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Going in, I knew that this audiobook was probably going to be a letdown given how the reviews were stacking up, but I got it as a daily deal, so no big. The blurb is misleading with its “groundbreaking modern fantasy series” because Sophie Jordan wrote a very similar story back in 2010 with FIRELIGHT. Those points aside, Julie Kagawa has been on my radar for a while, and I love dragons. Overall, I did enjoy TALON from a Contemporary Young Adult Romance standpoint even though it was super predictable, and not overly avant-garde.
The love triangle was a given; book 1 focused on the ‘forbidden boy’, and if the author stays true to the YA course, 2 will be about Ember’s dragon’s mate, and the conclusion will be her making the inevitable choice. Oh wait, there are five volumes planned, so expect a few filler installments in-between. Still, I liked Garret. My #1 gripe with this novel was the absence of dragons. TALON (the organization) is all about assimilation, and the author fixated on that; there were a total of four shapeshifts, and two of them happened in tandem at the end.
I enjoyed the alternating POVs because they allowed listeners to come to their own conclusions about each of the characters, and went a long way towards establishing their back stories. Ember’s on her way to being a hellraiser with her defiant nature, and relentless quest for the truth. The plot did have some noticeable holes in it though like for instance TALON’s pathetic attempts at hiding their sleepers. Dead parents, recent transplants, and draconic names were major red flags, and made it almost too easy for St. George to track them down.
The narration was this audio’s strongest suit with three seasoned performers; all were new to me, but that didn’t stop me from being dazzled by their deliveries. As the lead, Caitlin Davies captured the heroine’s teenaged voice to perfection; my only criticism of her was her pronunciation of ‘room.’ It was quite noticeable because the word appears repeatedly, and she didn’t enunciate the second O. MacLeod Andrews was a pivotal factor in me being pro-Garret early on, and Chris Patton’s role was minor, so I won’t weigh-in on his narration just yet.
TALON didn’t soar, but it didn’t crash & burn either—typical YA.~3.5 stars
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Spoiler Alert: It was a rehash of twilight. Instead of vampires there are dragons. Instead of werewolves there are dragon hunters. Instead of a human being torn between supernatural lovers there is a supernatural girl torn between her dragon half and her human half; each half having it's corresponding lover. People have to make a buck so I get it but creativity did not drive this project. Profits did.
I didn't like the romantic crap at all because I'm an adult male, but the story was semi interesting, even if it was a retread.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
I have loved listening to this. It's not my usual go to genre but I would recommend. my only think is I tend the think if the people as being older than they are. can't think of them as teenagers. ....
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What did you like most about Talon?
It had three good strong sentral characters
Who was your favorite character and why?
Garret. I have a soft spot for the quiet, brooding type.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
The two men in particular really brought the male perspectives across well.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It was emotional as all books of this genre are, but my main feeling was frustration because it was obvious how the story would go.
Any additional comments?
Julie Kagawa is a good writer. I discovered that when I read her Iron Fae series, which insidentally, I hope Audible gets soon. But it seems she's another Author who can't break away from the formula established by Stephanie Meyer of one girl being torn between two guys. If that doesn't bother you, then this book is great. For my part, much as I enjoyed it, I live for the day when Authors of this genre will do something original. Although I'll read the next book and probably enjoy it, it's depressing when you can already predict the story.
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