Firelight Review

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Firelight (Firelight #1)
by Sophie Jordan
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by HarperTeen
Review by Amber I

From Goodreads

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 liked the story. I was impressed with her choosing to have shapeshifter dragons and making it work. I was a little weary of that. But like I said she made it work...

My only problems where (not so much problems but maybe why I didn't rate it higher) is that in the first few pages their Draki is suppose to be there core and their human is only sort of an illusion like a defense. And yet a few pages later she talks about her mom willingly killing her draki part off and not shifting anymore. That seems at odds with the first statement. I would think that, that would kill the person itself. Also it was a little too typical YA Parnamormal Romance story for me. 2 teenagers who fall quickly in love but can't be together for the greater good kind of thing.

Now do not get me wrong I liked the book. And will read more of it. It just wasn't my favorite. You do really feel the pain for Jacinda and her sister who has always been in the shadow. Her sister finally has a normal world but Jacinda is stuck there with part of her soul dying. You don't know who you feel worse for. The mom is trying to save her daughters but I think she is also hurting Jacinda more then necessary. Not letting her adapt to her sudden changes.

Its a good easy read and if you like shape shifters and want something a little different from wolves then you should check this out. It has a nice romance and magical scenes!!

3 out of 5 stars


  1. I was half and half with this book. I also gave it a 3. I liked the book, but I didn't love it. Soemtimes I tend to rate the book on how much, some of the characters piss me off, or that like I found her Jacinda's situation unfair and also unfair with the place of her family how they want to control her. Her mother could be a little more sensitve to Jacinda and her sister acts like the selfish brat like the whole time.

    I get scared b/c of the ending b/c I want to know what will happen to Jacinda. It is sad she can't be free in either world.

  2. I was mixed on it too. And I did think her mom handled it wrong. At least if she moved them she could of took what would be good climate for Jacinda to be in. Instead she took her from somewhere trying to control her and make her choices and started doing the same thing to her.

    I could see her sisters point a lot. I didn't think she was handeling it well but I could see it must have been such a relief to leave the pack and get to have a normal life.

    I will read the next one though I want to see where it goes.

  3. I've heard great things about the book. But after reading your review, I'm not sure if I'll like it. Anyway, I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for the reivew!


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