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review 2013-11-14 03:23
Vanish: A Firelight Novel - Sophie Jordan

Really this book was a 3.5 star for me. I loved how Sophie Jordan brings you right back in to the world. Vanish is a major turning point not just for Jacinda but for all the characters. It really shows how ones decisions can effect an entire group. The plot itself was a little slow as Jacinda gets reaquianted with pride life however it was not boring. I got a little annoyed with the constant wishing for Will but I saw how it was neccessary and most of my annoyance probably came from the fact I am a Cassian fangirl(not ashamed to admit I am biased). As far as sequels go it wasn't the best but it was far from mediocre. It made for an easy transition into Hidden. I easily recommened picking up Vanish and continuing this series as it keeps getting more interesting by the minute

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review 2013-05-30 00:00
Firelight - Sophie Jordan Unfortunately, Jacinda is no [b:Seraphina|12394100|Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)|Rachel Hartman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1325528367s/12394100.jpg|17375239].It's Twilight all over again.
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review 2013-04-23 00:00
Hidden - Sophie Jordan Ohhh Cassian... *sigh* You are too good for Jacinda!

This was my least favorite Firelight book. It's not because Jacinda doesn't end up with Cassian but because she annoyed me. She was all over the place. You know, she has a boyfriend, Will? But she still has the audacity to be jealous when Cassian talks to Tamra, even though she's mostly saying how he loves her just because she's a firebreather and the most desirable dragon. Oh, please.

And what about Will? Did she forget he's a hunter and his job is to hunt and KILL dragons? Sure, he didn't kill anyone but he's guilty by association.

