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Short Description for Firelight The first in an addictive trilogy about a teen girl who can shift into dragonform and her dangerous romance with the boy whose family hunts her.
- Published: 01 October 2010
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780061935084 ISBN 10: 0061935085
- Sales rank: 36,323
Reviews for Firelight
Review @ readintohiding.blogger.ro
I've been wanting to read this forever! Not only because of the synopsis, but because opinions are divided when it comes to this book (or this series). Some loved it and some didn't and that's mainly why I wanted to finally finish it so I can have an opinion of my own.
Truth is... I loved it! Dragons, love, friendship... I don't get how can someone not like it.
Jacinda is a girl that knows from the very start who she is. She's not denying her draki, in fact she embraces it. Doing everything in her power to hold on to that side of her, defying rules... she's a tough one. Strong willed, unique, these are just some of her many many traits.
The book puts a lot of emphasis on Jacinda's feelings and her struggle to keep her draki alive. I was glad to see she stays true to her nature, no matter what.
I absolutely love the relationship Jacinda has with Will. I like to read a relationship building up, that's what's the most interesting part in my opinion, and then when the two characters are together, it's awful. It's all lovey dovey, puking rainbows and everything, speeches like 'I can't live without you', it's all just a big NO for me. Well, here it wasn't like that. When they first meet, when they're together, when they're not, I believe it's perfectly written because I enjoyed every moment they spent together. There's a little bit of a love triangle going on, though not that much... (I believe it's gonna happen more in the second book), but despite having two guys in the picture, she knows exactly who she loves and who she wants to spend her life with, she doesn't wonder. And when she does wonder, it's not for which guy to choose, is for what life she wants and where she can be more... herself.
The story didn't lack action (and no, I'm not talking about Jacinda getting some, I'm talking about fights. And stuff. Bad stuff). Chases, fights, students going WHAAA-, evil people... you know, the usual.
Overall, if you like fantasy books, dragons, a good written romance and basically everything I said above, then read Firelight. I'm giving it 5 stars, after all. by Ioana Culcea
I love this cover! The fire red hair, eye scales makeup, and slitted pupils make the cover amazing. This book had me hooked by page one. I loved the idea that dragon like Draki could be in human form. What an exciting story idea!
The plot was great, the characters likeable. The plot felt like reading a story from Edward's perspective (Twilight). The main character wasn't the innocent human this time but a powerful Draki trying to stay in human form with all her volatile emotions. Intense.
The only thing that annoyed me about this book was the insta-love. There was a reason for it, but it still bothered me that their relationship was at a certain level before they decided to spend some time talking. Oh well, it was still enjoyable to read.
Firelight was an intense, exciting, and deeply romantic book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
violence: mild/moderate by Clean Teen Fiction
Hooked on this Series
Author: Sophie Jordan
Expected Publicatin Date: September 7th 2010
My rating: 5 out of 5 golden apples.
A hidden truth.
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.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Well, let's see. Where can I even start? This book was amazing! So much drama! So much action! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This has got to be among the top ten best books I've ever read in my life (which is honestly not that many.)Jordan has outdone herself with Firelight and I cannot wait to get my hands on Vanish and Hidden.
I loved Jacinda! Her will to keep her Draki alive was so admirable. I also loved the aspect that she was such a rare comodity in among her kind. Jacinda being able to breath fire is such an amazing talent!
As for Will, well, I think I have a new book boy crush! Tehehe. Will is so amazing! I can't describe much I want him to be my boyfriend! Even with the whole Draki hunter and Draki blood thing he has going on, I still wanted him so, so bad! His cousins and family, however, freak me out. They're all evil. How can Will be so different? I truly believe it stems from the fact that Draki blood flows through him.
Tamra, in my opinion, was whiny sometimes,and bossy. And Jacinda and Tamra'a Mother was no better. I thought it was absolutely unfair that they were both looking to Jacinda to make all the big sacrifices so that they could live in the desert. I mean, come on! Ok, I get that the Mom made a HUGE sacrifice by giving up her Draki for Tamra, and took a huge risk for Jacinda by leaving the pride. Seriously though, when I think about it I applaud Mom for being brave enought to stand up for her babies and not let them be taken advantage of. by Golden Apple YA Book Reviews
LOVED this one
Jacinda lives to fly and to make her own choices. But the pride makes both of those difficult. Born a draki -a descendant from dragons - Jacinda has an ability that has long been absent from the world. Her every move is watched and her future mate decided. Smothered but dealing, she breaks a rule that puts her and the pride at risk. Running for her life, she unexpectedly is saved by the very one sent to hunt her. Now she must hide in the mortal world to try and stay safe but the dry heat of Arizona stifles her draki. Her only hope is Will, the georgous boy that makes her draki come alive as it never has. But spending time with him risks her safety because Will has a secret too, one that risks not just Jacinda, but her family and the pride. How can she fight the pull to him that fires her insides and keeps her draki alive? How can she keep the secrets and protect the ones she loves?
5 stars - a must read
Since I listened to this book, let me start with the narrator. I don't think I have ever listened to Therese Plummer before but she did a fine job with this book. I wasn't distracted by her voice and I loved her reading Will. Very delicious.
