Monday, May 2, 2011

Review: Firelight

Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: Already on shelves
Publisher: Harper Collins
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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.

Jacinda is a draki - part of a race that decends from dragons. They have the ability to shift in human form, which is one of their greatest secrets, one that those who hunt them are unaware of. After nearly exposing this secret to hunters, Jacinda's family make a run for it before the pride can lay down the harsh punishment on their most prized draki. Even amongst those in her own Pride, she is rare for her ability to breathe-fire. A trait believed to have died out amongst the draki. Which puts her in the direct spotlight of the elders and is expected to have mini-draki's with the future alpha, Cassian.

Jacinda's mother takes them to a hot, arid, desert-like environment. Perfect for suppressing the draki within. But killing her draki is the last thing Jacinda wants and so she struggles throughout the novel to keep that part of her alive. It's so much harder to manifest in this kind of environment and she feels as though part of her soul is dying. Until she comes across one Mr. Will Rutledge.

Will is apart of the family business - they hunt draki. But unlike the rest of his family, hungry for the bloodlust, Will despises the job thrust upon him. In the beginning of the novel, he spares Jacinda's life when she's under attack from a hunting party and when they meet again, there's an instant bond. A sense of familiarity.  He, of course, doesn't recognise her in human form, since he first witnessed her in draki skin. But Jacinda knows, she could never forget that moment in the cave with Will. And so she battles with the knowledge that he is a seasoned hunter, played a part in the vicious murders toward those in her pride. But he reawakens the draki within her, the draki that is suffocating, fading, dying in the desert her mother brought her to. And she feels something for him. Throughout the novel she struggles with her attraction to him, her desire to be around him to keep her draki alive and the fact that she is prey to him and his family. Not only is she putting herself at risk by getting close to him, but also her mother, her sister and every member of her pride back home.

Oh I love my starcrossed romances. The scenes between Jacinda and Will were pitch perfect. Firelight kept me hanging on every word throughout the entire book, but the moments shared between these two ignited the pages. Sophie Jordan, you have a way with words. I want to write like you. And I want a Will. How do I make these two things mine?

There is quite a bit of back-and-forth "I have to stay away from him!" "I can't stay away from him!" throughout the novel, but it's understandable given Jacinda's situation. Besides, it's Will's fault for being so sexy and angsty - it'd make it a lot easier on a girl resisting temptation if he'd be more like his cousin, Xander! (No, I am not asking for that to happen!). I'm also quite interested to learn more about Cassian in the sequel, I feel there's a lot more layers to him are waiting to be uncovered.

I LOVE the mythology. This is coming from the girl who very stupidly put off reading this for so long because she screwed up her nose at the whole 'dragon' element. You don't need to tell me I'm an idiot. I berated myself enough all the way through reading this. The whole draki idea was so intriguing - although my only complaint was I wanted MORE of it. Despite what some of the pride were planning to do to Jacinda, I found myself wishing we had spent a little more time there exploring the other draki. Purely for my own interest! But it really did not deter me from absolutely loving this story.

Sophie Jordan's writing is beautiful and commanding - I could not pull myself away from Firelight's hypnotic grasp.The mythology is so unique and brilliantly woven while the romance will have you puffing steam from your own nose (regardless of whether you're draki!). I wanted more, I did not want to turn the final page because that means leaving this awesome world and having to wait ages for the sequel. I need Vanish asap!

Rating: 4.5/5

14 comments:

  1. I really liked FIRELIGHT as well! Can't wait for VANISH!

    Like you, I wasn't sure I would b/c I don't read many dragon books. I picked it up while I was waiting for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON to come out on DVD (that took FOREVER!).

    I also really liked STARLIGHTER by Bryan Davis last fall. I didn't review it b/c WARRIOR was coming out soon afterwards...and of course, now I haven't had a chance to read the sequel yet... But it has an almost Dystopian feel to it, yet dragons, too. RECOMMENDED!!!

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  2. Eeeee! LOVED Firelight. <333
    Speaking of which... I still need to write my review for it! *shame*

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  3. Excellent review! I loved this book, too, and I was surprised...I had no idea it would be so good :)

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  4. I loved Firelight! Great review as always! :)

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  5. I am waiting the translation of this book. The local publisher has bought its right. I hope the emotion will stil remain. However it's in different language.

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  6. Great review! :) Pitch perfect romance? Oh, yes! We love our starcrossed lovers! This sounds as amazing as they told me it would be! I want to read Jordan's writing. It sounds something I would like! And of course, the dragon girl and the mythology. I love it! Now...to get my hands on a copy. I'll be the one next in reviewing dragon novels! Flying Blind!

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  7. Gosh Brodie, you're such an idiot! I can't believe you were put off by the dragons!! LOL

    I still have to read this! I was going to start last week but I remember that I actually made a schedule of the books I need to read so I had to put it back on the bookshelf!

    Starcrossed lovers? Man forbidden love brings such a huge smile to my face!! I especially like romances where the two can easily banter back and forth without caring about hurting feelings. Firelight seems perfect with that!

    I read The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) so I've gotten a feel of dragon books. I really liked it too, dragons are beautiful and majestic. I'm looking forward to them in Firelight!

    So I guess I'm going to have to bump this one up to the top of my TBR pile. Who really cares about schedules, right? LOL

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  8. "..stupidly put off reading this for so long because she screwed up her nose at the whole 'dragon' element."

    Well, looks like I'm an idiot who needs to get this book pronto! Thanks for the great review. Really excited about reading this now! *bumps up TBR list*

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  9. Thanks for the rec's, A Backwards Story and Honey! I'm much more inclined to read dragon-related stories now. I'm totally rid of my unjustified prejudice thanks to Firelight :D

    So glad to hear others loved it as much as I did - and for those who haven't read it yet: go, go, go!

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  10. I'm glad you liked this one =) ! I look forward to read the sequel !! This series has gorgeous covers !!

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  11. I'm the same way! I *never* read Dragon books. Then I saw HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (have you seen that? AMAZING movie!! Sheer amazingness. I didn't even want to see it. The previews looked TERRIBLE. Then people said it was as good as up, so I went...and OMG!)

    It took longer than normal to come to DVD...and I was dying to see it again. So I read the ARC of FIRELIGHT that came to my store and loved it. Then I read STARLIGHTER by Bryan Davis and loved THAT. I also read a couple I was MEH over, but those two were TRUE LOVE. Oh, and EON by Alison Goodman! I can't wait to delve back into EONA, the new sequel!

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  12. Okay, it's crazy how much I agree with you over this review. I definitely agree with what you said about Cassian. I actually, um, liked him more than Will *hides from Team Will* but I feel like there's SO MUCH MORE to him than what we saw. Hopefully with them being back home in Vanish, he'll be around more often. Thanks for the fantastic review!

    PS--Welcome to Team Dragon.

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  13. Things have changed a lot for Jacinda. The last time we saw her she had revealed the biggest secret of her kind to save the live of her true love, Will. Now her family and her are going back to the Pride with Cassian who was the one that found them. But nothing is going to be the same now...

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