Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

(Firelight #1)
by Sophie Jordan
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."


I’m having a hard time summing up how I feel about this book. 

Basically, it’s a mythological Romeo and Juliet kind of tale. The premise was good enough to draw me towards this book and the cover was amazing, those are my weaknesses. The whole draki race and history was very interesting. The love connection between Jacinda and Will, Prey and Hunter, is also interesting; nothing like a bittersweet tale of forbidden love to spark anyone’s interest. 

With all that in mind, I expected to enjoy this book. I did. But I didn’t devour it as I anticipated myself to. 

Reading the book was quite fun, but there were times I felt that the characters, namely Jacinda and her twin Tamra, were irrefutably whiny. Both wanting something of the opposite, making things difficult even though it could’ve been solved easily. Will’s personality was a bit vague, as well as Xander, Cassian and Angus. I guess I wanted to know more about them. 

From the whole fantasy tale of creatures that descended from dragons, I expected more than just a love story, even though I’ve read the synopsis of the book, which eventually held true to its content. It IS a story of romance and Jacinda’s struggle with her draki. 

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