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on January 12th 2016
Genres: fantasy, YA
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The children of dragons and humans, the dracons, control eighty percent of the world’s governments. Humans worldwide are either subservient or prey. On the small vacation island of Mabi, humans call for war.
Sixteen year old Dakota Kekoa lives a double life. By day, she pretends to be a human to infiltrate Mabi Academy, a 'human's only' high-school. At night, she works as a henchman for her draconic mafia family, utilizing her ability to steal and manipulate emotions.
When Dakota’s human friend is kidnapped, she takes on the mission to find her. This is not just any mission though; she is diving head first into the escalating conflict between humans and dracons. As more girls disappear and some are discovered dead, Dakota realizes her first honorable mission may also be her last.
I loved it!
This is a great, light fantasy story with dragons, dracons (human/dragon crossbreed), vampires, even an odd witch and troll or two…
The story is written very engagingly, in a casual style, that makes you just feel like you are talking to your best friend about her adventures. You kept turning the pages, and I read just about the whole book in one sitting.
There’s a couple of twists in the plot, which believe it or not I wasn’t expecting.
There’s a vague Hawaiian-feeling to the book; the island where the story takes place is similar in feel to Hawaii, but the author points out in the back of the book that it isn’t meant to be Hawaii.
The only negative is that this is definitely the first book of a series, and though the overall plot of the first book was resolved, the story isn’t really over.
Rita Stradling lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Her six year old son wants to be a train when he grows up. She has a BA in Art History and a particular interest in modern and medieval art.
Rita has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: