Sunday, December 4, 2011
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
It never ends well when the Hunted falls in love with the Hunter...
Chosen from a young age because of her ability to breathe fire, the first fire-breathing Draki in generations, Jacinda has spent the majority of her years fighting the will of the Pride. Her rebelliousness leaves her at the mercy of the hunters, cruel poachers that seek to capture the Draki for their many resources, their tough skin, their ability to seek out gems and so much more. Against all odds, one of the hunters lets her go, a beautiful boy that leaves her with more questions than ever.
With the Pride seeking to oppress her forever, Jacinda is forced to hide among the humans whilst keeping her identity and the greatest defence of the Draki, the ability to appear human, a secret.
As fate may have it, he is there and his mere presence stirs the Draki within her, threatening not only her identity, but the entire Draki race as well.
Her inner Draki is fading, and Jacinda knows she must keep her Draki alive, but the cost is more than she could ever imagine, because in order to save her Draki, Jacinda must get closer to the very thing that seeks to destroy her...
Wow. Gorgeous and good!Just check out the cover my peeps.
A great combination, the storyline is so intricately woven that it just keeps you guessing. You know something's going to happen involving certain characters but it's almost impossible to guess what. Firelight is very well written and easy to understand, Sophie Jordan uses the perfect combination of action, mystery and romance to create a novel that will keep readers captivated.
So, Jacinda, she's the character who's got everything, but doesn't want it. Hey don't get me wrong it's not like she unappreciative, she just doesn't like all the attention it gives her. She didn't ask to be a fire-breather, and the good thing, is that she's genuine about it. She's very selfless, obeying the will of her mother even when it was like killing a part of her. I'd say she's got far too much patience :)
The idea of twins, with one in the spotlight and one left in the shadows, though overused, is brilliantly incorporated into this story. You can't help but feel empathetic for each of the characters. So there's Jacinda and then you've got Tamra, really they couldn't be more different. As you progress through Firelight, you can tell that Jacinda loves Tamra very much, and not just because Tamra never manifested, never became a true Draki. Tamra though can become a little demanding at times, but then you realise that she's been deprived of a life for so long, that she simply jumps at the chance to be seen as normal. Even though Tamra can be a tad (word that starts with a b and ends in itchy) at times, I suppose you've got to give her some leeway...
Back to Jacinda, she can be a little undecided at times especially when she's thinking about Will, the hunter boy, let's just say that she has very weak willpower when it comes to him. One moment it's all "No, bad bad hunter, must stay away" and then it's all "Hunter is so beautiful, smoochie smoochie" I found it quite entertaining to tell you the truth, and yes... it was all very cute. But I was a little annoyed at Jacinda, honestly woman? Where is your dignity?!?
Will, and all the other characters were very well created, I could actually see a clear image of them in my heads... or maybe I'm just making it up, but you get my point. Each has their own sense of being, I don't even think that makes sense :)
So yeah, there is once again a story of star-crossed lovers in this book, but who am I to complain? It was the perfect touch, adding a sense of unease and urgency to the story, they can't be together but in a way they can't be without each other. ooh-la-la
I love the story idea, I've always been a fan of dragons and Firelight is no exception, with its stories of Draki with their own unique twists you just can't help but be sucked in by the genius-ness of it all. DRAGONS WOOOOO!!!
Though I felt the story could be tweaked a little more to improve it, I still though it was great and I'm sure Sophie Jordan will astound us with Vanished
lol... might even give it a 3.8 hahaha