Monday, 30 August 2010

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan


Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Released: September 7th, 2010
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

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.

Review:

Firelight is freakin' fantastic (Try saying that 10 times fast, it gets difficult). Not only was I like an excited little girl the whole time I was reading it, but I got this feeling that I was reading something special. Books like that have been few and far between recently, and nothing has made me want to run down the road demanding everyone read it IMMEDIATELY. Firelight did, though, and it's definitely one of my favourite books of 2010. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it.

So, author Sophie Jordan comes from an adult romance writing background. And you can tell. The chemistry between Jacinda and Will sizzles on the page and, if it was possible, I'm sure my book would have caught fire. It's all about longing looks and shared space, and the fact that Jacinda can't get too close to him for fear of her Draki self appearing and scaring him away. It's a tough existence, but someone's got to do it.

Will (Oh, Will!), how I love thee. You've got smokin' hot hair, you're tall, you can fight, you're protective, and why can't you be mine right now?! I'm no dragon descendant, but seriously, I could learn how to sword fight or something. We could have fun. No? Okay. *sniffle*

While I love Will as a character, I also love Jacinda. She's pretty cool. She didn't annoy me in any way, she has lovely colourful wings, and she can totally look after herself. Yeah, she needs a hand every now and then, but who doesn't? When tall, dark and dreamy Cassian, a fellow Draki, stirs up some trouble, she handles it. Will also handles it, and it makes for some very tense scenes. Two beautiful guys squaring off against each other is always a plus in my mind, so I'm all for it.

The legend of the Drakis is so different from any YA I've read that it automatically put Firelight onto a pedestal. For me, there is nothing cooler than dragons, and here I get them on the same pages as hunter boys and smouldering romance. It really is a win-win situation.

Rock on, Sophie Jordan. Until next year.*



* I didn't mean that. I want the sequel, like, RIGHT NOW. Please?!

15 comments:

Rhiana said...

Will sounds utterly gorgeous ... you've convinced me anyway with such an enthusiastic review! I'm LOL at the thought of you running about telling people they must read it.

Jen said...

I'm excited to see Sophie Jordan in September!!! This book was amazing, I hope that everyone who stops by picks this awesome book up! I plan on buying two copies when I see her, and I will be giving one away on my blog :)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I so want to read this. can't wait for a weeks time :)

Savannah said...

I can't wait to read this. Great review :)

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

This review made me grin like a mad woman. SERIOUSLY can't wait to read it now!

A Canadian Girl said...

I must get my hands on this book!

Book Chick City said...

I really want to read this book, sounds really good and I think the cover is simple but striking at the same time - and for you to give it an 'A' means it's a must read for me :)

Lauren said...

Sounds AMAZING, and your review has got me super intrigued. Loving the sound of the Draki and the characters and the romance and just about all of it, actually. I want!

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

I knew you'd be gaga over it because I thought the lustmance between Jacinda and Will to be irritatingly Twlightesque. haha

I did like most of the story though and I am looking forward to more because it just sort of... ended and I didn't like that!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Fine, I get it. Call me convinced! :)

I Want To Read That said...

I'd buy it just for the cover (love it) but it also sounds amazing! This one has been ordered for a while - CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

Becky said...

OH WOW! It sounds like a fabulous premise and really well-executed. Kind of nifty to have the dragon angle. I want a copy. I am trying to limit myself to one US book a month because it is getting too expensive. This month it was Halo. So Firelight will have to be next month.

Jesse Owen said...

How could anyone not want Firelight after this review - it's on my wishlist now :)

Anonymous said...

This is seriously the best book ever! I could not have portrayed it in a better light. I, like you, am dieing for the sequel! =D

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