Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Page Count: 336
Description from Goodreads:
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.
Let me start by saying that as soon as I saw the cover to this book I just HAD to read it, it is absolutely gorgeous! And boy am I glad I did. I was totally engrossed in Firelight and read it in one sitting.
Jacinda is the first fire breathing Draki (descendants of dragons) in centuries which makes her a commodity to her pride, which is slowly fading in its powers. She is promised at just 16 years old to Cassian the prince of her pride, where she is expected to breed little fire breathing babies. Jacinda and her best friend Azure sneak out to fly during the day, which is a serious no no. While they are out they encounter Hunters, humans who kill and sell off Draki parts. She hides but is discovered by a Hunter named Will, with whom she shares an instant attraction, and he lets her go free. For her disobedience the pride elders decide on some pretty harsh punishment and Jacinda's mother takes her and her twin and flees in the night.
Jacinda's mom decides that the only way to keep them safe is if Jacinda's Draki dies. So she moves them far away from the mountains, lakes, and fertile soil that sustains her inner Draki, hoping that it will wither and die, leaving Jacinda human. What she doesn't know is that the Hunter,Will, who found her and let her go free lives in the same town. A family of very dangerous Hunters...and she can't seem to stay away. Her attraction to Will is still as strong as before and awakens her weakening Draki, making her almost manifest in a crowded school hallway. Their attraction is mutual, and while he doesn't know who she is in her human form, she knows exactly who he is and can't decide whether staying near him and keeping her Draki alive is worth the risk. She goes back and forth but is ultimately discovered and they decide to be together despite everything.
The ending is a total cliffhanger! I can't wait for the next book Vanish to come out in August!