Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Publication Date: September 7th, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 323 Pages
Summary from Goodreads:
"A hidden truth.
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 drakia 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 awayif 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.""
My Review:I was instantly hooked after reading the first few pages. With Jacinda being a Draki- a descendant from dragons- it was nice to be reading something so unique and refreshingly different from werewolves, vampires, etc. (Not that I don't love me some vampires =] ).
I loved Jacinda's fiesty personality, but she did have alot (and I mean ALOT) of teen angst towards her mother, when she was only trying to do what was best for her daughter! While reading, I was stressed out about what Jacinda should do, whether she should leave the pride and kill her Draki (which to her was essentially killing a part of herself), or stay in the cult-like pride where they'd force her to marry the Draki prince (Cassian) and make "little fire-breathers". Her choices were pretty bleak so she ended up choosing to not do anything really, until mom stepped in and made the decision for her- by taking her and her sister away from the Pride and moving to a desert.
Yep, that's when the teen angst kicked in.
The starcrossed/forbidden romance thing between Jacinda and Will was steamy! (with the fire-breathing... ya'll know what I mean :) ). And oh man, can Sophie Jordan write some steamy scenes! Jacinda's connection with Will, how he "released the Draki from within" made it all the more crazier.
Once I started reading, I could not put this book down and loved every minute of it. It never had a dull moment, Sophie Jordan did a fantastic job keeping the pace quick and engaging. I was fascinated by the Draki mythology and wanted to know more about the different types, and the different abilities each harnessed.
It is a MUST-read, even with it's lusty scenes and the eye-rolling angsty moments. I give it 4/4 Mochis.
Have you read Firelight? What were your thoughts on the novel?