Daughter of the Red Dawn [NOOK Book]

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These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
--Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t ...

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Overview

These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
--Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from.
A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044233584
  • Publisher: Anchor Group
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 5,925
  • File size: 305 KB

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I got this book a few months ago and read it.  I decided that it

    I got this book a few months ago and read it.  I decided that it definitely needed a review on Goodreads.
    Daughter of the Red Dawn is the first book in the The Lost Kingdom of Fallada series.  This series has all the magical characters that are needed to make this fantasy series complete.
    Selena never felt like she belonged in the Texas town that she was raised in.  Selena was counting down the days when she graduated high school and can leave to do something with her life.
    The only solace that she finds is running.  One day she was running and Titus came into her life.  She tries to tell him to get lost, but he still comes around...
    What Selena doesn't know is that not only does she feel out of place in the small town she lives in, she doesn't even belong in the human world.  In the Kingdom of Fallada there is a battle raging around her and 6 other lost princesses.  Titus has been sent by the evil Queen Eranna to bring her back to her.
    Titus decides to tell Selena the truth about what is going on.  Selena is not believing one word that Titus is telling her but runs home to her grandmother to find out what is going on.
    That same night Titus decides that he no longer wants to serve Eranna and two men from the "good side" plus Titus whisk Selena out of her house and brings her to Fallada.
    There is so much for Selena to take in.  She is delivered to Fallada and told what is going on.  She decides that she is going to work with the good side.
    This is an action packed book filled with Selena being reunited with her true family and love. Alicia Michaels also brings in two characters that I would have never thought to be in a fantasy book.  Those two are amazing secondary characters.
    Daughter of the Red Dawn is must read YA fantasy!  I would give it more then 5 stars if I could.

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

    I love this series. I read the prequel novella awhile back and f

    I love this series. I read the prequel novella awhile back and finally got around to reading this one. The mythology, the whole “other world” premise, the romance—I am so in love.

    The plot:

    Okay, so the plot could have been better. I thought the build up of trust between Selena and Titus should have been a little more gradual than it was. I greatly enjoyed the storyline and their romance otherwise, I just wish that aspect had been lengthened out a little bit more.

    At the 95% mark, I panicked. It looked like there was going to be cliffhanger or worse, a tragedy. I put down my Kindle and stared at it nervously, kneading a pillow and wondering if Ms. Michaels was going to so thoroughly break my heart as she did with Beyond the Iron Gate. Finally, I picked it up and finished it.

    I can’t tell you how it ended, but I’ll just say that while it didn’t explore everything I was hoping it would, I was not disappointed.

    The characters:

    Selena and Titus were adorable together. Aside from the whole development of trust that I mentioned, I thought their relationship was presented very well. Oh, and the whole “I want our wedding night to be the first time” just made me go *swoon*. (I’m a southern girl and I dig that sort of thing.)

    I did not like Zoe. Period. She seemed really shallow to me and I couldn’t stand her. When she left the story, I was ready to throw confetti shouting “good riddance,” but then I don’t usually like the girl’s best friend-type characters. She had a few key point scenes, yet I still wished she’d leave. Sorry, Zo.

    Adrah is awesome. She’s like a hardcore, warrior woman version of Galadriel and I liked her just as much.

    There were centaurs, spear-wielding fae, werewolves, eccentric German writers and a fantasy world I’d love to visit. I adore this series and I’ll certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a fantasy fairytale!

    The next book has a love triangle mentioned in the blurb and I kind of cringed at that. One thing that does make it funny, though, is that it involves a character in this book who is such an arrogant prig and I can’t wait to see him as a lovestruck swain. I’ve adored these books so far and I really, really want to continue the series, so I’m thinking I’ll give it a shot anyway.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    I want to emphasize that fantasy books are something I don't nor

    I want to emphasize that fantasy books are something I don't normally read, but on occasion, it is good for me to get out of my "comfort zone." I could certainly read historical fiction until it is coming out of my ears (as long as it is well-written), and I really wanted to help the author out and promote her book. So, I agreed to review this book. 




