Thursday, September 13, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Published: September 11, 2012
HarperTEEN, 272 pages, hardcover
Source: publisher
GoodReads Summary:Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.
My favorite YA series about dragons (ahem, or any aged series about dragons, not that I know of any others. WHY ISN'T THIS RECTIFIED YET?! I need recommendations, people!) has finally come to an end. I am sad, you guys. FILLED with sadness. A couple reasons for this. First: the cover is a zoomed out version of the first book, Firelight. WOMP, WOMP. Second: it's OVER. Now I'll elaborate on the more lengthy aspects.

The first 2 books were awesome. Once I got past the initial confusion between dragons and draki (just kidding, I still don't really get it), the idea of Jacinda being super special was actually interesting. I can't tell you how sick I am of these boring as fuuuu characters with no personality or outstanding qualities who happen to be arbitrarily blessed with some almighty power of love or world peace and everyone falls in love with their perfection because it is SO shiny and perfect and ALL OF THE PERFECTNESS is so flawless.. Jacinda is so not perfect. She has a bad ass temper on her. She's a spit fire (PUN!) and we all got to witness this on multiple occasions in Firelight. I didn't feel the same way in Hidden. Yes, she had a chance to be all vigilante in the beginning, but I wanted more personality. More pizzazz. More exciting and witty banter amongst the characters. Everything felt so doom and gloom in Hidden. Plus there was this plot piece (you'll know if you read it, it's way too spoilery to say) where I was really hoping THIS ONE PERSON would finally resurface and would make everyone super happy. But I was disappointed. And there's a pretty hefty loss that was handled entirely too quickly. And then lo and behold, we're at the end.

Then there was Will. And he got some glory moments, for sure. I was even impressed. But more importantly, there was Cassian. I always cheer for the less obvious choice. Maybe because I'm a believer of impossible dreams. Maybe it's because no book ever does this, and if you know of one PLEASE tell me, but I'd like to see my underdog WIN for once. Richelle Mead has the right idea with the Bloodlines series, people. This is me being selfish, but I didn't get nearly as much Cassian love as I wanted. But you Will lovers will be pleased. Me? I still raise my glass to the guy who finishes last.

A seriously good series with a slightly underwhelming finale. If you haven't read Hidden yet, do it for some closure.

BUT LISTEN. If you love you some Sophie Jordan like this girl does, please check out her adult series, The Forgotten Princesses, starting with Wicked in Your Arms. Guaranteed none of that "fade to black" business and 100% happy ending. And sure, I'm talking about the end of the book. BUT ALSO THAT OTHER THING.


  1. TEAM CASSIAN FOREVER. In fact, I'm so team Cassian that you have now scared me and I"m feeling better about now having read this yet...

  2. YES YES YES YES. TEAM CASSIAN. Will sucks. And like Anna, I'm feeling better about not having read it. In fact, I probably won't because I will pout. <3

    1. Gahhh, I know it's expected for it to end the way that everyone wants it to end but CASSIAAAAAN.

  3. Dragon books, yes! I hear Seraphina is made of awesome. For older series get involved with the ultimate dragon series The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery. And the middle-grade Enchanted Forest series, which starts with the awesome Dealing with Dragons-perhaps the first sassy smart princess I ever read about. These books are charming and hilarious. Happy reading!

    (disclosure- I clearly had a dragon book thing at one point....)