Monday, June 13, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan – OPTIONAL

Jordan, Sophie Firelight, 336 pgs. Wendy Lamb Books, 2010. $9.43. 

Language-PG; Violence-PG; Sexual Content-PG

Jacinda isn’t a normal teenager, she grew up on an isolated compound with her family and others like them. A place where dragons that shapeshift into humans spend time their flying in the myst. But there are dangers there, both from hunters and her own kind, which force her and her family to flee to a regular city. Now Jacinda must pretend she is a normal teenager in order to survive. That alone is difficult enough, but when she encounters a young dragon hunter, one whom she recognizes, she has a hard time keeping her dragon self hidden. When her life starts to spin out of control, who can she turn to?

Firelight presents an interesting and fun new concept for the plot. The imagery is wonderful and the characters are well constructed. My only peeve with this book is the very stereotypical love story of the ‘want but should stay away’ variety. When that starts to overwhelm the book, I was disappointed, since the characters lose themselves to sentiment and interesting side plots are forgotten. Also ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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