Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight (Firelight, #1)A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.


Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
 

First Look: ***** What is it with YA covers lately?  It seems like most of them have some form of this picture: a partial view of a girl's face.  But that's another rant for another time...  I was afraid this would have too much romance for my taste.  The only reason I picked this up was because I love dragons.  A lot.

Setting: ***** 
I wanted to learn more about how the pride lived and what kind of society they had, but Jacinda was whisked out of there way too fast for me to find out.  Other than that, a lot of it took place in a high school.

Characters: ***** 
Jacinda couldn't really decide what she wanted, or so it seemed.  One minute she wanted something, the next it seemed she wanted the opposite.  And she put up a bit of a fight when her mom wanted to kill her draki, but...honestly.  She's trying to kill it.  I would start an all-out war if someone did that to me.

Plot: ****
I loved the concept, and it followed through throughout the book.  There are a few pretty good twists.  It had a little too much romance for my liking, though.  I loved the cliffhanger ending, and now I have to get my hands on the sequel!  But it's not out yet... *headdesk*   

Uniqueness: ***** 
Awesome.  The romance parts weren't cliched (for the most part).  And there aren't too many recent YA books with dragons, or draki.

Writing: *****
I liked it, but the fragments were a little too much for me.  Sometimes using a partial sentence in narration is okay for dramatic effect, but Sophie Jordan overused it.  Otherwise it flowed very smoothly.  Better than expected, actually.

Likes:
Draki.  YES!  I liked the fire breathing, and how it affected her relationships within the pride.  I liked the fact that Will was a hunter, and had *spoiler alert--highlight blank part to read* draki blood. I thought that was a nice twist.

Not-so-great:
After reading this, I'm still not exactly sure what a draki looks like.  Is it just another name for a dragon that can morph into a human, or is it something different?  I googled it, but all I got was a picture of a baby chick.  I really don't think that's what they look like.  I'm also annoyed that this is going to be a movie.

Total Score: *****
What's with all these negative Goodreads reviews?  I very much enjoyed this!  It'll satisfy both supernatural romance fans and dragon lovers.  I wasn't expecting much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely be reading the sequel, especially with that kind of ending.  A few parts could use some fleshing-out, but it was worthwhile anyways.

1 comment:

  1. Vanish picks up where Firelight left us and takes us on a journey into the heart of Draki society. Ms. Jordan shows us more of the mythology behind the dragons in this sequel, which is nice, but it seems that this book just doesn't quite have the pep and zing that the first in the series had. I think this book suffers a bit from being the middle child. That said, Vanish is definitely not a bad book and is most certainly worth the read.

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