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Firelight Paperback – Bargain Price, September 6, 2011
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From School Library Journal
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jacinda is of a mythical race but she's even more rare in it because she's the first Firebreather in a long time. The Alpha of her pride has decided that she's meant for his son Cassian. Cassian will become Alpha one day and he's got his sights set on Jacinda. After the pride finds out that she put her life in jeopardy and their pride, she flees with her mother and sister. She didn't want to leave but she didn't have much choice. They move to an area that is pretty much desert and it is so dry and horrible for Draki's. When her and Tamra start school, Jacinda sees Will again and she can sense him and feel him. She's attracted to him big time but she also knows he's a hunter.
Will is in a family of hunters and he hates it. He's with them as long as he has to be but once he finishes school and such, then he wants to leave. He is incredibly strong and has a great ability as a hunter. He can't stop what he feels for Jacinda but he tries to hide it because his cousin Xander always is in competition with him. He and his family never knew that Draki could turn into looking human. He tries to stay away from her but he can't. Then when he finds out what she then he really can't stay away. But he's keeping a big secret from her as well.
Definitely worth reading. This is a wonderful book and an amazing series.
This story is one I immediately fell in love with. Jacinda is such a strong and spirited person, and someone you immediately want to be connected to. The struggles and challenges she deals with, being watched all the time because of a gift she didn't choose, quickly make her an amazing female lead. The dynamics between her and her family, as well as her and the rest of the pride, give this story a quality I truly adored.
I love all the characters, completely. Jacinda and Tamra are addicting, and while you want to side with one or the other, you find yourself agreeing with them both, feeling just as torn as they are. The hunters definitely become people you love to hate, and kinda hope they get smacked by someone! Cassian and Will are both addicting and wonderful, in their own ways. The choices each character makes, throwing this story into suspense-filled twists and turns is absolutely fantastic, and makes for an intense read.
I adore the writing in this book, and the culture and world Sophie Jordan created in this story. While I took off a star for some parts of the book I didn't personally care for, I am now an official fan of dragon tales, because of this amazing book. This has quickly become a permanent favorite on my shelves, and is a story that I know will stick with me for a long time to come.
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Okay, so as far as plot goes, I love this story.Read more