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Monday, November 4, 2013

NICOLE'S REVIEW: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Format Acquired: Paperback
Publication Date: September 7 2010
Publishing House: Harper Teen
ISBN: 9780061938054
Source of Copy: National Bookstore


With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special evena mong he draki - descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda's rebelliousness forces her family to fle einto the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The on 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.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


It's not right really, for a dragon shifter to fall in love with a hunter. But I suppose there's nothing more tempting than something forbidden. 

Jacinda is a fire-breathing dragon, rare for her kind. This automatically makes her mate to her tribe's leader's son and, seeing as how she's a precious commodity, has a lot of restrictions placed upon her. She basically feels trapped and when she's caught doing something she shouldn't have her mother makes it a point to uproot her from her life among the tribe and situates them among humans. It's not exactly easy for Jacinda but what can she do, right?

I don't know about you guys but it's kind of far fetched that fire-breathing dragons are few and far-between. And what's even harder to believe is that they're actually hunted to almost extinction. Say what? 

Also, what are the chances that when Jacinda's family move to a new town, they move into a town occupied by hunters? And the boy who hunted her down some time ago is, get this, studying in the same school she is? Yeeeeeeah. It was annoying but I found strength to let it go. That is until they meet each other and proceed to fall in love. Cue the sappy romantic interludes which aren't very sappy and border on annoying.

What pains me the most about this book are the characters. I ended up hating all of them and I don't know how I was able to finish the book. Jacinda's a lovesick dragon in love with Will. Her sister's a grade A little hussy and her mother? She's got that whole "mother knows best" domineering attitude and makes it a point to actually FORCE her daughter to let go of her dragon. She's basically asking her daughter to kill a part of herself. Mother did it so why can't she? 

The story isn't any better. Jacinda has to hide from the hunters while simultaneously date one, hide from her sworn mate, defy her mother's wishes and get into a whole lot of trouble which could have been avoided if dragons weren't portrayed as living their pathetic lives out in the middle of nowhere cowering in fear of the hunters.  

It totally destroys the image I have of dragons in my head and I rather like that image thank you very much. I actually have all three books right now but I'm making it a point to stuff them in the back of a cabinet because I don't think I'm capable of finishing the series. If you're looking for a book with dragons this one isn't for you, you're better of looking elsewhere like say... Seraphina perhaps. 



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