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).