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This summer, I was going to live. There is nothing original about the main character that would make her different from every other Mary Sue in existence. For example, she is one of a super super rare couple of dragon twins, and besides, she's designed to be physically stunning.

When choosing the form that would be ours for the rest of our life, everyone in Talon was groomed to the highest standards of human beauty. I don't want a stunning human girl, I want a bad-ass fire-breathing, ass-kicking, princess-eating dragon. He showed up a few weeks ago, and has been coming around all the popular hangouts. I remembered the heat of his gaze, the instant awakening of something fierce and primal inside me when our eyes met.

The rogue dragon was trouble. And I was intrigued. All of that idiocy is uncovered within the first few chapters. And I have a clear idea of how things are going to go. From her rebellious and not-so-charming-free-spiritedness, I'm going to guess that Ember constantly does stupid shit to put herself in danger. Like changing into human and back into dragon form because it's so important that the dragons keep their existence a secret. The art of Shifting—changing into human form—was so widespread it was common dragon knowledge now.

All our kind knew how to do it. George, the terrible cult of dragonslayers whose only purpose was our destruction.

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Shifting into human form was our best defense against genocidal dragon killers and a world of unsuspecting mortals; one did not just wander about in full reptile form unless one had a death wish. I'm going to guess that she flouts the rules every chance she gets. I'm going to guess that there's a love triangle, involving that gorgeous forbidden dragon from the quote above, and someone else.

View all 51 comments. Oct 11, Lola rated it it was ok Shelves: Could this really be the same author who wrote The Iron King? Never have I heard of dragons being boring. Where is the incredible world-building? The originality in characters? I would like to know. Have you read the blurb? The blurb which promises us so much…yet the story does not deliver. And it is disappointing! So I struggled to read it but did skim here and there.

There are dragons…and, of course, dragon slayers. She is important and special and everyone is after her. There would be barely any story without her. There are those superficial secondary characters that only think of boys. Which brings me to…. The awful, unnecessary and annoying love-triangle. Why do authors think we, teenagers, love those so much? So the romance was definitely a weakness to the story, while it should have been the contrary. Ember was the banal kind of heroine you can find in every other YA book. And she was not. I really liked her twin brother though.

The writing was quite good. Julie Kagawa knows how to write a story. But, this time, what she wrote about was not appealing. The dialogs felt real, but they were usually not bringing or developing an interesting subject to know about. View all 80 comments. Apr 12, Jordan marked it as to-read. Lets be honest, I'd read this woman's grocery list if she published it. View all 9 comments. Sep 05, Iris rated it did not like it Shelves: Challenge 7 A book with non-human character popsugar reading challenge: Dialogue so cheesy you could grate it Heroine too trusting of the wrong people in very bad situations One guy has rape-y vibes and one guy wants to shoot her in her head Cliff hanger ending Challenge 7 A book with non-human character popsugar reading challenge: Cliff hanger ending with no resolution as a marketing ploy to get you to buy the next book View all 12 comments.

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Mar 06, Emily May marked it as dnf Shelves: I tried, really I did. I'm a big fan of Kagawa's work and I've enjoyed both her Fae books and her vampire trilogy; it was only natural that I was dying to get my hands on her brand new series about dragons who take human form. But there was a missing spark for me that I managed to find in her other two series.

Plus, throw in a bunch of regular YA paranormal cliches like a love triangle and this book, despite the original-sounding premise, was nothing special. You can I just You can tell almost immediately who the love interest is going to be, just from the description of his badass smirk. And it wasn't even the cliches and transparent plot line.

Kagawa's other books aren't exactly dazzling with originality, but they are compulsively readable and addictive. They move along at a pace that demands to be read. They introduce us to characters that interest, intrigue and piss us off. It's possible that I took too long to read Talon. I've had less time lately and maybe the constant putting it down and picking it up made it difficult for me to become fully invested in the story, but I'm not going to waste any more of my precious reading time on a book that isn't doing it for me.

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As always, if positive reviews roll in, I might try again. View all 25 comments. Mar 09, Steysha Kravits rated it liked it. I love Julie Kagawa.

