by Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Release date: 8th August, 2011
Pages: 323 (Hardcover bought by me)
Next book: Vanish
Summary from Goodreads:
A hidden truth.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
First, the cover is beautiful, really really nice work done here. Second, the book was good. Not amazingly good but good. I don't usually vent about what I didn't like in a book but this time I'm going to make a little tiny exception.
I love dragons, that's why I bought this book in the first place. I was expecting a book about the girl who turns to be also a dragon and her fight (real fights, with her Pride and the bad guys, a heroine with no fear) to be with the guy she loves. And I kind of got that... but not in a good way. You see, yes, Jacinda, the main character, is a draki - a descendant of Dragons- and she is even more special since she was born as a fire-breather, the first one in centuries. So not only she is important for the Pride she is supposed to mate with the Pride's heir, Cassien, to "create" more fire-breathers. But she really doesn't care about that, somehow she thinks that she will be able to avoid her destiny and, being the rebellious she is she convinces her best friend to go out off the Pride limits and fly.
And so they do. They let their human appearance dissolve and become the drakis they love to be... until draki hunters came for them. And what would they do to them? Well, they would kill them or torture them. So Jacinda and Az ran for their lifes. Luckily for Az she managed to go back to the Pride but Jacinda, who was distracting the hunters, tried to hide and a hunter found her... a handsome guy, just her age, who whispered she was beautiful and went away without alerting the other hunters.
When she returns home her mom takes a decision: they have to leave the Pride and run away because they don't only want to use Jacinda to crate more fire-breathers but they even consider the idea of clipping her wings to keep her with them... and to clip the wings of a draki is one of the cruelest things they could ever do.
Of course Jacinda doesn't believe her mom and is against leaving but her twin sister, Tamra, who never developed her draki nature and was considered a paria between her kind was eager to leave and start a new life. So the three of them left the Pride hopefully to never come back.
Sadly this is when the dragon story turns into a "high-school normal teenager book". In their new city Jacinda runs into Will, the hunter who saved her life. Of course at first he can't tell that that draki and Jacinda are the same person but realizes that there's something odd in her. And now Jacinda has to fight for two things: she needs to keep her draki alive since her mother chose a small town near a dessert with the only intention to kill that side of her (not because she is a horrible mother but because she is scared of the Pride and wants to protect Jacinda... in a cruel way...) and to stay away from Will because, well, he IS a hunter, just like his whole family but the attraction is there and eventually they can't fight their feelings.
Yes, I know, the book doesn't sounds that bad and actually you are right, is not that bad but I was expecting an awesome book with almighty dragons, fiercely hunters and love between the main plot. Anyway, I also read Vanish, the second book and it gets better ;)
That's why the real rating for this book is 3.5
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