Release Date: Sep 6, 2011
Retail Price: $ 17.99
Genre: Young Adult
Heat Level: Mild
An Impossible Romance.
To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
Jacinda is a Draki- a rare one that breathes fire. A Draki is a dragon of sorts and they live in a pride. This book is the second in a series. I have not read the first one and for the first few pages, I felt like I’d been dropped into the middle of the action in a foreign country. Soon enough, I was able to discern what had happened in the first book and settled into Jacinda’s story.
It seems, in book one, that Jacinda, her mother and sister had left the pride to make a life of their own. Jacinda fell in love with a young man named Will. A young man whose family hunts Draki. When Jacinda manifested herself into her Draki form to save him from a fall from a cliff, her family was chased by the hunters. Another Draki came to their rescue. His name is Cassian and is tapped to be the next alpha of the pride. He’s in love with Jacinda.
The story was interesting and I enjoyed the world the author built. The lore of the Draki was quite intriguing. I liked the descriptions of the different types of Draki and the fight scenes. The author’s ability to evoke the scenes in my head was well done. I could almost feel the heat from Jacinda’s breath when she used her fire breathing techniques. There were several scenes with lots of action and they were well done.
The author used the evilness of the current alpha male to great effect and made me fear for the heroine.
I had two issues with this book. One was the fact that the heroine acted on her attraction to both of the males that are in love with her. It seemed a bit distracting to me that when she was with Will, she wanted Will and when she was with Cassian, she wanted Cassian. I can’t tell who the actual hero is of the story and it kept me unsettled throughout the book.
The other issue I had with the book really has to do with a trend in Young Adult books that I’ve read lately. The story is not complete. In other words, to find out how this turns out, the reader must buy the next book in the series. This is a pet peeve of mine. I don’t like this tactic at all. I don’t blame the writer for this, but I don’t like it when a book just ends with no wrap up.
In short, I enjoyed the story and the characters and would recommend it.
Reviewed by Jillian