Monday, September 1, 2014

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight #1
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.

While the concept of this book intrigued me, I was slightly apprehensive about how good this book would be. "Dragons set in modern time?" It could turn out really cheesy. I was happily surprised that it wasn't lame or campy. There were some moments that were a little cheesy, but that might just be because I'm getting old and things that appeal to teens I find cheesy.

Jacinda is a very well written character. She doesn't gripe about petty things, her struggle to accept the changes forced on her felt reasonable. It was her sister that I had the issue with. She was the "typical 16-year-old" character that complains about not having a cell phone, or a car or the newest most fashionable clothes. Her gripes felt petty and unjustified to me. I also didn't care for the way the mom character was written. She came off as someone who didn't care about her daughter's feelings and I didn't like the way she would just ignore her and not tell her everything upfront.

While I did like this book, I think it could have been better. I would have liked it more if the book was less about Jacinda falling for some boy. This book suffered from the Insta-love curse. I think this book could have explained more about these 'enroks' are. We're only told they are the enemy and what they want.. other than that, nothing else is given. At least not that I caught. I'll probably read the sequel, but I don't know. The idea is interesting enough to me that I want to know how everything pans out.


  1. I almost died reading the start of this title, I thought it was going to be Firefight since the cover would fit that book as well.

    Is the first part of your review from the book itself or another review site?

    As much as I love fantasy I don't go much for modern fantasy too much. I guess I like it better when it is set in its own world or in medieval times.


    1. That's the thing, It's not really fantasy. It's a cheesy teen romance that has dragon-people in it.

    2. And the part in orange is the book blurb.

  2. Thanks for letting me know. I really enjoyed reading the orange part and wanted to compliment someone on the writing of it.
    Not sure I am feeling the cheesy romance right now though. I am not sure what to read. Nothing is holding my interest and I have tried several books today. :(