Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan


Title: Firelight
Series: Firelight Series
Book #: One
Author: Sophie Jordan 
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Source: Bought

My Rating: fullfullfullthree quarterBlank
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
I love dragons. I've had this weird obsession with them ever since I devoured The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp in the third grade. So, when I heard of Firelight, I knew I had to read it. As soon as I cracked the spine, I knew I was in for a wonderful tale of mythical creatures and forbidden love.

The mythical creatures rose to meet my expectations. The concepts of "draki" and hidden "prides" are fascinating. I only wish that the characters had spent more time in the pride. The story focuses mostly on Jacinda's life in the human world. I would rather have learned more about her true nature and the lives of those in her pride. I'm hoping the sequels will elaborate more on the draki. 

The forbidden love fell a little short for me. This is a flaming case of insta-love. The story includes overused phrases such as "I'm the oxygen his lungs need" and "the boy I can't resist." Even though the characters did share chemistry, their relationship was formed on passion, not on true love. 

Still, I enjoyed learning about the characters. Jacinda, as you can probably guess, has a fiery personality to match her draki. Will is your stereotypical hottie, but that didn't stop me from falling for him. Jacinda's sister, Tamra, is nothing like her. I enjoyed reading about the girls' relationship as sisters. As with real sisters, they alternate between annoyance and fierce loyalty. 

This gorgeous cover hides an original tale of dragon-like creatures surviving in the human world. While I obviously had some criticisms, overall I enjoyed reading about the beauty and secrecy of draki. I'd recommend this one to any fans of supernatural romance. I'll definitely be looking into the sequels in hopes of learning more about these creatures. 

“Because I know what it feels like to be used, valued only for what you can do... not who you are, not who you want to be.”