Bookanistas book review day! So in keeping with our new tradition, today I'm reviewing the ARC of FIRELIGHT.
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Yeah, not that far below.
FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan
Book blurb: Marked as special, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. 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; Jacinda knows she should avoid him at all costs--Will and his family are hunters--but the passion he stirs within her can't be ignored, even if it means risking her life.... With this provacative tale of supernatural desire and danger, Sophie Jordan introduces readers to an exciting world that will appeal to fans of TWILIGHT, FALLEN, and EVERNIGHT.
Whoever designed this cover was a genius. I loved that this girl actually had a head and a (mostly) visible face. I get worn out sometimes with all the headless covers in YA. Still, you have no idea what this book is about because you can't see the body, but one glimpse at this (mostly) human face--the bright red hair, the glitter and the shine and the subtle scales--and you know that somewhere in there, there's some sparkly fantasy. I saw this cover and drooled just a little bit. It was enough for me to start coveting like a sinner.
(You know there's a giant BUT, right?)
BUT, while FIRELIGHT has the whole lion-falls-for-the-lamb bit going for it (a premise I think is brilliant, by the way), that's pretty much where the similarities end. For one thing, the female mc is the supernatural being, and a dragon-like shapeshifter at that. She has a special ability, too, and this ability creates a major conflict for her. Yet Jacinda has to deal with major responsibility, including the welfare of her mother and sister, so her own suffering has to be suppressed.
Overshadowing everything, however, is the romance with Will, which is just. so. dreamy....the lovers who have every reason to hate one another, but find themselves pulled to be together anyway--and yet their unchangeable identities make it impossible to be together. So Romeo and Juliet, no?
I loved the way the story played out. I can't say that I didn't suspect Jacinda and Will would fall for one another (eh hmmm, it IS a romance), but I did NOT see that end coming. Still, you'll want to read it for more than the end. I was captivated by the original handling of mythological concepts, the premise, the lively main characters, the interweaving of the paranormal and the reality-based setting, and the witty, genuine-feeling dialogue. I was sucked in from the start.
Now, FIRELIGHT doesn't come out until September.
But guess what? I'll be giving away this ARC, too....