Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Genre: Young Adult/Adventure/Urban Fantasy/Romance
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 of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki–a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense.
Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt. The one bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irrestibly 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 a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
This book’s cover was awesome, so it caught my eye at the library. It has several things going for it – well-written, realistic, gripping, emotional, believeable characters. I felt like I was really there, and I couldn’t put the book down! However, there were also some things I didn’t appreciate too much. But read on.
Positive Elements: The Draki are everything to the Hunters, but still when he has the chance, a hunter does not turn Jacinda in to the others. He goes out of his way to protect her from both himself and the other hunters. Jacinda tries to do what’s right for the most part, and her mother obviously loves her daughters and wants them to be happy. Even though they argue, Jacinda and her sister Tamra love each other very much. For her mother and sister’s sake, Jacinda tries to be happy in her new life situation even though she hates it.
Negative Elements: A few swear words and a smattering of ‘crude’ remarks. Two boys at school are known to be ‘players,’ and it’s said they’ve been through half the girls at Chaparrall High. Jacinda catches a girl coming out of the bathroom with one of the aformentioned boys. In order to keep Tamra safe, Jacinda goes with her to a party where Tamra consequently gets a little drunk. The sisters are often snarky to one another, having trouble identifying with their differences. But the main thing here is the relationship between Jacinda and Will. I’m not usually a fan of teen romances in the first place, especially ‘passionate’ ones. This is no mild flame (pardon the pun). They’re both instantly attracted to each other, both mentally AND physically. They kiss several times, and each time it’s quite passionate (Fortunately, Jacinda begins to turn into a Draki every time they kiss, so it never goes farther). While they never physically consummate their relationship, it’s still sexually charged and intense, more dwelling on the physical aspects of each other (Jacinda never seems to think about anything except Will’s good looks) than any worthwhile qualities. Being around Will awakens Jacinda’s dying Draki half, and consequently excites and thrills her, making her want to be around him as much as possible.
Synopsis: This book had great possibilities, and, as it stands, is still pretty good for half the time. The other half is disappointment and 16-and-18-year-old romance, focusing more on obsession than real, true, unconditional love.
2.5 out of 5 stars