Friday, August 5, 2011

first impressions - Dragons Are People Too

Our third first impression is from Sarah Nicolas, a YA urban fantasy about sixteen-year-old Kitty, a weredragon operative for the US government. When the government turns its back on the dragons, she must choose between loyalty to her country and allegiance to her family. My comments are in purple and Dianne's can be found here.

Well, crap. Mission Intelligence got it wrong. Again.

I mean, seriously? Heat sensors? When your operatives have a core body  temperature of 142 degrees, that should be the first thing you check for. I daydream about ripping Simon a new one as I scale up the three stories of crumbling stone.

So now I cling to the east stone wall of the Lebanese embassy in DC with a diplomatic document pouch hanging from my belt. Hmm, I wonder what might be in that pouch?

 I am overly conscious of the two security cameras aimed at my back,  despite the full-body black catsuit with matching ski-mask that  Draconic Intelligence Command (or, as I liked to call it, DIC lol!) requires me to wear. Sirens blare, telling me security already knows we are here, but I still can’t let them see my face. And, more importantly, I can’t let them see me change. Hmm, change into what?

Beside me, Wallace scrabbles, then loses his balance and falls twenty feet to the ground, hitting the wall at least twice in the process. Rookie. His breath comes fast, but he is uninjured. He could probably fall from three times that height without a scratch.

 “Kitty." Even his whisper has a British accent. He lies sprawled on the immaculate lawn of the Embassy and slowly makes his way to his feet. “I can’t make it without changing.”

 “No!” I yell, then catch myself and lower my voice to something more like a hiss. “Absolutely not. Do you have any idea how many cameras are on you right now?”

well! I have nothing else to say. This was good, and funny, and I liked the voice of the narrator; just the right amount of snarkiness that says she's been there/done that. 


  1. A weredragon named Kitty? Interesting.

  2. I'm all for weredragons named Kitty! LOL! What a fun read, thank you! Take care

  3. um.

    Kitty and the Midnight Hour
    Kitty's Big Trouble
    Kitty Goes To War
    Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
    Kitty Goes to Washington

    Carrie Vaughn is the author of the 'Kitty' novels, a series about a werewolf.

  4. Thanks Marcy!

    And her name came from a conversation with my roommate long before I started writing it:
    "I'm going to get a kitty and name it Dragon!" she said.
    "Ok," I replied. "I'm going to get a dragon and name it Kitty."

  5. A weredragon named Kitty... I'm with the others - I love it!

  6. since I never read the books Huntress refers to Kitty works for me :)


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