Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Amazon Synopsis:

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

This was... alright, maybe even pretty good. It wasn't bad, but I didn't find it particularly amazing.
Jacinda, the main character, is a dragon, or draki, who can shift into a human. And she's a fire dragon, which are rare. Because she's going to be forced into marrying this guy, her mom decides that they (her mom, her, and her sister) have to run away. And so they go into town and pretend to be human, and go to school, where she meets this boy, who turns out to be a dragon hunter.
I didn't particularly like Jacinda. She was a little whiny about things, and I didn't really like her sister either. Or her mom, for that matter, since I don't really think she was doing the right thing. They were all a bit all about themselves. Will wasn't too bad, and I didn't really hate the boy she's to marry, but I didn't really like him either.
What her pride (what they call their dragon/draki group, 'clan', or whatever) did was pretty uncool; the whole setting her up with a guy that she isn't all that interested in. The way Jordan does the dragon myth, and how she feels the dragon inside her and feels it fading, and it's connection to gems and things, was really neat.
Most of it was a little lackluster, though, and I didn't really feel for any of them. The ending wasn't too exciting, either. It wasn't really bad, though, I'm just not really excited for the next book, which is why I haven't read it yet. I think, though, that I also read something with a slightly similar plot right before or after this one, so that might be why I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped to. And hopefully the next one is better.

1 comment:

  1. I cant even believe how much I loved this book. I have not had a book keep me up until dawn for a while but this book did it! I just loved it. Everything about it. Sophie Jordan has written a young adult book that is exciting, empowering, and enticing! The reader cant help but fall head over heals for Will (the sexy hunter) and empathize with Jacinda's situation.