Title: Born in Flames (The Born in Flames Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Candace Knoebel
Pages: 302 Pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy,
Source: Amazon Book Page
Rating: 5 Stars
Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.
Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.
In the dark of night, a crazed Seer erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?
I will admit, this book was a complete surprise to me. I thought it would be run of the mill shape-shifter dragon paranormal romance book and then just move on….yes I was looking for a fluffer since i couldn’t figure out what to read but this pulled me through my reading slump and made me read the 2nd one in anticipation for the 3rd. Aurora Megalos…kick ass weird chick living in Hawaii. I can’t explain much of the book without ruining the plot and believe me if you decide to read this you don’t want it ruined.
Aurora never really felt as if she has had a place and cannot remember her life before being taken in by her foster mom. She meets a creepy stranger on the bus and all of a sudden her life starts to change. This creepy person has set in motion a chain of events that will have you clicking or flipping pages as fast as you can. I seriously felt like maybe i rushed through the book. I didn’t even right this review before starting the 2nd one. There is a certain point where i just had to put down the book for a minute and just breathe. I loved the connection between Aurora and Fenn from the beginning. I love that Aurora is a bit real world normal. Her character is someone i would be friends with; she’s full of self doubt and she doesn’t see herself the way others do. She tends to be a pessimist and weird things happen when she gets angry. She’s a smart ass and stronger than she thinks. I’m glad that she is the story line and its not about someone saving her. She has a lot of learning to do on her journey to finding herself and some of it is rough but she pulls through. Yes, she has help from Fenn and yes someone usually does come along for the assist but she usually falls on her ass herself and attempts to get herself out of it. Its not her fault that she is practically a celebrity and doesn’t know it. Fenn….Fenn is dreamy. like creamy peanut butter and honey that has been whipped to a poofy yummy goodness. He’s hot, smart, sensitive and seems to get Aurora without words having to be said. It’s nice that Fenn balances Aurora out so well and its just nice. I like that for now he is not a goober just sitting around or a neanderthal bossing her around. He’s a great guy even though he hurts her feelings for her own good at some point but it is what it is and it all works out eventually. You meet some wonderful characters in this book; Lexi, Eve, Gabe, Zane, Astral and Zordon. I wanna just have a moment and chat someone up to death about each character but I don’t know to many people around me who had read this so I’m stuck ranting to myself.
The author did a great job of sucking me in when i didn’t want to be. I felt like she just forced my attention into her book and then i was hooked like an addict. As of this moment I am 71% finished with book 2 and I am excited to see how things work out. Aurora really comes in to her own and finds about 80% of the answers she is looking for in this book… All that’s left is the impending world doom, unraveling the prophecy, and saving everyone’s life – that’s all. What could possibly go wrong? 🙂 READ ITTTT!!!! ITS AWESOME!!!