wtorek, 24 kwietnia 2012

REVIEW - Firelight by Sophie Jordan

TITLE: Firelight
AUTHOR: Sophie Jordan
GENRE: paranormal romance

PUBLICATION DATE: September 7th 2010
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love. 

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 admit that I was lured by the absolutely stunning cover and the promise of a good story about dragons. Dragons! How cool is that? I love dragons, duh. So I was more than happy to see Firelight in my library.

And... the disappointment. It's there.

Let me start with the story. It's not bad, but it's not good either. The main character, Jacinda, lives with her mother an twin sister in a draki community. Drakis are, as explained in the later part of the book, descendants of the dragons. However, after an unfortunate encounter with the hunters, Jacinda has to flee with her family to save not only the community and her family, but also herself. As she struggles to fit in a strange, human world, she meets a guy named Will, who is both a danger and somebody she cannot live without...

The writing is not very bad, although a lot of - presumably poetic - phrases were nothing but awkward. It was also filled with love confessions that were supposed to touch me deeply, but made me laugh.

Alright, so Jacinda. The main character of Firelight is one of the most annoying, indecisive female protagonists I've ever seen. But not only that; she's whiny and blames everyone for everything. She can't even even spark the tiniest bit of remorse - she'd much rather feel sorry for herself. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I had to put the book down, because Jacinda's behavior simply irritated me. She thinks that absolutely everything, the entire world revolves around her. Even when she's confronted about it by her own sister, she can't understand that.

The other characters are just two-dimensional. The mother with dark past, the friend who is an outsider but befriends our main character, bad guys who are... well, bad guys. And the love interest, who is dangerous not only to Jacinda but her family too. Of course, Jacinda ignores that fact.

I found Tamra, Jacinda's twin sister, to be the most interesting character that showed some signs of being something more than just schematic sister in a YA book. But it didn't matter, because the story wasn't about her. I think the whole book would benefit greatly if it were about Tamra instead of Jacinda.

But what we got is a typical YA paranormal romance without any outstanding (or even interesting) characters, dialogues without the wit and plot without creativity.

Overall rating:
1 star out of 5

1 komentarze:

  1. The cover is pretty but it sucks the story is not that great. I'll probably skip this book because I cannot stand characters that so into themselves that they can see the people around them. I really wanted to read it for the dragon mythology. Damn.


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