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So I had great expectations upon this book. Ember and her twin Dante are exceptional. They live in a Talon — organization that helps them to survive in a world, where dragons are killed by St. George — military forces, created to drive dragons to extinct. Ember and Dante are su What I expected: Ember and Dante are supposed to learn how to assimilate with humans during their summer in California, while training to become actual members of Talon and start to work for the organization.

Then she meets a rogue dragon that puts under question all she knew before, and falls in love with a boy, which is strictly forbidden and unnatural for a dragon. And yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a love triangle. Ember is soooo annoying. I felt like I was reading about a year-old. All she does is rambles about how bad is Talon, because they make her listen to the rules and train her to become a real dragon, while she wants to go for a walk with her friends.

For example, she instantly thinks her trainer is a Bitch, because she teaches her how to fight St. Which was why I had so been looking forward to the summer, one final hurrah before I had to become a responsible member of the organization. Before I became a full member of Talon for life, which was a very, very long time for us. Three months, that was all I wanted. Was that too much to ask? Um, let me get this straight.

She trains in the morning. That she can do whatever she wants. She has a lot of time for surfing, shopping and for going out with her friends. Moreover, it gets her a lot of time for doing stupid things. This is their only chance to prove themselves. Pfff, like this girl cares. Turn into a dragon? Get attached to humans? The story was also predictable from the very start. We knew that Garret is from the St. For a dragon who all her life was taught that St. All she cares about is for her feelings for him. Like the part where Ember and her friends met some strangers and decided to ride with them to a cave.

Then girls are saved from those rapists by a knight in shining armor, and guess what? It taught them nothing, they sat in the car with another stranger and immediately invited him to a party in the house of one of the girls. I remember watching some documental film about dinosaurs, and there was a scene where one tyrannosaur killed another, so that he could leave its prey for himself. You get it, Ember? The girl also does this strange thing when she talks about herself as a dragon and herself as a human, like they are two different persons.

For instance, she-human liked Garret, while she-dragon bristled at the thought of him. Sounds like she has a split personality. The writing was good, I liked the battle scenes, it was epic.

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Something dark, scaly, and massive erupted from the hacienda, sending tile and wood flying as it launched itself into the air. My heart jumped as I watched the monster soar above the canopy. It was huge, a full-grown adult, the height of a bull elephant and three times as long.

Curved horns spiraled up from its narrow skull, and a mane of spines ran down its neck to a long, thrashing tail. The sun glinted off midnight scales, and leathery wings cast a long shadow over the ground as the dragon hovered in the air, glaring down at the battle below, then dove to attack. The characters made me feel like banging my head against the wall, though I really liked Riley. Unfortunately, I expected much more. Jan 05, Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing. Hear goes another review!

So I will start by letting you know I read this whole beast of a book in 5, 30 min reading sprints. Yes it was that good! I loved the fact it was a fantasy based in modern time all about kick ass dragons that roam around as humans. Almost like the fantastical version of Hannah Montana! I can not wait for the second book! I currently have a headache from reading so much but just believe that this book is amazing!

May 25, Danica marked it as to-read Shelves: Please don't be a Firelight. View all 20 comments. Why you gotta do me like that? I adore her to pieces. The Iron Fey series to date is one of my favorite series' of all time, and so is Blood of Eden. She put out constant masterpieces that, naturally, I put her on a pedestal.

After reading this book, I'm starting to think that was not a very wise idea. This book suffered a massive case of blandness. It was extremely formu 2. It was extremely formulaic and seemed like it didn't even try to get much originality in. I mean, granted, Julie's series' were never really that original either, but at least things actually happened in those books, and the characters were wonderful. Talon , however, just dragged and dragged, and the characters felt lifeless to me. Not to mention the plethora of cliches and age-old YA tropes. I was all, "Come on, Julie, where's all that awesomeness you have in you?

Don't tell me you've used it all up already! It's not as if I completely hated the book or anything, because there were tiny bits I liked. But they were just that; tiny bits. Most of the time it didn't even feel like this was her book, because I know for a fact that she can do so much better. But the big question is, do I still have hope for this series? Fuck, I have no clue. On the one hand, yeah, it may end up being great. But on the other hand I really don't care for these characters. When you read the first book in a series and barely give a crap about the characters, how would you continue on with the sequels?

