Firelight by Sophie Jordan

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Firelight

Sophie Jordan

Spoiler Free (Goodreads version)

Jacinda must walk the line between keeping her inner dragon alive, and being discovered by the hunter that ignites that fire.

Forced to act, dragons hid the truth and their shape behind human flesh. When young Jacinda’s rule-breaking flight nearly costs her life, she is saved by a hunter. He disappears, leaving her to face her displeased clan. When her mother sees the threat against her that Jacinda doesn’t, they flee.

Stuck in the desert, away from her mountains with her family waiting for her inner dragon to die, the only light in Jacinda’s life is Will, the hunter who saved her. Around him, her dragon comes to life. She courts danger as she struggles between keeping her dragon alive, and keeping her heritage a secret.

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The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

Holly Black

Spoiler Free (Goodreads version)

One night of wild partying can cost you your life.
Or leave you with a chained vampire and an ex-boyfriend on the edge of turning.
Same thing really.

I was really looking forward to reading this. Holly Black wrote some of my favorite stories about faeries. Her writing is usually dark and edgy and with quick, concise plots. This one however, left me wanting more.

The book starts with a bang. Our main character Tana wakes in bathtub and discovers a massacre. The only few surviers are Tana; her ex-boyfriend, already bitten and chained to a bed; and a vampire, chained to his bedside. The book screams forward, as Tana and the boys escape from attacking vampires, and start towards a Coldtown.

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Huntress by Malinda Lo

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Huntress

Malinda Lo

SPOILER WARNING (Goodreads version with hidden spoilers)

Intrigued, I picked up a copy of Huntress. LGBT content and a fictionalized pseudo Asian world, what more could a girl ask for?

As it turns out, a lot.

The beginning of the book introduces the two main characters,  Kaede and Tasin, two seventeen year old girls, are chosen to travel to the city of the Fairy Queen. The beginning of the book flies by to get the characters on the road, and it never seems to spend much time developing motivation or characters. We spend most of the book on the road, battling a few monsters. However, none of the battles they fight have anything to do with the villain of the story. Without building up the villain, it’s hard to care about whether or not they win the fight. We know little of the villain, besides the fact that she is destroying the earth through magic. The writing style relies on head jumps, and while most are easy to follow, a few left me behind.

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