Review: FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan

FirelightTITLE: Firelight
AUTHOR: Sophie Jordan – Web
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
PARANORMAL ELEMENT: Shape-shifter Dragons
PUBLISHED: HarperCollins (September 7, 2010)
FORMAT: Kindle
SOURCE: Amazon (The cover drew me in!)



SYNOPSIS:
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.
REVIEW:
How can you not want to read that from this synopsis? I devoured this book in no time and enjoyed it. I love the new shape shifting idea of draki, the decedents of dragons. I love how the author describes how she shifts back and forth. I love how she gets emotional and the dragon threatens to manifest. It makes her feelings so volatile. Teenage emotions can be so melodramatic sometimes but her feelings put all of her secrets at stake. All the more reason to be dramatic! Cool! Plus there's a chick-fight!
My only hang up lies with Jacinda’s vacillating. It’s like whiplash… yes, no, yes, no, yes, no!!! At one point I had to go to the bathroom or something, when I came back, I forgot that she had decided to stay away from Will. That was one bad thing. The other was that it wasn’t very believable that her mom would be so slack with their safety after racing to leave the pride. Just saying.
RATING:
I whole really enjoyed this book. It was a swing away from the werewolves and witchcrafty kind of stories. I loved learning the lore of the draki and watching Jacinda deal with suppressing her inner dragon. It was an emotional and a thrilling adventure. BUT, it was alarming how abruptly it ended. Sorry to share that tidbit, but I wouldn’t have minded being forewarned of a cliffhanger.
I’d rate this book at a 4. It was a Very Good story. It could have been better if it had an ending. I just hope book 2 will just make my imagination soar!!! (VANISH by Sophie Jordan will be released Sept 6, 2011!)
**Oh, snap, I was just on Sophie’s website and Firelight is being optioned for a film!! Sweet!
RECOMMENDATIONS:
I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. (Pam & Lindy you may borrow it.) The kisses are passionate but not embarrassingly so and there is maybe one bad word… maybe. So read away my friends!