Friday, September 10, 2010
Firelight: Draki 1
Genre: Young-Adult – Fantasy/Romance
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Age Range: Young-Adult
Date Scoot Read: September 2010
Source: Hardcover Book
Scoot's Rating: 9 – Great Read! Couldn’t put it down!
Synopsis (via Goodreads): With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
This is a story of a powerful forbidden romance. I found it very enjoyable, and a refreshing change of pace from all of the vampire romance novels out there. This story centers around a world where there are Draki; descendants of dragons. Jacinda is a fiery character (literally!) with a vibrant personality. We follow her struggles of being Draki – never fitting in fully with the human world and not able to be true self in the Draki world. I loved the imagery of the text. I could easily picture how a Draki fully manifested looked, as well as, the nature surrounding them – from lush mountain greenery to arid dessert. I did notice a couple of descriptive references that I feel are overdone in novels, but in general I liked the author’s writing style. The majority of this story centers around the romance, but it didn’t feel flowery or fake. Will is an easily likeable character from when he first enters the text, and he becomes even more intriguing as you realize there is mystery that surrounds him. Firelight is filled danger, yearning, action, and romance. I am highly looking forward to reading the second book; it is too bad we have to wait a year!