Friday, July 22, 2011

Review for Firelight (Firelight, #1) by Sophie Jordan

Firelight (Firelight, #1)
Firelight by Sophie Jordan

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.

This book is a prime example of, “read and judge for yourself.” I was a little reluctant to read this novel after the many negative reviews. Good thing I didn’t listen to any of them!

The biggest three complaints I have seen:
1. ‘Jacinda is too whiney and annoying.'
2. ‘Jacinda complains too much.’
3. ‘Jacinda is a very unhappy person.‘

See any connections? I do. Yes, Jacinda is very unhappy for a majority of this book. Why you may ask? Well, her mother and sister hate the fact that she is a dranki. They actually want her dranki to die. What better way to accomplish this than to move her to a desert waste land so she can suffer. Well, at least that whole dranki thing will go away. Then, her mother and sister won’t have to worry about that nuisance anymore.

This book brings family acceptance to a whole new level for me. I found myself asking the same questions throughout the entire book; “Does anyone care what Jacinda thinks?,” and “Is it humane to make a 16 year old girl suffer this way?”

As for the romance, I liked it. It was very innocent and really showcased how first loves can be awkward and hard. I loved the build up! Every time I thought Sophie Jordan was going to finally have them start a relationship, she pulled them apart unexpectantly. I feel like now a days, couples are just like… boom…we’re together now right off the bat. I really like this couple and I will look forward to reading about them in future books.

Oh, and holy cows dragons anyone? This was a good change up from my usual reads: vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, normal people, sparkly people, and more normal people.

Anyways, this is a super cool book. Read it! :)
4/5 stars!

I orginally posted this review in May, 2011, on

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