- Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Book Group
- Format: Hardback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 33mm | 408g
- Publication date: 1 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0061935085
- ISBN 13: 9780061935084
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 41,018
A hidden truth. Mortal enemies. Doomed love.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.
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By Ioana Culcea 11 Feb 2013
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 Clean Teen Fiction 29 Aug 2012
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!
By Golden Apple YA Book Reviews 12 Apr 2012
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 Valerie Fink 04 Feb 2012
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 Raychelle Smith 14 Jul 2011
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.
"Jacinda and Will's intensely sexy scenes together will leave romance readers fired up for the planned sequel."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books