of people are saying it's disappointing so I'm a bit hesitant.

But I will probably still read it at some point, because ........ DRAGONSSSSS
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was a bit taken aback by the tepid to cool reviews I’ve been seeing for this one. Not that my own review is all that glowing, I realize, but while Talon probably won’t rank among my favorite Young Adult novels read this year, I had a lot of fun with it. By all means not a bad book. Surprisingly, most of the disappointment appears to be from fans of Julie Kagawa’s other series. I’ve never read anything else by her thoug
Talon is my third dragon book , the other two are eon and firelight and while I loved eon/eona I HATED firelight ! Sooo I had mixed feelings with Talon because the description really reminded me of Firelight ... but boy was I wrong was SO much better !!!

Talon is about Ember a drongongirl trained to infiltrate human society.And while she and her brother want to live their teen experience and enjoy their last free summer without Talon ( the secret dragon organisation) getting in the way she
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Original Review at:

I have liked everything I've read by this author. So this wasn't a surprise to me, by the end, how much I love this author and her writings.

At first when reading Talon I thought it was going to be too similar or exactly like the Firelight Trilogy by Sophie Jordan. I was almost cringing at how much they were first. But I continued and as the story progressed, yes there were a lot of similarities but Kagawa is really good at taking
Talon is the first installment in Julie Kagawa's young adult, fantasy series titled Talon. Good versus evil, shape-shifting dragons, dragon slayers, with human freedom hanging in the balance? Unfortunately, Talon's story was less about this promising plot and more about a dragon/girl who wants to experience the teenage years of her human side, and wait for it... a love triangle. Yep, and both love interests are forbidden romances. Imagine that...

Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed; however
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We were taught their entire blood-filled history, from the dragonslayers, to the fanatical Templar Knights, all the way up to the militaristic order they were now… St. George was ruthless and cunning and unmerciful, the enemy of all of our kind.

I’m going to be brutally honest. I went into Talon expecting dragons and life-or-death fights. What I wasn’t expecting was a love triangle so bluntly obvious it made eyes bleed and summery, contemporary romance. I expec
Being such a huge fan of Kagawa, it kills me that I couldn't love this book the way I wanted to. Talon, is a promising start to a brand new series and one I was really looking forward too, but sadly this didn't have the...punch that I expected from one of Kagawa's escapes. She's quite known for her brilliant world building and outrageously imaginative writing skills and yet there doesn't seem to be very much setting to this book, in fact, it felt very dull in comparison to her other work, which ...more
Ornella (Nyx)
To say I was disappointed with this book would be a huge understatement. I confess I haven't read anything by Kagawa, but all my friends absolutely love her. She is an amazing writer, auto-buy list, etc. I did not see it here at all.

Talon was like every other average YA book out there, and I'm sick and tired of those. We have:

- Evil dragon organization (caricature evil, because I really don't see why they should have taken it to that extreme. It basically amounted to 'because they can')

- Human d
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