Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

Yay! NYIA our TEEN BOOK REVIEWER has been on a reading frenzy this summer!

Amazon Blurb:

In an alternate 21st century, teens have cell phones and cars, and worry about who will take them to homecoming and whether or not to have sex. They also have dragon drills—just in case the creatures cross the border and attack. After World War II, the dragons, who had been in hiding for centuries, reemerged from myth into real life. Humans, still on edge from the trauma of the war, struck out at them, causing a conflict in which many on both sides died. A truce was reached, a border was created, and a tentative peace was established. Seventeen-year-old Kay lives on the border of Dragon. After a fall during an ill-advised solo climb, she is rescued by Artegal, a dragon who is studying human language. Over the next weeks, a tentative friendship grows into a bond between them. When the border is breached and a conflict begins, they must rely on their friendship to repair the damage before too many lives are lost.


The Voices of Dragons had a great concept. The character Kay was likeable. She was adventurous and wasn't afraid of being herself. Her friend Jon was also likable; him and Kay seemed like a great match. A lot of the time the main character, Kay, wasn't actually apart of the action unfolding. When the climax of the book took place, the reader heard about most of the outside action from the news that Kay was watching. The ending didn't seem to solve the problem either, which kind of frustrated me. The whole dragon part didn't seem to play that much of a role because it seemed to have parts where it didn't even come across the main character's mind. I would have liked to see more of that. As it happens whenever Kay thought about the dragon, then she went to see the dragon. It was very predictable. Also, the history behind the story was intruiging. Overall I give the book a 3.5 out of 5 dragons.


Beth said...

Great review Nyia. I like that you point out the problems with it too.


Kelly Hashway said...

Unsatisfying endings can be... well, unsatisfying. :P I appreciate your honesty, Nyia. Honest but respectful reviewers are the best.