Saturday, December 22, 2012

Book Review: Hidden (Firelight #3) by: Sophie Jordan

Release Date: September 11, 2012 from HarperTEEN
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"Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and worse a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy."



My Thoughts:

I have always loved the Firelight series simply because of the premise. I mean people that can turn into dragons (draki), that is just awesome. I also have a shameless love for the covers in this series. This shameless love extends to Will, there is just something very endearing about him. This is the kind of series that is just lots of fun without being overly deep or meaningful, and I absolutely love them for it.

Hidden is a very quick and a very fun read. I read it over the course of a few hours and I loved getting lost in this world of draki and magic and secrets. Hidden had lots and lots of action and that kept the book moving at a brisk pace. I never felt like the book dragged and I never once got bored with storyline.

My absolute favorite part about this book is that it pretty much leaves the love triangle behind. It is not rehashed, which I was kind of worried about. It is abundantly clear that Jacinda has made her choice. While she may be bonded to Cassian, she loves Will and no bond is going to threaten that. This is not really a spoiler, because she pretty much makes this clear in chapter one.

For the past two books, Jacinda has been struggling with her ties to the Pride and with whom she wants to be. This continues in Hidden, but it finally comes to a culmination. She is literally being torn in two. She still feels responsible for the Pride, but she also wants to move on and be with Will. Sophie uses Cassian and Will to represent two very different aspects of Jacinda and two very different choices. Cassian and the bond she has with him represents what she has always known and a bond that runs very deep because it is her family and her people. Then you have Will, who represents freedom and a road that is basically whatever Jacinda wants it to be. Hidden is very much about her character growth and how she comes to make this choice.

Of all the characters in this series, I believe Tamra has shown the most growth. In Firelight, I really actually hated her. She was so whiny and jealous and got mad at Jacinda for things pretty much out of her control. For the majority of the book I just wanted to smack her. However, now I actually really love her character. She has become a very strong and capable character that has finally found a purpose and a place.

Now I need to mention the cutie that is Will. He is possibly the most patient character I have ever encountered. He puts up with so much from Jacinda and goes through a great deal just to stay with her. At some points I seriously thought that she did not deserve him and that he deserved someone much better. Then I would get mad at myself, because they really do make an adorable couple. 

Hidden wraps up the Firelight series nicely and it managed to surprise me. I thought I had the ending pegged for this series and it turns out I was wrong. I loved being surprised and I was very happy with the way things went. My one complaint, I would have liked at least one more chapter in Hidden just for a little bit more closure.

All in all, Firelight is just a fun series and a good story. It is the perfect book to read when you are looking for a sweet and unique book.


6 comments:

  1. I have yet to read this series but I have heard some really great things about it. The concept sounds very interesting and the romance even better. And I COMPLETELY understand you hating the heroine for not deserving Will but then hating yourself cause they make an honest goodness awesome couple! I have been there, done that, and it NEVER gets any better! lol ;p

    I think I would like this series, simply because it's YA para/fantasy type of book, and I love those. I'm glad you enjoyed this, and I am actually happy that the series wrapped up perfectly, (no disappointments necessary). :D

    Awesomesauce review, Teresa! :) I can't wait to read this.

    ~ Maida

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    1. Yea they are just fun and addictive. Also they are pretty quick reads which is always nice. Not all reads need to be deep and meaningful haha

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    2. Completely agree! It's nice to have short reads once in a while, it takes your mind off of the more heavy stuff. :)

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  2. Oh Squeee! I've been worried about starting this one as I loved the first two so much I didn't want this to be the book to end them all ;)Now I know I have to read it!If Teresa loved it, its usually a safe bet that I will too!
    Great review Honey!
    Hope you're doing well and that santa places copious amounts of books under your tree!
    Happy Holidays! =D

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    1. Yea I thought it was a good end to the series! I hope you enjoy it and I hope Santa is good to you as well!

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  3. I'm behind in this series. I really liked book one, then just never got a chance to read the next book.

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