I do like the twist with Beckah and her dragon Icarus who is described "Like a monster that had crawled right out of someone's nightmares" and he called to a girl who is forbidden to be a dragonrider. This sets us up to find out some great things about Beckah character and how she tests this theory that women can't ride a dragon. She even has this great scence where she shows dominance over this huge dragon "Those are my friends! Stop being a bully"
Then we got poor Jae who is helplessly falling for Beckah and her dad lets him know how much he be displeased by this "If i catch you sniffing around my daughter's room, I'll pull those pointed ears right off your head" As a result of her wanting to keep Icarus he spends his break with them, since he been abandoned by his family at his previous home that is now his.
When Jae performs more of his special talents he ends having a result of growing bigger then he ever been and as result he going to be treated even more differently as he heads back to school. Once there and he moves on to the final stage, all of his talents will be put to the test. Old enemies will strike, friends who were once enemies will become friends in the line of fire and a huge secret is revealed right at the very heart stopping end of the book. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the end.