Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review x2: Firelight and Vanish by Sophie Jordan

I think you're very lucky today. Well with two reviews I know you are. So without further adeu here's the reviews from Sophie Jordan's Firelight series:

Review 1: Firelight (#1) by Sophie Jordan

At the Other End:

My heart pounds in my chest as he draws closer. I know the precise moment he sees me. He freezes, stills in the water, sinking low, his lips brushing the waterline.
We stare at each other.
It will happen now. He will call the others. They will swarm on me like hungry predators.
Then he moves, swims closer in an easy glide. A muscle feathers the flesh of his jaw, and something flutters in my belly. He doesn't look hard, as I'd imagined. He doesn't look evil. He looks...curious.
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. Althouhg 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.

First Impressions Last:

I read this book back in August but I've got to say that I had my eye on it for some time. Knowing I probably not be able to find a hard copy of the novel, I settled for the eBook, yet only now, I had found the hardback copy of it in my favourite cheapy bookstore! (yes, I brought it :P). The cover was beautiful, the colours bright out Jacinda's personality as well as the kind of Draki she is is a magnification of that as well. I love the scales that we can see on her temple. At first it I thought it was just eye-shadow but then looking at it for a few more seconds made me realise that it's scales from her Draki. When reading the blurb I didn't realise that all the books secrets were spilt out on the back cover. Luckily I only read the cover once when I decided to read the novel when I put it on my to-read list and then didn't read the blurb before I started otherwise we would've known what was going to happen the whole way through the book. Check out my post for all my Raving Random Rantings, such as the blurb cover ones.

Behind the 323 Pages:

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the second. I just hope that there is no love triangle in the second and she realises that Cassian is an *insert "creative" word here* and only wants her because of what she is.

Yes, she does think as though she is a wild animal, but in fact she is. This kind of thinking makes us able to communicate with Jacinda all the more because we are let inside her thoughts and feelings as well as the way that she sees the outside world and the threats and dangers that pull at her, making her want to be let free.

I like how Will broke away from his family and when realises what Jacinda really is, still pursues her, no matter what she is or what he is. He stabilises her and makes her see that there is often a choice in life and she doesn't have to reside only by the Pride's rules and regulations. Sometimes thought, I get the feeling as though she is only using Will in order to keep her Draki alive. You can see a big comparison from when she was out on the course trying to turn, taking away all of her energy to when she was with Will or thinking of him.

What I don't like is how she and her sister went with Cassian straight after the small battle that they had, even though they weren't safe, the shouldn't have gone with him, no matter how encouraging he was. Especially after Jacinda trusted him -numerous times- and he failed every time says that she is easy to forgive someone but doesn't think of the outcomes afterwards. Did she think of what will happen to her, her mother or her sister by going off with Cassian? No, she didn't. And then she would regret the decision when she turns up and something happens to either of them and she frantically tries to mend the situation when she created it in the first place. Just like trusting Cassian multiple times, it never turned out for the better, just the worse. Let's hope she learns come time for the next novel.        

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Review 2: Vanish (#2) by Sophie Jordan

At the Other End:

Dozing, half-asleep, I remember Will's promise to me:
It's not over. I'll find you. We'll be together again.
Then something dawns on me. A truth that has been there all along, edging at my conciousness.
He won't have those memories. He won't remember what happened that night, why I had to go. He will just think I left Chaparral. Left him. Vanished.

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 loyality 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?

First Impressions Last:

After reading Firelight, of course I had to read this one! And how can you not with the pretty, pretty cover. From the moment we see it, we wonder who it is, but then as we look at the previous cover, we see that the girls are the same, meaning that this is her sister Tamra. The cover is a giveaway though for the novel because of the scales on her temple as Firelight had with Jacinda to show her Draki. Along with Firelight, this novel's blurb is also as revealing to the story as Firelight.

Behind the 294 Pages:

Ok, this book straight away reminds me back to English and our topic of Belonging. Yes it's sad I straight away thought this book would relate and started deconstructing it before I told myself to stop.

As the sequel to Firelight this book talks about Jacinda's struggles to get back into the pride and to become who she once was. In this book, however, I noticed that from the last book she seems as though to be thinking without her draki as a sense than how she did talk like an animal in the previous book. From here we can see her changes as a person, from draki to someone who thinks and cares, and overall, just wants to be free.

What I don'e like in this book is her constant battle between trying to forget Will as well as trying to forget Cassian and overcome her innocent and unrecognisable-to-herself jealousy that she feels when her sister starts talking to Cassian. This is what the book is about. Jacinda's struggles to come back to the pride but then this sense is undermined when the real issue of Will and Cassian turn up in every presence of the novel.

Although we can clearly see Jacinda's struggle she does need to make up her mind on either Will or Cassian. I believe (and hope) that the third book will be the decider. I also wish that there would be more on her sister and her mother. They have become big (yet aloof) characters in this novel and it would've been an added bonus to be able to see them more instead of knowing of Jacinda's constant "boy battle"

However, this is still a great book and leaves a very big cliffhanger for the next novel. So far, from each novel, it seems as though if you put the pages together from all the books to come with the ones already published, then the series will turn out to be just one big book because it straight away continues into the new challenges and continuing plot line.

I love that idea because from other series' in the second or third book there is always a few chapters that get the reader reacquainted with the world, when really you only need a prologue chapter for that and then to get straight into the story. Or to have none at all, because as the reader we should know what's going on and by doing what Jordan has done and continued straight but added old material as flash-backs, makes whoever picks up this novel, a sure thing to start reading from the first novel and not in a way that they can go straight to the sequel because they basically know everything that happens in the first book from the few chapters at the start of the novel.        

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What's Next:

Hidden (Firelight, #3)Hidden (Firelight #3)
Finding the time: September 2012

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