I'm just overwhelmed with crushing disappointment right now. I don't really wanna think about it yet. I'm just trying to convince myself that sometimes, people who are amazing at what they do, still stumble. That's exactly what happened here, but I still have a special place in my heart for Ms. Kagawa and have hope that she'll pull through. Feb 26, Arooj rated it it was amazing Shelves: And if you're wondering, then yes, it was definitely worth the wait.

First off - this book was different than Julie Kagawa's usual adventure type of books. If you've read her Iron Fey series, or her Immortal Rules series, you'd know that adventure is a big part of the story. It's one of my favourite things about her books. But Talon didn't really have any of that - and I actually didn't mind. I still enjoyed reading this. And I have a feeling that there wi Review: And I have a feeling that there will be a lot of surprises in the next books in the series, so I'm really looking forward to that.

The characters - gah, I loved them all! Ember did seem a bit immature at first, but I still liked her. I loved reading in his point of view. The romance was so sweet. Ember and Garrett's attraction towards each other did seem a bit too sudden, but the more I read abut them, the less I cared. They're just too cute together. I had so much more to say, but I'm kind of speechless right now. But again, I have to go back to my first point: It has a slower pace and is set in the regular human world.

It would be easy to become disappointed if you're expecting this series to be like her other works. I still loved it. It may seem like I'm biased towards JK, but had a feeling that this series would be different, and that I would read it with an open mind. So I hope you all give this book a chance.

So there you have it, guys. Julie Kagawa has done it again. I don't think she's capable to write a book that will disappoint me. Shit, now I have to wait a freaking year for Rogue. EDIT October 21st I'm gonna be checking Chapter's website every day starting October, in case the book is released early somehow. Don't ask me why I did that horrible evil laugh, I'm not in the right state of mind right now EDIT August 21st What month is it now? I'm going to go insane.

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To all those people who have their hands on the arc No I won't, I'm just bluffing, but in my mind I am definitely planning something. I love how the cover is simple, yet very eye catching. I bet the details on the dragon scales will look more enhanced on the actual book. And I absolutely love the dragon in the "O". Because I'm this close to exploding my brains. Oh my fucking god. Julie Kagawa is writing another series?! Honestly, I don't even care what the book is about. If Julie's name is on it, I'm definitely reading it.

And the synopsis of this book already sounds so freaking epic. I'm so excited I could throw up. View all 23 comments. Apr 27, Kristina Horner rated it did not like it Shelves: I have seriously been looking forward to writing this review. Because I HATED Talon with every fiber of my being and can't even think of ONE redeeming quality, aside from perhaps the fact that my roommate and I had a joyous time bonding over our simultaneous hate-reads of this audiobook.

Sometimes reading a bad book can be fun, I'll admit it. A fun YA romance about dragons pretending to be humans -- sounds at least entertaining, right? They only seemed to remember they were dragons when it was convenient. This book is about 2 dragons and a solider who are actually the worst 2 dragons and soldier that ever existed.

All dragon and solider aspects of this book just get in the way of the messy, forced, unbelievable "romance" that Julie Kagawa has cobbled together and she fights it at every chance she gets, often contradicting parameters she set up earlier in the book about being a dragon. Let me ask you something, Ms. My roommate said he got through the book more easily pretending that these were people with mental disorders who just THOUGHT they were dragons.

I tend to agree. That was a vast improvement. If I had decided to drink every time someone ran a hand through their hair, I'd be dead. If I have to hear the phrase "looked up at him through my eyelashes" again, I will rage. And seriously, what does "scrubbing" your hands over something mean?

Ember scrubbed her hands over literally everything. George sent two teenagers to pal around all summer with girls to find the "deadly dragon" rather than I dont know, inventing some sort of way to test it to the fact that Riley suddenly just decided he and Ember were going to be in love and carried this decision out in a super rapey way I wasn't expecting a good book out of Talon, honestly.

