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Firelight by Sophie Jordan

October 6th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Bought a copy and received a copy for review

Publication date: September 7, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: 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 adored this book even though I found the main character to be a spoiled brat.  This surprised me because normally if I do not like the main character I find it hard to get into the book.  Sophie Jordan’s writing is amazing and made me feel like I was there feeling all the sensations Jacinda was experiencing.

The Characters

Like I mentioned above I did not care much for Jacinda even though I did feel sorry that she was being pushed to be with someone by her pride of draki and also being forced to give up her draki half by her mother.  I think the main reason this did not turn me off of the book is because it fits her character.  She is a 16 year old who has basically been spoiled ever since she manifested and was found to be a fire breather.  So it’s not surprising when things do not go her way she reacts like a spoiled brat.

Will is mysterious and sweet but I am still a little ambivalent about him.  He’s sexy but for some reason he just hasn’t grabbed me yet.

I did enjoy Jacinda’s twin sister, Tamra’s, character.  I felt so bad for her that she basically shoved aside when the pride realized she would not manifest and really had no importance in their eyes.  I can only imagine how painful that must be growing up especially when your twin sister is treated as the princess of the pride.  Even though she was somewhat insensitive to Jacinda’s feelings once they leave the pride I can understand her joy in finally fitting in somewhere and not having Jacinda over shadow her.

Xander is Will’s cousin and a hunter.  He is portrayed as truly evil and manipulative as is expected from the villain in the story.  We only get glimpses of him here and there as he suspects Jacinda is not what she appears to be.  I’m interested to see how his character fleshes out in the next book.

The Romance

Despite my dislike of Jacinda the chemistry is flowing between her and Will and I still find myself rooting for them to get together.  I cannot wait to see where it goes and if it can withstand Cassian, the heir to the leadership of Jacinda’s pride, trying to win her back.

The Storyline

It is so refreshing to read a story that is not about vampires, werewolves and fairies.  I love the idea of the draki being descendants of dragons and that being able to take human form is a defense mechanism.  I cannot say too much here without giving away spoilers but the clash between the draki and hunters and the affect this has on Jacinda’s actions is gripping.

I’m also hoping there is a way for Tamra to find happiness and for Jacinda to realize it’s not just all about her, her actions affect her mother, Tamra, Will and even Cassian.  I cannot wait for the next book to come out and see what happens to Jacinda, Tamra, Cassian and Will.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

11 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I’ve heard great things about this book. I’m going to have to get to it soon!

  2. Anne Royce

    Coming from Saturday Situation~ I also reviewed Firelight! 🙂

    I didn’t ‘love’ this book but it was a really good read even thought most of the characters annoyed me to heck. Like you, the characters didn’t grab me, either. But I still want to see Jacinda and Will get together :))

  3. Mrs. DeRaps

    I loved Jacinda! I thought that she was so very different from other female paranormals…Much less helpless. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

    Here from the Saturday Situation.

  4. dsuzuki

    Michelle-You really should!
    Anne-thanks for stopping by! I like your review and agree with you on it all 🙂
    Mrs. DeRaps-I can’t wait for the next one too!

  5. brandileigh2003

    I too like that it is a new theme in the paranormal genre. It is sad to hear that the characters aren’t all they could be. Thanks for the review.

    Visiting from Saturday Situation!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. Judit

    Hey I came here from Saturday Situation 🙂

    I’ve finnished Firelight about an hour ago and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t anything epochal but it was good and the romance in it was yummy 😀 I’m curious what will happen in the next installment.
    Very good review!

  7. Michelle

    I had to come back and say that I read this book last week and loved it! It’s going to be a long wait for the next. UGH Cassian.

  8. dsuzuki

    I know! Sophie said the next book introduces a new guy so then there will be a love square. Wonder ow that will work.

  9. PAM S.

    Hey! 🙂
    I’m reading the book right now & I wanted to know if their is going to be another book(as in book #2)?

  10. dsuzuki

    Hey Pam, yup there is definitely a book 2 and Sophie said at her appearance at our local indie that we will be seeing a new guy on the scene as well so it sounds exciting!

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