    This is your typical fantasy-romance with a few twists and turns to make it interesting. You ready for the thing that really intrigued me? This is small, but I found it important. The "hero's" name is Titus! When do you ever see this good, old-fashioned Bible name any more? And this made me somewhat more interested in this character. I also loved that it took place in Texas--I lived there for a while, so I always love it when books take place in areas where I actually lived. While these are not earth-shattering revelations, but it goes to show that sometimes the most insignificant detail in a book can make or break the book for the reader.




    As stories go, it's nice enough, and I even found myself liking the main character, Selena. I could have done without the fleeting outbursts of profanity, but there was another part that confirmed the rating I have given this book. There were several romantic scenes in the book, and it was clear that the chemistry between Titus and Selena is there in a real way. I was fully expecting a bedroom scene or a sex implication. But nothing could have been further than the truth! How about this for a refreshing viewpoint? "Let's wait until we get married. Let's make our wedding night special." Is it possible that men like that exist in the real world? Maybe not. After all, this is a fantasy world. I want to thank the author for the sentiment, and I am certain to be a loyal reader of hers from this point onward!




    Overall, this book kept my attention for the most part. I would have preferred a different ending or at least an ending that was somewhat more drawn out. But that is just a personal opinion. True fantasy lovers will absolutely love this!




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    I bought this book from amazon!! Daughter of the Red Dawn by Al


    I bought this book from amazon!!
    Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels~~

    This is an amazingly beautiful read! I love how descriptive the author gets about the characters and the scenes!! I feel like I'm standing there beside Selena and Titus! I can connect with the characters very easily and who doesn't love hotness in himself, Titus!! Tall dark and sinewy with piercing blue eyes has my heart a flutter. This book is a very fast read that leaves you craving for more. I can't wait to see what else this author has in store for the journey of the other girls and for Selena and Titus!! Beautifully written!! The book has adventure, romance, and action that enchants the reader and has them spellbound. Highly recommended read. Selena gets some earth shattering news on the way home when she comes across a tall dark and mysterious guy that makes her want to run and stay at the same time. She feels a connection to him. When a blow close to home happens, she has to band with some unseemly characters on an epic journey. Selena will have to confront the future and the past and try to live up to the expectations of many many people. Can she do it and save the ones she loves? I really don't want to say too much more or I would give the story away.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    I admit that when I started reading the first chapter, I was won

    I admit that when I started reading the first chapter, I was wondering if I had read this book before. It was eerily similar to another paranormal YA book that I had just read within the lats few months. I couldn't remember which book, though, and then quickly it became its own story. I still can't remember exactly of which other book I was thinking, because of how it changed.

    I'm not typically a fan of stories involving fae. Perhaps I should say that I don't usually seek them out on my own, but will read them on occasion. This one was highly recommended, plus it comes from the Anchor Group. I am usually willing to give their books a chance. And I did enjoy this one. In fact, I read the first half while eating my lunch and then in a doctor's waiting room.

    It's the first book in a series, so it has to spend a lot of time setting up Selena's past, her mistaken identity, her undiscovered powers, and the prophecy she is expected to fulfill. Of course there is the smoking hot werewolf who is determined to make her his mate. She has a long lost family. And the evil queen who is determined to do away with her. It's somewhat formulaic, but still an interesting story to read with enough of its own unique plot points and twists. Alicia Michaels has woven an intricate world, filled with plenty of descriptions to help you visualize it, without detracting from the narrative.

    The story could easily stand on its own, as it comes to a satisfying conclusion, but you can tell that there are more stories of Fallada to come. In fact, book 2 is due out this summer!

    Fans of the fae are going to love this book, I think. If you like other books published by the Anchor Group, you are going to like this book.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

     First of all, let me say I received this book from the author i

     First of all, let me say I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I must say I was spellbound by the book, and unable to put it down. The transition from the "ordinary world" to Fallada was akin to Dorothy's journey to Oz, and enough to keep you turning pages. I've always been a fan of the Brother's Grimm, so their presence in this story drew me further and further into the plot.  Selena's character goes through many internal conflicts, but she is able to focus on the task she has been chosen for, and follow her destiny, all while falling in love.  I am waiting on pins and needles for the next book in this series to come out!!

