Monday, June 14, 2010
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 7th 2010
Source: Traveling ARC Tours
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I started this book immediately after getting it in the mail because I'd heard so many great things about it, most recently from Alex of Tales of a Teenage Booklover, who was before me on the tour. I really was not disappointed. It was everything that I'd hoped it would be, and more.
First off, I absolutely adore that it's about dragons. Well, not really dragons, decendants of dragons, the draki. Draki can change between their human for and their dragon form so that they can hide from hunters. Jacinda is a fire breather which is something that her pride, or community of draki, haven't seen in generations. The pride considers her property and want to use her for breeding. This is why her mother decides that they are going to run away, despite Jacinda's protests.
At her new, normal school Jacinda feels completely out of her element, but then meets a boy who makes her draki react. She doesn't know why, she just knows that away from her pride her draki is dying, and if Will makes it react then she has to be around him. There's just one problem: his family hunts dragons. Despite the danger Jacinda can't stay away from him, and soon finds that he feels the same about her.
The romance in this book is hot, and the sense of danger that Jacinda has during a lot of it makes the book very hard to put down. I felt a connection to Jacinda. I really liked her and was behind most of her decisions. I kind of wish that we had spent more time with the pride in the beginning, there was almost no interaction with the other draki. I did get a feel for how the pride worked through Jacinda's thoughts about it throughout the book.
All of the characters in this book are complex and believable, and I really wanted to spend more time in Jacinda's world. The ending left me really really wanting more, and I can't believe that I have to wait for this book to actually come out first!
Overall: 48/50 A
Cover/Title Comments: I think that the cover is absolutely gorgeous, but I'm not really sure what to make of the title. It kind of fits, but doesn't really have much to do with the book besides the word fire.