Firelight by Sophie Jordan. Grades 7 and up. HarperTeen, September 2010. Reviewed from ARC snagged at BEA. 323 pages.
Jacinda: The first fire-breathing draki born in thousands of years. When the pride tries to control her, her mother moves the family to the middle of the desert, hoping to protect Jacinda. But to Jacinda, it's torture. She can feel her draki side fading away as she's forced to enter the human world. The one bright spot is Will, a gorgeous boy with whom she feels an instant connection. He stirs the draki inside her whenever she's around him. But she can't let it go too far or else the world will know the draki's secret - that they can disguise themselves in human form. How can Jacinda keep her secret... when she can't stay away from Will?
Sometimes when it's summer and your job is very busy and you're a little stressed out, it gets hard to read books. I'd been having that problem this month, unable to stick with a book to the end, not wanting to read at all in favor of laying on the couch and watching TV. Until Firelight.
It was absolutely the perfect book for me at the moment that I read it. I love it when that happens. Once I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. The romance sizzles off the page without being graphic and the interesting plot twists and draki lore kept me turning the pages.
For me, the book was very Twilight- esque. As in, the writing is repetitive and Jacinda is a character that lets things happen to her instead of doing things, but none of that really mattered because I was just really enjoying reading the book. And there's nothing wrong with that.
I'd hand this to Twilight fans immediately, if not sooner, and I think anyone who's looking for some escapist supernatural romance will dig this book.
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Firelight, Sophie Jordan's first YA novel, will be on shelves September 7.