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Posted April 14, 2013
Can't wait to read it!!!!! the cover is amazing and the summary is inviting to read it.
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Posted May 18, 2013
Really loved the idea of this story, I for one am a huge fan of dragons in novels, sadly it is something that is not put into novels as often as vampires or werewolves though. So when I saw Born in Flames on Reading away the days tour sign up page, I was more than ecstatic to sign up and read it.
At first going into Born in Flames, while I was excited, I was also nervous the book was going to have too much in common with Firelight, just based off of the cover, a girl that can turn into a fire breathing dragon. I am glad to report that those are the only things it had in common with Firelight. Born in Flames has mages, magic, prophecies destines, different realms, and so much more that made it a unique and awesome story!
This is a book I would recommend to people that enjoy light fantasy novels, cause while it was a fantasy novel, it wasn't one that was confusing, alot was going on in this book, but never once did I feel lost on what was happening (which happens sometimes in alot of fantasy novels I read). Candace is an amazing writer, her words flowed beautifully and everything she painted out was easy to visualize, you really feel like you're in the book while reading it.
The reason I gave this book 3 stars, instead of 4 or 5 is because while I did love Candace's writing, and loved the unique-ness of the story..one thing I did not like was our main character Aurora. Sometimes I liked her, but alot of the time...I didn't. For being a woman out of high school I felt she acted very immature. In Born in Flames for Aurora to be able to go back to the realm she is from she has to find 3 keys...and instead of really trying hard to figure out where they could be, she would just get frustrated, and go harass people to just tell her where they are...even though they had already told her they can't. She would just keep bugging them and bugging them, I understand her getting frustrated but it still got on my nerves.
While I didn't like Aurora all that much I did like her friend/love interest Fenn. There were a couple times where he acted irrational, but it was all in protecting Aurora so I let it slide. Fenn really cared for Aurora, and I felt bad that Aurora kept trying to keep him in the friend zone, when he clearly loved her and felt more than friendship between them. I also think him and Aurora are good for each other, when Aurora was stressing out, Fenn knew how to make light of the situation and calm her down. He was just overall a charming sweet guy, and I am looking forward to more of him and Aurora in book 2.
Even though I only gave this book 3 stars I will still be buying and reading the next book in the series. I felt the only thing that kept this book from getting a higher rating was Aurora, and I do believe she will grow up much more in the second book. Or at least I hope so. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a unique fantasy novel, with a slight romance, and a good vs evil story.
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Posted March 7, 2013
I really enjoyed this book!
Thank you so much Candace for providing me with a review copy of this book, I enjoyed it so much. I CANNOT wait until the next book in the series.
This was a fantastic story with magic and dragons and romance. I highly recommend it to fans of paranormal romance, magic and dragons.
This book was mostly set up but it was still very interesting. It has left me waiting to find out what becomes or Aurora and everyone else. It ended with so many more questions that I can't wait to get answered! And it also has a beautiful cover ;]
Posted February 10, 2013
I really loved Born in Flames, it grabs your attention from the very beginning, and does not let go! Candace Knoebel has spun a wonderful tale, it has it all, adventure, danger, mystery and love. There is magic, Fates, warriors, dragons and a prophesy, her characters are beautifully written, it was such an enjoyable pleasure to read. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next book. I'm impatient, I need to know what happens to Aurora and Fenn now!
I finished Born in Flames a day or 2 ago. I wanted to wait to write a review, to let it set in, to see if I loved it as much as i did when I finished it, and I do, I love it. I want to write a longer review, but this is the third one I have written, I deleted the other two, because I kept giving it all away (I'm one of those all or nothing people) I hate spoiling a story for someone. I will keep working at it, but for now this is all I've got.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Posted January 26, 2013
Born in Flames
This book was provided from the author for an honest review.
Aurora, or Rory, was a seventeen year old former foster child who discovered her "otherness" very on in life. Able to call fire from within herself, Rory feels as if she is an outcast. Only her childhood friend Fenn provides her with a sense of normalcy in her life. Rory and Fenn trod along through their lives working with the hope of one day finding their parents. But one fateful encounter lands Rory directly on a collision course with her destiny. Because she is not just "other" but MORE. Born in Flames is the start of Rory's journey into discovering not only who she is but what she was born to do.
Born in Flames was an atypical read for me as I do not often read YA or fantasy stories. Disclaimer: My three star rating comes from this not being my preferred genre and not because of the quality of the story.
However, I did enjoy the story presented in this book. Rory was often whiny, weak, and frail. She didn't even have the same healing abilities as Fenn. How could she be this great progeny, right? I understand Ms. Knoebel's rationale for making Rory the way she was. And, there was indeed a purpose behind Rory's (often frustrating) character. Rory had to transition from being "just human" to MORE. The story would have lacked impact if Rory started out as strong and self-assured so I appreciated her slow metamorphosis throughout the story. I thought her feelings for Fenn were genuine and accurate. She had grown up with him and shared her hopes, dreams, and feelings with him so it only made sense that their relationship grew into one of love. I also appreciated that Fenn was part of Rory's "moreness" and her future. He was sweet, loyal, and protective. All the things that the girl could want in her own personal hero. I absolutely adored Lexi. She was a ball of energy and surrounded Rory with her strength and levity.
I did feel as if the story dragged a bit during the first half because of all the world-building. But the latter half of the story picked up and was filled with more action as Rory raced against the clock...errr...moon...to find the missing keys.
