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A hidden truth.
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.
323 pages, Hardcover
First published September 7, 2010
His black T-shirt is a second skin, plastered to his lean chest. In our shadowed cave, his wet hair looks nearly black. It could be lighter when dry. Medium brown or even a dark blond. But it’s his eyes that hold me. Deeply set beneath thick brows, they drill into me with a stark intensity, scanning me, all of me.Oh, god save us all from insta-love.
In that single moment we connected. Somehow it happened.
I breathe fire. The only fire-breather in the pride in more than four hundred years. It’s made me more popular than I want to be.Well, whaddya know, such a thing has never happened before in YA literature. Annnnnnnnnnd the final part in the holy trifecta of idiocy, falling in love with your enemy.
“Jace! You’re glowing!”
That jerks my attention back. I glance down at my arms. My skin blurs in and out, shimmering faintly, like I’ve been dusted with gold.
The draki in me stirs, tingling, yearning to come out.
“God, get a grip, jeez!” Tamra hisses, leaning closer. “You see a hot guy and start to manifest? Have some control.”
“Well. Will…” A wistful smile curves her mouth. “He’s elusive. None of the girls here interest him.” She rolls her magnificent eyes and sighs dramatically. “Course that just makes us want him harder.”So original. So surprising.
Stupid delight flutters inside my chest.
But I still feel him. Yearn for him. Know he’s there even when I no longer see him.FOR FUCK'S SAKES, YOU KNEW HIM FOR 30 SECONDS. For the rest of the book, Will is mentioned CONSTANTLY. How dreamy he is. How much she thinks about him. Their secret, unknown, impossible connection!
His words echo inside me. You should stay away from me. Something I already know, but sitting in the front seat of his car, I’m not quite succeeding at that. I wish I could. Wish I didn’t feel this pull, this constant tug toward him. Wish my draki didn’t revive around him.Fuck me.
Even hunters don’t know draki manifest into human form. It’s been our most carefully guarded secret. Our greatest defense. And it’s not like I was unfurling my wings in the hallway. Not quite, anyway.Oh, right, she only almost did it. So much better. Falling in love with the enemy is such a conflicting thing, isn't it?
When it comes to Will, my feelings are terrible and confusing. To want him safely back one moment, but pray that whatever draki he hunts is safe and free in the next. The two wishes conflict.
“It’s not hard to find out. Your address is on file in the school office.”So romantic! And there's nothing better than forbidden love. Especially forbidden love of which Jacinda reminds us every, oh, 15 seconds.
“You broke into the school office?”
“No. I know one of the office aides. She got me your address that first day.”
My first day. He’s had my address all this time.
Every moment with Will, I feel at risk, exposed. Danger hangs close, as tangible as the heavy mists I’ve left behind. And I can’t get enough of it. Of him. I crave his nearness still. Like a drug needed to survive, to get by each day. An addiction. A powerful, consuming thing.The characters are so one dimensional. Jacinda really doesn't give a shit about anyone but her wish to be a dragon and Will. Her relationship with her twin sister is flat. She ignores her mom. The side characters, like the kids in school, are just stereotypical portrayals, the bitch, the jock, the creepers. The entire book revolves around Jacinda, and god help us if any one else gets their own moment in the spotlight. Every single girl is portrayed poorly.
