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Firelight Hardcover – September 7, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 347 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Firelight Series

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Gr 7 Up–Jacinda is extraordinary–even for a draki (descendants of dragons who can shift into human form): she is a fire-breather. Unique and invaluable to her “pride,” the 16-year-old is kept on a short leash, and it has already been ordained that she will mate with the alpha male, Cassian. Jacinda's determination to do things her own way finds her nearly captured by dragon hunters, but a surprisingly kind young hunter named Will allows her to escape. Rather than suffer the pride's punishment for her daughter's risky behavior, Jacinda's mother decides the family should flee to live among regular humans. Masquerading as a typical high school student would bury Jacinda's draki nature until it died out. When Will turns out to be a classmate, Jacinda finds that her inexplicable attraction to him keeps her feel of fire and flight alive. Being near a hunter is the most dangerous choice Jacinda can make, yet her desire for him–and need to preserve her inner dragon–cannot be ignored. This distinctive twist on the popular supernatural romance theme will appeal to fans of the genre, even if a lack of resolution at this story's culmination may frustrate some readers. “Twilight” fans ready to move beyond vampires will jump right in.–Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Descended from dragons, the draki's ability to appear human protects them from hunters. Jacinda lives with her pride in the Cascades, but she chafes under her special status as the only fire-breather in hundreds of years. Recklessly breaking the “no-fly” rule, she attracts hunters; mercifully, one hunter, a beautiful boy who looks upon her with wonder, lets her escape. After this, the pride intends to hobble her rebelliousness, and Jacinda is forced to flee. But while twin sister Tamra, who never manifested and was shunned, is happy with the move, Jacinda feels only anguish within Nevada's desert climate. Then she meets Will and, despite recognizing him as the same draki hunter, feels herself come alive. Jordan's compelling addition to the supernatural star-crossed lovers theme is equal parts taut suspense and sensuous romance, with visceral writing and believable relationships among characters, particularly among Jacinda's family. A foreshadowed twist and a thrilling confrontation in the end pages leave Jacinda heartbroken and in trouble, and readers will howl for more. Grades 8-12. --Krista Hutley
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061935085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061935084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I loved the premise of this book and thought it sounded incredibly unique, but unfortunately the story fell short. It started out with a lot of action, which I loved, and I really liked reading about Jacinda and her pride. 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. The new girl storyline has been done so many times! I was more interested in the draki pride and I wanted this book to be more about that then a school story about a teen with a supernatural talent.

The bits we got about the pride, I loved, and I really wish that had been the main focus of the book. But we barely even get to see them or find out much about them which I found disappointing. Jacinda is the narrator and her story mainly revolves around Will, how she's attracted to him but shouldn't be, and how she doesn't want to lose her draki. She's a pretty whiny character throughout and she waffles back and forth in her decision making which is frustrating for the reader.

I didn't find any of the characters well rounded and I felt we never got to know anyone-even Jacinda. Her twin sister Tamra and her mom felt like she was just there for Jacinda to whine about. There were several characters that were mentioned, talked about a bit or even talked to in one scene but never did much. It felt like they were just there as an idea in the first draft but then forgotten about and never full developed. I would have liked to see more from Xander, Will's cousin-we're told to be afraid of him, but never really are shown why. And I thought there was potential to develop a great relationship between Jacinda and her elderly neighbor, but that's only hinted at and not delved into any further.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this book. The story seemed interesting and the first two chapters were good,up to where Jacinda and Will met had the potential to be a good read.But unfortunately, it was misleading and I wasted my time hoping it would get better.The the more I read this book, the less I liked Jacinda. Her interactions with mostly everyone was childish and selfish. The whole thing with her and Will was so annoying. She couldn't make up her mind about him, kisses him one moment and then pushes him away the next. I stopped reading this book after about 20 chapters and up to this point, most of the book took place in high school and her indecision over this. Her actions and thoughts made no sense. I seriously wanted to slap this girl.For example, she runs 7 miles to Will house to retrieve a t-shirt because her blood stain on his shirt will turn a color which will identify her as a draki. And she knows Will family is hunting her race. Her stupidity just gets worst when she gets invited into the house. I cannot believe an author can create such an idiotic character. Had to stop reading because I could not take this story or girl anymore.
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Dragons. This book is about dragons, people! Can it get any better than this? I think not! Firelight was the first book I ever read by Sophie Jordan and she did not disappoint me! I'd read about shape shifters, sure, but dragons? Never! So I was extremely excited to delve into something different.

Jacinda has lived her entire life inside the walls of her compound, never interacting with humans, and barely experiencing any shred of freedom. As the only fire-breather in centuries, Jacinda has been watched over, controlled, and scrutinized ever since she manifested. And as any strong-willed 16-year-old-girl, she finds ways of rebelling. Firelight starts off when Jacinda and her best friend Az sneak off the compound during the day to fly. That's a big no-no for the leaders of Jacinda's clan. Even though the mists and mountains help camouflage them, the draki are still in danger of being killed by hunters. And of course, Jacinda manages to catch their eye. Dumm, dumm dumm...

That's where the story really takes off. Jacinda barely manages to survive and all because of the help of a young, peculiar hunter. She can't stop thinking about him and if what he said in that cave was real. Beautiful. It haunts her and at the same time, makes her feel alive. When Jacinda's mother realizes what their clan leaders have in store for her daughter, she flees with both Jacinda and her sister Tamra to the middle of the dessert. The family dynamics in Firelight are real, despite this being a fantasy novel. Not everything is happy-go-lucky with Jacinda's family--her father's dead, her mother chose to let her draki die off and her sister never manifested, making her a "weirdo" in the clan.
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By Britt R. on January 10, 2014
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I have not read many books about either dragons or the decedents of dragons. The idea interests me greatly, so when I came across Firelight I decided to give it a try. It had some issues, but overall it was a good book with an interesting backstory and plot.

Jacinda is the only fire-breathing dragon in generations. Her future has been mapped out for her from now until the end. In an act of rebellion and defiance, she flies during the day and is spotted by hunters. In her attempt to flee from them, she ends up trapped but meets Will for the first time. A series of events unfold and soon she and her mother and sister are on the run from the pride. She feels entirely out of place at the new school, until she crosses paths with Will again. For some unknown reason he both calms and excites her, putting herself, her family, and Will in danger.

Jacinda was an interesting character. She had good and bad traits, which I liked. I like when characters come across as real people. The dynamic between her and her family was really fascinated me. I think the entire family could benefit from sitting down and just hashing things out. There's a lot of frustration and disappointment that stems from a lack of understanding from everyone. Jacinda can't understand why her mother turned away from her draki side, why her sister can't understand how hard it is for her living away from the pride. But on the flip side, Jacinda doesn't try to understand their points of view very well.

There were a few issues I had with the book. I wish the dragon world was set up a bit more, maybe a little more background given or have the pride fleshed out a little. It didn't really take away from the story; I just wish it had been included.
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