My only other minor issue with the story is that there was a lot of foreshadowing. Rory would often remark that "something was familiar" or "reminds me of something." It almost felt forced as if Ms. Knoebel was trying to draw your attention to a person, event, or thing whereas the clues should have been organically woven throughout the story. The reader should have been allowed to make the connections from the details provided in the story and not the flashing read "clue alert" that was provided in the obvious foreshadowing. However, although I had a slight issue with this as a mature reader, this dimension of the story would help other readers make certain connections between elements in the story.
Overall, this was an interesting and solid beginning to a trilogy series. I'm sure that Rory will become even stronger and more interesting as her purpose is revealed in the remaining books in the series.
Posted January 5, 2013
Okay, so let's face it who doesn't love a good fantasy with dragons and Mages and Fates and a prophesy that may or may not foretell a certain doom? This book basically has the whole package throw in a girl who is determined to survive to make it to the guy she loves and you have a pretty amazing book.
Aurora "Rory" was an average girl who was just trying to find out who her real parents are and also save enough money to get a car so she can stop taking the bus and dealing with a driver who loves to hate her... no idea why but if there was a list of drivers from hell this guy would top it without a doubt. So when Mr. Creepy foretells a prophesy that she is the center of well Rory is a bit more than shocked. She was a decent heroine who I'll admit I want to shake a little or a lot at times. I understand why she acted the way she did but she was difficult at times. However, I liked how she progressed toward the end of the novel.
Fenn, the best friend or maybe possibly something more? (I'm not telling I was literally on pins and needles trying to figure out how that relationship would end so you can suffer too) When we first met him I thought he was gay. I mean there are so many YA novels out there where the best friend is gay that I almost expected it and being honest I kind of love that but my jaw almost hit the floor when I realized he was straight... and HOT... and pretty charming. So I liked Fenn, once we got to know him better. He was a good friend and well I just wish there was more of him.
Knoebel managed to create an amazing fantasy world that you couldn't help but be pulled in to. Even though the plot was a little slow picking up in the beginning I enjoyed where it went and how everything summed up.
Check out this book if you enjoy a story that has kick-ass dragons and a cool heroine.
Posted December 13, 2012
Title: Born In Flames
Author: Candace Knoebel
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Romance Paranomal Mythology Magic, Dragons
Cover: Loved it
Series: Yes, Trilogy!! Book 1
I give this story 5 stars
1 Star for the Plot
1 Star for the Cover
1 Star for the Characters
1 Star for the Editing
1 Star for the Great Ending!
Plot & Characters:
Mages + Dragon = Aurora. Half mage half dragon, Aurora is special and one of a kind. She has been hidden in our world to keep her safe until the day she will need to make a decision that will take her back to her world. A lot of action and magic some romance and a lot of friends that help her along the way.
Characters: Aurora and her life time friend Fenn have no recollection of their life before they show up at their foster mother’s front door when they were both 10 yrs old. Aurora and Fenn now both 18+ always felt that they were different. Fenn has been her rock and protector, Aurora is clumsy but beautiful. Best friends that grows into something more!
Can’t recall any errors, I loved the cover, fast paced through out the story. Things just kept happening, and the story flowed well (not like my review). I loved the characters. The story line was different especially the dragon thing, usually not my thing, but I’m glad I read it. As for the ending, I was hoping that it turned out that way it did, I was worried there for a minute when the pages were dwindling and it had not happened yet. (get your heads out of the gutter the “it” does not mean the “it, it”) The ending was not disappointing it was a great ending. It ended just right, a perfect place to stop and continue with the next part, love this type of cliff hanger; it’s there but your okay with it. I am definitely looking forward for the next book.
Posted September 8, 2012
First, the cover of this novel is totally awesome. It really depicts the main character as I see her. As for the book, I also thought the main characters of Fenn and Aurora were totally awesome. YA novels seem to currently be plagued by female protagonists who are, well, for lack of a better word, soppy. They whine a lot, and it gets horribly annoying. I never once felt this about Aurora. She was a strong person, who even when confused about what was going on, was determined to rise above it. She was stubborn at times, and you might find yourself telling her to just stop and think. This was actually amusing for me. She was so realistic. This says a lot for a fantasy novel. Onto the wonderful Fenn. He was realistic, perfect in Aurora's eyes, but you were able to see that he wasn't perfect. He made some bad decisions, but he admitted when he was wrong. That made him a strong character, plus his blue eyes reminded me of someone special!So, without putting spoilers in, the story line was excellent. It flowed nicely, for it wasn't rushed, and it wasn't too slow. At times it was confusing, but in a good way. I enjoyed this confusion because it allowed you to feel as Aurora did. I try to be honest with my reviews, so here is the reason it wasn't five stars for me: I did spot a few times where the novel went from present tense to past tense in the narrative, and there were some descriptions that I wasn't fond of. It wasn't that they weren't well written. I am just not one for lots of descriptions, but this is completely a personal preference and should not hinder your choice to read this novel. I recommend you do. This is a series that I fully intend to complete reading, and believe me, that says a lot, for I am not a fan of many serialized books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2012
Author Candace Knoebel's debut novel Born In Flames has set it's sights on taking the ebook world by storm.
If you're looking for a good read, I highly suggest this book!
Best of luck to you Mrs. Knoebel, can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!
Posted October 1, 2012
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