Love, war, secrets and most importantly dragons! This book soars!
Authors Site Description:
"With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda's rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can't resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she's risking not only her life but the draki's most closely guarded secret. "
Sophie Jordans' Firelight, is a book about a girl named Jacinda who has the the ability to morph into a draki. Jacinda is a greattastic protagonist and I loved and believed every action she made. She struggled with her desires to fly, which always got her in trouble, but she didn't give into what was expected of her. She was strong and passionate and willing to give up everything to be who she really was. But then, when she is nearly killed by Hunters, she is taken away from everything she has known and has to fight to keep her draki and her dreams alive.
Jacinda is a self-conscience girl, but not the annoying type who is always comparing herself to the girls around her and complaining about how she doesn't understand how, soandso, likes her. She is self-conscience, but she loves herself and knows who she is and isn't afraid of learning more about herself. Jacinda has a very interesting relationship with her twin sister and her mother and I love how real it all seems. Tamra was a great character and the contrast between her and Jacinda though they are twins was fun. Tamra is not a draki and that's no secret, so she wants nothing more to be happy, to be prom queen or a cheerleader. Normal.
I really enjoyed Jacinda's connection to Will and the intense flip-flop of her feelings towards him, because they were real. Will was a good love interest and the best part about him was that he didn't need to protect Jacinda against anything and neither her, him. Though they both tried to which is a good thing.
Cassian, the future kingish guy of the draki, was great and I believed everything he said, though I still don't know if any of it is actually true.
Will's relatives, the Hunters of the draki are very, very creepy and they're awesome and the way Will acts around them, was yet again, exactly how someone in his situation would react. All of the characters are real!
But, not everything was great. This book including the title reminded me of Twilight, but it felt like it took all of the best parts of Twilight (which is very little) and constructed a beautiful and captivating tale in a way that Twilight should have been, but other then that, it was topnotched!
And the ending . . . I loved the ending!
Tallied Up, A 4.6!
Visit the author, Sophie Jordan at her website: http://www.sophiejordan.net/
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