Published: HarperTeen (September 7, 2010)
Series: Book 1
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I bought Firelight on its release day last year and was so excited to dig in. It's 9 months after the fact. I don't know why I put it off for so long. One day, I said to myself "review books be damned, I am reading Firelight post haste." And aren't I glad that I did?
I LOVE the idea of draki. Dragons have always appealed to me, be they Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty or Smaug from The Hobbit. Always the fire-breathers too. I guess I lucked out with Jacinda. I loved Jacinda and her loyalty to her pride. My favorite parts were the descriptions of her manifestations into draki form and the freedom she felt while aflight. FANTASY, FTW! My one gripe is that I wish we got more of a description on the dynamic of the pride, which I feel will be heavily present in the sequel. And I am waiting EVER so impatiently for Vanish.
If you asked me honestly if there's a love triangle, I'd have to say a little bit. And if you asked me if there's the whole dangerous guy/doomed love factor, I'd have to say heck yes. But this is one of those times when I actually enjoyed those paranormal staples. Sophie Jordan's writing is EVER so fun.
(Also, there may or may not be some unique butt-kicking of someone who totally deserves it. Retribution! Face damage! YES!)
Firelight is a rarity among YA these days. It's got all the fixings for something that could've been "just another YA bad boy/special girl fiasco," yet it WORKS and blows many of the recent paranormals I've read out of the water. I need Vanish. I need it soon.