The draki world is a totally new world for me. I love paranormal. I love my vampires and werewolves but it's so fun to find something different. Magical abilities that are not available is so many other books. Sophie does that for me in Firelight. It was fun to learn about a world where draki live and hide with lots of different lure. Learning about Pride rules and culture, learning about family life in a pride, learning about alpha's rules that aren't always what the individual wants - it was all so much fun. Really enjoyed the world building.
The characters were fabulous. It was interesting that Jacinda is a twin and yet her and her sister are so different. I won't tell you the big difference but I will say that while Jacinda is miserable in the human world, her sister Tamra is happy for the first time in her life. I keep thinking that the total opposite situation between them will have to be resolved at one point, but I am certainly getting ahead of myself.
Jacinda is a typical teenager in that she wants to make her own choices and doesn't understand why her family won't accept her for what and who she is. Sounds familiar enough, but the differences to typical outweigh the similarities from there. Jacinda is struggles to decide what to do to survive as a draki and those decision change by the minute as she tries very hard to stay away from the one person who could both save her and destroy her. At first, I thought, make up your mind. But then I realized how much she sounded like the teens I spend so much time with at school. Her character rings very true.
Cassian is still very much a mystery to me. We spend so little time with him but his character is so vital to the story. I'm sure there will be more of him in book two but for now, I'm not on his team. Sure, he's a hot male draki, strong and gorgeous but right now I'm not sure he's the best choice for Jacinda.
Who is the best choice for her, well I'm committing to Team Will. He is a mystery that I don't think we know enough about yet, but he loves Jacinda. He protects her. He battles for her. He's kind. He forgives. He has these awesome hazel eyes that change from green to brown to gold depending on his mood. I Just can't resist that.
As for the plot, I was surprised a couple of times. The story moved quickly and I really didn't want it to end. I read it in about a day. As for that ending, I cried. It was sad. But it's a book one and I can't expect everything to work out. It certainly makes me want to read book two.
This is a fabulous read that you really should check out if you are the YA paranormal type, like me. by Valerie Fink
Highly Recommended- This is a fantastic novel!
I absolutely loved this book! The plot is fantastic. One doesn't often see such cleverly written novels about draki, or dragons. I was a little skeptical for that very reason, but there was something about it that made me take another look. I am very glad that I did. Sophie Jordan's writing style is very well developed. She has published other novels, but this her first in the YA genre. I think she has done a fantastic job at writing for teens. Firelight is a novel that could convert any a person who dislikes reading into one that cannot stop. It is really that good. Ms. Jordan dragged me into her fantastic world where I was held captive until the very end.
The characters and love interests are very well developed. Jacinda is very strong and determined. She experiences many trials before she realizes that happiness may well be within her reach. She not only has to fight to preserve herself but also for her family and Will. Jacinda will do whatever it takes to keep her future bright and stay "alive." To do so, she has to have Will in her life, even if that means putting the lives of other draki in danger. Her development is important to the story and to the series and she is well on her way. Will is a fabulous love interest. I found myself cheering for him from the very beginning. When Will is first introduced to Jacinda, you know that he is not like his family. He is much different from them in many ways, but to avoid spoilers I will say that he is much more sympathetic and curious. Will really develops in this story and I can't wait to see how much of a role he plays in Vanish, the sequel. Cassian remains a mystery throughout the story. Sometimes he is possessive and uncaring, while other times he is sincere and kind. He is the future leader of their pride and is a very strong draki. He wants Jacinda for himself. She is mostly uninterested, but is a little unsure of her feelings.
The epic tale will have readers' hearts torn in many directions and desperately awaiting the next book. The characters and relationships are eloquently built. Readers will find that they dislike some and love other right along with Jacinda, and with good reason. This story is definitely worth a trip to the bookstore or library to check out. You won't regret it. I know that I will be reading this again (possibly twice) before the sequel, Vanish, is released. by Raychelle Smith
A capturing story!
When i first saw this book, it immediately drew me in!they say 'don't judge a book by its cover', but this cover was surely very tempting and proved my assumptions correct.
The story of Jacinda is something unique.Jacinda belongs to a pride of draki, human with the ability to manifest to dragons, that have survived throughout history.The draki exist in a limited number due to the fact that are tracked down and killed, sold for their rare skin and whatsoever. But what happens when the hunter falls in love with the prey?And the prey can't resist how alluring the hunter is because he is the only way to maintain the dying draki inside her?
Surely, Jordan presented us a story that hasn't been said, like in other fiction books. The writing is really unique and caught my breath!Most of the times in the book you can actually share the feelings of Jacinda, feel traped when she is, enjoy the thrill that Will causes her, been condused with the dead-ends that she has to face. And that is something exceptional. To be able to be one with the hero, share her thoughts, feelings and decisions. Live the story yourself!
Firelight is definately a must-read!I'm sure it will capture all of you and excite you to the core! by amalia
Oh My Books! Review
I totally love dragons, so when I heard about Firelight I easely decided to read it. It actually took me some time with my always-growing TBR pile, but I was happy I finally decided to read it.
