Firelight Book Review


Title: Firelight
Series: Book #1 in the Firelight trilogy
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Genres: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 323
Format: Purchased Paperback

“Firelight” by Sophie Jordan is my TBR Jar Challenge book of the month (reread a favorite book), and so I reread it and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. This story is about a girl named Jacinda and how she and her family, among others, are descendants of dragons, called draki. They are able to shift into dragon form (mostly dragon) either on command or when they’re having a heightened sense of emotion, such as fear. But one day when Jacinda and her best friend, Az, go out for a morning flight – which is forbidden in fear of being caught – they are chased by hunters and almost struck down. Jacinda lures them away while Az hides and comes face to face with a hunter: Will. But he doesn’t harm her; in fact, he’s struck by her beauty.

But then when her pride finds her later, they are furious, as her mother. Though she is the only fire-breather to have been born in generations, they won’t hold back on their punishments. And her mother knows just what the pride will do to Jacinda for disobeying the rules. So her mother decides to uproot her and her twin sister, Tamra, out of the safety of the pride to a desert region where Jacinda will most likely lose her draki because there is no fresh air, coolness of mist, or anything really lively about the land they move to. And her mother knew it.

And then things start getting really interesting when Will attends the school they two girls now attend.

Okay, so as far as plot goes, I love this story. The fact that it’s about dragons is really cool in and of itself, and just the overall concept I find intriguing. There’s romance, there’s some action… I mean, I like it a lot.

Jacinda, herself, is a… well, she’s often a whiny character and goes back and forth on what she wants or what she should do fairly often. It can be annoying, but I also understand that she is a sixteen year old who just had her life ripped away from her and her mother is trying to kill off a very large part of her. So really, I understand her gripe. If I were put in her position, I’d probably do the same thing. She doesn’t really go through extensive character development until the next two books in the trilogy, but this was a good start to get to know her and who she is as a person and a draki.

Will is the boy who hunted her but didn’t kill her, finding her beautiful and unable to do what everyone else wants him to do. He’s a kind guy with a good heart, and though he was sick before, he has a way to survive now that makes him very valuable to his family of hunters. He is instantly drawn to Jacinda when she arrives in his town, and she is instantly drawn to him, though they don’t know why or really understand it until much later in the book. When you find out why, though, it’s shocking (even though I already knew it since I had read the trilogy before).

Tamra, Jacinda’s twin sister, is a defunct draki – she never manifested, never gained any power, so she feels isolated and all alone in the pride. When they move to the new town she’s able to make a new life for herself and make friends and do other kinds of activities that were otherwise not welcome to her back in the pride. She’s much more hot headed than Jacinda, in my opinion, but she’s strong in her own way.

There are other characters that make appearances in this book, but they make more appearances that I can talk about in the upcoming books later on. For now, just know that I’m not a big fan of any of them, really. Except Nidia and Az, they’re cool.

My biggest peeve with this book was the writing style. The sentences are short and choppy, and where there easily could have been a single stream of thought was cut short and make smaller by these small sentences. It was actually really annoying. I often found myself just stringing the sentences together in my head because I felt that was the only way that they made sense to me. Otherwise, I enjoyed the fast pace plot of the book, I really enjoyed the romance, and I just thought that the overall concept was cool.

So, let me compare my first read through to now in terms of rating:

Before: 5/5 stars hand down.

Now: 4/5 stars, mostly because of the writing and some other things (such as Jacinda’s whiny voice) that played a factor into this rating.

I still really enjoyed the book, though, and recommend it if you’re into dragons and romance.

A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a popular survey/tag going around the BookTube and book blog community, so I finally made my own! It was originally created by Perpetual Page Turner on her blog post here.

Pretty much this a survey with questions/statements beginning with the letter in which it corresponds, pretty straight forward.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from. As it stands right now: Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth. I’ve read four books from each of these authors.

BBest Sequel Ever I choose “Crown of Midnight” and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas, each of which is a sequel to itself, respectively. The series just continues to get better and I definitely love both.

CCurrently Reading City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It’s a reread, but I’m marathoning the series, so… yeah.

DDrink of choice while reading Depends on my mood. It can be either milk, juice, water, tea… whatever I’m in the mood for.

EE-Reader or physical book? Physical books, for sure. I love the smell, the turn of the pages, the physical weight. It’s wonderful.

FFictional character most likely to have dated in high school I chose Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s nerdy and funny and he just seems like someone I would have dated.

G Glad you gave this book a chance The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. It’s a fantastic book that I picked up randomly when I was in middle school/early high school and I loved it. Highly recommend it.

HHidden gem book A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. It’s a book I read for summer reading in high school, and usually those books are way boring, but this one was fun and exciting. Again, highly recommend it.

I Important moment in reading life I don’t really think I have an important moment as I’ve always loved reading. I’m really not sure what to say about this one, haha!

JJust finished City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. It took me almost the full month to read this book, and I don’t know why. It really wasn’t even that bad.

KKind of books you don’t read Mystery, most non-fiction, horror…

LLongest book you’ve readBreaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. It’s about 750+ pages, and it’s my longest read book to date.

MMajor book hangover because of… Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. ‘Nuff said.

NNumber of bookcases you own Three total in the apartment, but the largest is my personal one.

OOne book you’ve read multiple times Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read it four times, and I was working on a fifth when I stopped.

PPreferred place to read The couch is a nice place, or my desk.

QQuote that inspires/gives you the feels from a book It’s a quote from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I’ll link it here.

RReading regret April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.

SSeries you started and need to finish (all the books are out) …Where do I even begin?

TThree of all time favorite books “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas, and “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. Each are series/trilogies/sagas, so I loved all of the books in each.

UUnapologetic fangirl for “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas. I love each book, and they just keep getting better and better.

VVery excited for this release more so than others The next book in the “Throne of Glass” series, which will be released next year around late August/early September.

W Worst bookish habit I like sticking books in my purse. They often fold as a result.

XX marks the spot: start at the top left and pick the 27th book on your shelf Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Haven’t read this yet, but I will eventually.

YYour latest book purchase Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes, “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios, and “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.

ZZzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) I’m really not sure about this because I try to go to bed at reasonable hours…

Accompanying video: A to Z Bookish Survey

So what about you? How would you answer these survey questions? Let me know in the comments below or link your own blog post in the comments with this survey!