Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Review- Firelight

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.
Another forbidden romance. Not that I don't love romances, but I seem to prefer it better when romance isn't the leading part in a story. In any case, I'll give the author a brownie point for coming up with some reason why our protagonist is so attracted to the human-ish love interest.

One reason that I picked up with book was because it had something to do with dragons. I'm pleased to have found something original in this book or at least I hope is- the draki. These are descendants from dragons whom their greatest secret is to transform into humans. The only thing I don't get about this is that what exactly does the draki look like when they are not in human form? I am confused about this...also how did the draki come about? Why aren't there dragons anymore? Did dragons mate with humans some how and eventually is polluted their bloodlines so much that they became the draki?
Another thing I was confused on was the way the draki was described. It was described was if it was another creature that lived inside the draki. So then, what exactly is it? Is it a feeling, are they really humans with special powers, or is it somekind of creature that really does live within them? 
As for the characters I'm not really sure how I feel about them. I thought that Jacinda was really selfish most of the time although you could tell she loved her family. I thought it was sad how Tamra never manifested and therefore was a longer in her pride and how the only place she could fit in was in the human world. As for her mother, you could clearly see how much she loved her daughters and even though somethings weren't all that great- like constantly trying to kill Jacinda's draki- she still was a good mother.
As for the plot, there isn't much to describe besides Jacinda trying to keep her draki alive, trying to not get involved with Will, seeing Cassian and dealing with her feelings for him, and how she really wants to go back to the pride. It was interesting but the book didn't keep my attention all that much. I'm not positive if I'll read the next one or not. 
But other than that it was a good book, not a favorite, but good. 
On Goodreads: Firelight
WebsiteSophie Jordan


  1. Nice review!

    The draki thing confused me, too. I read the entire book and still have no clue what a draki looks like.

  2. Thank you!

    I'm glad I'm not the only person! I'm hoping that if I read the second book I'll actually get a description, but I don't really know if I want to read the second one. I barely finished this one.

    Maybe a draki looks like a humanoid being with leathery wings and a snout? That's what I always thought of when reading this.


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