Saturday 2 March 2013

FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan

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.
Wow. What an awesome book this turned out to be. I borrowed it from the library and have already put the next two books on hold.

Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons who can become human. She's also a rarity--a fire-breather--and so her pride pretty much wants to control her every move so she can pass the gift on. But she's rebellious and loves to fly, so when she sneaks out with her best friend and they're spotted by hunters, she hides. One of the hunters finds her but doesn't tell.

She can't believe her luck, but her adventure forces her mother to get her and her twin sister out of there in the middle of the night...or Jacinda's punishment will ruin her draki. Not that moving to the desert helps. Here, her draki suffers and will eventually die.

Trying to fit into the human world is torture. Until she runs into a boy called Will, who happens to be the hunter who protected her in the cave. Something about him draws Jacinda as much as the draki always lurking beneath her skin.

I loved this story! The mythology of the draki and hunters was fascinating. I enjoyed watching Jacinda grow as both a human and draki, while trying to fight her attraction to Will. I also felt sorry for her because her mother and twin sister continually alienate her because of what she is. Poor Jacinda.

I have to admit that Tamra annoyed the hell out of me, Xander creeped me out, and Cassian made me angry. But they're balanced out by Jacinda, Will and Catherine :)

Such a great story, but the way things ended... what's gonna happen next? Can't wait to find out.

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