Sunday, September 9, 2012

Firelight, Sophie Jordan

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.

Firelight (Firelight, #1)

Beautiful writing and vivid descriptions, you'll long for the sky as much as Jacinda. 

Such a cool book and story. 

The story line was unique, I'd classify this as more of a YA romance novel, with a very fast pace and lots of action. 

Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons. Just with that knowledge alone makes it extremely appealing to read. Jacinda longs for a freedom that she can't have, her pride is a very strict society. So when she sneaks out, and escapes her pride one morning. She breaks some serious rules by doing so, and events ensue that make it impossible for her to return to her pride without being seen when hunters attack her. 

Right when she's waiting to die, split second decision making  on the part of a young hunter saves her life. 

Personally, I loved the opening. It was an extremely effective way to be introduced to these characters, and their lifestyle. 

After Jacinda's close call with hunters, she journey's back to her clut-like community to find out that it has a dangerous side of it, she would never have guessed. Her, her mother and her sister are forced to flee their pride in the middle of the night, her mother whisking them away to who-knows-where. Everything Jacinda loved, her friends and her way of life, she was forced to leave behind. 

Her and her family move to the driest place possible, in hopes of killing off the draki inside her.  And keeping her safe.

I love the strong connection Jacinda has with the earth, how she describes the energy of rocks and the earth. The one thing she was able to take with her, was her family's treasured gems and rocks. And when her mother takes them to sell them, Jacinda is heartbroken. That entire scene was horrible; I felt so bad for Jacinda seeing, and feeling how much she loved her gems. 

As Jacinda and her family start their new lives, Jacinda's life begins in a downward spiral, she begins to remember how her sister felt all those years living in Jacinda's shadow.  Jacinda feels her draki beginning to die. She struggles to keep the part of her she most loves most, alive. While her sister and her mother, wish that she would just let it die. Jacinda's sister thrives in the human world, making friends and loving it. 

It is quite heart breaking to read through everything that Jacinda goes through everyday as her connection to the earth falters.  She also has to deal with many regular problems that you or I would have to deal with. Like bullies, expulsion, and ensuring she stays hidden from her pride. 

While Jacinda's mother and sister settle into their new lives, Jacinda chooses to grow closer to Will. As every time she's near him, her draki awakes. She knows she shouldn't, as she recognizes him. 
He was the hunter that saved her, something that still haunts her and probably drives her towards him.  Her connection to the earth, and to her father slowly dies. 

There were so many characters in this book, and they all were vividly real. For example, Will's cousins, aren't the typical bad boys. I've noticed that in most books lately, the bad boys are some what desirable, but in this case, Will's cousins, just make you squirm. 
They are truly unnerving to just read about.  Jordan did a fabulous job with her descriptions and the emotions conveyed within them. 

This book would be very good to read for lovers of all degrees of fantasy. Girls, mainly aged fourteen and up, would love this. 

The only thing about this that bugged with was the instant love connection, which was unreal and slightly overdone. 

Otherwise, it was a great book. Enjoyable to read. I can't wait until I go to chapters, as I'll be excited to read more of Jordan's stuff, and find out what happens to her and Will. 

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