Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Source: won from publisher in a writing contest
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 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.MY THOUGHTS:
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
After reading about vampires, werewolves, faeries, and angels, I was thrilled that Firelight revolved around a totally different kind of mythical creature: dragons. And boy, I wasn't disappointed!
Everything about the draki is so cool, especially that they can transform into human form. Even though Jacinda and her family escape from their pride (draki community) early on, Sophie Jordan does an awesome job with sucking you into the whole descendant-of-dragons thing, making you want to know much, much more!
I adore Jacinda. She's tough, determined, and a much better person than her twin sister (who I do not like). Even when she's forced to move away from her pride, she doesn't give up on trying to keep her draki alive. And the attraction between Jacinda and Will (the very hot, very surprising draki hunter made of awesomeness) literally sends sparks flying off the page!
Overall, Firelight is an exhilarating and refreshing novel that had me hooked from page one. Sophie Jordan's quick and effortless writing style, added to the fast-moving plot, makes it incredibly easy to fly through in a night. I'm definitely picking up the next book, Vanish, when it comes out in September!
BUY or BORROW?: Buy this one for sure! The gorgeous cover (which is so pretty with the scales around the eye) and original plot (which is just an amazing thing on its own) make this a novel you absolutely want on your bookshelf!