Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Reading Hammock’s Rating:
3 ½
Fiction Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Sophie Jordan
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Publication Date:
September, 2010
HarperCollins Publishers
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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 of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her.  For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense. 

Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt.  The one bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner drake to life.  Although she is irrestibly 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 drake is slowly slipping away – it if dies she will be left a human forever.  She’ll do anything to prevent that.  Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy. 

Mythical powers and irresistible passion ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide…

My review:

I didn’t enjoy this novel very much because I am not a fan of “Twilight” or paranormal romance.  However, having said this, I do believe “Firelight” is a great read for Twilight lovers or others who are drawn toward the genre of paranormal romance. 
I liked how Jordan uses descriptive words to enhance the story and helps the reader feel as though they are experiencing the story through the eyes of the main character, Jacinda, and not just observing her from afar.  Even though Jacinda has wings, the reader feels connected to her because of the many human struggles she goes through in making the right decision for herself, and family. 

One aspect of the story that didn’t meet my standards was the ending.  The story was winding on and came to a sudden stop, without a significant falling action.  The ending surprised me when it came along and I could tell that Jordan created it in such a way that she could write a sequel. 

After doing some research, it turns out that there is a sequel to this novel, “Vanish.”  It will be available on September 6th, so for all those paranormal romance fans out there, start reading “Firelight” now so that you are caught up in time for “Vanish.”   


  1. I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this. I think it fell short of most everyone's expectations (I did enjoy it though). I also found out Sophie Jordan usually writes (adult) historical romance so this may be a big adjustment in genres.

  2. Yeah, that doesn't surprise me, alot of adult authors have been trying out YA fiction lately.