Sunday, 12 June 2011

Review: Firelight [Firelight #1] by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Firelight #1
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 3rd March 2011
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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 of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki--a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense.

Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt. The one 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 a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

My Thoughts
A flight at dawn with Azure is the start of the issue for Jacinda.  They are spotted by hunters and Jacinda wanting to save her friend sends her off and finds somewhere to hide herself.  Unbeknown to herself, Azure has gone back to the Pride to get help. 
Help arrives, but not in friendly terms causing Jacinda, Tamra and their Mother to runaway from the Pride and their hidden home in the mountains, and travel to the hot desert town of Chaparral.
Jacinda's Mother hopes moving here will kill Jacinda's draki, keeping her safe away from the Pride who want her back for her ability to change in a fire breathing draki.

In this new town, Tamra and Jacinda's roles are reversed.  Tamra fits in straight away, while Jacinda struggles, finding it harder each day to keep her draki alive until she meets Will.

Will, Xander and Angus are hunters, and kill the very thing Jacinda is.

We follow Jacinda as she tries her hardest to keep her draki alive, and how she copes with her conflicting emotions and feelings towards Will  and how she is dealing with the move and her feeling towards her family.

Can Jacinda continue on struggling, or will she find true happiness and at what price will it cost?

This book took a few days for me to read.  I felt it started off really good and getting straight into the drama, then steadily carried on until the last few chapters where the action comes back again.  I occasionally wished it would hurry up and get to the good stuff.  Hopefully this book has built all the back story and base for the next book Vanish to continue and improve on.

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