Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Henchgirl - Rita Stradling (Book Review)

The children of dragons and humans, the dracons, control eighty percent of the world’s governments. Humans worldwide are either subservient or prey. On the small vacation island of Mabi, humans call for war.

Sixteen year old Dakota Kekoa lives a double life. By day, she pretends to be a human to infiltrate Mabi Academy, a 'human's only' high-school. At night, she works as a henchman for her draconic mafia family, utilizing her ability to steal and manipulate emotions.

When Dakota’s human friend is kidnapped, she takes on the mission to find her. This is not just any mission though; she is diving head first into the escalating conflict between humans and dracons. As more girls disappear and some are discovered dead, Dakota realizes her first honorable mission may also be her last.

I love when you read a book and after finishing it you want to read everything ever written by that author.  That is exactly how I felt about this book.   I went on a massive google hunt and now I added two additional books to my TBR list.  As well as patiently waiting on a squeal although this was just released so I know I will be waiting a little bit, but I need to know what is going to happen. 
I could not put this book down once I started it and pretty much finished it in one sitting.  The book opens with an explanation of what a Dracon is and from there we meet Dakota who is attempting to go into a night club that is very dangerous.  Dakota appears to be a very young girl who is a slightly unsure of herself, but once her first job is complete in the book you get to see a very independent and intelligent girl.  Sometimes looks can be deceiving.

The character development is amazing, you get a real feel as a reader of exactly how the characters look as well as the scenery around them.  From the night club to her grandfather's house to visiting the other side of the island as a reader you can almost imagine that you are there, which keeps the story moving along.   As a reader once I can visualize exactly what the characters are seeing I feel I am now part of the story.

I have read a few fantasy books before and this one is different the concept of focusing on Dragons.   The reader gets to learn about exactly what a Dracon in and that there are different levels of Dracons depending on the portion of human versus Dragon.  The whole Dragon world becomes intriguing to the reader and you want to know more about the different levels and what Dakota has to do with it.  Also, the Dracon's have special abilities that are mostly unique to that person.  It was interesting to see the author come up with so many aspects that a Dracon could have. 
To me this is a must read if you love fantasy books.  In my eyes this book hits exactly what a fantasy book should be with all the creative characters and a story that keeps you mind wandering into a fantasy world.  I would suggest having a longer time to read to complete this book because once you start you are going to want to know what is going to happen! 


My Rating 5/5
Publisher Gill Publishing
ISBN 9781517470777
Length 397
Format eBook
Link for Purchase: Amazon

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