"I still feel him. Yearn for him. Know he's there even when I no longer see him." (51)
"My flesh pulls and tightens with awareness, and I know it's him before he enters the room." (56)
"And almost as if I've summoned him, I feel him arrive. My skin shivers, and the tiny hairs at my nape stand on end. Like in the hall today before I even saw him, but knew he was near." (73)
"That feeling comes over me again, and immediately I know he's here." (87)
"That much-missed vibration ignites in my chest, spreads to my core. My skin snaps alive. My head turns, eyes searching, honing in on Will as he walks into the room." (108)
"His presence always does this to me. Breathe life back in. Chases away the phantom like fast-fading mist. My skin tightens, rushes with awareness. My chest vibrates. Swells with relief, gratitude, and something else." (177)
"The only thing I need to know about him is that his family hunts. I must not forget that. Ever. They kill my kind or sell us to the enkros. In their foul hands, we're either enslaved or butchered. My skin shrinks, and I remind myself he is part of that dark world. Even if he helped me escape, I should avoid him." (59)
I want to sit with him, talk to him, see him, go out with him ... everything. As long as I'm here, anyway. And not just for the sake of my draki. I would have liked Will Rutledge no matter what I was." (98)
"It's the wake-up call I need. I'm a fool to think a hunter is going to save me. Protect me. Keep me alive. I'll find another way. My fist clenches around his note, crumpling it into a ball in my hand. I'll forget about Will. Sever whatever bond I feel with him. Only the decision doesn't make me feel any better. My chest hurts even more." (101)
"I don't know if Will's back, but I tell myself it shouldn't matter either way. I can't go out with him, can't let myself rely on him. I won't. Big words. I feel like such a fake. Because despite my vow to forget him, I haven't. I remember everything about him. I feel his absence. Like the loss of shaded skies mists, and pulsing earth. He cannot possibly be all that I remember, all that I crave to see again. Even as I know it's wrong. Even as I know that I must avoid him." (106)
"Unable to speak, I shake my head, crack open my chemistry book, and stare blindly at the page, telling myself that I'm glad he ignored me. I needed this to remember the vow I made to myself to stay away from him." (110)
"I'm aware of the promise I made to myself. The promise to avoid him." (123)
"His words echo inside me. You should stay away from me. Something I already know, but sitting in the front seat of his car, I'm not quite succeeding at that. I wish I could. Wish I didn't feel this pull, this constant tug toward him." (128)
"Apparently, our kiss only convinced him that we needed to pursue this thing between us. Except, our kiss told me the opposite. Kissing him told me what I already knew, but had been denying. I can't risk being with him." (133)
"At school, I won't talk to him, won't look at him ... and I certainly won't ever touch him again. If it kills me, I'll ignore him and forever keep my distance." (134)
"For a moment, I'm there again, hunters in fast pursuit. Wet cold hugs my body. Agony lances my wing, tearing the membrane. It took days for that to heal, for the pain to fade. I drag that memory close, hold it tight, determined to remember. Xander is part of that memory. But then, so is Will. Maybe that's something I've let myself forget. I shouldn't have. I can't. Even with the taste of him still lingering sweetly on my lips, I vow never to forget again." (160)
"I can forget him. Turn off everything I'm feeling. I can. I will. He's too dangerous for me to be around. I can do this." (161)
"He looks beautiful standing there, and a familiar ache starts in my chest as I wonder how I can love and fear the sight of someone with the same intensity." (216)
LA PEOR INVERSIÓN QUE HICE EN MI VIDA. Y encima no me lo aceptan en ninguna casa de libros usados. Casi me largo a llorar cuando pedí que me lo cambiaran por uno de Shakespeare
(no funcionó ODIO A LA VENDEDORA).
Cuando lo leí el año pasado a principio de año, dije: "Me gustó, qué se yo". Pero ahora siento que me volví mucho más crítica y cada vez que lo veo me da vergüenza tenerlo ahí en el estante. Dios. Me lo quiero sacar de encima y no sé cómo. Me había llamado la atención que fuera sobre dragones, y en efecto es sobre dragones; pero no en el modo que pensé que sería.
Esto es, literal, una copia de Crepúsculo. Es el típico amor paranormal imposible de "Ay, soy una especie diferente de la tuya, la que tu especie caza. No podemos amarnos", "Espera, podemos amarnos. Podemos superar todos los límites, porque el amor lo es todo", y "Tendremos que escapar, escapar y que nadie más nos moleste. Tengamos hijos y seamos felices y comamos perdices". Basta. Stop it. Muy malo. Romance barato.
Jacinda o Jacinta o Jazmín o como te llames, querida, fuiste insorportable, ya creo yo que te fuiste tan al extremo de ser peor que Bella. ENCIMA EN PRIMERA PERSONA, TE ODIÉ, TE DETESTÉ Y QUERÍA QUE JAMÁS TE DEJARAN ESTAR AL LADO DE WILL POR INSOPORTABLE. Will no es lo único que existe en tu vida, por el amor de Dios.
No voy a decir nada más.