Lately I’ve been reading some fantastic fantasy about angels and dragons. I think my love for these stories is based in my fascination with wings and how it would feel to be able to fly. This selection of books is perfect for readers who feel the same way.
Hidden is the final book in the Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy. In this series Jacinda is a Draki, which means she can transform into a dragon. The books are full of beautiful flight scenes where Jacinda and members of her pride transform and soar on leathery wings. In this book Jacinda allows herself to be captured by the ENKROS, the cruel scientists who cut up and do experiements on the Draki, not realizing they are part human. This book is full of action from start to finish. When they escape from the ENKROS stronghold they are being tracked and have to use all of their powerful skills to evade and fight back against hunters. Jacinda is dealing with deep emotions. She still loves Will but has stronger feelings for Cassian now that they are bonded. She feels everything he feels. The action made this such a quick and satisfying read. Hidden will be available in September.
Illumiate is Amiee Agresti’s first novel for teens. Haven Terra is tapped to do an internship under the toast of Chicago, the young, beautiful, and highly successful Aurelia Brown. She is the owner of the Lexington Hotel, which was the notorious home of Al Capone. It is about to reopen as the hottest place in town. Haven and her best friend Dante and another classmate named Lance move into the hotel. The employees are ridiculously beautiful and part of an exclusive club called “The Outfit” after Capone’s gang. The three figure out quickly there is something unnatural about the whole thing. When the photos Haven takes of the staff start changing, strange and scary things start to happen. Haven discovers a mysterious blank book with her name on it. When an unknown person or spirit starts writing to her in the book calling her a winged one, her adventure truly begins and turns into an intense battle between good and evil. Agresti is brilliant at world building. She describes this hotel with its deep underground nightclub and tunnels with great detail. I felt like I was there experiencing this rich, luxurious hotel. I even felt a little claustrophobic when she described Haven’s hotel room in the basement. The characters were multidimensional and believable.