Sep 27, 2017

Talon by Julie Kagawa: Spoiler Free Buddy Review!

Talon (Talon, #1)
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Hey guys! This is a duel review for Talon by Julie Kagawa, that I buddy read with my friend Grace over the summer. Under each category is her opinion followed by mine. I hope you enjoy getting two opinions in one! I had fun with my first buddy read and we hope to bring you more in the near future! 😊


Great description, good view into the characters’ minds, but dialogue sometimes lacking for me.


At first I didn’t think the writing was anything special, but I did enjoy the descriptive flying scenes. I listened to the How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack while reading this book, which I highly recommend; it made it so much more fun. 😄 The action in the second half of the book and throughout the finale had a great build up and was pretty engaging compared to the first half, which I struggled with.


A bit slow to start, but quickly set up the suspense of the opposite lives of Garret and Ember and anticipation of their meeting. The development of their relationship felt genuine and enjoyable, the ending was exciting-suspenseful enough to feel important but not so dramatic that it wasn’t believable.


The premise itself was interesting, but I think it fell a little flat, at least in the beginning. Some scenes had great description, and the finale was so much better than than the first part of the book. I felt the suspense of what would happen when Garrett and Ember found out each other’s true identities, which I knew would eventually come, but I didn’t feel there was anything special other than that.


Charming, effectively created a summer/beach vibe, enjoyable description of the ocean, especially in flying scenes, cliff sides, and buildings.


Upon first glance, I expected this book to be a full medieval style epic fantasy, not a contemporary, so it took my brain a few chapters to adjust I think. But now that Grace mentions it, I did like the beach theme. It was fun to read about the dragons flying above the ocean and reading the scenes where Ember learns to surf, especially while listening to the How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack.😃


Ember- Not totally original but likable for her blazing independence and boldness.

Garrett- (my fave!) very well developed. He underwent a journey from cold and military to learning to enjoy life and care for people despite the danger of losing them. He gained real courage in exchange for the uncaring recklessness of his past.


I like Ember well enough for a main character, I like her feisty-ness and sassy attitude, but the way she refers to her dragon side was a little strange and creepy to me.😕

I don’t care for any of the other characters much though, except maybe Dante and Wes, though I’m not sure why. I just wish they got a little more “screen time.”

Garrett’s okay I guess, and I liked Riley more toward the end, but I wish there was nothing romantic about Riley and Ember’s relationship. I just found it creepy, annoying, and unnecessary. I mean, there is a part where Ember mentions that in dragon years, Riley is decades older than her. He’s an adult and she’s practically a baby. I don’t even think she’s an adolescent in dragon years yet, I mean everyone calls her and Dante hatchlings. Yes, I get that they’re not human, and human laws and logic or whatever don’t really apply to them, but still. Am I the only one bothered by this? It’s just the kinda weird I can’t just get over and I didn’t enjoy reading it. Plus, I know I am not the only one who’s completely over love triangles, I mean really?😐


Riley and Ember’s relationship felt somewhat forced because of the lack of time they actually spent together. However, that may be intentional as a part of her dragon side.


I think I already explained that the romance is what almost ruined this book for me for a number of reasons: It’s a love triangle, and really, who needs that? I had to just completely ignore what was going on between Riley and Ember, and I kinda feel like what was going on between Garrett and Ember was a little bit of a Romeo and Juliet thing they had going on, with the whole ooh they’re from opposite worlds and they’re love is forbidden and blah blah blah…but I think I’ve ranted enough.😑

Also, the whole first half of the book was a little slow and focused mostly on the romance, which annoyed me to no end. I can kind of understand that yes, this the the series debut, and the author had to introduce the characters and set things up and stuff, but I just wish the conflict with Talon felt a little more dire towards the beginning. Luckily the finale gave me more of that and hopefully the rest of the series from here on out will be better.

*Also, this is just a little side note, but considering it’s a contemporary, I think this book might’ve been a lot better if they just took out all the romance and marketed it as Middle Grade.😳


I struggled with the way things were going at the beginning of the book, and I didn’t care for the romance hardly at all, and felt it got in the way of the story. However, I think that the story picked up more towards the end and it ended on a cliffhanger that made me want to read the next book and hope it is a lot better than this first one. I would recommend it to anyone who has a love of dragons or romance.😉

Have you read Talon? Did you like it? Do you love dragons? What are some great 
dragon books to curl up on a chilly fall day with? Give me some recommendations! 😊 
I want to know your thoughts!

*Stay tuned this Saturday for a Talon cover inspired nail art tutorial! 😄

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