Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight (Firelight, #1) by Sophie Jordan

Series: Firelight #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 7th 2010
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

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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Review

This book didn’t do it for me. The only reason I am giving it a three star rating is because of the originality of the supernatural element. It was a great idea to write a book about dragons, and this book was just as well written and entertaining as most Young Adult supernatural romance novels.

It just stuck to the same old formula too much for me to give it a higher rating. If you take any mildly entertaining book that you have read about vampires, werewolves, angels, and demons; remove those creatures; and insert dragons, you will have read this book. Nothing new happens.

It may have been slightly different to make the female lead the one with the supernatural abilities, but it was not different to have her falling for a guy who is supposed to want to kill her but doesn’t because he feels an unexplainable connection to her.

This book also had a developing love triangle and I really don’t like those so that may further explain why I didn’t like it that much. In this book the main character, Jacinda is focused solely on Will, but it is clear that her feelings for another boy will get stronger as the series goes on. That other guy made it difficult for me to invest in Jacinda and Will. Why should I invest in them when they aren’t even that invested themselves? I can’t connect with a couple when one or both of the characters are involved with other people. Sorry.

There wasn’t a lot of action in the story, but I did like some of the politics involved in the world of the dragons, and Will was a very attractive leading man. I liked Jacinda despite her tendency to whine, and I was more frustrated with her mom and sister than I ever was with her. They wanted her to allow the very essence of who she was to die away because it would make life safer. Maybe I was supposed to understand why her mom took her to live in the middle of the desert and wanted her draki (dragon) to literally thirst to death, and I actually do get that her mother was keeping the family safe. But her mom wasn’t sympathetic enough. Both Jacida’s mom and sister treated her like she was being a spoiled brat who didn’t want to move. The poor girl just didn’t want a part of her to die! I don’t know how that made her a spoiled brat.

I think this is a case of the book just not being right for me more than it being a bad book. I have just read too many books that follow this formula, and if I liked books like that, I would have probably liked this too, but I am no fan of love triangles, insta love, and cliff hangers so this book gets three stars.

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Author Biography

About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

  1. I’m not the biggest fan of this book either. The idea is interesting and I actually enjoyed it when I read it, but after reading the sequels, I had to rethink things. I hate saying this, but I recommend not continuing the series. It kind of goes downhill.

    1. It gets worse? I will definitely stay away then.

      I just think they could have done so much more with the plot, but it ended up being the same thing I’ve read 100 times.

      Thanks for the warning. 🙂

  2. I was so frustrated with her mom as well when I read this! Like how is it a bad thing if you don’t want part of yourself to die before you ever get to really know it? Let Jacinda decide! I’ve read this whole series and it was okay… I definitely liked the first book the most out of all of them. I just pushed forward because I wanted to see what the author would do with the ending and it was pretty good although a little thrown together.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Right!? They treated her like she was an ungrateful brat, but she just loved who she was. I thought they were so mean to her.

      Based on what you and Jessica said, it seems like the series just goes downhill after the first book too.

      I hate that because dragons are such an interesting subject.

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