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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Firelight by Sophie Jordan (2 reviews)
This crazy, independent girl wants nothing more than to be just that: a girl. But her mother and twin sister have other ideas. They want her to be something other than she is. They want to kill her Draki. But Jacinda can't let that happen. Her Draki is the only thing that links her to her father, who's now been dead years. What will happen when she meets a boy who would put in jeopardy everything she's been fighting for the past few months? What if being with him might mean having her Draki killed by the one she's coming to love more than even her family?
Jacinda made me laugh and cry and curse at almost every turn. If you don't read this, you can't consider your curiosity rightfully satisfied I'd definitely recommend it to those who love the shape-shifting genres.
Rating: 4 Better than most
After a constant onslaught of vampire and werewolf books, Firelight seemed a comforting surprise. Being an eternal dragon/fairy fan, I knew this would be a great read, and although the plot of forbidden love sounded similar to Twilight's, was glad to give it a try. Firelight starts when Jacinda, a draki, breaks the most important rule of her kind: she shifts into a dragon and flies out in the daytime, in sight of possible humans and hunters. The Draki's most important defense is being able to shift from the form of a human to dragon, and if dragon hunters, who serve Enkros, evil beings set out to poach them, find out their secrets, the draki have no hope of surviving. That same day Jacinda meets a handsome hunter named Will, who surprisingly refrains from killing her and instead lets her remain hidden. She flees back to her nest and meets her mother and sister, Tamra, who both are unable to turn into draki like Jacinda. Her mother warns them that they are in terrible danger, and they leave the nest in order to spend their time in the human world. Jacinda is disgusted as she learns that her mother has set out to kill Jacinda's inner draki by forcing them to live in a dry desert area with no moist earth to quench her draki's thirst. She's also obliged to go to high school, where she discovers that they're here: the dragon hunters. I thought that Firelight was an okay kind of novel that had an excellent plot but lacked the style that would've defined it from other vampire/werewolf books published this year. Although Sophie Jordan beautifully described the need Jacinda felt to reunite with her withering draki, I thought that all in all Jacinda did not act as if she were half-human and instead walked and talked like a regular human girl. I would've liked to see some dragon traits in her, or at least something besides her dragon shifting that would've reflected in her personality. Another aspect that I didn't like about the book was that the romance between Jacinda and Will wasn't at all realistic. We did not delve much into their personalities before Jacinda fell head over heels in love with Will, the only reason being that being near him made her feel alive inside. Jacinda herself was a strong character, and admitted when she was selfish or vain. I liked that she had flaws but wasn't too proud to admit it, and that she cared for her mother and sister even though they did not understand her need to fly and be a dragon. This was a good book, with its own flaws, but I'm still very excited for Firelight's sequel, and hope to find that what happens to Jacinda next, it'll be action-packed and filled with dragons once again.
Rating: 4 Better than most