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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  67,232 ratings  ·  4,675 reviews

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

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 des

Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by HarperTeen
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Becky I read both books within a few weeks of each other! They are very similar in terms of concept, pacing, and the main characters from both series are in…moreI read both books within a few weeks of each other! They are very similar in terms of concept, pacing, and the main characters from both series are in love with a boy who is part of a group that hunts down their species. I often felt like I was reading the same book twice, though if I had to choose between which one I liked better, it would be Firelight. (less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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.

In that single moment we connected. Somehow it happened.
Oh, god save us all from insta-love.

The plot is dumb because the stupid little emo rhymes-with-itch main character, Jacinda,
Incredibly disappointed. Those two words sum up my feelings for this book pretty succinctly. What could have been an awesome teen book with dragon shifters and the trials of wanting to fit in turned into a whine- and pine-fest the likes of which I’ve never seen before. (And no, I have not read Twilight.)

There aren’t any glaring spoilers in this review, at least nothing that couldn’t be gleaned from the dust jacket, but I do discuss most of the book here, so you’re forewarned!

Preemptive apology

Shape-shifters are nothing new.
But shape-shifter-dragons?
How cool is that? OR NOT!


I loved the idea, but unfortunately, I struggled a lot with Firelight and story fell short.
There were such high expectations for this book, but it sucked .......BIG TIME!!!!

The tagline for this book is:

→A hidden truth.
→Mortal enemies.
→Doomed love. <----- See, this part was what intrigued me the most!

But after a few chapters, this unique story about draki's turned into a "new girl in town meets hot distant boy a
Beware of spoilers!

I feel so... immoral to give this one two stars. However, it doesn't entirely deserve one star either. I was contemplating quite hard before giving this book two stars. Yeah...

First of all, Firelight? It's a good thing that doesn't sound like Twilight because that would have been really stupid...

Firelight was about... *tries to think up words* Ummm... uh... eeeh... ohh... Really. What was it about? *ding* Oh, yeah! Firelight was about a monotonous, pessimistic, idiotic, depres
Sophie Jordan
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course, I love it!! :)
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An amazing and dramatic book. I was attached to Jacinda from page one, from the moment she first takes flight. With romance, danger, action, family, new friends, and ancient rules, this is definitely one to watch for this fall.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of YA paranormal novels
First off, let's start with the things I liked about Firelight:

The writing. Fairly good. Although maybe a little too easy for my taste (I think the biggest word she used was confidante), it had a nice flow that made it easy to flip pages at rapid-fire speed. Also, I thought that the world she created was slightly more original than other paranormal worlds out there right now. I liked the whole "draki" idea, it made for a fresh plot that was more engrossing than most copycat (*cough*vampires*coug
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: 99,9% of his review has nothing to do with this book.

I was going to review this, but I'm having the same problem as my good friend Jess: I honestly don't know what to say about this book. It could be because of the circumstances. I'll give you a few examples when you should not be reading a book.

Yes, there are certain places/cases/events where you shouldn't be reading, quit scowling at me, you silly person.

Some suggestions:

- While driving a car
- While doing open heart surgery on somebod
Neil (or bleed)
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-away

Obviously, Firelight did disappoint me. With dragons/draki and all that shit, I thought this will be different, really different, but no. It was a freaking love story dressed in dragons. The romance overthrew the plot. *shakes my head*

This is my first book, if my memory isn't failing me, about dragons. And this concept of dragons/draki is unique and new to me (since it was my first dragon book lol) but the story is so, so cliché. It is like the typical shows cater by our local television when
2.5 stars. If you can handle cliches flying from all directions, then you might be okay with this book.

Firelight, one hell of cliched book it is, to a point that I want to make a cliches check list:

(1) A heroine who is so very special, she's also the only one of her kind? Check.
(2) A heroine who is tired of everyone paying extra attention to her, and wants nothing to be ordinary? Check.
(3) Said heroine encounters a hunter boy who's supposed to hunt and kill her, but somehow he doesn't? Check.
Alrighty, so I just finished this book. And I'm wavering between a 2.5 and a 3 star review.

