Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 6th 2011
Series: Firelight #1
Genres: Adolescence, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
A hidden truth. Mortal enemies. Doomed love. 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 forces 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 the gorgeous, elusive 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. Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
First let me show you this very detailed, intricate list of pros and cons I made.
* Negatives include, but are not limited to: insta-love, heroine who is a Mary Sue, dialogue that is Twilight-esque, unrealistic coincidences, and characters that change their minds so often it will make your head spin.
Why is Jacinda a Mary Sue? (And other negatives.)
Let’s look at this conveniently placed definition of a Mary Sue.
-She is the only one of her kind.
-She is beautiful and athletic.
-She has a twin. (Which I don’t think was completely necessary)
-Two incredibly gorgeous guys are in love with her.
-One guy hunts her kind. Of course this leads to love. (What else!)
The novel starts with Jacinda almost dying, but her mortal enemy saves her life. The same mortal enemy shows up at Jacinda’s new school, states away. Love immediately ensues.
Basically half of the novel Will tries to convince Jacinda he and his family are dangerous and she should stay away. Later on, Will completely makes a 180 and shows up at her house saying he’s tired of trying to stay away from her.
As for Jacinda changing her mind all the time, check out this review, which talks about it in detail with quotes.
Why three stars?
Please refer to the Pros.
There are dragons! Dragons!
Zeros stars for the Cons, five for the Pros. Take the average and that’s what I gave this novel.