Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Often in paranormal romance tales the guy is the one troubled with paranormal attributes. The woman is either human dealing with the fact the guy she’s into is from the ‘other’ world or her paranormal issues are ‘safe’ compared the life-and-death danger that comes with being a part of the preternatural world. That’s not the case with Firelight. Sophie Jordan has written a strong paranormal heroine with real problems (a unique and important role for a YA lead character). Jacinda is the dangerous one. Not just to the guy she’s into, but to her family, to her people.
Jacinda comes from a pride of draki in the mountains. Draki are what dragons would be if evolution took its course — slimmer, more humanoid while in draki form, but with the ability to shift into a human form. But Jacinda isn’t just any draki. She’s a fire-breather. The first one in ages. She’ll be able to protect the pride, and produce more fire-breathers. At least that’s the hope of the pride’s elders. They’ve picked out her mate, an alpha named Cassian. While Jacinda has a bit of a rebellious streak — flying during the day, which is forbidden — she’d mostly accepted this is the way things are. So, when she’s nearly caught by hunters, she knew the pride would be angry, but she didn’t expect her mom to grab her and her twin sister, who isn’t draki, and run for it.
Jacinda’s mom takes her and her sister to a desert town, a place where Jacinda’s non-draki sister can thrive, and where Jacinda’s draki should die. Her mom wants that part of her gone, but Jacinda can’t kill off a part of who she is, and her attempts to connect with her draki are failing until she encounters Will. She can sense when he enters the room, and each time they’re close her draki flares, including heating up her skin.
Being around him she has to fight not to manifest into a draki. Everyone tells her to say away from him, but he ignites her and it’s clear he feels similarly. Only Will is a hunter. His family kills her kind. If he finds out who she is, she’ll be dead, her family will be in danger and they’ll likely track it back to the pride. She shouldn’t risk it, especially when kissing him pulls steam to her lungs. But Will won’t make avoiding him a possibility. He needs her just as much.
Firelight is one of those novels you can’t put down. It was a two-sitting read for me, because I had to know if Will would find out what Jacinda was, if her pride would find her and bring her back to make fire-breather babies, if Jacinda’s mom would ever understand what Jacinda really needed. The story of star-crossed lovers is always excellent, but with the duality of Jacinda fighting to maintain and yet hide who she is while falling in love for the first time is incredibly powerful.
Those seeking a YA paranormal romance with a strong female and a love story that will tug at your heart (and pull you nonstop through 324 pages), pick up Firelight. It’s the first in a new series, and with the ending, we can tell you now, you’ll end up pre-ordering Firelight #2. We’ll keep an eye out for its availability.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Sophie Jordan. (She’s just as awesome as you’d think.) She was kind enough to sign a copy of Firelight for one lucky Vampire Book Club reader.
While speaking at the book signing, Sophie talked about how she doesn’t have a good story about why she decided to write about dragons. She liked the idea of evolution, but there’s no “Aha! Dragons!” moment.
Let’s help her out. To enter for a signed copy of Firelight, leave a comment with your suggestion of how Sophie could answer the question “Why dragons?”
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