Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

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.

The best way to celebrate the year of the dragon is to read books about dragons or the draki as they are called in Firelight. This book was excellent.

Jacinda is not only a draki, but she is unique out of all the pride. She is a fire-breather. The story begins with Jacinda breaking the rules, getting into trouble, getting rescued by an unlikely person, and being forcibly removed from her home. And that isn’t even the half of it. Once Jacinda, her mom, and her twin sister Tamra get settled into where they are going then things really get going.

Throughout Jacinda has to make some really tough choices, looking deep within herself to find what she needs. And of course with this being a story for the young adults one of the things she needs is to fall in love. And of course with the guy, according to everyone else, who is all wrong for her. (Let’s face it, who doesn’t at some point want to fall for the bad guy? That’s why we read these stories.)

I really enjoyed the symbolism, she is a fire-breather and she has a lot of inner fight. She will not go quietly into the night…or will she? You have to read the book to find out. One thing that got me though is how incredibly selfish everyone is. Don’t want to say anymore, because that would give away some of the good stuff.

I can’t wait to get the second book in this series, Vanish. I must find out what happens next. The third book, Hidden, comes out September, 2012.

What books about dragons are you going to read? 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf-her wolf-watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human-and Grace must fight to keep him-even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Shiver is one of those reads that grips you from the very beginning. It starts out with Grace and tells the story of how she met the wolves. From that point on the story takes you on a hot and cold roller coaster ride. This is a different take on wolves then I am used to. I never would have thought to use the temperature as the reason for the change, and that the moon really holds no sway. I loved the love story; the obstacles that must be over come. I don't want to say to much, because it would give the story away. I am not one who likes spoilers.

Another thing that makes this an interesting read is the way it alternatives first person point of view between Grace and Sam. I love being put in the mind of the characters; their take on others. Everything about this book just makes the characters come alive. I was joyful when they were joyful; ached when they ached.

This week I will be continuing the story with Linger. Look for the review soon.