Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Release Date - September 7, 2010
Publisher - HarperTeen
Age Group - Young Adult
Hardcover - 323 pages
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 away—if 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.
I loved everything about this novel. From the cover, to the characters, to the romance. I loved how action packed it was but had its super romantic moments. I had a very hard time putting this one down and when I was at work I would tell everyone around about it and how I needed to know what was gonna happen next.
I love the characters and all the relationships between the characters. When I started reading Firelight I had no idea it would take the turn that it did.
When Will walked into the school and Jacinda could sense him, my mouth dropped and I gasped. The book did that to me many, many times. If I could use two words to describe this novel they would be gripping and jaw-dropping.
Thats also how the ending left me. I had to know what was gonna happen next and I was sad that I had to put it down.
I would recommend it to many people, and in fact have. The people that I work with and have told, now want to read it so head on out and get yourself a copy because this one is a MUST - READ!!!!
Cover - 5 stars
Plot - 5 stars
Chracters - 5 stars
Ending - 5 stars
From Penguin Books
Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It’s what her dead mother’s note suggested, and it’s what her recurring nightmares allude to. Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams—and her small town—she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France. Only, when she arrives, her nightmares get worse.
People often ask me if I get any say about the cover art for my books. Sure I do! But does anything I say end up on the cover? Rarely, which may be for the best. Here’s the story of the cover to Wake Unto Me.
In response, I said and sent this:
Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi, by Bronzino. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy (Right)
“Wheel of Fortune” from the Rider-Waite tarot deck (Right)
I also said:
Detail of “Lady MacBeth” by Henry Fuseli (Right)
“Evening Star” by Alphonse Mucha( Left)
My other problem was that the heroine is obviously naked. Given that this is a YA novel, it seemed a wee bit too sexy.
They reattached the hands to the correct arms, and put a tiny little black tank top on the heroine, and here’s the final version:
Lisa Cach was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she still lives today. Her professional background includes teaching conversational English in Japan, and several years working the graveyard shift on a mental health crisis line. She has traveled to the foothills of the Himalaya, the jungles of Borneo, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, and the painted caves of the Perigord Noir, in France. She has sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and the Bering Sea as a guest on a small ship.