Overall, you know, it wasn't bad. I've read much worse (Fallen series, anyone? Anyone?) The premise of the story is different, which I definitely liked-- I mean, a book about a girl who descends from dragons? That's cool.


I don't know, try as I did, there were just things about this book that left me frustrated. It's not that I didn't like it-- more that I think it had the potential to be a lot bett
Colleen Houck
My favorite thing about this book is the draki world that Sophie created. I feel like she only scratched the surface there and that she has so much more to tell us. What an exciting new series to be able to read! I'm very much looking forward to the second book. Is it wrong to beg another author for an advanced copy because I'm not too proud to beg.
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Shiver
Quiet surrounds us. So thick I can taste it. He sends me a sidelong glance, the gold of his hazel eyes sparking warmth in my chest, igniting a burn I thought was dying.

Wow, what a stunning book! Firelight was a beautiful tale of forbidden love, danger and mythical abilities. I had high hopes for this book and it didn’t disappoint.

You can tell Jordan is an experienced writer. The way it flowed, the way it captivated me from the first page, it was just magical. I have so many quotes that I love f
Aug 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Hush, Hush fans
As a fan of dragons, the premise sounded promising - a hiatus from vampires, werewolves and angels while still lingering in the paranormal zone. Curled up in my bed for a couple hours, I read this novel in one sitting, my attention constantly tethered to the rapt and engaging plot. But alas, my eyes uncovered a paltry, watery novel that washed through my mind and caused me to forget about it soon after.

I love the concept of draki, the descendants of dragons, morphing into human, and their custom
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Whoever designed this cover was a genius. I loved that this girl actually had a head and a (mostly) visible face. I get worn out with all the headless covers in YA. Still, you have no idea what this book is about because you can't see the body, but one glimpse at this (mostly) human face--the bright red hair, the glitter and the shine and the subtle scales--and you know that somewhere in there, there's some sparkly fantasy. I saw this cover and drooled just a little bit. It was enough for me to ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it

The problem of such books is just that sometimes the write style or the characters or the combination of both, take all the tension. And the book turns out to be fucking awful.

The idea behind the book is actually intriguing and it makes you long for more, but the execution of this idea leaves a lot to be desired...It could have been much better.
It was not. This is the reason why I gave only 2 stars. Sorry... I wish I could give more.

The write style was sometimes just too long-winded and unrea
Anja H.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it

“What good is safety if you're dead inside?”

Yeah, this book wasn't really my thing, I kind of expected more from it.
I loved the whole draki concept but I wish Sophie Jordan executed it a little better. As you all know, I absolutely hate insta-love and that's exactly what happens here. They meet one minute, they have an instant connection and POOF, butterlies fly and they're madly in love. No, just no.
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Itsy bitsy tiny spoilers ahead!

I don’t know what it is with this book but I’m having an extremely hard time reviewing it.

Maybe I can’t come up with anything to say about it because it’s just like every other paranormal YA novel out there right now? Granted, the whole draki idea is new but they’re basically described to be just like werewolves. Living in a pack with hierarchic structure which is lead by an alpha, displaying an extremely territorial behavior...yada yada yada...Ring a bell? Anyhow,
Josephine Angelini
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I sat down on my bed with it and didn't get up until I finished! Sophie, you must give me the second one IMMEDIATELY! ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
The back of the ARC describes Firelight perfectly, "Mythical powers and irresistible passion ignite" to make Firelight one book that I was so enraptured with, I read it in one sitting. I've always been intrigued with the mythology of dragons, but I haven't read a book that made me really fall in love with them until I read Firelight. Sophie's characters and her world building hooked from page one and left me wishing her sequel was already out.

Firelight introduces a whole new character in the par
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
(Now with extra British swearing at the end!)

When I say that I just finished this book, I want you to understand- it's been about three minutes.
This does not mean that this book is OMGZ amazing. This is a measure of how righteously OUTRAGED I was at the ending of it.

