Publishing Date: April 2015
Publisher Description: Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.
Review: I really like YA. No seriously, I do. The only YA that makes me cringe is when the story line constantly devolves (even when there is blood flying) into this clingy, jealous, myopic love fascination. Kitty is a self-centered, love-struck narcissist who can’t help but smell, sniff, scent, feel, get electric charges from, burn hot, blush at and get weak knees for Sani. For example Sani gets shot, twice and Kitty has the presence to note his “perfect chest”. Kitty goes from super secret soldier/agent dragon-pants to poor hepwess Kitty dat needs her stwong man to steady her little muffin head….meow.
Besides bad phrasing like ” his arms crossed across his chest, making his biceps bunch enticingly..” or the really bad metaphors, “His tone is harsh and quiet, like polished steel” or my favorite ” The safety of his arms around me is like the sight of a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter in the jungles of Indonesia…..”. Huh? Add in the “guns are bad” message throughout this failure or the ACLU/CNN as the new church of O’merica and you’re left with, well, not much in the way of entertainment.
So why the generous 2 stars? There is so much potential within this work that gets draped and hidden with juvenile Nora Roberts spew. It diminishes Kitty’s character by making her weak and dependent. The only way she comes out of her funk is with her hunky man who either calms her “Dragon Rage” or eases her pouting/tantrums. Why not make Kitty alluring and aloof with tough mission focus while showcasing her skills as a 16 year old operative commander that has been training since the age of two and speaks 4 languages and mastered college level schoolwork and guards the Presidents son while residing in a deep secret government bunker (lol).