Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Review with Giveaway - Talon by Julie Kagawa

By Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication: 28th October 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
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. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
My Rating:
My Review:
My first thought when I saw this book... a book about dragons... I'M SO IN!!!
Being a huge fan of Julie Kagawa it wasn't a hard choice when I saw this baby up on Netgalley, my finger had a mind of it's own *REQUEST* lol. Best moment, opening your kindle app and seeing it waiting there for you to devour! Bare with me while I TRY to put what I felt about this book into words...

Another mind-blowing story from the brilliant mind of Julie Kagawa. I now know why this book is being made into a movie.
We meet Ember & Dante, two dragons (they're twins also, which is unheard of in dragons) that have completed a part of their training and are now tasked to blend in and live among the humans over summer break. Ember is so happy to finally be out and being able to experience a little freedom before she's sent back to Talon to fulfil her destiny. Talon is very strict with the rules: curfews, no shifting, no flying, never associate with the enemy, etc. The one thing they're adamant on is humans are expendable.
There's a rogue dragon loose in town and he seems to have his eye on Ember. There's something about this rogue that she finds interesting. He's dark, sexy and full of secrets.
When a young man named Garret bursts into Ember's life, she finds herself being drawn to him, she starts to experience feelings that dragons aren't meant to have. But what's a girl (I mean Dragon) to do?
Loved Ember, she was such a fun character. I loved that she wasn't the type to let anyone walk all over her, she has backbone! She can also be sweet and loving. She cares dearly for her brother Dante, being twins I think in any form always leaves a special bond. But unfortunately, Dante looks to have been sucked in by Talon and Ember does everything she can to make him see the light.
Garret is all grit, until he meets Ember. She brings something out in him he's never experienced before. Also, he's definitely book boyfriend material ... tingles alert lol
I loved everything about this book ... from it's compelling storyline & lovable characters, to it's blood thirsty soldiers and fire breathing dragons. This story will take you on a whirlwind adventure, that you won't want to end. I'm strapped in and ready for the next adventure!


I loved this story so much that I'm going to have a giveaway. 1 lucky winner will win a (PREORDER) Hardback copy of Talon from The Book Depository.
 **The Book Depository MUST post to your Country for free. If you're unsure if they do, click HERE to find out**
**Please understand that this is a PREORDER so you will not receive the book until it is released. The Book Depository has Talon down to release on the 28th October 2014. You will receive it shortly after this date**


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  1. Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors! I'm excited to see that she has another series coming out and I can't wait to read it! :)

  2. heart of the dragon by Gena Showalter :)
    thanks for the awesome giveaway

  3. Jane Yolan has a fantastic dragon short story I love. But for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of it.

  4. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE Heart of the dragon by Gena Showalter!!

    thank you :)

  5. I haven't read any dragon story, but i love Harry Potter (there are dragons, yeah)
    Thanks for the giveaway. Really Hope to win!!!

  6. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity!

    1. I don't have a favourite dragon story but my favourite book series in which dragons are present is the Inheritance Cycle!

  7. The Hobbit! I absolutely love that book! And, thanks for the giveaway! I'm such a big fan of Julie Kagawa, Team Ash <3

  8. I adore Gena Showalters Heart of the Dragon! Her Atlantis series is so underrated in my opinion. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Harry Potter is the only story I can think of that I read that has a dragon. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Can't wait! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Any of the Pern books. I have read the first twelve. Someday I hope to read all the others in the series. Thank-you for this stellar giveaway. :)

  12. Firelight is the only dragon series I have read but its not a favorite. I love all of Kagawa's books so I am prepared for Talon to be a favorite

  13. I can't seem to remember any books I've read with dragons in it but does Eragon count?
    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I'm a huge fan of Julie Kagawa and this is such a great opportunity! Looking forward to reading the book (I never got approved on NetGalley so I'm very jealous of you lol) <3

    - Diana Grace

  14. My favorite dragon story is Eragon, hands down.

  15. I've read the fireflight series, dragonhaven, and the hobbit, so I'm really interested to see what this book will be like. I love Julie Kagawa's other works, so hopefully this book will be just as awesome! Ya'll are beautiful for having this giveaway too! ^^

  16. The pern series ( the beginning especially) started my love for dragon stories and it still my favourite

  17. I haven't read a lot of books about dragons but I did enjoy Firelight books.

  18. My favorite so far is Seraphina :)

  19. Firelight series is the only dragon story I read and loved so thats it. I love Julie Kagawa and have read all her books so I am sure I will love this one. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  20. I've read Firelight by Sophie Jordan, The Dragon Trilogy from Wattpad, Dragon Souls by Penelope Fletcher. They were all my favorite dragon reads. I can't wait to read Talon! I've been waiting my whole like for it haha thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  21. Heart of the dragon by Gena Showalter too
    i love itttt

  22. Never read one but when it comes to movies it's definitely How to Train Your Dragon! And I LOVE Julie Kagawa! Just finished Iron Knight so in swoony!

    Thanks for the awesome chance!

  23. I have read some, but my favorite is Firelight :) I hope that this one will get to my fave list. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  24. Temeraire from His Majesty's Dragon and Saphira from Eragon!

  25. Hm not sure I've ever read one. Unless A Game of Thrones counts ;D

    Awesome giveaway btw xxx

  26. Replies
    1. Andriana, I've extended the giveaway till 12am 31st August so you still have time to enter.

    2. **Adriana (I do apologies for misspelling)

  27. I've read the Inheritance Cycle which was good, and then Harry Potter has dragons in too :) great giveaway!


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