Author: Sophie Jordan
Source: Library; hardcover 323 pages
Challenges: Shifters Challenge
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.
My Rating: ★★1/2
I originally had this as a video review, but I decided to just type up my review instead.
Let me start off by raving about this cover - it is absolutely beautiful! It's exactly how I pictured Jacinda & I love all the vibrant colors. I also loved the concept of dragon-shifters and thought it was super-original (although I kind of cringed every time I read the word "draki" - for some reason it was like nails on a chalkboard for me). I also loved Jordan's choice of character names: Jacinda, Tamra, Azure... they were all uncommon names. That being said, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected.
I personally couldn't relate very much to Jacinda's character and hated the way she kept waffling back and forth about whether or not she wanted to be with Will. I wanted to shake her and say, "For goodness sake, pick SOMETHING and just stick with it!!" Aside from that, the dialogue between her and Will was a little too melodramatic for my liking - I can't stand it when girls say things like, "You're my world" and "I'd die without you".
Most of the plot-line was enjoyable for me, though I did find the romance aspect a bit predictable. I'm not sure if I'll be reading the next book in this series, but I probably will because I'm curious to see how things pan out (this one ended in a bit of a cliffhanger).
Although this book wasn't spectacular for me as a reader, I checked out other blogs for their reviews and posted some positive ones below so you can get another opinion.
Want a different perspective? Other reviews of this book:
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read // Between the Covers // Electrifying Reviews