by: Sophie Jordan
About the book:
Jacinda is not your typical 16 year old girl. Actually, she's not your typical girl period. She's a draki, a descendant of dragons, able to shift from human form to dragon form at will. Yet, even among draki she stands out. Not only is she exceptionally fast, she is a fire-breather. The first is centuries. To say her pride is protective of her would be a gross understatement. They will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and, as Jacinda soon realizes, under their control.
After breaking one of the main pride rules Jacinda and her best friend end up hunted by the enemy. In an effort to help her friend escape Jacinda becomes cornered. Certain that she is going to die, she is surprised when the hunter appears to be a boy about her age. She is downright shocked when he lets her go. Not only that, they seem to have a connection that she just can't forget.
Having narrowly escaped death she returns to the pride only to be forced to flee with her mother and twin sister. They begin their new lives in the desert climate of Nevada. Jacinda misses her old life and the freedom her draki had. Her new life and home is restrictive and literally deadly to her draki self. How will she survive? Is this new life really preferable to her old? And what was it about the hunter that still has her tied in knots?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A lot. Like, actually, I loved it. Sophie Jordan is fabulous. This is her first novel for young adults but she has written several romance novels for adults. This expertise shows through.
Jordan has created an incredibly interesting and beautiful mythos for her draki. I love the way that she imagined and explained their evolution. It wouldn't make sense it the draki were still like your stereotypical idea of dragons. How would they have survived and remained unnoticed? Jordan's draki are a new and unique type of supernatural being that I can't wait to read more about!
Now enter hot boys... you can't have romance without the hot boys! Notice my use of the plural! Firelight has not one, but two, yes, TWO hot boys. There is hot draki boy (Cassian) and hot hunter boy (Will.) If that isn't enough to get you reading it I don't know what more I can do!
I honestly had an INCREDIBLY hard time putting the book down. I haven't had that happen in quite some time. It's extra impressive because I was reading it before seeing Sophie Jordan (and two other lovely YA authors!) at an area bookstore. She is absolutely delightful and I am glad that I put the book down to go and meet her. Check out her website at http://www.sophiejordan.net/ and follow her on twitter @SoVerySophie :) Pick up your copy of Firelight ASAP. The only thing you'll regret is the wait for the next book.