FirelightThursday, October 20, 2011
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by HarperTeen
Playlist (Earplugs advised.)
I'm content with losing - Underoath
Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin
When the sun Sleeps - Underoath
Vampires, werewolves, pixies, faeries, zombies, wizards, ghosts, angels, demons, shifters, mermaids, and now dragons. What else haven't I cover?
Firelight is my first book about dragons (well, if you don't count the dragons I read about in Harry Potter) and now I can add Drakis to my list of favourite mythical creatures.
Jacinda Jones is a Draki, being the first fire-breather in her pride which dragon trait was thought to be extremely rare and nearly extinct, the elders had made plans for her entire life without her even knowing it. After an incident where Jacinda had broken her pride's most sacred tenet, her mother, along with her human twin sister decided to bust the whole family out and start anew in the middle of a desert, hiding in an exposed space where dragons have no place to conceal themselves.
But her mum's decision was killing Jacinda in the inside. By burying her Draki side, Jacinda will also bury a part of her, the only part of her that was real. Jacinda was miserable, she was trapped, she wanted to escape but obligations tied her down. So what if her only key was Will Rutledge? A guy with a handsome face? A guy who made her felt alive again? The boy who revived her Draki side, made her heart race? And also the boy who happens to be a dragon hunter ?
I had my fair share of forbidden romance, from Edward and Bella in Twilight to Patch and Nora in Hush Hush, and it all ended up with me obsessing over fictional characters. Will I call the relationship between Will and Jacinda forbidden? Obviously. But I rather call them an ironic couple. A dragon hunter and a Draki, and in this book, humans actually has the upper hand.
Firelight was amazing, not only because it was my first time reading about dragons (I felt like a kid first time being in Disneyland) but the writing kept me at the edge of my seat. The characters portrayed were also easy to relate to. From a forced-to-do-things-I-don't-want-to-do Will, to I'm-stuck-I-can't-get-out Jacinda and to I-just-want-to-fit-in Tamra, the story was all about teenage rebellion and feelings with a fictionalised twist. And the book wouldn't be complete without a few dramas.
+1 for the forbidden romance between Will and Jacinda. I like that Will was not entirely oblivious to the existence of dragons (and that means his not just some random, clueless, mundane human) ; and that Jacinda was torn between approaching him and staying away from him.
+1 for the idea of having a third wheel. Cassian, the alpha Draki from Jacinda's pride was described as selfish and prideful, yet he was both Jacinda and Tamra's best friend before they manifested. The relationship between Cassian and Jacinda seemed more like an arranged marriage to me, and the fact that Cassian is also a draki made the story more interesting, I am sometimes bored reading about werewolves becoming the third party.
+1 for the family drama. Jacinda loved her family, but her mother was tyring to bury her Draki, and she couldn't be happy enough for her sister without thinking about herself. Bittersweet family.
+1 for the sadistic Rutledge hunters. Apart from Will, Jordan managed a great job in portraying the Rutledge 'clan' as cruel hunters, it was very convincing, especially Xander ~shudders~
I've heard many great things about this book and I'm pleased to say that it did not disappoint me. So, if you are looking for a fiery night, don't hesitate to grab Firelight!
Second book of the series, Vanish was released in September 6th 2011.