Firelight, Book #1
By Sophie Jordan
Author’s website: http://www.sophiejordan.net/
Brought to you by Shae
A HIDDEN TRUTH
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 of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki–a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense.
Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt. The one 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 a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and irresistible passion ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide … Source
Only a few books ever leave me absolutely craving the next in the series. Firelight has left me with this feeling. I can not wait to get Vanished in my hands and devour it. This book had page by page action and drama.
It starts out with Jacinda doing a very bad thing, that has many consequences, but instead of staying her mom packs up J and her sister and leaves in the middle of the night. They leave the Pride, the only home Jacinda has ever known, and the only people she thinks she can ever belong with.
Jacinda is a Draki, they are descendants of dragons, with the ability to take human form to blend in if they have to. They are hunted and need a cover. For many, many years the hunters have never figured out the draki can turn into humans. They have a home hidden in the mountains, cloaked with a mist that one of the pride can produce to conceal them. The draki take on human form in their village, and only fly at night under cover of darkness.
I was very afraid this book was going to be way under my maturity level. Instead, it is right there in the middle. It has just the right amount of young content to keep the younger readers interested, and adds things to keep the older readers in as well.
I had a few issues with the way Jacinda processed things. She knows the pride wants to use her and punish her, and the pride is close to a cult. She is a bit brainwashed, and stills wants to go back. This started to get annoying, but after a while the story changes up, and she finally realizes this is a very stupid thing to even consider.
I became very familiar with Jacinda, and started to sympathize with her missing the pride though. I found myself trying to read very fast, because I could not wait to find out what was going on.
Jacinda is a very nice person, she can not help but to put others first. I like the connections she makes with the other characters in the book. She finds a very close friend and a boyfriend, and that’s all Jacinda really needs. There are many possible plots that I started to suspect, some happened, and some either won’t or will be in the next book.
The ending not only surprised me, but has left me going crazy. It is such a big cliff hanger. Everything just kept getting so intense and then it was over. I know that I will be getting Vanished as soon as possible.
Overall, I love this book, and I am looking very much forward to the rest of the series.