Thursday, December 27, 2012

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

Published date: September 11th, 2012

Publisher: HarperTEEN

Pages: 260 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

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.


Never in my many years of being an avid reader of young adult books have I ever been disappointed like this. There were so many cheesy moments that I spent more than half of it laughing. It makes me sad when I realize that this is how this amazing series is meant to end.

When I read the first book in the Firelight trilogy, I found it very comical. I didn't like Jacinda as a character and how predictable the story was. I took a chance and read the second book, Vanish, and fell in love. The pace of the book picked up and Jacinda quit being so predictable. Plot twists occurred that I didn't see coming (finally) and I found myself enjoying it so much more than the first novel. 

Then, after the long wait for Hidden to hit the shelves, I found that its pages contained the comical lovey-dovey stuff that was so much like the first book. I was stunned because I thought everything was going in the right direction. But I found that the love story in these novels just wasn't for me. You now see why I felt so disappointed. Sometimes the romance is the best part, other times it's just sickening. 

The Firelight books are one of the only YA series that is actually an original, that its plot isn't some dystopian love triangle or about love sick angles. I'll give Jordan props for that. I just wish Jacinda remained the strong girl she had seemed in Vanish

I wish I could say this was an explosive conclusion to the trilogy, but in my opinion, it wasn't. 

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