Sometimes you just need a good, angsty romance with a supernatural twist. Firelight by Sophie Jordan is the perfect way to fill that need.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
This book is serious. It sucked me in quickly and I found myself wanting to know more. Her draki pride (like a lion's pride) want her to mate and have little fire-breathing draki. Her mother wants to leave the pride and protect her from that fate (and worse). Her sister, whose own draki never manifested, wants to be a normal, teenage girl, and depends on Jacinda giving up her draki nature to do so. Jacinda, caught in the middle of all of this, is trying to find what it is she wants, while holding on to her draki. Her inner struggle is intense and very well crafted. Many times I found myself wanting to yell out, "Go! Fly! Be a draki!" and it was almost painful, as a reader, when she was unable to do so.
And then, of course, *cue the hot boy on campus* we have Will. Their love story is desperate, but true, and sadly, star-crossed. Again, there is an intensity here as Will has his own internal struggle with his family, who are draki-hunters. Despite their circumstances, the two are drawn together.
I was completely drawn into the world of the draki, and honestly, I wanted more of it. I'm secretly (okay, not secretly) hoping that the next book goes into the history of the draki in more detail, or that we just get more draki, especially Jacinda's draki. And Will. And Will and Jacinda. And... Oh, you get the point.