Firelight by Sophie Jordan
323 Pages (Hardcover)
September 7, 2010
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 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 loved this book! I don't know if I just missed the hype, or if there never was any, but this book definitely deserves some. It had romance, action, mythology and a tiny bit of teen angst; all put together in a perfect mix.
I loved all the characters in Firelight, and if I didn't love them, I loved to hate them. Each character was extremely well developed and incredibly different from the next. I even got a good sense of Jacinda's father's personality and he died well before the book takes place. It is very rare to find a novel where every single character's feelings seem real and, as a reader, one can be sympathetic with each character.
I am really at a loss for words right now... The book description above does a really great job portraying the novel, so I don't want to over do it and give away the plot. On top of that, I really just don't know what to say other than - amazing. I don't think I could have found one fault in this novel even if I tried. Every thing made perfect sense while still being slightly unexpected and very intriguing.
Wait, there is one thing I can say: cliffhanger! The ending was so good it made me mad. I simply cannot wait for Vanish, the second book in the series (due September 6, 2011 from HarperTeen).
After reading Firelight, I am utterly ashamed to say that it sat on my shelf for so long. I would force people to read recommend Firelight to any YA fan 13 and older, especially fans of fantasy/paranormal aspects.