Acquisition: received an ARC at BEA10
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. (from Goodreads)
I very much thought I was going to love this one - dragons are up there on my favorite mythical creatures list. Unfortunately, such was not the case.
The first chapter was pure magic for me. Jacinda as a draki - her family and her clan - their secret village in the forest. It was wonderful. I really really wish the rest of the story had taken place here.
After Jacinda is forced to flee her world everything went down hill for me. Now, I know I have some issues with unrealistic romance in young adult books. It's a pet peeve of mine really - love at first sight and love that doesn't make sense and love that comes out of nowhere and takes over the story and drags it down down down. These are things I really have a problem with. With Firelight it was different - it wasn't so much that I disliked the romance between Jacinda and Will it was that it upset me. Why? Because Will is a hunter. Will hunts and kills draki. Hunts and kills. Jacinda? Falls madly in love with him before ever speaking a single word to his face - head over heals true love without knowing anything about him beside the fact that he hunts and kills her kind. It was actually hard for me to read.
Also, Jacinda herself didn't make any sense to me at times. She hates leaving her clan - she talks about nothing else but getting back to them and when she's given the chance? She says she doesn't want to go. I very much felt like her internal thoughts, which we get a constant stream of, and her actions, did not match up at all. I felt like I was reading about 2 different people.
Firelight is the first in a series and even though I didn't like it, I will be reading book 2. I'm hoping there will be more draki and I'm really curious where Jacinda and her family her headed.
All in all? Love the concept. Love the draki. Love the overall myth and the magical elements. But? Really really didn't like characters or the romance.
A lot of people have loved this book so I highly encourage you to not take my word for it and give it a try yourself.
2.5 / 5 Stars
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*Sophie Jordan writes young adult fiction and historical romance. She also writes paranormal romance under the name Sharie Kohler.