Author: Sophie Jordan
Published: September 7th 2010
Rating: 3.5 Birds
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.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Twilight meets Mean Girls meets…..well you get the picture. Was it a little tired and over done? Yep. Did I enjoy it, actually I did – a lot in fact. I did cringe a few times when lines felt like they could have come right straight out of a movie or a book I’d already read or seen, but I think in a way it’s too be expected a bit in YA Lit. It has to over lap in some places. And I’m not really one to complain about it since it’s my genre of choice, I deal with it. I know it’s going happen.
The story line was refreshing and original in a world filled with vampires, werewolves and witches we have “Draki”. Draki are descendants of dragons who can manifest in human form to survive among the humans. Jacinda is the most important Draki in thousands of years, a fire-breather. High – freaking - five Sophie Jordan on that one!
Admittedly when I started the book, I had the image of that Flying Bird thing from the movie “Avatar” crossed with the cute cartoon dragon from “How To Train Your Dragon” to be what Jacinda looks like in her Draki form. I may actually have to contact Sophie Jordan about this, and see what they are really supposed to look like. SHe’s not in the Draki form an awful lot in the book, so you don’t really foccus on it as much as you would think and I liked that. It made it more, beliveavle – or as believable as a book about descendants of dragon who change into humans can be – you know what I mean!!
Stepping back to mention Jacinda before I wrap up, she wasn’t my favorite in the book. Very indecisive and we all know how I despise the wishy washy protagonist. I do love me some Will and even some Tamra, Jacinda's twin sister. And Cassian…some one show me a photo of this boy puh-lease!
Jordan promises breathtaking romance, and delivers! So no fear on not meeting your romance quotient. Also there’s a fair amount of suspense and action not to mention a curve ball tossed in there or two…. and all around you get a little bit of everything. I am giving the book 3.5 birds only because, like I mentioned before it felt a little over done and reminded me too much of a mash up of other things at times. However the remarkable subject matter (draki!) keeps it going and helps smooth out that little bump in the road. It was between that Good and Great story for me. I will say this of the ending though - Get me the sequel, now please ;0)
Find Sophie Jordan and The Firelight Series