I was expecting it to be silly, or at least fun in an eye-rolling sort of way. But this pile of nonsense is so bad I can't even deal with the fact that I listened to the whole thing. I think reading this book took years off my life, and all I wanted was a fun dragon romp. View all 22 comments. Oct 02, Taschima rated it it was ok Shelves: Her Iron Fey series as well as Blood of Eden are on my list of favorites, which is why it pains me so much to say that Talon did not deliver as I thought it was going to.

It did not hook me until the very very end and by then I was looking at the Epilogue. I thought Talon focused too much of its efforts on the wrong stuff, mainly the romance and the painfully obvious love triangle. It should have focused more on world building and a more epic plot… this IS dragons we are talking about here after all. Ember is a little dragon who just got her biggest wish granted; to spend all summer doing things she wants to do with minimal adult supervision.

She will get to spend her time with her twin brother Dante, learning to ride the waves and blend in with their fellow humans. She will also get to make a lot of friends, instantly it seems, and even some enemies. But most of all, quite seriously, she will get to develop forbidden feelings for a striking human who is hiding dark secrets. Garret is of course that human, and he is tasked with the mission of finding the hatchling and putting an end to its life. Yes she is adventurous, and strong, and reckless… but perhaps she is too damn reckless.

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Only registered customers can rate. This does a wonderful job of giving you the feel of Capital ship combat without too many fiddly rules. Easy to pick up, and so far has been free of unbalancing configurations. Was this comment helpful? Man o day, this is how fleet battle games should work. Quick and easy to learn, but produces a LOT of depth during play. I'm about eight games in now and still enjoying the heck out of it.

I am playing this by email right now and it is one serious close finish. Just having a great time with this one. I would just like to thank the designer, his team and GMT for the most fun we as a gaming group have had in a long time, more please Jim. Any chance of an expansion another alien race maybe? I found the system to be very intuitive, and easy to learn. The game appears to be heavily influenced by Federation Commander and Star Fleet Battles, but simplifies record keeping by being able to track stats directly on the ship counter. I would definitely recommend this game to someone that wants to play a ship to ship space combat game, but feels intimidated by the classic offerings from ADB.

I love the system - very useable and just crunchy enough to sink teeth into.

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My only gripe is on the ship counters: You'll catch the typos on the reprint! Just played this game for the first time last night and found it to be wonderful! My 3 Talon ships outlasted 4 Terran ships and a see-saw battle across space. Game components are great, with the star map being especially nice. The counter graphics are just perfect and well laid out. Love the Power Curve mechanics and all the tremendous decisions you have to make while your ships zip across the board.

Loved this so much I will likely buy my own copy even though one guy inn the group already has this game. The rule set is brilliant.

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Player decisions happen often and quickly, and you must make meaningful choices, especially how to use scarce power reserves. It would be much more interesting to see a space combat game working in all 3 dimensions. Space is, obviously, not flat. I am really looking forward to this! I have to say though that the counters could be a lot better. They look like they were done on a graphics software package from Talon tried to steal artifacts unearthed in Ilios.

Athena brought in Overwatch agents to protect the relics. Widowmaker lined up her shot, but an alarm sounded, alerting security, and sending Katya to her panic room. Widowmaker and Reaper failed to take her out, and Sombra engaged in pursuit. She reached Katya, but made her own deal, revealing that she had been the one to set off the alarm. Leaving the safe room, she reported that Katya had escaped. The operatives returned to their ship. After the failed Russian operation, [8] Talon agent Reaper assaulted a maximum security prison to rescue Doomfist , a member of the Talon inner council and former mastermind of a plot to sow chaos across the globe that was cut short years before by Winston, Tracer, and Genji.

It would be three months before news of the incident became public. The three agents eliminated Vialli's men, while Doomfist met with Vialli himself. Vialli's profit-orientated goals differed from Doomfist's Darwinian ideology, and Doomfist killed Vialli. Alongside Reaper, he met with what remained of Talon's inner council, declaring his intent to start a war. Talon is overseen by an inner council of at least fifteen members, [8] of which five are currently known and active:.

Talon has employed a variety of paramilitary forces. During the period of Overwatch's activities, these forces included heavily armored soldiers with specialist roles. Retrieved from " https: Navigation menu Namespaces Page Discussion. Views View Edit Edit source History.

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