Sunday, January 2, 2011

Firelight Review

AUTHOR: Sophie Jordan
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
PAGES: 323
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Series book 1(Vanish #2)

OUTLINE:
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

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. (Goodreads)

STARTED: 12-25-10
FINISHED: 12-28-10

MY THOUGHTS:
Okay, I think this is one of those books for me that falls into the category of -I don't know what to really say about it. Not because I hated it or loved it, but because I'm stuck. I'm at an empass here. Does that make sense? This actually is really hard. I think I've come back to this review like 4 or 5 times now. I'm not one to go into like detailed outlines of the story because I would just be repeating what the outline at the top says so usually I try and tell about the characters. Hum! Perhaps I'll break my rule this once...sorta.

Well to start off the book did begin with action as Jacinda and her friend, Azure take it upon themselves to go against their coven rules, and go for flight. Which leads to an action sequence with the Draki Hunters going after them both. Being a good friend that Jacinda is she tells Az to go and duck under water (Azure a Water Draki) until they leave and she'll lead them elsewhere. After awhile of the chasing, and the draki hunters not finding Jacinda because someone let her go. They give up. (I think. My memory is kind of bad) Anyways, the leaders of Jacinda's Clan: Cassian and his father, and Jace's mother show up. Jacinda knows that something is bound to happen to her because after all she did break some rules, but she never gets the chance to find out because her mother takes her and her sister out of the safe compound area. (I guess that's what you call it) to freedom and safety, or so they think. From then on it kind of falls into a slump. There's not a whole lot of action after that. It's more of Jacinda and Tamra at school with friends, and then Jacinda
seeing Will again since the incident. Her falling for Will, and knowing she shouldn't because of what he is, but wanting to anyways to keep her Draki part of her alive, and so forth. It gets a little repetitive. I mean there's only so much of I want Will, I don't want Will a person can take. Personally I would have loved to just stay with him. Yes, he's a hunter, but the other option is go back to a place where your suppose to be "family" wants to hurt you/use you just as bad. So, see I'm stuck on my feelings. I definitely think it has room to improve on the next book. I must say I did find Will's predicament interesting. Something could come from that. I'm not a fan of the way it ended. I guess I should be glad there is a second book coming out.


Honestly, I have mixed feelings about Jacinda, Will, Cassian,Catherine, and a few of the others.

Jacinda was okay. Like I said I got tired of the back and forth with Will. She seemed a little stubborn too not wanting to leave, and making her mom and sis suffer some. I guess in a way she had her own reasons for being like that mainly not wanting to lose part of herself, and that's completely understandable.

Will the hunter. I actually liked his character more than the others. I've read some reviews saying where he seemed over-protective and possessive, but I didn't really see that in him.

Cassian was the son and future leader of the Draki Clan. I didn't particularly like his character, but maybe it's just because he didn't get as much book time as needed to develop and make him likable. When we did get to see him it wasn't for very long and he just seemed like a jerk. He said he would protect Jacinda, but I found that hard to believe. (maybe I'll be proved wrong though)

Tamra was Jacinda's sister who had a semi big part, but I didn't really like her either I guess she seemed snotty, and bratty to me. Yeah, maybe she had her reasons still I wanted to tell her to get over it.

There are a few more characters, but I wasn't fond of most of them either. Those were the other "bad guys" well besides the few friends Jacinda did make besides Will.


It didn't do much for me like I would have hoped it did, but you should still read it and see for yourself. :) It wasn't at all sucky. So read read!


QUOTES:
-A sad realization. To know the ones you love will be better off without you around. (Jacinda)
-You're here again?(Jacinda)
Apparently. (Will)
Can't stay away? (Jacinda)
Apparently not. (Will) (Love this little convo)
-Why do I get the feeling I'm abducting you? Should I be on alert for sirens in the rearview mirror?(Will)
I left willingly. I don't think you'll get arrested. (Jacinda)
Great. You don't think. That's encouraging. (Will)





3 comments:

  1. Hmm, yeah I've read mixed reviews on this one. I think I still want to read it for myself but it's not exactly high on my to read list. Thanks for the review.

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  2. I had a hard time deciding on what to say about this one too. I was dying to read this one, but then when I finally got it I was sorta...bored? I didn't really connect with the MC or her romance. I also didn't appreciate that cliffhanger ending! I guess I'll read the second one, but sort of grudgingly.

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  3. Aylee- Yeah definitely read it for yourself. I would never tell someone not to read something (I still read things that people put bad reviews for. I like to see for myself) because we all like different things. Truth is I really wanted to like it.

    SR- I totally agree with getting bored. Yeah, I wasn't a fan of the ending either, but that's what they are for to make us want to read the others. I'm really hoping the 2nd is better. Either action wise or romance. *sigh*

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