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Firelight

by Sophie Jordan

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 29, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Firelight is rated 4 out of 5 by 6.

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

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 forces 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 the gorgeous, elusive 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.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.13 × 5.5 × 0.83 in

Published: August 29, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061935093

ISBN - 13: 9780061935091

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm one to read fantasy novels but this is a first about dragons. I enjoyed this book right from the beginning. I hope I'm not spoiling anything by saying that Jacinda is a draki..in human terms she's a dragon. A freaking dragon! I'm one to read fantasy novels but this is a first about dragons. The story includes Jacinda being ripped apart from her draki pride and living a normal HUMAN life with her human twin sister Tamara and mother in the desert. What Jacinda wants more than anything in the world is to be draki, but living in the desert hinders her abilities. As most YA novels go, you can't have a protagonist without a love interest, and that love interest comes in the form of "beautiful boy" Will. Unfortunately, Will is a draki hunter, and that's not only Jacinda's only worry. It also comes in the form of Cassia, the draki's son of the alpha who wants her back than anything else. I enjoyed reading this book, truly I did. I enjoyed the struggles that Jacibda had to go through, keeping herself hidden and making herself seem human enough. What I disliked was how much of a hypocrite Jacinda became. One minute she vows never to see Will again, then the next thing you know she's locking lips with him. And on and on and in it went. If she couldn't stay away then why didn't she just admit that to herself. It drove me a little crazy. It's quite simple, if you want something go get it. If you're in endangering yourself and your family then stay away. But she obviously couldn't because of their undeniable pull towards each other. Why did they fall in love in the first place? That I couldn't understand. The make out sessions were hot and heavy and considering Sophoe Jordan is also an adult romance writer there's no question she has skills. I hope some questions are answered in the next book. This was an entertaining read and I'd love to read more about the drakis. Rating 3/5 Quotes “His hand glides down my arm, folds over my hand. His fingers lace with mine, palms kissing. I can feel the fast thud of his heart through this single touch. This, the steady pulse in the cup of his hand, revives me. His presence always does this to me. Breathes life back in. Chases away the phantom like fast-fading mist. My skin tightens, rushes with awareness. My chest vibrates. Swells with relief, gratitude, and something else.”—Jacinda (176-177) “A hunter in love with his prey.”—Will (258)
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the dragon mythology I haven’t read a book about dragons since Eragon and I found Sophie’s take on dragons to be quite interesting and entertaining. I like that the family dynamics are more complicated than I get along perfectly with my mother or she doesn’t exist. I liked being able to feel Jacinda’s contradicting feelings towards Will. It actually felt that you were the one who was having the feelings. Many times I yelled out “Oh Come on Jacinda don’t you see it!” I love when I am able to yell at a character – even if they aren’t real they feel real to me. I really like Will, he is a real sweetheart and Jacinda seems to think so as well. There is just enough action, family drama and romance in this novel to satisfy every reader. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More like a little spark "A muscle feathers the flesh of his jaw..." Um, what? I read a lot of books, so I tend to understand the descriptions an author may come up with. This particular description comes up twice in that exact quote and once more slightly altered. I still don't understand it completely. Did Sophie Jordan mean that his jaw twitched minutely? Or that he had a hidden smile? And why am I so hung up on the one sentence? Okay, I will move on. The writing was nice, the love interest was nice, the tension was nice. Notice a common trend? It was just nice. This isn't a book my thoughts are going to keep coming back to. Even with the cliffhanger ending, I don't feel the need to find out what will happen next. And Cassian... I don't understand him at all. He wants Jacinda, he wants to protect Jacinda, yet he refuses to listen to her. He's the reason the ending of the book happened the way it did. (Okay, Jacinda is partly to blame too. But so is Tamra and even Will to an extent.) The weird part is how fast I read it, despite the lack of awesome it had. It took me a day and a bit to finish it. So I have to hand it to Ms. Jordan, she did write a book I didn't want to put down or chuck across the room. She just didn't deliver a book that I want to recommend to my friends or family. I'm eventually going to get the sequel, Vanish, but I'm in no rush. I just hope it doesn't end on as big of a cliffhanger as this one did.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing Premise Mini Book Review: Really love the premise on this one, but was a wee bit disappointed in the execution of the story. The writing is good and the storyline is interesting and fast paced, its just the story is definitely more suitable for a teen audience. There is way too much angst for my enjoyment and I wanted to slap the heroine for being so wishy washy and self involved. If you are a teen or enjoy this sort of angsty stuff than this is a fabulous story for you. No offense to the author on my lower rating (but hey 3 still signifies a good book by me) nothing to do with her talents, the rating is just based on my enjoyment of the story. Of course I am still going to read the rest of the books in the series because it interested me enough to want to know what happens and hopefully the character will become more likeable. 3 Dewey's My kids babysitter lent it to me
