Certain authors have a writing style that is intrinsically theirs. The way they phrase their sentences, the words they use. One of those authors, for me, is Cody Kennedy. I have just finished reading Slaying Isidore’s Dragons; by page 43 I was in tears, ten pages later I was roaring with laughter. And that, to me, dictates this author; regardless of all the books I have read, no one has ever been able to switch my emotions as quickly and effortlessly as Mr Kennedy. Another one of his trademarks is his use of words. I have come to accept (easily) that there might be words I need to look up in a dictionary, and this story was no exception.
Mr Kennedy has not strayed from his usual subject of abuse; a difficult topic to tackle, but one that he manages to take head on with great dignity. And hope, which brings me to one of the most powerful of Mr Kennedy’s trademarks; regardless of the difficult lives his characters have (had), all his stories have a happy ever after and all his stories are based not in the harrowing details of abuse, but in the fact that there is always hope.
Isidore’s story, although fiction, is based on true events –occurring with frightening regularity to a horrific number of children and young adults– and tore a hole in my heart. This hole was slowly filled during the remainder of Isidore’s story with the hope, love, understanding and acceptance that Mr Kennedy is so well known for. But, this is by no means a ‘soppy’ story and the happy ever after that Isidore and Declan are looking for is hard-fought. With bombs, assassins, kidnappings, international spies and more, Mr Kennedy has written a story reminiscent of a young Bourne Identity or James Bond… as a matter of fact, I think that Ian Fleming himself would be jealous of this story.
Mr Kennedy finished Isidore and Declan’s story with ‘The Beginning’. I hope that this means that there will be a sequel because I would love to know how Isidore, Declan, Caleb, Jordan and Sorcha are getting on. #SIDSequel
Again, the underlying feeling in Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, for me, is hope. And, as Cody Kennedy states in his ‘Author’s Notes’: If you are a victim of abuse, please remember that abuse does not define you. Never judge yourself by what others have done to you.
5 Best friends 4 Vicious brothers 3 STD tests 2 Guys in love 1 Car bombing & Nowhere to run
Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.
5 Weeks of hell 4 Attempts on their lives 3 Law enforcement agencies 2 Dead high school seniors 1 Jealous friend & A love that won’t be denied
Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.
5 New family members 4 BFF’s 3 Countries 2 Extraordinary Psychologists 1 Courageous Mother & A new beginning for two young men in love