Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Look at that cover, isn’t it gorgeous? That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to read Firelight by Sophie Jordan. The premise also seemed interesting since it’s about dragons. This one is available in hardcover in Fully Booked for P599.

Here’s the summary from Sophie Jordan’s website:

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.

At first I thought this one is an epic fantasy novel, probably because you don’t see a lot of dragons in urban fantasy. A few pages in and I knew that it was going to be a YA paranormal romance. Same old Romeo and Juliet love story but with a draki and a hunter as its main characters. At one point, Will even said, “the hunter has fallen in love with his prey.” For me, this sounds mighty similar to, “and the lion fell in love with the lamb.” So if you go for those kinds of books, then this one is right up your alley. I’m not a huge fan of books like this because all of them tend to be similar.

Still, I liked the draconic lore intertwined in the story – how draki are descendants of ancient dragons and how they’re able to shift from human form to draki form. There are a lot of different draki types with various special abilities – there are those who can stay under water, those who specialize in herbs and healing and so on and so forth. Jacinda is special because they haven’t had a fire-breather draki for hundreds of years. Firelight is the first in a series and there’s so much more than can be explored in this world in the next books. It was interesting to read Firelight and I didn’t have a hard time finishing the book but I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the next one in the series. The book focused more on the romance when I would’ve liked to know more about the history and lifestyle of the draki. I know it will find a lot of fans though because YA paranormal romance is a big thing right now.

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