[Review #45] Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight
Series: Firelight
Book one
Author: Sophie Jordan
Published: 7th September, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

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.

Review

I wanted to read this book because I’ve never read a book about dragons before and it sounded really interesting. I’m not sure what I expected but this was a little different to my expectations, whatever those were.

The Story
This story was interesting, it had so many cool elements that I liked. But I was disappointed that the plot line was practically the romance. I do find books a little bit boring when the romance takes the lead in the story. There was the story with the Draki and Jacinda trying to find a way of keeping her Draki alive without being selfish to her sister, Tamra, and her mother. But it wasn’t a strong enough plot line to drive the book in my opinion. The romance took over.
So I was pretty disappointed to find that this is only a love story, especially with all the cool Draki things going on.

The Draki
I loved the whole idea of the Draki! I thought it was so interesting and so cool! The fact that they aren’t dragons themselves but are descended from dragons is how the whole idea works I think. They ‘manifest’ into their original forms whenever their emotions are heightened and whenever they are scared.
I love how specific their strengths and weaknesses were. Draki need living open space. Living earth, mountains, fresh air. They need this to survive, otherwise their draki dies and they become a normal human.
The Draki are hunted, the hunters are one of their enemies that hunt them for fun and for their hide’s. 

The Romance
The romance is practically insta-love! Man was I disappointed. Jacinda falls all over Will before she’s even had a proper conversation with him. He declares to her that he likes her and that she must be his before they’ve really spent any time with each other. I don’t think those feelings had enough time to develop to get to that point when this happens.
Yeah I get that they are drawn to each other but I found myself sighing and rolling my eyes in a bad way whenever Jacinda thought of Will. Then he became her every thought and the story suddenly got a little boring, up until the action picked up.

The Writing
The writing was so detailed when it came to Jacinda manifesting, I loved that we got all of the information, it made me feel like I knew exactly what she was feeling and exactly what it felt like to manifest. I was never tripping over words or having to re-read to understand what was going on which is great. 

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book. It was interesting and fun, even though I was disappointed for parts and I knew what was going to happen at the end, I will be picking up the next book to see what Jacinda ends up doing!

Firelight is an intriguing read that kept me wanting to read more when it came to the Draki. The Draki are such interesting creatures and Jordan has done a nice job of keeping my interest piqued.

If you liked Twilight then I think you could enjoy this book!

Miss J

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11 thoughts on “[Review #45] Firelight by Sophie Jordan

  1. Sorry that this didn’t completely work for you, Jordon! I haven’t read it yet but it’s been on my wishlist for ages. However, I think I may need to take it off my wishlist now haha! I really, really dislike insta-love and it seems this book is practically oozing it. Not to mention that the whole book is centered on mostly just the romance which I also normally hate :S But the whole Draki thing really does sound interesting and like you, I’ve never read a dragons before which is why I was especially curious about this one! Anyway, I guess I’ll be borrowing this one from the library instead of buying it. Thanks for the honest review, Jordon! x)

    • Haha aww! I definitely recommend at least reading this one! And borrowing it might be a good idea before buying it. It’s interesting and I really liked that the writing was so detailed at the right times. Although, to be honest, it had that ‘Twilight’ feeling about it. A little bit. You might know what I mean when you read it!

  2. I’ve been meaning to get around to FIRELIGHT! Glad to hear that the plot and Draki were very well done, as well as the character development. I can understand why you gave this only three stars though. Insta-love does NOT go well in my book. Now I’m debating whether I should still read this…

    Thanks for the honest review, Jordon!

    • Insta-love is the one thing that brought this book down! Insta-love is always a no-no :/

      I think definitely give it a try at least! There are other things about this book that are very intriguing and interesting. The Draki are very interesting and detailed characters. It was great that Jordan was so specific with the Draki, I hate vague-ness in books it creates loopholes and confusion. This was definitely not the case with Firelight.

      The writing was another part that I liked when it came to the Draki, something about it made me want to keep reading.

      :)

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