by Sophie Jordan
Published on September 7, 2010 by HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Slow to start: I initially had trouble getting into the story. It seemed to take several chapters before there was anything to really draw me in. There was also the fact that the novel’s in present tense, which really threw me off. At times it seemed like it would have been better suited to be in past tense, which I personally would’ve preferred. Last were the quotations. I’m so used to have the double quotes for dialogue, and when they weren’t there, I went looking for them. Overall, it took me about halfway through the novel before I was able to really get into the story and style it was written in.
Just choose: Throughout the entire book, the protagonist, Jacinda, is torn between being with Will or going back to her pride. This adds conflict to the story, however, it did grate on my nerves after a bit. She was back and forth, back and forth, to the point that I wanted to put the book down for a while to take a break from it. And it seemed like there was also supposed to be some type of love triangle between Jacinda, Will, and Cassian, but neither of the two male characters really stood out to me. Will was somewhat flat, and I didn’t really get to know enough about Cassian to make a decision about him. I really wished Jacinda could make up her mind, not just about them, but all of the decisions she faced.
Paging Creeper 001: Maybe it was just me, but Will came off as sort of a stalker/creeper. Wanting to know where someone lives after the first day is creepy. There’s no way around it. I would even compare it to Edward Cullen of the Twilight series. “Oh look, I’m going to randomly drive to your house in the middle of the night.” And then there’s Jacinda, who needs Will to keep her dragon–eh hem, sorry, I mean draki–alive while she’s living in this desert town. I’m starting to see a resemblance here…
Okay, you might think I didn’t enjoy the book, but I did to an extent. I’ve always loved dragons and stories related to dragons so I jumped on this book. There were definitely things that bothered me (well, I’ve already mentioned the main ones) but it was still a decent book with an original idea behind it.