Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ARC Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight
Series: Draki #1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Available: Now
Number of Pages: 336
Reading Level: Young Adult

5 out of 5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:

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 leads 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 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.

My thoughts:

Jacinda is the only fire breathing draki in existence. This makes her a valuable asset to her pride, and they have big plans for her. Plans that involve the future alpha of the pride, and lots of little baby draki. After Jacinda makes a poor choice that exposes her to the men that hunt her kind, her mother makes the decision to flee with her daughters. They move to the dry desert climate where Jacinda is expected to let her draki side die, just like her mother did years prior. Jacinda struggles with doing what is best for her family, and what feels right in her heart. She also falls for a boy who she should consider an enemy.

Oh my! I am madly in love with this book! I devoured it in one sitting. It was that good! I didn’t know what to expect going in. While I love paranormal/fantasy novels, this is my first with a main character that is a dragon. After 50 pages I had forgotten all other supernatural creatures, and decided I want to be a dragon when I grow up. A girl can dream, right? :)

This is a story that gets in your head, and won’t let you stop thinking about it. My heart ached for Jacinda, and the sacrifices she would have to make to safely hide from the draki she left behind. Yet, at the same time I agreed with her mother’s choice to hide her.  I thought Jacinda having a twin was a great addition to the plot. The rivalry was present, but it didn’t add unnecessary angst to the story (which it easily could have). Not to say there wasn’t conflict. Things between Jacinda and her family was strained, but not over the top emotional craziness. Whenever they were together I could feel the tension. It was like being a fly on the wall. I love when a book can make me feel that invested in the characters and their struggles. The chemistry between the characters was right on. Love interest, Will, was definitely dreamy. Forbidden love or not, I’m rooting for him and Jacinda! 

It isn’t often that I finish a book and feel like the author managed perfection. Firelight is one of those books that I can say encompassed everything I crave in a story. This is a case of straight up book love ♥ My shelf of keepers needs a finished copy ASAP.

Now for my mommy disclaimer :) This is what I’d consider a pretty clean read. I liked that instead of dropping *F* bombs the author would just state the character cursed. A couple steamy kissing scenes, but it wasn’t enough for me to discourage the younger crowd from picking this one up. I actually plan to recommend this to anyone that will listen. Endearing characters, an engaging plot, and captivating writing. What’s not to love! The ending packed a serious emotional sucker punch. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Jacinda as this series continues.

I’m also thrilled that this author has a slew of historical romances (my guilty pleasure) published. Love her writing style, and I hope to pick up a few of her other novels while waiting for the sequel to Firelight.

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  1. Perfection?! WOW!
    It must be good! Thanks for such an awesome review - you've got me literally EXCITED to read this!

  2. Oh my, sounds like it really is that good :D Thanks for the review, I think you convinced me ^^

    Greetings from Austria,

  3. Perfection? Very cool! And thanks for the mommy moment :)