Saturday, May 7, 2011

Book in Review: Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan

Cover & Publisher


Published by: HarperTeen

Why I Read This

It sounded like a book I would enjoy.


Summary


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.



Thoughts

 Firelight is a great book with a fresh take on dragons that I really enjoyed. It combines high fantasy creatures such as dragons with the paranormal spin on world building. Then you have the whole love-triangle(ish), star-cross lovers thing going on. What's not to like?

It was beautifully written and although is one of those books that might otherwise feel like "nothing happened" was so compelling I felt entirely lost in the world created here. I also appreciated all the moral issues brought up for us readers to think about. For example, Jacinda's mother who wants her to let go of her dragon side and stay human. Her non-dragon twin Tamra and all the things Jacinda didn't even realise about her before she was forced into a new lifestyle. The issues with what the dragon society wants to do with Jacinda who is the only fire-breathing dragon they know of. Then there's the dragon hunters and the issue of hunting itself comes into question. There are so many things to ponder and wonder about and try to reconcile with what you believe. And at the same time it was a really fun read too. Not just any old "insert lesson here" book.


Definitely recommended. I'm looking forward to what happens next in Vanish. Good thing there is not *too* long a wait.

My Rating


Buy
 I bought my copy.

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