Firelight, by Sophie Jordan

Reviewed by Candace, age 18, California

After breaking the sacred rule of her dragon pride, Jacinda causes her family to flee into the human world. What the humans don't know is that Jacinda is a Draki. Drakis are dragons that can transform into humans. Jacinda is a misfit even to her own family, because she can breathe fire. Jacinda wants to be with the pride because at least she'll be with her own kind. How will she exist in the human world if she can't have what she most desires?

Then there is her twin sister Tamra. Tamra is as opposite as a Draki can be. She never learned to manifest and turn into a dragon and will stay human forever. All she has ever wanted is to fit in. Now she finally has a chance. But how will that work out when Jacinda keeps threatening to manifest whenever she's around Will? Besides exposing the Draki's most dangerous secret to the humans, it could mean the pride returning to keep Jacinda forever and force her to marry Cassian, the soon to be alpha of the pack.

Firelight was a refreshing change from the usual paranormal romances. Instead of vampires, werewolves, or fallen angels, there was a new genre of dragons. The romance was realistic because I could believe the chemistry between the characters. Sophie Jordan kept the novel going with cliffhangers in almost every chapter and action throughout. The ending is a bit vague, leaving room for what looks like a sequel. The setting was vividly drawn so I felt like I was actually there. A lot of what happened to the characters I could relate to with a similar experience. I read the book in two days because I couldn't put it down.

Overall, Firelight was very good. It deserves five stars (of a possible 5).

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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