Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Action
Themes: High School, Abuse
Queer Level: Gay Main Character, Gay & Straight Secondary Characters
I absolutely adore Cody Kennedy’s writing and respect the awareness theses stories promote. It provides teens a resource that targets extreme abuse …and that is beyond admirable. Slaying Isidore’s Dragons reminded me a lot of Omorphi, but that is a good thing because I really enjoyed that read. Both are action packed and focus on dark topics, while planting seeds of hope. It tells the reader they are not alone and that you can make it out strong, no matter how impossible things may look.
I have to admit that it took a while for Declan to grow on me. He is a very likable character in many, many ways …but how he handled Jessica caught me off guard. Her actions did not seem to warrant the cruel things said about her (not until she was pushed near the end, at least). It all could have been avoided if he was honest and patient with her, so it felt like misdirected resentment and kinda made him look sexist. The only females that got his respect were parental figures; the rest were snakes, hoes, and hussies. Luckily these comments were few and far between. And he was indeed capable of gentleness towards others. Though this trait combined with the premature love made me worried that his initial interest in Isidore was shallow. This changed as they faced new experiences together, but the way he handled Isidore was a little controlling and overprotective at times. This can make victims more dependent then help them believe in themselves. That being said, maybe that’s what Isidore needed? He was easy to sympathize with, so maybe I’m just being protective of him too?
Beyond that, Delcan was a sweet guy who would stop at nothing to keep his loved ones safe. I wish everyone had someone like him in their lives. So he did indeed grow on me, it just took time. I have a guarded heart when it comes to people/characters. (maybe paranoid is a better word? Hard to say, haha!)
As for the story, I really enjoyed the mystery elements; trying to find out who drugged the boys had me paying extra close attention to the characters. They all go through a lot of challenges, yet it was paced out nicely so it wasn’t too tense or stressful. There were a few repetitive moments (when the characters would relay events to others) and some details felt a touch exaggerated, but it kept things lively and interesting. I especially enjoyed the courtroom scenes – very reminiscent of Law and Order: SVU. It makes you thirsty for justice.
What really makes this book is Isidore himself. He is such a doll and you want nothing more then a happy home for him. I’d be perfectly content to read on and on about him within that sanctuary, feeling safe. He really deserved it.
All in all, this was a rewarding story!