Henchgirl (Dakota Kekoa #1)



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.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Enchanted Book Promotions.


This book was a blast!  I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to enjoy it in the beginning, but Stradling does a fantastic job integrating the world building while still moving forward with the storyline.  Sometimes when you’re introduced to a new world the explanations can drag on a little even if they are necessary.

Dakota is spunky, doesn’t give into the first guy that gives her attention and also fiercely loyal to her family.  She somehow manages to juggle everything all at the same time even if things start to fall apart on her.  The fantasy aspects were completely unique and I loved the incorporation of a local culture into the story as well.  All in all, I was extremely impressed with how the story played out and I am certainly looking forward to future books in the series!

Warning: Contains violence.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Paranormal fantasy fans looking for something totally unique, but with a touch of romance.

Want to read the whole series? TBD