Review: FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan

Firelight (Firelight, #1) 
Sophie Jordan
323 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Source: Hardcover Gift
Rating: LOVED

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.

Putting off diving into Sophie Jordan’s YA debut was a big mistake. For Firelight is a fiery delight that brings a unique spark into the diverse variety of creatures lurking in YA literature.

Sophie Jordan’s plot is more memorable that her writing style, which I’m happy to call indulging. Especially the intense ending… let’s just say I’m very luck to have Vanish waiting for me on my bookshelf.

Jacinda is the first fire-breathing draki born to her pride in generations. So it’s no surprise that they want to control her life… and who she will spend it with. Yet despite the fact that she hates the way her pride wants to control her, she doesn’t want to leave it.

But things don’t always happen the way you want it to. So when Jacinda finds herself dragged into a barren desert to slowly kill off her draki, she’ll do anything to save that special part of herself.

Even if it means hanging out with her enemy.

A hunter.

Firelight was nothing I expected it to be. It was full of emotion and I liked Jacinda’s perfectly flawed character.

If I didn’t have Vanish waiting for me, I’d say I can’t wait for the next installment. But instead, I’ll cut this short, because I’ve got some reading to do. The world of draki awaits ;)

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    July 28, 2011

    I felt the same way about this one–why did I put off reading it?! (I also posted my review today, lol)

    I also thought that the concept was so entirely unique. Great review!

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    ashelynn hetland

    July 28, 2011

    Firelight was AWESOME. I read Vanish a few weeks ago, and now I can't wait for the third one. Warning: another cliffhanger ending!

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    July 28, 2011

    Glad you finally read it, probably just as well you waited to have Vanish as well :)

    I read Vanish fairly recently and I definitely thought it was just as good – hope you do too!

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    July 28, 2011

    Hehe, wonderful review, Hafsah! I've been wanting to read this one forever. It seems like I need to get this one as soon as possible. I love this cover too. Thank you :].

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    July 29, 2011

    I read this one when it just came out. I liked it but I wasn't overly impressed by the story. I hope that the second book brings some more maturity to Jacinda.

    Thanks for the great review.

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    July 29, 2011

    This was such a refreshing story and I love the world of the draki! I haven't gotten to Vanish yet but it's near the top of my TBR pile. Great review!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

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    July 29, 2011

    I loved this book! I SO wish I had Vanish!

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    Liz. R

    July 30, 2011

    I need to read this, it's been on my wishlist forever! Glad you enjoyed it, I love the whole draki concept. Thanks for the review! :)

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    Juju at Tales of

    July 31, 2011

    I have this one waiting for me. Maybe I should run and read it :) Thanks for the review.

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    vvb32 reads

    August 1, 2011

    love the cover and the book too!

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    Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)

    August 1, 2011

    I was sorry I waited to read this one too. And, like you, I was able to jump right into Vanish (thank goodness!). Wasn't the imagery excellent?

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    Carol L.

    October 18, 2011

    Well now I am sorry too because I've put it off. But I will definitely be reading this one. Thanks for a great review.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) co

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    October 29, 2011

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful thoughts on this book. I'm totally excited to read it even more now, because I've heard amazing things about it. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

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    November 24, 2011

    I adored this novel. Such a great addition to YA. Dragons are just awesome! Rarely used, and definitely not as the protagonist. This book was such fun!

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    January 24, 2012

    Im srry but i really didnt enjoy Firelight. :( Plot was terriable; I kept expecting something to happen like the main character running away from her mom and sis but she just complained through the whole. I really hate reading about a whinny person.

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    January 15, 2013

    I havent gotten a chance to read this one yet. I have it but haven't gotten around to it. I will have to move it up in my tbr pile. :)