Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

January 13, 2013 Review 15 ★★

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
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Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 352
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.

Everything else?*

* 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.

“Mary Sue” is judged a poorly developed character, too perfect and lacking in realism to be interesting.[6]

-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!)

Unrealistc Coincidences
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.

Twilight Dialogue 
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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2

15 Responses to “Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan”


    Aha! Instalove! The worst kind…. such a good theme though, shape shifting dragons.
    I like the patronizing melodramatic narrator on the trailer there. They should really get a new one. *nods furiously*

  2. Kezia D

    Lol, that’s exactly how I feel about this book >_< Jacinda is unstable. She goes back and forth all the time... but I do agree that the dragon concept sounds amazing

  3. K.K. Cook (Kacii)

    Hey! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Your blog is pretty cool. I saw the YA book blog club and I think that’s a really cool idea. I think I may sign up for it. And I like the way you do your reviews, it’s completely original. Mine I just give my thoughts on the book and the blurb. Not very exciting… I like the way you’ve done yours. I’m still working on how to make my reviews more interesting.

    Anyway, I have a question if you could be so kind as to answer it. I noticed you did memes on here. I’m still a really new book blogger and I haven’t gotten off the ground yet with everything. I have no idea how to do a meme, or what the rules are, when you post them, how often you post them, and all of that. In fact, I’m not sure that I really understand them. I was wondering if you could maybe explain them to me?

    Thanks so uch for your comment again, and have a great day!

    Kacii @The Kooky Bookworm

  4. Lindy Gomez

    I enjoyed reading your review. Insta love and lack of plot development irks me. Now, I won’t waste my time on reading this book. Any dragon shapeshifter books that you’d recommend?

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  5. Gina @ My Precious

    “Mary Sue” – I’ve never heard of that before. Great explanation. I think a lot of characters I’ve read about fit this mold, unfortunately. I have this book on kindle, I picked it up on a deal for $2.99 or less. My main draw was the same as yours – dragons! Ugh, I don’t like insta love unless there is some very good reason for it. I’m embarrassed to say this out loud but I’ve not yet read the Twilight Series so shouldn’t be bothered by the similarities. All in all I think this is something I should read, but just not a book I need to rush right out there and pick up – it can wait until a rainy day.

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      It is very common in YA-I can’t believe no one has mentioned it to you before! I know a few people that haven’t read Twilight yet so don’t feel bad. I think you might be able to overlook the flaws in this is you haven’t read Twilight yet! Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it!

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