Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Published: HarperTeen (September 7, 2010)
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads 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.

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.


  1. I love love love this book. I can't believe you took so long to read it, haha! I absolutely cannot wait for Vanish.

    If the butt-kicking is who I think it is, I actually sort of felt sorry for him :(

    Anyway, good review!

  2. I read this book last week and loved it. I am sure Vanish is going to be even better. Great review. I posted a review for Firelight today as well. Obviously great minds think alike :-P

  3. Excited about this review! I agree that while I'm a bit tired of the YA cliches, I can love them if they're done well ;) heading to the beach in a week and putting this book in my to-read pile. great review, I really felt your enthusiasm!

  4. Oh, yes, I need Vanish too! Great thoughts! Thanks.

  5. I bet you don't put off reading Vanish for 9 months! You're right that Sophie Jordan can take the same ole fantasy plotlines and make them seem a lot more exciting than most. Plus - forget about needing sexytimes, what she can do with EYE CONTACT between these characters...*fans face*

  6. Great review! I loved it too! :) I hate and love finding those books you love after taking forever to read them!

  7. I can remember reading this book and thinking to myself this makes me laugh because if i was a fire breather, you bet i'd be throwing some flames at some people. also the whole him being a student thing was just like facepalm moment to me, because OF COURSE he would be at the exact same school as her. and i wanted dragon sexy times, like for realz.

  8. I'm totally going to have to do a re-read on this one before Vanish comes out! It feels like I read it so long ago! Loved those draki though...so...iridescent? Lol.

  9. I loved your review and it described how I felt when I read it. I have the Vanish Countdown widget on my blog and can't wait for it to hit 0!

  10. Really enjoyed this one too. I thought it was quite a unique one considering that the paranormal YA genre has been overdosed with vampires and werewolves! Dragons were a nice change.

  11. I loved this book especially the draki parts. I am thinking in the next one we will see a lot more of the pride :)

  12. Wow, this review really makes me want to pick this up off the shelf it's sitting on! I bought it on a whim when it was on sale on Amazon and I'm really glad I did! Great review! I can't wait to read this now!

  13. I fricken loved Firelight. And am glad you enjoyed it too!

    Also, I don't even think the love triangle was a real love triangle. We all know Will is the clear winner as far as Jacinda's heart goes.

    So psyched for Vanish though!

  14. You know I won the ARC of this book last year and its been on my shelf since, unmoved and untouched. I really want to read it but I think I'm having difficulty overcoming the 'dragon' aspect. I LOVE paranormal creatures but most of us have been so invested in vampires, bean shides, faeries, etc, for so long that its hard to step out of those lines. I still want to read this one though. Thank you for this review - its pushed the book up a few notches in the order of my TBR list.

    <3 Happy Reading!
    Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

  15. I am not a huge lover of paranormal fiction, so I was really surprised by how much I just loved this book! I am excited for Vanish too!! Great review!! <3

  16. I loved this book! When I checked it out from my library, I didn't know it was new so I kept searching around for a sequel and coming up sadly empty.
    I am anxiously awaiting the new one as well.