Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Book Recommendation: The Firelight Trilogy

I recently recommended this YA series to a friend of mine, and was SHOCKED when I went to add my review of the third book to my blog, only to realize I'd never posted the first two.

So, let's make up for lost time, shall we? All three at once? Yes, please.

Goodreads Description:
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 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.

My thoughts (4 of 5 stars):
Adored this unique concept from the very first page! How can you not? Because, um, DRAGONS.

Sophie Jordan makes it all too easy to get lost in Jacinda's world--a world where the draki girl struggles to do what's right, fights against what's expected of her, often stumbling along the way, but always, always, always follows her own inner compass. I love that. I love a main character who is headstrong, who makes mistakes, and learns as the book progresses. And Jacinda is all of that and more.

Definitely a series I can't wait to continue.

Goodreads Description:
An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

My thoughts (5 of 5 stars):
Love the uniqueness of this story and it's one of the few YA books in which I honestly can't pick a side. I'm just as torn as Jacinda.

Can't wait for book #3. Beautifully written.


Goodreads Description:
Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

 My thoughts (5 of 5 stars):These books are like candy~sweet, sweet, unputdownable candy. And this book, the last in a series of three, didn't disappoint.

I loved everything about it. The plot, the pacing, the writing, the ending...but my favorite part? The characters and their complicated relationships. And the underlying theme of forgiveness and redemption that was woven throughout.

A great end to a really fun series.


Until next time...peace, love, and books!

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