Monday, September 13, 2010

Firelight by Sophie Jordan [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch:  Jacinda is a special girl.  Not just because she's draki, but because she's a type of draki thought extinct.  But when she breaks the rules and goes out in daylight with her friend Azure and they narrowly escape hunters, she seals her fate in the pride and the only way to avert devastation is for her mother to take Jacinda and her twin sister Tamra away from the rest of the draki.  Donning their human forms, they head to the desert 90 miles outside of Las Vegas and try to start life anew.  Since Jacinda's the only member of her family with live draki left, she does everything she can to keep hers alive while her mother and sister do everything they can to kill Jacinda's draki and force her to assimilate into human culture forever.  This is the story of how and who helps Jacinda keep a part of herself from shriveling.  Oh, and there's an awesome love/romance aspect too.

Verdict: Here's what I said to my friend, "Not well-written, but.  Whoa is is emotionally engaging! Whoo!"  That sums it up.  It's not that the word choice is poor or that the writing doesn't flow, it's that the characters make such huge unfounded jumps.  It felt like to me that maybe someone capped Sophie Jordan's pages or word count or something so she felt like she had to sum up character changes in a paragraph, and huge ones.  And it seemed like these changes should have taken chapters.  Now don't get me wrong.  I would still recommend this book for you to read.  I could barely put it down!  I gobbled it up and took it with me everywhere, devouring it in doctors offices, friends houses, in line at the grocery store, and even at stoplights. No joke.  I remember pulling it out at three stoplights.  I loved the conflict and the story.  It was such a great story, so original!  I'm totally going to pick up the sequel.  I'd preorder it today if it were available for preorder.  The writing flowed well and made me feel connected to the story even though the premise was so fantastical.  Jordan's descriptions are beautiful and fun and make you really see her world the way she wants you to see it.   If you can just get past the holes in the character development, you'll love this story.

Location: Chaparral, Nevada
Main Character: Jacinda
Favorite Character:  Cassian?  I know for those of you who have read it you might see this dude as a bad guy, but I really enjoyed the way he was written.  He is so mysterious.  So.  And I want to find out more about any relationship that may come to pass with Jacinda and him.  Don't get me wrong though, I'm totally Team Will.  (and yes, this is a book that begs for you to pick sides, I'm guessing the second installment will have us all divided)
Would Change: please develop character relationships and the characters themselves more.  pretty please?
Favorite Line: "In this, with him... I'm as close to the sky as I've ever been." pg. 259, hardcover
Good for Monster?  I'm going to make him read it.  I think he'll like it.  Especially since he adored Shiver.
People Who Will Like This:  epic fantasy ♥ers, zombies (the reanimated variety, not the infected ones), desert-dwellers, fans of Merlin, trekkers
People Who Won't Like This:  hunters, cavemen, dev snobs, and Swiss bank account holders.
Chapters: 32
Author's Website:
Acquire It:  Amazon       Book Depository       Changing Hands
Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: September 7, 2010
ISBN-10: 0061935085

Notes: Sophie is going to be appearing in a lot of bookstores in Texas, as well as Changing Hands! in Tempe, and Andersons in Naperville, IN.


Danielle said...

Awesome review. Love the video.

anjohnston said...

Thanks for the thorough review. I found your main complaint about this book interesting. I think for me, it would depend on what kind of changes the characters made. I haven't read this novel yet but I am still planning on giving it a try and I'm interested to see if I spot these paragraphs.

I Heart Monster said...

Let me know if you do! I'm glad you're still planning on giving it a try because it really is a fun story.

justpeachy36 said...

This one has been on my radar for awhile now. Great review! Now I definitely want to go out and buy it... LOL!

Anonymous said...

A lot of people talk about this book and I read the reviews on GoodReads too.. It looks totally original and refreshing, so I will probably grab it soon!
Thanks for the review! XD