Then there's Tamra and her new guy. Oops, forgot his name. D-something. He's like Hey,baby. What's happening? *wiggles eyebrows* And she goes Why are you staring at me? *runs away* .... *comes back* I like you. Let's make dragon babies!
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review 2013-03-22 00:00
Vanish (Firelight Series)
Vanish: A Firelight Novel - Sophie Jordan Such a great follow-up to Firelight, Vanish kept me on the edge of my seat.Jacinda, Tamra and their mother have been dragged back to the pride by Cassian. Maybe dragged isn’t the word, but they don’t go willingly. Tamra is not what she thought she was; now she’s possibly more valuable than Jacinda. Cassian is still determined to have Jacinda, and Jacinda, who thought she knew her own heart, now doesn’t know what to do. Oh the delicious teenaged angst!So the alpha of the Pride is pissed at Jacinda for leaving, and then endangering the pride by showing herself to humans, and hunters at that! (Like she had a choice, get off your high horse, kind sir!). Cassian wants to help her but he also knows Tamra is now a worthy mate with her newfound ability. Cassian has options. Tamra is no longer the black sheep of the pride now that she’s manifested. Jacinda is lost; used to being the pride’s golden girl, she’s now second to her sister, and in trouble, too.Interesting contrasts between the two novels: In Firelight, Jacinda doesn’t want to leave the pride, and feels safe and accepted there. In Vanish, she would do anything to leave the pride, because she no longer feels safe and accepted there, but does feel safe and accepted by Will, her human love.There is more action in Vanish than in Firelight. As Jacinda decides she is going to leave forever, after the pride has decided her fate and broken her heart, Cassian’s sister stalks her until they are captured and taken. Thus begins an entire whirlwind of action in the story, that thrusts characters who don’t like each other together, for the sake of his sister and that of the pride.The world-building is great. Jordan is detailed in the descriptions of the pride village, right down to how the streets are set up, the lush landscape and the draki who inhabit it. It’s characters are also infused with a passion that is contagious to the reader; I certainly felt like I couldn’t read it fast enough!This is a fabulous series that strikes at the imagination and I can’t wait to read the next one.This review is also posted at Nerdhuffing.com.
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review 2013-02-22 00:00
Firelight (Firelight Series)
Firelight (Firelight Series) - To see full review click hereDisclaimer: Obviously, I don't own Bella Swan or the Twilight Saga. Stephenie Meyer does. I am merely using the character here to illustrate the blatant similarities between those books and Firelight.Hi again,It's me Bella Cullen. I just had to ask MJ to let me review this book. She's currently mind bleaching her brain from reading it so she agreed. I don't get why she decided to use mind bleach. It's not that bad. In fact, I think I would get a long quite splendidly with Jacinda and company.MJ had high hopes for this book. After all, it's about dragons. And everyone loves a good dragon book as long as it's not like that cruddy PBS show she was forced to watch when babysitting way back in the day. And it does have a pretty kick ass book trailer.So yeah, girls who can turn into dragons. Or draki as their called. That seems like a pretty original concept with lots of issues to explore that cause your mind to wonder in places it shouldn't wonder. Like, how did humans crossbreed with dragons? Do drakis have eggs? And why can't they simply just eat a hunter that's trying to kill them, after all that's what the dragons did on Jurassic Park. Oh wait, those were dinosaurs in Jurassic Park not dragons. But close enough. The point is, you'd think this would be an original concept in YA, but Jacinda is just a girl and what do all teenage girls want?True and chaste love of course. And true love is more than amazing when it involves predator and prey. I would know this for a fact. But once again, I don't see how a mere human could kill a dragon. I mean, yeah, I get humans have guns and all, but these are dragons we're talking about. And in Harry Potter, wasn't dragon skin suppose to be super strong or whatever?Not that it matters. Since really the dragon plot was pushed back for love. Wonderful love.You know, Jacinda really reminds me a lot of myself. We're both new girls who fall in love with that unattainable boy. I don't know how we do it? Why are these boys unattainable until we see them? Obviously, because we're special. But people have wondered otherwise. In the case of Jacinda, you'd almost think Will was into dragons which reminds me of my good friend Grace from Shiver.There are more similarities to the whole we're special and we know it factor that both Jacinda and I have. There's a love triangle too with an old childhood friend vs the new unattainable bad boy. And dragons sort of have an imprint/pack thing going. So, Jacinda is sort of like my little nudger in that regard. Isn't that cute? I guess that makes her ultra special. Because my little nudger is the most specialist creature in like the universe.And I can sort of understand why her mother would want to totally take her away from her pride (that's what they call the pack in this book). It is unnerving knowing you're daughter is totally meant to be with a guy, but you get over it in time. And besides, the pride I'm sure has a right. Though what I really don't understand is why Mrs. Jones moved to the desert and kept saying how she was going to kill Jacinda's draki. Isn't that like draki abuse. Shouldn't we call CPS or should be the ASPCA on her. God, I'm so confused. At least, Nessie is one of a kind so she really can't call any agency on us when Edward and I forget about her because we're having too much fun in our cottage.At least Charlie is a little bit more responsible than that. I know that if Nessie ever wanted to get away from the pack it's not like Edward and I would move and going to Phoenix. That's just stupid. Besides, we enjoy our cottage WAY too much.Honestly, all of these characters are stupid and mean in this book. And I can handle stupid and mean, I'm sort of stupid and mean myself. But that's unintentional sort of like Jacinda. We just don't know better. Her mother and sister though are horrible people. And I don't think Edward would ever consider turning Charlie into an ottoman like Will's family might've done to Jacinda's dad. Yeah, I wondered how Jacinda might feel if she and Will got busy on that dragon hide couch and find out later...maybe I should join MJ with that mind bleach. That reminds me her mother blaming Jacinda for her death also, so while dealing with her dad possibly being an footstool/couch she also has to deal with her mom blaming her for him being a piece of furniture (ouch!)Also, there are trackers in her book. Remember how James was a tracker in my book? Oh, and the book is called Firelight and my book is called Twilight. This probably wasn't intentional, but you have to wonder. I really have to wonder. I wonder if she has a movie made about her too. I could so totally see Bonnie Wright playing Jacinda and Chad Duell playing Will. Maybe I'm being too sensitive. After all, Jacinda is special. I keep getting told she's special and I'm just Bella until I turned into a vampire and became special. But wait, Jacinda also has a sister. I don't have a sister. Well, I kind of do now. But I'm clumsy (or was) and Jacinda's not. She's fierce she can fight off those Lifetime Bad Ass Girl Fight girls. I freaking kid you not, she gets smacked around in the book and does some damage (sort of). Though she does get the shit beat out of her first and it's only like a reflex she starts turning into her dragon self. You know, honestly, a lot of this doesn't make sense to me.Maybe I have the wrong idea about dragons like I did about vampires. My idea about vampires was that they were always blood thirsty creatures and it turns out they're hardly bloody thirsty at all, more like sparkly. I always thought dragons we're these bad ass lizards who could fly and spit out fire. Maybe their more like the PBS version of dragons after all but can turn into annoying girls like me.You know what, maybe I shouldn't judge Jacinda. After all, she's just like me.Toodles,Bella
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