Jacinda is a draki, a descesdant of dragons, and a very special one. She loves to be a draki, but her mother isn't so happy about it, and her sister either. One night she's forced to leave her home, her best friend, and Cassian, to move away to the dessert, where her drake is sure to die.
It has been a while since I loved a character so much. She was very strong and never accepted to let her drake die, as her mother and sister wanted to. She refuses to forget who she is and where she has come from. And she isn't dramatic! With the drastic change of life, she decided to fight for herself instead of crying or surrender.
I wanted her to escape her mother and her sister, who were very cruel to her and never thought about her feelings about then I remember she was also young, and at that age it's difficult to choose. But she's intelligent, and she isn't blind about her family. She loves them, but also knows they are being cruel to her.
About Cassian...he's another draki, and destined to become her mate. He's very strong, and is very attracted to her, so at first I wasn't sure why she wasn't so sure about him. But every time I read him I couldn't stop thinking, does he really likes her or her special power?
Of course, Cassian is not the only boy for Jacinda. There is also Will. She should really stay away from him, because he's way more dangerous than Cassian. She tries, but Will also wants her. He was a great character as well. He's dangerous, has a lot of secrets, but has a sweet and open heart (one of his many differences with his family).
Sophie Jordan's writing was perfect for me. Since the beginning I could understand Jacinda, and she transported me into the world she created, where draki exists and are always in danger from the humans hunters. She created real characters, selfish, in love, dangerous, liars; that made this book much more interesting than just a dragon's book.
Overall, Firelight has become one of my favorite reads. Original and with a cliffhanger ending, I really can't wait to read the next book, Vanish.
Posted at http://oh-my-books.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-firelight-by-sophie-jordan.html by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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An Illustrators Point of View On Firelight
When i first discovered Firelight it was the cover that immediatly drew me in. Its perfect for the story and immediatly tells the viewer about the main character Jacinda who has totally captured me. Sophie Jordans writing is perfect and i love the fact that Firelight is something new and different. The idea of dragons being able to shapeshift into humans and therefore becoming this new species which as a reader i have not encountered yet? Has just memorized me. The angst is this book is also something i havnt encountered yet which is a total breath of fresh air for the YA paranormal romance genre. The only bad thing i have to say is the beginning was fast pace and then the story got a little slow. But i do feel that this was necessary for setting up the scene a little more. Overall i loved Firelight and just could not put it down! Its a total breath of fresh air for this genre of book and im very excited to find out what happens to Jacinda next =) by Emmi
Firelight is YA and written perfectly
I have been dying to read a dragon shifter books. I've recently read Voices of Dragons which had humans co-existing with dragons but I have yet to read a dragon shifter book. I was spot on with wanting to read a dragon shifter novel- I enjoyed myself to no end. The YA world that Firelight presents is a fascinating read.
The Hunted- Jacinda is out of place, among her draki people and in the human world. She is special, a rarity among her kind. But all she wants is to make her own choices and not be burden by all other life expectations of her. The unwanted attention leaves her grasping for flight which then leads her into danger and after wards a series of events that threatens the core of who she is.
The Hunter- Will has a talent, maybe a curse, but that very thing takes him to a beautiful "red-gold luster" dragon and changes him forever. Will life is filled with the Hunt, raised to do so. Not always do talents equal to passion. They are not always one and the same.
I discovered a new world in Firelight. There are Prides of Draki living in obscure areas away from the those who can cause harm. Every description Sophie Jordan provides is distinct and imaginative. The fire glowing skin of Jacinda is described with clarity and passion. As the plot unravels I am drawn into the Draki world and absorbed the different kinds of draki. Also, Will and Jacinda's fight to be other then they are forced to be make their relationship imperative. Surely, I will continue to read the subsequent novels in this world and look forward to where book two picks up.
Firelight is YA and written perfectly so. If you like romance and YA this one is for you. by Chasityunder review
Reviewed by Lesley for TeensReadToo.com
Jacinda has never wanted the life laid out for her. Forced to be with a boy she does not love, to have children for the sake of the pack, she wants nothing to do with any of it.
Out of rebelliousness, she goes out one day in her draki (dragon) form, and she is almost killed by draki hunters. Her mother refuses to stand by and watch, and forces Jacinda and her twin sister, Tamra, away from the pack and into the human world.
This book has everything that I love about YA fantasy, and quite possibly even more.
You've got the girl who is rebellious and, while facing real issues, is still just a teenage girl. You've got the romance between Jace and the draki hunter, Will, who has such depth and personality he could have his own book. You've got the sibling rivalry where even in the end they still love one another. You have the high school woes of trying to make friends and keep enemies away. And finally, you have the amazing fantasy element of the draki that make it over-the-top awesome.
FIRELIGHT pulls you in and keeps you on your toes from the first page to the last.
It was sweet, suspenseful, scary, cute, funny, sad, everything all in one. This is my favorite book I've read this year, by far, and I would recommend it to everyone and anyone who loves to read young adult fantasy.
*Gold Star Award Winner! by TeensReadToo