Firelight (Firelight, #1)by Sophie Jordan Published 07 Sep 2010
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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.
"Firelight (Firelight, #1)" Reviews
Shape-shifters are nothing new.
How cool is that? OR NOT!
I loved the idea, but unfortunately, I struggled a lot with Firelight and story fell short.
There were such high expectations for this book, but it sucked .......BIG TIME!!!!
The tagline for this book is:
→A hidden truth.
→Doomed love. <----- See, this part was what intrigued me the most!
But after a few chapters, this unique story about draki's turned into a "new girl in town meets hot distant boy at school" story and it lost all uniqueness it had going for it.
MAJOR RANT-FEST :
*********Never say I didn't warn you!!!*******************
Firelight is much less about dragons than it is about yet another love story between the apparently-average-but-actually-very-special-outsider-girl and the mysterious-has-a-dark-secret-is-her-mortal-enemy-but-is-ultimately-just-a-complete-sweetie-and-love-of-her-live-bad-boy .........
❶ Jacinda is, without a doubt, the worse MC I have read in a looong time.
(And, trust me I've read more than my share of infuriating-as-hell MCs.)
Look at me.
You, Jacinda, are selfish, infuriating, stupid, AND selfish.
I wanted to strangle her.
Whiny little bitch.
'Oh I must do this for my family they must be happy oh no what do I do oh Will is hot hot hot oh no my family OH NO!'
God. Really, I think the author was trying to make the main out as a selfless character. It totally backfired. She just whines about what she think she needs to do, without actually DOING anything.
You are worse than Bella Swan, because while she infuriates me as well, I can better tolerate an ridiculous overload of foolish selflessness rather than childish selfishness.
The overall story does that to me, too, but you are really the main reason why I simply stopped caring.
(And, let me tell you it's not a good feeling at all!)
She call's her mother, in one fleeting scene... a sadist.
You're sixteen, you're angry, I get it. But for a moment, please, just shut up.
See, Jacinda is possibly the epitome of adolescent over-reacting.
By the way, to have more brain cells inside your brain wouldn't hurt, Jacinda.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHANGING INTO A DRAGON AND FLYING OUT IN THE OPEN WHEN YOU KNOW FULLY WELL THERE'RE EVIL DRAGON HUNTERS OUT THERE?????
In case you disagree with me, consider this:
Living in her Draki community, Jacinda feels trapped. Living the the *human* community, Jacinda feels trapped. Living in her Draki community, Jacinda complains of being used. Living with her mom and sister, Jacinda complains about being used. There is no other reason for her mother to make them all leave the Draki community other than Jacinda's safety . If she wanted to leave just for her and Tamra's happiness, wouldn;t they have dragged Jacinda away from her community the instant they learned of her father's death?
I'm getting pissed off just remembering it all.
❷Hello, stereotypical high school and teen angst-ridden love(love, love, did I say love??????) story.
There is lots of standard teenie romance with a special dose of high school drama.
But my biggest problem is that Firelight is a lust story, not a love story.
Also, totally did not buy the romance.
Sorry, but no.
So Jacinda can "sense" Will.
Big whoopdee-doo, and I mean crap, we're only told this like five bazillion times, that she lights up like a Christmas tree and starts hyperventilating whenever Will is within a five mile radius. Wonderful.
Is this supposed to make me believe they're in love?
Because um... it doesn't.
There is no relationship developed between Will and Jacinda.
Why do they even like each other?
They're both hot.(OH, wow, no prizes for guessing!)
They never talk, and when they do it's very brief, yet we're supposed to believe Will is in love with Jacinda and that Jacinda loves him oh so deeply she'd do anything for him.
They spend more time making out than getting to know each other.
As to the male lead Will, I would have been okay with him
*major plot spoiler warning* if only he didn't turn out to be a freaking stalker.*end of spoiler*
(Even the name Firelight resembles Twilight, hah!!!)
Basically half of the novel Will tries to convince Jacinda he and his family are dangerous and she should stay away.
Later on, Will completely makes a 180 and shows up at her house saying he's tired of trying to stay away from her.
I want to see why the characters fall for each other and I love to see how they fall for each other.
Will and Jacinda are just two teens in lust with one another.
I don't want to read about a whiny dragon-- I want to read about a fiercely awesome, fire-breathing, scare-the-pants-off-you, courageous, warrior-princess dragon!
Sigh... I know, I demand way too much from my books.
If I read ONE MORE BOOK with The Blond Bratty Cheerleader who becomes oh-so-jealous because The Unattainable Guy is head-over-heels for the "Flawed Female Protagonist" because they are "inexplicable drawn to each other"-- I. Am. Going. To. Snap.
❹Oh, and there's a love triangle. 'nuff said.
I can stop right here, because anyone, I repeat, ANYONE can practically spell out the rest of the story from this point.
PS: If you can handle cliches flying from all directions, then you might be okay with this book.
