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Review: Firelight

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Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Publishing: September 7, 2010/ HarperTeen/326 pages
Format Read: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Classroom shelfability: Yes
Blue EggSummary from GoodReads: 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. 

My Thoughts: I wanted to LOVE this book. But, I didn’t. In fact, I really really really disliked this book. It had SO much potential too. IT’S ABOUT DRAGONS, PEOPLE. But, sadly, it was just like Twilight with dragons and dragon hunters.That’s the best possible way for me to describe it- Twilight with dragons. So much is the same– he tells her she shouldn’t hang out with him, she says he’s like an addicting drug, he has a posse, he’s “different”… I could go on and on. The parallels are endless. And annoying.So much of this book just seemed underplanned to me. For example, Jacinda does not like where she is living and wants to leave- she whines about it on every page. But doesn’t. And, I don’t get it. If she’s that miserable, why doesn’t she leave. She can literally FLY AWAY.

That said, I am intrigued by the Draki world and want to know more. I’d also like to know more about the hunters– do normal people not know about the dragons flyin’ around? Credit where credit is due: I like that the author created multiple types of dragons with different types of “abilities” and the gems that each family has seem very interesting. I just wish we had more about Draki than Jacinda’s crying.

I will admit that I read the preview for the next book. I was SUPER excited about a spoiler and considered reading the next in the series but I can’t bring myself to. Would my students love this book? Yes. Would dragon lovers like this book? Doubt it, or at least don’t compare it to any GOOD dragon lore. Would you like this book? Probs not. Skippable.


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