Friday, July 16, 2010
Review : Firelight
Title: Firelight (Draki #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan (also known as Sharie Kohler)
Published: September 7th 2010 by Harper Teen
Details: Hardcover, 336 pages
Source: Arc Tour courtesey of Around The World
Synopsis: With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Thoughts: I wasn't a fan of dragons before, but I sure am now. Firelight takes a spin, turning humans into a different kind of shifter...a dragon kind! Top that off with a scoop of forbidden love, and well, you've got yourself winner.
Jacinda comes from a long line of draki, aka dragons who can shift into human form. Shifting is the best defense they have against hunters who, not only hunt draki for sport, but also cut them up and sell their flesh. The hunters are the draki's worst enemy. And it probably doesn't help that Jacinda's a fire breather, the only one of her kind in centuries.
In an act of rebellion and the chance to feel freedom for just one second, Jacinda breaks one of the cardinal draki rules: Do not reveal yourself in daylight. This one single act has Jacinda's mother fearing for Jacinda's future. What does she do? Flees the Pride (aka the draki pack).
Jacinda and her twin sister must attempt to adapt to the human world, away from the Pride. For her sister, this is a dream come true. For Jacinda, this is her worst nightmare. The only silver lining is Will, the resident school hottie and mystery boy. Jacinda cannot deny her attraction to Will nor can she deny their chemistry. The only thing is, Will is a hunter. His family hunts Jacinda's kind. So, which is it? Love or life?
Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down. Really, it's just that good. First off, the concept is original. While I haven't read many dragon books, I also haven't heard of any being able to shift into a human form. Kuddos for that. Then there's the leading lady. Jacinda is strong, determined and loyal. Like most teenage girls, she wants to please those responsible for her, but also isn't afraid to have fun and be a normal teenager.
While I loved some of the other characters in the book, I also had issues with some of them. Take Jacinda's sister, for example. I found her to be very shallow and selfish. I understand where she's coming from, but it doesn't mean I have to like her. She's one of those girls who whines if things don't go her way. There are several times in the book where I thought to myself, "Come on! Just get over it." But, this might just be me. Then, there's their mother. I understand she's trying to protect her daughters, but she should have listened to what Jacinda wanted. She does a few things I don't agree with. I can't tell you what they are without ruining the book, but if you've read it, I'm sure you know what I mean.
Now, onto boys. First, Cassian. He's a draki prince and wants to claim Jacinda for himself. He has that arrogant, dark allure to him and SEEMS like a good guy, but I don't know. There wasn't enough information about him for me to really determine what he's all about. I'm waiting for book 2 before I decide how I feel about him. Then, there's Xander. He is Will's cousin and a hunter. Scary doesn't even begin to describe Xander. He's not afraid to hurt anyone in order to get what he wants. If the hunters were part of a mafia, Xander would be their #1 hitman. And finally, Will. I LOOOOOOVE Will! He's mysterious, he's hot, he's awesome. And the way he is with Jacinda? SO SWEET! *swoons*
Firelight is a fast-paced, action and romanced filled, good time. While it might not be for everybody, I still recommend checking it out. There are tons of great releases due out this September and, in my opinion, Firelight is one of them.