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Friday, August 6, 2010

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan (ARC)

by Andye

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061935085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061935084
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.

Well, I've come to the conclusion that I have certain "book moods" and that I need to read a book that I'm in the mood for, or I'm probably not going to enjoy it.  So, after reading Delirium, Reckless, and Karma Bites, I was just in the mood for a really good Paranormal Romance.  Luckily, Valorie from Truth Be Told, swapped ARCs with me and let me read her Firelight ARC (I won't tell you what I sent her, but I think I got the better end of the deal).

Firelight was just what I needed!  I flew through this book in one sitting.  I feel like any time I mentioned that I was reading a book about dragons, that people gave me a weird look.  Like Vampires and Werewolves are ok, but Dragons are just silly.  Well, this book would put that view to rest.  Honestly, it reminded me a lot of werewolf books, with the shape-shifting and the hierarchy of the pride/pack.  But instead of people turning into wolves, they turned into dragons, or draki, which are evolved, smaller version of dragons that seem to have some human characteristics.  Except that I said it kind of backwards, because Jacinda isn't a human that can turn into a draki, she is a draki that can turn into a human.  Did I confuse you?

Firelight swept me away from page one.  I was completely immersed in the story and dragons became real to me, if only for a day!  The draki's fight for survival in a world of either unbelievers....or savage hunters was a thrilling story.  Jacinda was such an entertaining character to read.  I really felt her pain in trying to do what was best for everyone else, while still holding on to the thing that made her who she was, being a draki.   The forbidden romance between Jacinda and Will, a hunter that mysteriously saved her from death, was perfectly written.  I love it when a romance takes time to just makes it that much more exciting when/if they do get together.  The mystery of why they are so drawn to each other will keep you turning the pages in anticipation, and the effect that being close to Will has on Jacinda makes you wonder if they'll ever be able to be together.

I'm sure there will be many out there that say that this book is just another cookie-cutter paranormal romance that follows the recent trends, and that may be true to a point.  But, I think that Sophie Jordan takes that werewolf cookie-cutter and twisted it around until she made her own draki shape, and it is fiery and delicious!  Ok, that was really cheesy!

I loved this book!  I can't wait for the next one, A Hidden Truth, to come out.

5 out of 6

Firelight is set to release on Sept. 1.  Go mark it on your Goodreads now!  Visit Sophie's web site here or follow her on Twitter, @SoVerySophie

Parents should know:  Other than one "major" cuss word, this book was very clean!  There were a couple of minor words and some kissing also.  For more info, check out Firelight on Parental Book Reviews.



  1. I'm super excited for this one, and even if there are cookie-cutter elements, I know I'll be okay with it! I love the ones that you finish in one sitting:) Nice review.

  2. I commented on Twitter but not here :( I've been seeing this book everywhere lately online and the cover alone peeked my interest. Your review makes me want to read it even more now. I've never read anything containing dragons, so I'm really excited for that. Great review!!


  3. I wasn't sure about this book, since I haven't liked any of the dragon books I've read so far. I might just have to give in and read Firelight now. I've only heard great things.

  4. Dragon book! It must be awesome!!!
    I just added it to my list! =)

  5. Thanks guys for the comments!! I'm glad that you guys are going to try the book! And thanks for feeding my need for reassurance! :) haha

  6. Hi Andy, loving your blog. I've been a major dragon fan for years so I'm looking forward to this one. It's already on my list, but your review made me shift it up a few notches - Thanks.

  7. Great review! I personally think that dragons are more legit than vamps and weres nowadays. Seriously, how fierce are they? They breath fire and fly! So I'm very intrigued by this mythology. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy. Also, I love that the romance takes time to build. I'm sick of the love-at-first-sight nonsense. Yeesh!

  8. @curly have you read it yet? What did you think?

    @Casey I hope you love it as much as I did! It ends in one major cliffhanger!

  9. I've been meaning to read this book for such a long time but never got around to it. I will definitely go to the bookstore when i can because I think its time i read it.


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