Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Publication Date: September 7th 2010
Rating: 1 star
What good is safety if you're dead inside?
Okay, so I read Firelight a long time ago, so the details are a bit hazy. At the time, I wrote a non-review (just a list with what I liked and didn't like) and I decided it 'deserved' a full review
Firelight is bursting with potential: dragon shapeshifters. Effing dragon shapeshifters. I absolutely loved that concept, but unfortunately, Firelight didn't deliver. At all. Just to be clear: this is not a story of dragon shapeshifters being awesome. This is the story of the girl who moved to the desert, fell in insta-love, and could only whine and pine after that. Seriously. That's all that happens!
The problems start quite literally on the first page of the book. See, if Draki (the dragon shapeshifters) go flying outside during the day, they might get caught and killed. This seems like a pretty good reason to stay inside, right? But of course, our lovely
After this incident, however, Jacinda's mother decides that their living place isn't safe anymore, so they move a couple of states (if I recall it correctly) away. And guess what? Through a lucky coincidence, Hunter Boy (Will) goes to that school! The chance of that, since they moved pretty far away from the pride, is almost zero, but hey, it was needed to further the plot right? Except that there is no plot, but I'll come back to that later.
This is were the book really went downhill. Jacinda sees Will and is at first all: "OMG, Hunter Boy lives here." Of course, she doesn't tell her mom about it, because why would you? It would only help your family to get away safely and to get out of this place you desperately hate! But no, Jacinda's "inner Draki" feels so alive when she's near Will, she can't just let this go. And from here on, ladies and gentlemen, this is quite literally all that happens:
Jacinda: "Oh jeez, it's Hunter Boy. Better stay away from him."
Jacinda: "OMG! But I luurve Will! I can't just ignore him."
Jacinda: "No wait, he kills my family and friends. Must stay away from him at all costs."
Will: "Wanna go on a date?"
Jacinda: "I really shou- YES OF COURSE *swoons* "
Jacinda: "What did I do? He's dangerous. I must stay away."
Will: *walks by*
Jacinda: "Oh boy, the hotness. He's perfect. I love him."
Will: *takes Jacinda home*
Jacinda: "Eww, we're in this room that's filled with the skin of several Draki. My dad might be in here."
Will: "Heya, don't be sad."
Jacinda & Will: *snog snog* (This actually happens. In that fucking room where her dead father might be.)
Can you see why I had a bit of a problem with this book? All Jacinda ever does is whine and pine. She's made of pathetic angst. I'm not kidding when I say that the above is all that happens in the book.
The last thing I'd like to go over is the writing. It's not necessarily bad, but apparently Jordan knows no other word for 'disappear' than 'vanish'. I kid you not, all that ever happens is 'vanishing'. No disappearing, fading, going away, leaving, anything. Just vanishing. And hey, bonus, guess wat book two is called?