Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 7th, 2011
HarperCollins, 326 Pages
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Firelight #1
A hidden truth.
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.
Firelight is a story about a girl who is descended from dragons; (DRAGONS, people. How COOL is that?!) but it’s also a story about a girl trying to figure out who she is in the world. It’s a story about identity. And any time a novel deals with the theme of identity, I always love it. And I love Firelight.
I will say that I was slightly ticked off at Jacinda’s sister Tamra and their mother because they seemed so not-understanding of Jacinda. They were trying to make Jacinda change who she was, and I was not down with that! For the most part, I really liked Jacinda. The only time I had a real issue with her was when she was describing the ways that both Cassian and Will looked at her. Ahem, excuse me Jacinda..how can two boys BOTH look at you “hungrily” but one is “hot and sexy” and the other one is “creepy”. In that aspect, I guess I saw her true teenage-ness.
Firelight had everything that I was really wanting from a book. It had likeable characters. It had the connection between the two loved ones. It had unrequited love. It had family love. It had an AWESOME plot that had me on the edge of my seat.
If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed read then go pick up a copy of Firelight!