Firelight by Sophie Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From Goodreads - A hidden truth.
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'd heard (read) a lot about this book over the past year and finally decided to add myself to the library wait list. I was put off a bit at first because of the overall writing style...it seemed sort of choppy, reminding me a bit of Stephanie Laurens, with very short or almost incomplete sentences. Yet the story overall stuck with me (even after I went to bed last night I found myself thinking about it!) and I did enjoy it. Jacinda is in some ways a typical tormented teenager -- yet her issues are much different than those of a typical teen. You can't help but pull for her and Will, and I'm anxious to see how that relationship continues to develop into the next book, and more about the secret we learn about him toward the end of the book. We're definitely left with a bit of a cliffhanger, with Jacinda and her sister fleeing with Cassius back to the pride (we think). I enjoyed the story, after a while becoming more or less immune to the style. If anything, it might have helped make it the quick read it was. I'm looking forward to book two and think I need to go put my name on the wait list now!
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