Jul 30, 2012

REVIEW: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight
Series: Firelight, #1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
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"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."

These last couple of weeks I have been on a huge Fantasy kick, so I had to get my hands on Firelight. I was a bit disappointed. It was good but I just thought that I was going to love it so much more than I did.

The book revolves around Jacinda who is a draki (a dragon who can also turn into a human.) Jacinda, her sister Tamra, and their mother Mrs. Jones live in a pride with a bunch of other draki. For reasons they must flee to the human world. Tamra and Mrs. Jones are fine with this because Tamra never manifested and became a dragon and their mom gave up her draki long ago. Jacinda's mom wants/is-forcing Jacinda to give up her draki by purposely moving them to a desert city where it is impossible for draki to live. Jacinda hates it until she meets Will, who is a draki hunter. And this is where the whole Romeo and Juliet comes into play. After the two meet the story is pretty much just Jacinda trying to stay away from Will and not succeeding.

I'm not a giant fan of the characters in this book. Mrs. Jones and Tamra resent Jacinda for her draki. I get why Tamra would resent Jacinda, but her mom?! Jacinda's mom is literally trying to kill part of her daughter. What kind of mom does that?! Jacinda is an alright character, except that she has like, no will power. One minute she will be snubbing Will and the next they're making-out in the stairwell. Now onto the subject of Will, hmm...Well I must say that he is persistent. If someone snubbed me and gave me as much mixed signals as Jacinda gave to Will, I would not be pursuing them still. Will is probably one of my favorite characters in Firelight because even though he hunts dragons he has a heart of gold. My other favorite character is Xander, Wills cousin. He is just so evil that you just have to love him. 

My favorite thing about Firelight is the dragons. We don't get to meet many dragons yet, but I like that they all posses different types of powers and can morph into humans. What I did not like was the insta-love that is going on in between Will and Jacinda. No doubt about it, it is insta-love. From practically the first moment the two meet they want to jump each others bones. Despite the insta-love and the Romeo and Juliet-esq feel Firelight did keep me entertained and I want to pick up the next book in the series.