January 12, 2013

Review of Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan


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.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

add to goodreadsFirelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan
Publication Date:  September 7, 2010
Publisher:  HarperTeen

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Gabby NewI’ve actually been dying to read Firelight by author Sophie Jordan for such a long time now. I have finally gotten my paws on the novel and I cannot express with words how much I am in love with Will I adored the novel. Everything about it was just perfect and it was one of those novels that I just couldn’t put down, I needed to know what happened next after each chapter finished and in short (for the twenty-four hour period it took for me to read it) I was obsessed with Firelight and couldn’t be any happier with that fact. A novel with people who can turn into dragons, falling in love with your mortal enemy and fearing that somebody might tear you two apart? Oh my gosh, you had me at people who can turn into dragons…

Firelight is the story of Jacinda, a teenage drake girl who can breathe fire. Despite how cool that sounds, Jacinda is condemned to have to be with Cassian the prince of her pride so that she can breed more fire breathing drake. When Jacinda is caught by a group of Draki Hunters when she is flying out in the forest with her friend Azure, she finds herself face to face with a Hunter and to her surprise, he doesn’t kill her and lets her go. Upon returning to the pride, Jacinda’s mother decides that Jacinda and her younger twin sister, Tamra are going to abandon the pride to live in the human world. Against her will, Jacinda finds herself going to a human high school where she ends up seeing, against all odds, the same Hunter that let her go. His name is Will and at a first glance, he falls in love with Jacinda. Jacinda does everything she can to keep her distance from Will, being near him causes her draki to manifest and she knows how dangerous he and his Hunter cousins are… But he’s different. Jacinda can’t deny that there’s something between the two of them that would cause her to risk everything she has to remain with him.

The one thing that really appealed to me about Firelight was the whole humans-becoming-dragons aspect of the novel. I really liked the idea and I liked the way that the author portrayed it all, but I’ll admit that the descriptors used in the novel had me confused with what a draki should look like in my imagination. At the mention of some descriptions I saw full on dragons (like the type of stuff you’d find in Skyrim or something), at others I saw these demented half dragon-half human creatures—I assumed that when she manifests, Jacinda turns into a dragon, but I was still left a bit confused on that part of the novel.  Other than that, everything else was absolutely magnificent.

What I think made the novel really appealing was Will. The romantic male lead, Will is everything that I love in a teenage guy character. He’s tall, dark and brooding, but at the same time he’s caring and sweet and does everything in his power to get Jacinda to open up to him and face the fact that he’s in love with her and vice versa. When he learns what she is, he doesn’t call the cavalry to come and kill her and he doesn’t fear her—he just seems to love her more because of it. Seriously? How romantic is that?

Considering the heart stopping ending and how many emotions Jordan’s writing style managed to stir up within me, I am going to go insane if I don’t get to read the sequel ASAP. I would recommend Firelight to fans of YA fantasy who want a modernized twist, readers who want a YA romance that will have you falling in love right along with the characters and those of us who just think that the premise of the novel is interesting. I say, read the novel, you won’t regret it. Easy as that.

About the Author:

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature – teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. Ellen

    This sounds really good. Great review!

  2. Silvia

    Of all the days you could have picked to post this review, you chose the one I went and I bought the second instalment! LOL
    I loved Firelight and your review is great!

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