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firelight was an amazing read!! Yes, the story is reminiscent of many other YA fantasy-type stories... but the concept of the Draki put a unique twist into this genre... and I LOVED it! The following will contain a little bit of spoilery information, but I'm finding it hard to talk about the story without certain details, so be forewarned... The Draki are descendants of the dragon. Over the centuries, the dragon has evolved into the Draki -- creatures who can manifest (shape-shift) between human form and that of a dragon/human-type body. They are a race that is dwindling as time goes by. They live in lush, cool, moisture-rich mountains, shrouded in magic, to hide and protect them and their life-giving gemstones from the hunters and humans. The story's protagonist is Jacinda Jones, a 16 year old Draki who has a particularly powerful "gift" (all Drakis have a specialty or "gift")... and her's is being a fire-breather. Jacinda's pride has not had a fire-breather in several generations... making her a highly prized possession within the pride, and the alpha intends to have her mated with his son, Cassian, the heir of the pride, to ensure future powerful fire-breathers. The lack of choice in the matter, and an intended punishment after a careless outing on Jacinda's part, terrifies her mother to the point that she decides that they need to flee the pride and assimilate themselves amongst the humans. This is not going to be easy for Jacinda, who despite loathing the lack of choices she has, does not want to lose her Draki-side, which will happen being away from the life-giving domain of the mountains and living in the arid, desert-like city her mother is moving them to. Her mother gave up her own Draki nature when it became clear that Jacinda's twin sister, Tamra wouldn't manifest (non-manifesting Draki has become a growing concern in the pride leading them to desperate measures). Forcing Jacinda to lose her Draki makes her safer from the pride's intentions. I have to admit that, at the beginning of the story, Jacinda seemed a bit self-centered and so I wasn't too sure that I liked her. But through much inner dialogue, we truly got to know Jacinda and it became easier to empathize with her. She is a girl who has little viable options. She feels smothered, not in control, and desperate at times... all of which are understandable. She wanted to do the right thing but it warred with what she wanted for herself constantly. One thing that made me appreciate Jacinda's character is her defiance and determination (and desperation) to find a solution that allows her her choices, while trying to appease everyone, including herself. This is her driving force... and then she meets, once again, the mysterious Draki hunter, Will Rutledge, who spared her (in her Draki form) at the beginning of the story. Will changes everything for her. There is a chemistry that cannot be denied between them... they have a "sense" for each other, which is later explained. Their moments together are simply melt-worthy! However, Jacinda already knows that they have seemingly insurmountable hurdles... most of which comes from the fact of what his family does... hunt Drakis. And Will doesn't know that the girl he's strongly attracted to is the Draki he once spared. Will is a favourite fictional crush... he's kind and gentle... totally opposite to his hunter family... and he's protective of Jacinda while not smothering. We get the sense that he is not particularly proud of what he and his family does. He's her escape and he brings out her inner Draki in the most sizzling HOT way. We also learn that he has his own secrets as well. Can they survive each other's secrets and learn to trust each other? I couldn't really appreciate Tamra though, Jacinda's twin sister. She remained self-centered and selfish throughout much of the story. I understand her bitterness due to the cards she was dealt with in life, and that served as a major rift between the once inseparable twins, something she always held Jacinda accountable for... unfairly. Jacinda's mother... of course, I related to, being a mom myself... and feeling the need to protect her children even if they don't particularly like it. However, I wished that she told her daughter some truths earlier on... but I guess, this would have taken away from the angst and drama. Sophie Jordan has a talent for illustrating the scenes so beautifully. The opening chapter where Jacinda and Az take flight in their Draki forms was both breathtaking and magical. The action and chase sequences left me breathless and exhilarated at the same time. Some things I saw coming... others blind-sided me. The ending left me dying for the next book...
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read This has to be one of my favorite reads. I read it later than I wanted to but I did complete it! Reading this, made my whole body ache for Will who was describe as ... I cant even say because I can imagine what he looks like. Jacinda being a Draki and Will (LOVE) as the hunter is a beautiful story told about first loves, and differences that they can be together despite what they are. But I do have a feeling that Cassian will also have a piece of Jacinda's heart in some parts of the book, even though she kinda hates him, but all he want to do is protect her. The whole concept was really unique for this book which I did like due to its supernatural nature, with dragons etc. But this book was really well written, and I couldnt get enough of reading this great book. I didnt put it down! I just loved the entire book from start to end. I just love all of Jordan's characters, especially Jacinda and Will. I cant wait until Vanish comes out and read more of these characters. It picks up where we left off in Firelight! Overall. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book when I was at work or just at home reading it on Kobo. It had lots of actions... steamy bits of romance that will make your heart thump harder. I now wish I had the second book to know more!! Add this to your TBR lists because this series was great!
Date published: 2013-10-28

– More About This Product –

Firelight

by Sophie Jordan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.13 × 5.5 × 0.83 in

Published: August 29, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061935093

ISBN - 13: 9780061935091

About the Book

Jordan delivers the first title in an addictive trilogy about a paranormal teen girl and her dangerous romance with the boy whose family hunts her kind.

From the Publisher

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

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 forces 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 the gorgeous, elusive 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.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan is a former high school English teacher who resides in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she divides her time between inventing culinary masterpieces—her husband won't always agree—and visiting her family's pecan ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Sophie also writes young adult novels for HarperTeen and paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

Editorial Reviews

"Jacinda and Will''s intensely sexy scenes together will leave romance readers fired up for the planned sequel." (Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books)
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