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Review: “Firelight,” Sophie Jordan

October 10, 2010
Review: “Firelight,” Sophie JordanFirelight (Firelight #1)
Written by Sophie Jordan
Published September, 2010 by HarperTeen
336 pages
Genres: Dragons, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / Shifters
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two-stars

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 leads 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 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.

I really wanted to like this book. It has an average of 4.10 on Goodreads, so I was hoping for the best. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to be the minority on this one and say I didn’t like it very much. I predicted the whole story one chapter in and struggled to get through it.

When I first heard about this book, I was like “WOW. DRAGONS!” Along with mermaids, they’re a supernatural being I want to see used more in YA novels. I really like them and all the possibilities of new storylines they can bring. Also, the book trailer for Firelight is pretty awesome with the girl breathing fire and all.

I liked the first chapter a lot. I wish we got to see more of the pride and Jacinda’s normal life. Although this is a book about dragons, there’s really not that much ‘magic’ in it. It takes place mostly at a high-school where everyone is mind-numbingly normal and boring. We have the jealous cheerleaders, study-hall partners and what not. I wish we actually had more dragons! Really, throughout the book, Jacinda is the only one we see and most of the time she’s in her human form struggling to hide the draki inside.

I WANT DRAGONS!!! (or, if we’re using the correct terms, draki!)

What bugged me the most about Firelight is that it seemed Jacinda was always chiding herself for being drawn to Will, because he was a hunter of her kind. She’d rave on about the cons of getting friendly with him, vowing that she’d break away and never forget what he did to her kind again. Then, she’s kissing him again on the next page, making the excuse that he brings her draki to life, therefore her mingling with him is justified.

I would be okay if this only happened once. But it happened several times! I felt like I was on a see-saw, going up and down again and again over points I’d already read a hundred times before! Instead of all the mental ping-pong, we could’ve had memories of Jacinda’s life with the pack, her friendships there – things that could’ve perked my interest instead of batting it over the head.

I found Will boring. I didn’t relish his appearances or even want to find out more about him. I think it was unbelievable that Jacinda and Tamra happened to enroll in the school he went to, right after fleeing their draki pride. Yet, like I mentioned, I predicted this from the moment he dived into the cave with Jacinda.

Instead, I would have liked to hear a story about Tamra and Cassian, back when she didn’t manifest and their friendship was ultimately crushed because he was to become alpha and he couldn’t have any future with a ‘dud’ draki.

I think Sophie Jordan’s draki world is ingenious. I was hungry for more of the draki and what they each specialized in, I was intrigued about the gem stones each family coveted, their lineage from dragons and their flight training. The problem is, I just think she picked the wrong story to tell.

I realize that my opinion of this book is an unpopular one, but maybe just one person out there will feel as if my points were there own. If that’s you, I’d really like to hear it!

Recommended to: People just getting into the YA craze.

About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History. A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

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  • Reply Kelly October 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, yes I have only read good reviews for this book, but it is refreshing and “balanced” to hear a different view.
    I haven’t read the book yet because I have so many to read atm, but the whole premise of Draki and the story seemed fairly original.

    I didn’t expect it had “school” situations in it, but it makes sense!!
    Thanks for your review.. I will make sure I share mine once I read this!

    • Reply Brittany October 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      I’ll be interested to see what you thought of it! Be sure to link me to your review when you have it!

      As for the school situations, yes, I had thought that maybe it would veer away from that typical setting… but no. That’s what lead it down the wrong path for me, unfortunately! Maybe you’ll think differently :)!

      • Reply Kelly October 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

        Sure, it might take some time but I will link you if I put it in goodreads or livejournal! XD

        I think it’s kinda unoriginal to relate everything to school unless there’s a reason connected to the school you know.. but I change my mind all the time because I have to admit I do read and like lots of books relating to students! *g*

  • Reply Lauren October 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Aw, it sucks that you didn’t like Firelight all that much. I’m one of the people that absolutely loved it, but I can understand where you’re coming from with the reasons why you didn’t like it. Perhaps, you’ll find another Jordan book to enjoy someday.

    • Reply Brittany October 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks for understanding! Sometimes people get really defensive when someone has a different opinion about a book they loved, but it all comes down to taste and we all have different ones :)

      That being said, I’m really glad you liked it!

  • Reply Loni October 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Oh…I was wondering how this book is. Like you, I’ve heard a lot of talk about how good it was. It’s on my TBR list…so we’ll see!
    Great review!

    • Reply Brittany October 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Yes, I had heard so many great things! I will be really interested in what you think! Be sure to let me know :D Thanks!

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