January 24, 2013

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight (Firelight, #1)

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Pages: 323
Review by: Tessa

        Jacinda is a draki. That means that she is part human and part dragon. Few of them are left in the world. Even less are left of the fire dragons. Jacinda is the last fire-breathing dragon in her community. She has been practically worshipped since her father, the other fire dragon, disappeared. The survival of the community is dropped on her shoulders, along with the continuation of her talent. Jacinda has a hot temper, so when she breaks an ancient rule, the community turns against her. A mysterious stranger appears to help her, but forgets to bring her into his happily-ever-after. She may be safe, but she faces punishment from the rest of her kind.
       Then, Jacinda is forced to leave with her family to avoid the wrath of the leaders. She meets her savior, but she can't even talk to him. He is a draki-hunter--trained his whole life to kill Jacinda's people--but being with Will makes Jacinda remember what it is like to be free. Her dragon side is slowly slipping away into the depths of her soul and Will is the only one who can keep it alive. She cannot resist, and neither can he. Leaving him will kill her, but so will staying with him.

       I really liked this book. Most books with star-crossed lovers are very predictable. This one is no exception, but how can you resist dragons? Will and Jacinda have unique obstacles to hurdle. They aren't all lovely dovely right after they meet. Jordan included just the right amount of awkwardness and confusion to avoid the dreaded "insta-love" label.  
       The premise of dragons was exciting to me. Now, most books about transformation are about werewolves or vampires. Dragons are a new territory and I am pleased with the results. This realm of fantasy should be included in more stories.
       The book did go by quickly and I think it could have been a little bit longer. Granted, I do think that about most books, but Jordan's story was cut short.
       I know I say this about a lot of books, but I love this cover. (I am attracted to books with pretty colors.) The simplicity of the cover reflects the seemingly simple, but actually riveting plot inside.
       This is the first book in the trilogy. The second book is Vanish, and the third one is Hidden.


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