Dragons! Well, not exactly dragons but dragon/human shapeshifters called draki! Firelight is a new paranormal series that’s a refreshing break from the typical werewolves and vampires.
Jacinda’s rare fire breathing ability is prized and highly protected by her pride. Unfortunately, this special ability means a strict and suffocating lifestyle for Jacinda. To save her daughter from the oppressive life in the pride, Jacinda’s mother sneaks her daughter out of the pride’s village hidden in the mountains and into a human town in the desert.
Although far away from the overbearing rules of the pride, Jacinda is no longer in the cool and wet climate which enables the draki to thrive. Their new and dry desert home threatens the survival of the form that brings Jacinda the most freedom. To keep her draki from withering away, Jacinda is driven into the arms of the alluring and dangerous draki hunter, Will. In the presence of a hunter, draki instinctively manifest to protect themselves. Jacinda knows that her connection to Will is the only way to keep her inner dragon alive but her relationship may put her and the entire draki world at risk.
Although this is Sophie Jordan’s first Young Adult novel, she has written many adult novels and her experience is evident in her writing. She uses beautiful descriptive language and her sett and she clearly is a pro at writing romance. When describing Jacinda’s moments with Will, I could feel the electric connection between them. Their forbidden attraction is intriguing and keeps you reading.
I thought the author’s concept of human/dragon shapeshifters was really very original. The draki evolved from dragons and have many varying traits and abilities within the species. Jacinda’s best friend, Azure, is a water draki with the ability to form gills and stay under water for long periods of time. Some have invisiblity while others are onyx black and can fly at high speeds. The whole draki concept is refreshing and creative. I want to learn more about the many different types.
My only complaint about the book is that it was difficult to visualize the draki. When describing them, the author interchanges descriptions of human features with dragon features. They have dragon-like skin, eyes, wings, but the author also describes Jacinda as having hair in draki form. This was confusing to me as I really didn’t like the idea of reptile having human hair. Also while in draki form, Jacinda huddles and rubs her calves for warmth. To me this is a very human movement and struck me as odd.
I wanted to envision a dragon but the author kept interjecting these images that didn’t go with the dragon image I had in my head. This didn’t ruin the book for me but it was a little distracting. I looked passed the this, envisioned the draki the way I wanted to, and still had fun reading it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Firelight and I am very eager to find out what happens next in Vanish (Firelight #2). I have a tiny inkling of what the title could mean and I’m anxiously awaiting it’s release in September 2011.
Pandemonium had a completely different feel than Delirium, the first book in the series. The story, all told from Lena’s perspective, alternates between different times. This was a little jarring to me in the beginning but I eventually got the hang of it. That aside, I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. Ate it up with a spoon. It Leaves you on a total cliffhanger too. The kind that makes you scream, “WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE?! AHH!” So. Good.
Contrary to Delirium, Lena is a little more rough around the edges in Pandemonium. After escaping from the police in Delirium, she is now on the run and fighting for her survival in the ‘wilds,’ as it’s called in the series. On top of that, she is recovering from the abrupt separation from Alex, the boy she loved so much that she ran away from everything she knew. She meets up with a resistance group living in the wilds. The story switches between Lena finding her way to the group and living with them to a future time when she is a member of the resistance.
Pandemonium is definitely grittier than Delirium. There is way more action and conflict. Alternating from Lena’s past and present kept the pace moving and made the book completely unpredictable. I really had no idea what was going to happen and this made the book difficult to put down. Out of the two books, I still think I liked Delirium more, but Pandemonium is still fantastic. It’s just different than the first.
I will leave this review short and simple because I know readers of Delirium will pick up Pandemonium at break neck speed. I know I did. If you haven’t read Delirium, you should.
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