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? 

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