Released: September 2010
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal - Fantasy
Source: We Love YA Tours
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. Although 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.
I've never read much fantasy type novels so dragons are a whole new world to me. The idea of what Sophie Jordan created sounded excellent. The beginning chapters were very engaging and action-packed. I wanted to know more and more about the Draki and their pride. There was something about Jacinda that I really liked off the bat. She was a very curious and had real emotions which made her a realistic character even though she could, you know, shift into a dragon.
After a close call with dragon hunters, her family picks up and moves to the mortal world where the storyline of "new girl with secret meets hot guy with secret" takes over. When she meets Will, who she instantly recognizes as a hunter, she knows she should stay away. That of course cannot happen. Both of them are drawn to one another. Trust me, it's obvious these two are attracted to one another. The author writes the emotions very well. I could literally feel their attraction, but I wasn't buying this instant love between the two. It was more lust than love. So those were the two things that really set me back from this book. I'm just tired of seeing that type of plot line in books.
Back to the parts that I did enjoy. I thought the action in this story was great! I loved hearing bits and pieces of what the pride had planned for Jacinda, and her struggle with expecting who she was and what she was. I wished there was more of that because that's what really held my interest. The ending held a nice twist, and I do plan to pick up the next book when it comes out to see what will happen next.