Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
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.
This was an incredible action packed page-turner from Sophie Jordan. I loved the unique world of the draki blended with that of the human world. The idea that the draki are the descendants of dragons really pulled me into this story. And the complicated relationships are fraught with tension. Jacinda's pride (a community of draki) is almost cult-like in their beliefs. They have planned out Jacinda's life because she has a special talent, and they want more draki's like her; by forcing her into becoming the mate of the alpha's son, Cassian. There was one thing that truly aggravated me throughout this book, and that was Jacinda and Tamra's mother. Although I can completely understand a mother's need to protect her children--it is a step way too far when you try to kill off a part of your child. They flee the pride and by living in an environment that is hot and dry, Jacinda's draki will wither and die, and that is all her mother and Tamra look forward to. Only the stranger, Will, who saved her once before goes to her school, and they find it hard to resist their feelings for one another. Cassian manages to find where they are hiding, and offers Jacinda a chance at life in the desert with her sister and mother, on the condition that she will think about returning to the pride. That is until he catches his intended mate kissing another boy. A fight between Cassian and Will has Jacinda exposing herself to unfriendly witnesses, and changes all of their lives irrevocably.