Firelight by Sophie Jordan ARC Review

Details: Hardcover, 336 pgs. (I reviewed an ARC)
Published: Sept 7th, 2010 by Harper Teen
Isbn: 0061935085 (ISBN13: 9780061935084)
Received from: Did trade for an ARC
Reading Level: Young Adult 12 and over

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:

The first thing that drew me to this book, other then the gorgeous cover,  is that they are shape shifting dragons.  I’m a dragon fan and if I hear a book has dragons it usually goes to the top of my to-be-read pile.    Ever since I’d heard about this book I knew I wanted it and I knew I’d love it.  And luckily I was right!  I did love it!  I couldn’t put it down!  I read this book in a short amount of time because I couldn’t stop reading it.  
I loved the main character Jacinda, and even though at times she really couldn’t make up her mind about what to do about her situation, it really didn’t get to me too badly.  I can imagine that that would be a sore spot with some though and I can imagine if there are bad reviews out there that is on the list.  She was quite indecisive and normally I would have been annoyed, but I guess I was loving the book so much it didn’t bother me.  
I loved Will from the moment he laid eyes on her.  I feel like we don’t really know him though.  Like something is still missing.  I’m not sure what it is, but in the books to come I’m sure we’ll learn much more. Gotta save some for future books!  
I enjoyed the angle of the two sisters.  They loved each other, but their differences were just so strong that it made things difficult for them.    And the situation with their mother was also a tough one, but one that normal, average teenagers go through themselves, to a certain extent.  It’s hard to understand that a mother has the childs best interest at heart.  In this case though I had to disagree with the mother, and I completely took Jacinda’s side.  
I’m very anxious to spend more time with the pride and learn much more about these dragons.  Sophie has it so that the dragons all have their own unique ability.  Jacinda is the only fire breather, which makes her special.  Some can go invisible, some can breath under water, some can make a mist hide their village and alter the minds of anyone who may still stumble into it.  This book mostly takes place outside of the village and away from the pride and I have a feeling we have a lot more to learn still!  
I give this book 5/5 moons.

You can find Sophie Jordan on her website | twitter |
You can purchase at your favorite bookstore.
Sophie has an awesome contest going on right now as well.  She’s giving away loads of books.  All you have to do is take a picture of your copy of Firelight.  Find the details here

I received my copy on my own through a trade with another blogger.  I was not paid nor influenced in any way for my review.  The opinions expressed are my own. 

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  1. So glad to see you liked this one! I’m still waiting for my copy and I can’t wait to read:) I haven’t read a lot of books with dragons, so I think it will be refreshing. Great review!

  2. Jenny, it IS different and there aren’t many with dragons out there! That makes it even better! The ones with dragons are usually pure fantasy and not urban fantasy.
    Melissa, I hear you on the TBR!

  3. I just read this one and I LOVED it too! I emailed Sophie Jordan right away and asked when the next one would be out, lol. She said it would be out in the fall but there is no title yet. Also, there will be three books in the series. So exciting! Loved your review.

  4. Excellent review! I am really happy to see that you loved this one! I like dragons too & the shapeshifting idea sounds like a great twist! Hope to read this one soon. :)

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