Ach Menno, ich kann dem Buch leider echt nicht mehr als 3 Sterne geben und das obwohl die Geschichte so viel Potenzial hat und es sich so schnell lesen lies. Allerdings waren hier so viele Jugendbuchklischees enthalten, vom Highschoolzickendrama über Instalove bis hin zum Anfang eines Liebesdreiecks. Darum musste ich 2 Sterne abziehen obwohl mir die Idee, das Worldbuilding und soweit eigentlich auch die Charaktere gefallen haben. Klar, Jacinda war manchmal ein wenig eigen, aber ich finde es gibt nervigere Protas 😅 trotz allem negativem wollte ich immer wissen wie es nun weitergeht mit unseren Drakis, also war das Buch ein super Pageturner für gute Unterhaltung für zwischendurch und ich werde dem zweiten Teil definitiv auch noch eine Chance geben 👍🏻
Of course, I love it!! :)
Warning: 99,9% of his review has nothing to do with this book.
I was going to review this, but I'm having the same problem as my good friend Jess: I honestly don't know what to say about this book. It could be because of the circumstances. I'll give you a few examples when you should not be reading a book.
Yes, there are certain places/cases/events where you shouldn't be reading, quit scowling at me, you silly person.
- While driving a car
- While doing open heart surgery on somebody
- While you are cleaning (but I've heard some people try)
- While getting a tattoo
Which makes me think about one of the things on my I-have-to-do-this-before-I-die-list: Extreme chess
I don't think I would have liked this book under any normal circumstances, but I read 40% of it while I was in the middle of suggestion number 4. I was so out of it I didn't even get the chance to become annoyed.
But I'm glad I did, because I don't think I would have kept on reading if I hadn't been desperately trying to find something to distract me from the 2-hour session with a needle hammering in my skin, at a speed that could only be described as 'legendary'.
So, by now, I still haven't managed to say anything even remotely related to this book so here goes:
I liked it. Sequel, where are you?
Muy entretenida historia, Jacinda es una protagonista interesante, decidida y fuerte. Me gusto como comenzó el libro, sin mucha introducción que digamos. Espero continuar con la saga y ¡que sea aún mejor!
Reseña completa en Gracias a los Libros.
2.5 stars. If you can handle cliches flying from all directions, then you might be okay with this book.
Firelight, one hell of cliched book it is, to a point that I want to make a cliches check list:
(1) A heroine who is so very special, she's also the only one of her kind? Check.
(2) A heroine who is tired of everyone paying extra attention to her, and wants nothing to be ordinary? Check.
(3) Said heroine encounters a hunter boy who's supposed to hunt and kill her, but somehow he doesn't? Check.
(4) Meeting said hunter boy again in her new school against all odds? Check.
(5) Said boy being a dreamboat who's hotly sought after by every girl in school? Check.
(6) Heroine being awkward and a misfit in her new school? Check.
(7) Bullying, mean spirited Queen Bee in school, who picks on the heroine because she's jealous of the latter? Check.
(8) The hunter boy notices/being attracted by no one but the heroine? Check.
(9) Forbidden romance? Check.
(10) Aside from the hunter boy, the heroine has another admirer, who has been around ever since their childhood and won't let the girl go? Check.
(11) Love/Attraction At First Sight? Check.
(12) "You know you shouldn't be with him but you want him anyway" cliche? Check.
(13) Everyone seems to want the heroine? Check.
(14) "It's so dangerous to be with you, but I want you anyway" cliche? Check.
(15) Love triangle? Check.
To be honest, Firelight reads like Twilight, a slightly better and more eventful version of Twilight if only S.Meyer actually has the tiniest bit of writing talent to save her life. That's all I can say.
I also would have forgiven all the cliches in the book if the main character, Jacinda actually did something and had a mind of her own, making her own decisions and carrying them through instead of just ranting about how suffocating her life was whilst allowing herself to be dragged around whenever the pride, her mom and Cassian took over and ran her life for her.
The idea of a girl grew up bearing a huge amount of expectation and pressure,how she dealt with it and found herself, is an interesting one, but throughout the book I remain rather indifferent with Jacinda and what she had gone through.
By the way, to have more brain cells inside your brain wouldn't hurt, Jacinda. WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHANGING INTO A DRAGON AND FLYING OUT IN THE OPEN WHEN YOU KNOW FULLY WELL THERE'RE EVIL DRAGON HUNTERS OUT THERE?
As to the male lead Will, I would have been okay with him if only [spoilers removed]
Jacinda's mother and twin sister are the supporting characters whom we would see the most frequently, but Jacinda's mom was controlling and cruel, wanting to kill a part of her daughter whilst murmuring "It's for your own good". The twin sister Tamra turned out to be a whinny and a complainer. I know we're supposed to pity them and see how difficult their lives must be, but these two are just so over-the-top that they are unbearable to read.
In fact, the briefly mentioned dragon hunters clan seems to be a lot more interesting than Jacinda and her family adding together.