Author: Sophie Jordan
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 awayif 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.
So, since ive been seeing a lot about the third book in this series, I decided to pick up the first one to see if I liked it, and man am I glad I did!!
The story is about a Draki (which are descendants of dragons) girl named Jacinda who is the first fire-breathing draki in centuries.
Because of this, her Pride (group of Drakis that live together, hidden) wants to use her to make more fire-breathing babies.
So her mother (who has kept her dragon self dormant for so long she can no longer manifest into dragon form and remains basically human) drags her and her sister (who is a defunct drake that never manifested at all) far away to a desert- which is basically hell for the Draki’s, as they thrive in cool wet areas, like the mountains.
There is a great love interest, Will, who has secrets of his own. Lots of secrets actually, that you don’t find out til the end of the book. The romance between them was super sweet. I really like Will a lot.
The best part about this book is the back story. The entire world that the author created is so cool. There are all kinds of different draki, and they all live huddled together in different Prides, but they never talk to any Draki from another Pride since the great war (I don’t know much about that yet, but I don’t think its too important). There are humans that are called Hunters because of many things the Draki can do,
Examples: they can sense rare gems because they get their strength/life force from the earth and gems. For this reason, hunters want them so they can find gems and sell them. Also, apparently their blood has some healing properties- that one is self-explanatory. Their skin is tough like army, but beautiful, so… imagine poacher hunting elephants for their tusks… its like that.
It just felt so real and believable.
The characters were… iffy. Not flat at all, but not very likeable (except Will, who I loved) Jacinda was ok, sometimes I felt bad for her because her mother and sister wanted so badly for her to let her Draki form die, which was basically asking her to kill off a part of her soul. But then at times she annoyed the hell out of me.
But her sister, Tamara, was 10 times worse. Don’t get me wrong, I felt bad for Tamara that everyone in the Pride shunned her bec she never manifested into a dragon form, but the entire book she is so self-absorbed and doesn’t care about anyone but herself. Plus she wants to be one of those girls, those mean girls that everyone hates but secretly wants to be in high school. LAME.
I don’t understand her mom… I do understand wanting to keep your daughter safe, but I don’t understand how she could ask her to kill off a part of who she is.
Recommended to all YA, paranormal, fantasy fans
Rating: 4.5 Stars.