I cannot even believe that anyone would think to write a book that goes doo, doo, doo, story story story EXCITEMEN- FULL STOP, sorry guys, better pre-order the sequel now.
Eff you, Sophie Jordan. That wasn't even at a lull in the act
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another YA Paranormal Romance filled with teen angst! Despite all that, I enjoyed this dragon story for the most part. A nice quick easy read! 3.5 stars
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Great start to this series.

Right from the start it kept my interest. Secrets will always come out but to try and protect those you love only to find out that there are more secrets. Jacinda has so much she wants but with the only family she has and the rules of her kind it's a tough thing for a young girl. Jacinda has a lot to learn and so much is about to begin for her.
I can't wait to see what is going to happen in the next book. So I'll be making sure I start it soon.
Jacob Proffitt
This book is full to the brim with stupid. Now, some of that I expected because it's clearly a YA angst novel. Jacinda is exactly the angsty teen Mary Sue you'd expect from the setup. All the hot, socially alpha boys love her but her life isn't that keen because all the girls hate her. Also, everybody is picking on her (except the hot boys she actually likes). Yadda yadda. Like I said, I knew that going in, so that wasn't the problem.

The problem is that everybody in the novel is stupid. Let me i
Kelly Hager
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a series.

Jacinda is a dragon (or, as her people call it, a draki). Dragons are thought to be mythical (although there are some who know they exist, and who hunt and kill them) but there are still some left. They live in prides and what most people don't know is that dragons can manifest as humans. Doing so for a long period of time can cause the draki part of themselves to wither and die; so can living in a desert climate.

After nearly getting killed by some hunters, Jacinda
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2.5 stars.
So many clichés that I was about to cry. I read it when I was 16 (6 years ago) for the very first time, and I must admit that in that time, I loved it and I don't know why. Now, I reread it and I wanted to kick Jacinda. Will was nice to me in that then, now he's annoying too.

I don't remember if I read the other two books 6 years ago (my bff used to borrow me, lol), and perhaps I'll do it now, idk. Right now, I'm just sick and tired of these clichés.
SyaSya Syed Nasir
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-books
Gosh! Can I say, overall my feelings towards the main character is hatred? I don't like her. I hate her. So much! Especially the ending. She is the kind of person who doesn't know how to make a decision and omg! I just hate her.

Other than that, most of the parts, I only see her mom, twin sister and her being selfish. I mean, I don't blame all of them but haisy! The only thing that keeps me going is because of one of the characters named Will. I love him so much! Not sure whether I will keep on
Megan Fermo
Dec 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: YA addicts who really just want to read and get lost on whatever fantasy as long as it IS fantasy
Recommended to Megan by: A dear, poor friend.
Spoilers ahead!

We've all been sixteen, haven't we? We've all felt that unexplainable anger boiling inside of us, that resentment, the feeling that no one is the world understands, or cares. I know how it is to wake up in the morning only to fall back in bed, because you think no one is going to care whether you get up or not anyway. It's only natural. We all go through it.

But we grow up.

Page 45. That's precisely the page where I just stopped caring. I read on, of course, but I didn't truly care
May contain some spoilers

(3.5 Stars)

Jacinda is a Draki, who can shape-shift from human to Dragon. Uniquely gifted she is favored and adored amongst her Pride, but inside she's trapped and hates that she has to follow everyone's rules, not having the luxury of wanting anything for herself.
One morning, Jacinda breaks a rule and almost gets caught, almost revealing her people to hunters who seek there skin and bodies for there own gain and the Pride isn't happy about this.
Her mother fears for her
Dragons. Finally.

I really enjoyed this book. Like...a lot. I was hoping to find/read a YA book that's about dragons. Or in this book's case, draki. Definitely a whole new original unique story. It caught my attention from the first chapter; that's what I like. ;)

The scenery in this has been definitely used in other books. School, then woods. So it wasn't much to call amazing. But it was totally cool, considering it was dealing with dragons descendants. :3

There's only a few characters in this ar
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

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