Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Genre: Teen Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Overview: 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.
“Firelight” really was your typical paranormal teen love story – I’ve read at least a dozen other books with the exact same relationship setup in the last year alone. What made this novel stand out was the originality of all the other aspects of the plot. Jacinda and her sister are from a secret society of dragon-shifters. To avoid certain political arrangements within this society, their mother takes them to live in the human world. Stuck in the deserts of the southwest, Jacinda meets a cute boy who just so happens to belong to a family of dragon hunters… all adding up to a fun fusion of fantasy and teen romance. I love anything to do with dragons, and the author does a great job at building their culture, even going as far as introducing different types of dragon shifters (which was my favorite creative element to the story).
Overall, while the love story is the same old format, it worked well in this story. I thought the whole thing was really sweet. While it seems like most books in this genre are only appropriate for older teens, I am happy to report that “Firelight” is great for even the youngest teen readers.
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