04 September, 2010

Advance Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan


I received this ARC at BEA, from the author, Sophie Jordan

Jacinda is a Draki; a dragon. She has the ability to breathe fire, which makes her a hot commodity in her community. But, her disobedience for the rules lands her in an untenable situation, and Jacinda is forced to leave the only home she's ever known, and the only place where she can be herself.

Trying to fit into the human world is hard for Jacinda, and her mother and sister can't understand her need to hold onto her Draki side, no matter how dangerous it might be for the three of them. The only person that Jacinda feels a connection to is Will. A hunter of her kind. And, the time is coming when she won't be able to hide from him any longer.

FIRELIGHT is the first book in Sophie Jordan's new paranormal YA series. It's an emotional tale about a girl who wants to preserve the one part of herself that could destroy her. It's not just that the other Draki in her community want to use her, but Will, the boy she has such strong feelings for is part of a family of Draki hunters. He becomes the dangerous addiction because he brings out the Draki side of Jacinda that she desperately needs.

The struggle between Jacinda and her family was one of the plot points that really stuck in my head. Her sister doesn't transform, and her mother had voluntarily let her Draki die years earlier. So, Jacinda is on her own trying to reconcile her need to keep her Draki alive, against the inherent danger this decision would bring. And, though her mother is seen as an adversary, it's clear that she cares for her daughter. I very much enjoyed reading about a parent who was not neglectful, and felt the need to hold some importance in her children's lives.

The relationship that Jacinda has with Will does seem to develop very quickly. Though, I don't feel that it developed too quickly, I'm also curious as to how it will progress over the next books in the series. I finished FIRELIGHT with a sense of anticipation for the second novel, and an appreciation for how well Jordan's writing drew me into this story.

4/5 for plot
4/5 for characters
4/5 for language

My Rating: 12/15 Highly Recommend
Bonus Cover Points 4.5/5 (ARC cover)

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