August 30, 2010
Hardcover, 336 pages
Borrowed at the library!
A hidden truth.
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.
About The Author
New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan is a former high school English teacher who resides in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she divides her time between inventing culinary masterpieces-her husband won’t always agree-and visiting her family’s pecan ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Sophie also writes young adult novels for HarperTeen and paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.
I enjoyed this book right from the beginning. I hope I’m not spoiling anything by saying that Jacinda is a draki..in human terms she’s a dragon. A freaking dragon! I’m one to read fantasy novels but this is a first about dragons.
The story includes Jacinda being ripped apart from her draki pride and living a normal HUMAN life with her human twin sister Tamara and mother in the desert.
What Jacinda wants more than anything in the world is to be draki, but living in the desert hinders her abilities which make her even more upset. As most YA novels go, you can’t have a protagonist without a love interest, and that love interest comes in the form of “beautiful boy” Will. Unfortunately, Will is a draki hunter, and that’s not only Jacinda’s only worry. It also comes in the form of Cassia, the draki’s son of the alpha who wants her back than anything else.
I enjoyed reading this book, truly I did. I enjoyed the struggles that Jacinda had to go through; keeping herself hidden and making herself seem human enough. What I disliked was how much of a hypocrite Jacinda became. One minute she vows never to see Will again, then the next thing you know she’s locking lips with him. And on and on and in it went. If she couldn’t stay away then why didn’t she just admit that to herself? It drove me a little crazy. It’s quite simple; if you want something go get it. If you’re in endangering yourself and your family then stay away. But she obviously couldn’t because of their undeniable pull towards each other. Why did they fall in love in the first place? That I couldn’t understand. The make out sessions were hot and heavy and considering Sophie Jordan is also an adult romance writer there’s no question she has skills. I hope some questions are answered in the next book. This was an entertaining read and I’d love to read more about the drakis.
“His hand glides down my arm, folds over my hand. His fingers lace with mine, palms kissing. I can feel the fast thud of his heart through this single touch. This, the steady pulse in the cup of his hand, revives me.
His presence always does this to me. Breathes life back in. Chases away the phantom like fast-fading mist. My skin tightens, rushes with awareness. My chest vibrates. Swells with relief, gratitude, and something else.”—Jacinda (176-177)
“A hunter in love with his prey.”—Will (258)