Review: "Firelight" (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan

I was randomly looking for books in my local bookshop and saw there was a book for only €5,- so I was instantly interested. Not only because of the price, but also because of its cover. The book was called “Firelight” and on the cover was a ginger girl and some flames. I read the back of the book and knew this book was made for me. Some kind of miracle, you know?

It wasn’t about dystopians, angels, demons, vampires or werewolves. It was about people who could turn into dragons. Perfect. Something new.

I started reading during my testweek (a bad habit I have) and had finished the book 24 hours after I opened it for the first time. So, what did I think?

I think, this book was both really good and really obnoxious. Not even kidding. You jumped into the middle of a story, a girl named Jacinda can turn into a Draki (dragon) who lives with other Draki’s. The history of the Draki’s? I HAVE NO CLUE. I think that part of the book was pretty shallow. Where do they come from? How does it work to live in the Draki village? I have finished the book and I have no clue.

So, that was a point I think that was not worked out well. Also, what about the relation ship between Draki girl Jacinda and Draki hunter (slash killer) Will. Well, they fell in love, that’s for sure. But HOW? Jacinda likes Will. Jacinda is addicted to Will. Jacinda despices Will. Jacinda needs Will. Jacinda hates Will. Jacinda loves Will. I mean: this is even worse than Twilight (I actually enjoyed Twilight so much I can tell you who said what in every chapter, so no hate on Twilight). But this love thing was so confusing? I mean: yes, it would be extremely difficult to make a Draki killing boy to fall in love with a flying and fire breathing Draki girl, but to my opinion, it wasn’t going anywhere.

BUT, I enjoyed the book for the biggest part. The first chapters were really strong and that was what kept me going half way through the book. I knew the author could write mesmerizing, it just didn’t work out. And the end was thrilling and heart breaking. The last chapters were, just like the first chapters, really strong. I was sucked into the book.

So, in short: the book was a bit shallow and the relationship between Jacinda and the Draki’s and Jacinda and Will could be worked out better. The beginning and the ending of the book were really strong and the storyline was great.

In stars, I would give it 3 stars. I think the author could do a lot better if she wouldn’t have rushed the characters into thinking or doing something. I know it is a YA novel, but things were obvious, even for a YA novel.

Still, I would recommend this book to people who love fantasy. Only with a small site note that the book is a bit shallow.

So, I’m positive about the book, but not overwhelmed with fangirl feelings (only at the end). I  HOPE Sophie Jordan will do better with Vanish (the second book).

Nanouk Meijer

Nanouk is the founder and owner of the website. She runs the website, takes care of the lay-out, give-aways, social media, book reviews and events. She is 25 years old and graduated from 'Comparative Literature' at Utrecht University. She is Digital Product Manager at HarperCollins Holland and staff reviewer at YA Books Central. She breaths books.

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