Feb 24, 2011

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 9.7.2010
Pages: 323
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Series: Yes, Book #1

Rating: A

Summary (from Goodreads):
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

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

First off? A huge thank you to Sophie Jordan. In a YA world filled with vampires and werewolves and angels and faeries, she managed to come up with a unique and wholly refreshing idea. If the book had completely tanked after that, I could at least give her props for that. Thankfully, the book did not tank – in fact, it surpassed my expectations and soared to the list of one of my favorites reads this year.

Ever since I saw that achingly beautiful cover (yes, I know it’s bad to judge a book by its cover, but come on!), I knew I wanted to read this book. When I finally got my hands on it, I devoured it in a day. The writing is so pristine and addictive, I couldn’t stop.

I usually proceed with caution when it comes to star cross’d lover tales, but this one was just too mesmerizing to stop. The pull between Jacinda and Will was like a broken power line snapping and popping with life at each encounter. It sizzled, I tell you.

My only complaint is the cliffhanger ending that nearly made me regret reading Firelight in the first place. Regret because I knew I would be waiting months for the follow up, and that can be a whole different circle of hell to an addicted reader.


  1. So glad you liked this one! It wasn't really my favourite, but it was definitely well written, and I liked how original it was in some aspects.

  2. Yup! The chemistry between Will and Jacinda was uber hot!

  3. Great review! I have been thinking about reading this book. You pushed to be sure read for me :)

  4. I've seen mixed reviews on this one, but the cover is amazing.

  5. Thanks for the review. I have this book on my to-read list so it's good to know if others think it's good or not before I read a book.

  6. Yes, the YA world is overwhelmed by vampires and werewolves and angels and faeries. But this sounds great and something I would love! Love the cover! :D

  7. I've just added this to my TBR pile, i am loving the sound of it - i'm not even that much in to YA these days but i always find a few that stir my interest & this one does :)

  8. The third book is coming out this year and I can't wait for it! I hope Jacinda would go with the mortal since true love trumps everything!

  9. I think dragons are my favourite mystical creatures. I will definitely read this series now.

  10. I was not a fan of this book. I love dragons, but I do not like Sophie Jordan's twist on dragons. I definitely don't like another "special girl" and human boy sappy romance. I hated this one actually, and I really, really didn't like Vanish. Probably why I haven't read Hidden. Great review though!

  11. I didnt enjoy Firelight :( The main character was very whinny but didnt do anything. I found it hard to accept her mother and sister would just allow her dragon side to die. Though it was explained I just couldnt get on board with it; it was too big of an emo leap that wasnt explined well.


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