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Book Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

I recently discovered that I’m really not the fastest reader (compared to other bloggers). I read about 1 book a week. Well, that time frame got completely shattered this week after I finished reading Firelight.

I read Firelight in 2 and a half days. It’s a-freaking-mazing!!!

Book Review- Firelight

Book review of Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Title & Author: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Genre: YA- Fantasy

Release Date: September 7, 2010

Series: 1st in a planned series

Publisher: HarperCollins

How I Got the Book: Part of an awesome Kindle Deal- it’s $1.99,  including 2 chapters from Vanish!! It’s a special promo for Kindles!

Description:

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.”

Here Comes the Smolder…

Flynn Rider from the Disney movie Tangled couldn’t have said it any better. BRING ON the smolder, my friends. I haven’t read a romance this distraught, intense or just plain fun in a really, really long time. It was so good that I could not summon the will power to stop reading at 1 a.m. (when I get up at 6:30 a.m. for work).

And, I went in the office with a smile on my face too. Cuz a story like this is just what I needed to officially brush off the dirt on my shoulders my reading slump. (You know I’m gangsta ;) )

Jacinda and Will. Will and Jacinda. These two struggle so much with their relationship. If one’s finally ok with being together, then the other one is wavering. I’m not even joking when I say that Jacinda seriously changes her mind about 5 times.

Why all the back and forth? Well, basically these two couldn’t be more wrong for each other. Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons, and Will and his family sort of…hunt draki for a living. It seems like this relationship was doomed from the beginning, but that’s the beauty of this romance: even amid heavy (though very valid) doubts, this couple recognizes how much they need each other.

If I had to rate the steam-factor in Firelight, I think I’d give it a 9.99. It’s hot- but in a very teen-appropriate type of way. :) I think it’s all the tension. Jordan just builds and builds it and makes you beg for more.


…and also a lot of teen angst

Beside from the truly awesome romance in this book, Firelight actually tackles some serious issues. Jacinda deals with a lot of heavy problems, like finding acceptance from her mom,  refusing to make selfish decisions and choosing between what she wants and what she thinks is best for her family.

Because there’s so much internal struggle, this book is fraught with teen angst. Although I thought the romance more than made up for the whining and complaining going on in the book, I can see how some readers might become a tad annoyed.

Exhibit A:

Once dad took us to an amusement park in Oregon. One of those brief getaway vacations from the pride Mom always made a point to plan. Back when Tamra and I were simply sisters whose chief complaint with each other revolved around sharing toys. Before I ever manifested. I plummeted twenty stories on a drop ride. Totally helpless to gravity. Unable to fly, to save myself… I feel that same helpless terror now. Because nothing I saw will divert Mom off her present course. Nothing will make her realize what she’s doing to me. I’m falling. And this time, nothing will save me.

See what I mean? But, I promise that there’s plenty of action, suspense and twists to make you ignore the few angst-ridden moments. The novel was well-paced with great supporting characters, who may become more prominent in the next novel.

Overall
I cannot say enough positive things about Firelight. I loved everything- the swooning, the thrills, the teenage drama. Although it has one killer cliffhanger, don’t fear.Vanish, the second book in the series, will be released in 3 short days (September 5th)!! Let the smolder continue!!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
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