Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review #1488 Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Review: #1488
Book: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Sept. 7, 2010
Pages: 326
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library

Okay, I have a MAJOR soft spot for dragons. Dragon books especially. So when I picked up the sequel to Firelight at ALA I was more than excited to start reading this trilogy. And there were certainly parts of this book I enjoyed, but there were a decent amount of things that made me a little bit hesitant in my enjoyment.

Parts I liked: the whole idea of a people who could TRANSFORM into dragons. How cool would that be? The ability to fly? Having scales?! (Eh, maybe not so much...but you're a dragon, baby!) I'm all about shape-shifting creatures and especially when it involves magical creatures. The drama in this book was also handled fairly well because Jacinda was constantly in turmoil. And while I was a fan of Will, there were certain things that bugged me about him. But I'll get into that later. I liked the story and kept reading because Jacinda seemed to be getting herself into more and more trouble and I wanted to see how things would resolve.

Parts not liked: unfortunately, there were parts of this book that didn't fly with me (no pun intended). Jacinda was very wishy-washy about her feelings in general, if not a little whiney. And we were constantly seeing her emotions flop and resolve back and forth. It got a little old after a while. I know things were probably confusing for her, but I would have liked her to debate less and choose something and then stick with it.

I also wasn't quite sure what to make of Will. The whole relationship seemed a little awkward at times and I didn't know how I felt about Will's presence igniting her draki self...that...was...kind of disconcerting? I'm struggling with the right word. Even though I'll gladly accept all sorts of crazy and ridiculous situations and settings in fiction novels, there were something about this series that felt a little off to me and I was actually a little uncomfortable with the relationship between Jacinda and Will. Maybe because he was attracted to her dragon side and that just felt weird? Eh, or maybe because his family totally hunts her family?

I can see why people fell in love with this story and I can also see why people did not like this story. I fell in the middle. I am planning on reading the sequel because I picked it up at ALA, but I'm not sure if I would have read it otherwise...

1 comment:

  1. This is an amazing review! I am adding it to my TBR right now! Thanks so much for posting, wouldn't have found this book without you.


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