“This an amazing start to this series. The characters each have their own feel and the reader will mostly feel a connection to Aurora.
There were a couple of minor errors, and only one I had an actual problem with. There’s a scene where Aurora receives a letter and while she reads it aloud and claims Fenn is mentioned in it by name, he isn’t. I reread the letter passage four times just to be sure on this.
Other than the font size being really small (I have a kindle keyboard that does not have the option of adjusting font size) I absolutely loved the story. It has without a doubt caught my interest and I look forward to reading the next book to see how much Aurora, Fenn, and Alexis grow from what they are now.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws”
“I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. There aren't too many YA books out there about dragons but I was luckily enough to get my hands on this dragon book by Candace Knoebel to read and review. I enjoy a good dragon story like the next person and this one did not disappoint. It contained a little bit of everything, magic, romance, mystery and fantasy. The only real problem that I had with this book was that there weren't enough DRAGONS!! But it did share a lot of background about the dragons, but it was more of a treasure hunt to find the dragon realm with dangers along the way then actually about dragons. I can't wait for book two because I think that it will be filed with dragons now that the introductions are over.
I liked Aurora, but I found her to be very needy. You could tell that she hated being alone and was scared of being abandoned by everyone she knew. She always had to have someone beside her. Hopefully in book two she gains some confidence. Fenn was the better character for me because he was more outgoing and didn't try and deny his feelings. And he is cute! Also I think we will be seeing a lot more of Alexis. Her and Aurora really hit it off. I can't wait to see if good will triumph over evil.
I would recommend this book to fantasy and dragon lovers. But I would warn them of the lack of dragons so far. But I mean most would be drawn in anyways with a cover this magnificent. Again, I can't wait for the next instalment to hopefully get my dragon fix :)”
“Born in Flames
(Born in Flames Trilogy #1)
by Candace Knoebel
Reviewed by: Angels
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance
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, dubbed Mr.Creepy, 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.
First off let me say this is a new author for me and this is the first time reading her stories and I have to say that this was a fantastic read.
All the characters in this story were engaging and easy to relate to.All the characters had a story of the own and bits of there past blended with Aurora Megalos future.
At times Aurora did seem a little whiny but, considering the burden she was carrying I will let it pass.Aurora came here from alternate dimension.Her guardian sent her here to protect her from her fate knowing that when the time came those in power would want to kill her off.Aurora was born to a couple who were of a different race one who was a dragon and the other a human making her a mixed bred and a forbidden bred.
Aurora was placed in foster care and shifted around a lot and was not treated kindly.She has now grown up and gone on her own with her long time pal Finn and things are starting to change.
Now that Aurora has almost reached adulthood things start happening to her strange things are happening around her and a lot of unexplainable things are happening.She is in danger. Her past is coming to light.She never felt she belonged she knew that she was different and could not explain why she felt that way she just did.
Aurora meets a seer who gives her strange warnings of things to come.Hints at her past and what she must do to fulfill her destiny.Aurora's destiny is to rule the Dragons and to become the most powerful leader there kind has ever seen.She must go through trials in order to prove she would be the one to lead them.
Aurora and Finns destinies are enter twined. They have been friends for so long things are changing and they both start to have feeling for one another but,Aurora is afraid to act on these feeling not wanting to complicate her friendship.Finn on the other hand wants to pursue it.But,she needs Finn in her life and loves him she just needs time to figure out how they can be together.They make such a cute couple I am rooting for them to find a way to be together Finn is such a cute and sexy protector. Who wouldn't root for him ?
The story unfolds and danger lurked at every corner.Secrets come to light for all those characters involved.We journeyed with Aurora to explore her past and we were with her when she learned about he abilities and that she was part Dragon and how to shape shift.When she forged new friendships.We saw Aurora blossom into a Fearless women and not the women who cowered to her past.
This story had tons of intrigue that always is keeping you on your toes and turning the pages.The story was captivating.It was about healing ones past. Forging new friendships.Becoming the women you new you could be.Finding out who your lost parents were.Learning they let you go to protect you so that you could also have a hand in choosing your own destiny.Learning of your past and being reunited with your love ones.Healing from past hurts. And last but not least dealing with the person you were born to be. Learning to embrace your Dragon side an become whole once again.
This story never had a dull moment .A young adult read not to be missed. A recommended read to all. As a reader I would like to see Aurora in future books and be part of her and Finn's latest adventure. ”
“Wow, this is unbelievable! I am writing yet another not so good review. :-( I really wish I would have gotten a sample of this book PRIOR to purchasing it. I saw all the "Good Reviews" and thought it was going to be good. I will not ever trust a good review again. This is the second book in a row that has done this to me!
About the book: I have to say, I really like the cover. Well done! I liked what the story was about. Again, well done. I did NOT like the way it was written. It seemed like the the Author was trying too hard in her writing. I really believe this story could have been quite good if Candace didn't push her writing so hard when trying to sound mysterious or funny or what ever emotion she was pushing on the character to show or feel. (Please forgive this analogy but this is the best way for me to explain how I felt about reading this book: It just read like a High School kid trying to pretend they are an Author.) Another problem with this book is that it doesn't seem like Candace actually paid attention to what she was writing. For example: Towards the end of Chapter 3 and then at the beginning of Chapter 4 she wrote this: "But he didn't look at me when he said it, something he only does when he's lying" THEN wrote: "He didn't look at me, which was what he often did when he was uncomfortable." Yes, Candace is writing about the same Characters. It threw me for a loop to where I literally stopped reading and skimmed back a few pages to see what I swore I had just read a minute ago.
I will say this again, I do like the story. I do NOT like how it was written. If Candace can take the bad with the good, she will be an excellent writer one day. (Meaning, if she can take the bad reviews NOT personally and add them to her thinking on future works.) Unfortunately, I do not recommend this read. I do, however, wish to see something of Candace's in the future with a little more care to it. Because I do plan on checking back on her writing. She definitely has a flare for being good. ”
“Secreted away to an alternate dimension for her own safety, Aurora Megalos has no recollection of her past. Her earliest memory is the day her and Fenn, her foster brother, arrived at their foster home. Always a little different from those around them, Fenn and Rory have stuck together and even chose to become roommates in adult hood.
Both coming from mysterious pasts, Fenn and Rory are working to save enough money to discover their histories. But their pasts are about to confront them whether they are ready or not. A seer, a fortune teller, a strange pendant and tales of wondrous dragons all bring new revelations to the magical existence of their previous life. Some will do anything to keep them away from their destiny and others will do anything to help, but how can they know who to trust when they don't even remember who they are.
When their final destinies are revealed...When you discover you are the savior to an entire world you have long forgotten...do you or keep the life you know and the love you have found or become what the prophecies have foretold and face an ultimate evil?
I really enjoyed Born in Flames. The bond between Aurora and Fenn is genuine. When faced with the revelations of their pasts they faced them together. When separated by unforeseen circumstances, you hurt for them. This was a slow building story that snuck up on me and stealthy drew me in. A fantastic young adult read! I am anxious for the continuation of this very original series. 5 Stars.
This copy of Born in Flames was given to me by Candace Knoebel in exchange for an honest review.
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“Everything about this book drew me in.. from the book description and the cover.. and the author didn't disappoint either.. the story is absolutely incredible from start to finish its one magical ride full of adrenaline! It's absolutely Amazing!!!
The main character Aurora learns that she is a dragon and that "The Fates" are out to destroy her before she can come into her power and save her people.. she has hard choices to make along the way and not a lot of time to do it.. she has to find three keys that will help her get back home before the full moon! ”