Published by HarperCollins Children's Books
Paperback, 272 pages
A hidden truth.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away, if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
I've been wanting to read this forever! Not only because of the synopsis, but because opinions are divided when it comes to this book (or this series). Some loved it and some didn't and that's mainly why I wanted to finally finish it so I can have an opinion of my own.
Truth is... I loved it! Dragons, love, friendship... I don't get how can someone not like it.
Jacinda is a girl that knows from the very start who she is. She's not denying her draki, in fact she embraces it. Doing everything in her power to hold on to that side of her, defying rules... she's a tough one. Strong willed, unique, these are just some of her many many traits.
The book puts a lot of emphasis on Jacinda's feelings and her struggle to keep her draki alive. I was glad to see she stays true to her nature, no matter what.
I absolutely love the relationship Jacinda has with Will. I like to read a relationship building up, that's what's the most interesting part in my opinion, and then when the two characters are together, it's awful. It's all lovey dovey, puking rainbows and everything, speeches like 'I can't live without you', it's all just a big NO for me. Well, here it wasn't like that. When they first meet, when they're together, when they're not, I believe it's perfectly written because I enjoyed every moment they spent together. There's a little bit of a love triangle going on, though not that much... (I believe it's gonna happen more in the second book), but despite having two guys in the picture, she knows exactly who she loves and who she wants to spend her life with, she doesn't wonder. And when she does wonder, it's not for which guy to choose, is for what life she wants and where she can be more... herself.
The story didn't lack action (and no, I'm not talking about Jacinda getting some, I'm talking about fights. And stuff. Bad stuff). Chases, fights, students going WHAAA-, evil people... you know, the usual.
Overall, if you like fantasy books, dragons, a good written romance and basically everything I said above, then read Firelight. I'm giving it 5 stars, after all.