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    When reading the excerpt of this story it reminded me of a fairy

    When reading the excerpt of this story it reminded me of a fairy tale. Even though I'm not into the talk of war and weapons and such. But this story delivered much more then that. All kinds of creatures made there way into the story. Unusual made up creatures. Started as a great story. Ended as a great story. Great imagination by the author. Starts with a normal seventeen year-old teen girl, Selena McKinley. She never felt she fit in her life. Ran at enormous fast speed. A clue to not fitting in. So one day, out the edge of the forest, this boy starts to walk towards her. She feels something strange about him. Running for her life she makes it to where her and her grandmom lived. Something comes crashing at the door. At that moment her life would never be the same. Ends with a Happily-Ever-After. 

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    I read Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels. I recommend

    I read Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels. I recommend this book. I loved the beginning, middle and end! It begins with a 17 year old girl, Selena, living in Texas with her grandmother. She has an extraordinary power. Also introduced are the Grimm brothers who are the only humans still allowed into Fallada. This is a realm that Fae, Werewolves, Centaurs, Elves and more creatures humans do not think exist live. This realm is beautiful and did live in harmony with Earth at one time. There are queens and kings there and now one queen, Eranna, became evil and wants to take over all of Fallada. She gathered all seven of Fallada's princesses and casted them into the human world so they would not inherit their thrones. The Grimm brothers are sent to find the princesses and bring them back and fulfill a prophecy of the Red Dawn. Eranna sends Titus to kill Selena because she is one of the lost princesses, but he can't... Titus and Selena are drawn together. There is so much beautiful description in this book that it comes alive. This new world that is created is wonderful! This is a great read!

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

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    Daughter of the Red Dawn begins by telling the reader about Fall

    Daughter of the Red Dawn begins by telling the reader about Fallada - a land of magical creatures that is cut off from mankind by a magical wall. The reader also learns that the seven princesses of Fallada were kidnapped and sent to the world of man. Now the Brothers Grimm, are searching for them in hopes of saving Fallada from the evil queen.
    Selena is a seventeen year old living in Texas who just doesn't fit in. Unbeknownst to her, the reason she doesn't fit in is that she is one of the missing princesses of Fallada. Her world is suddenly turned upside down when Titus and then the Brothers Grimm find her. Soon she is back in Fallada and she has some important choices to make.
    I loved this story and how well-written and descriptive it was. The characters were well-developed and had a lot of personality. The storyline flowed smoothly and had action, adventure, romance, good vs evil, and family & friendship.
    I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and get to know the rest of the lost princesses of Fallada.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    I fell in love with Fallada from the very start =) Disclaimer:

    I fell in love with Fallada from the very start =)

    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    Love is not a strong enough word for this book. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy, but this didn't seem like your typical run-of-the-mill fantasy story, so I gave it a shot, and boy am I glad I did!! The opening sequence just grabbed me, especially when the Brothers Grimm were mentioned, and I was reading as fast as I could to see where it would go from there. While at the start, it was a little hard to keep up with all the unusual names and where they belonged in the story/depiction of Fallada, it got easier the more I read.

    And speaking of Fallada, what beautiful descriptions! The author actually conveyed her image of Fallada and all its lands and inhabitants through her words, and I could picture everything in my mind as though I was standing there myself. Wonderful imagery, and it greatly adds to the story.

    Meanwhile, the characters are just loveable, especially Selena and Titus, and I can't wait to see what happens next, both with them and the land itself. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book, as the Epilogue has me sitting on the edge of my chair, wondering whose story will be told next, and how it will affect what we know so far.

    Amazing story I would recommend to pretty much anybody who loves making a movie in their head while reading =)

    5 stars (but really a ton more)

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    I love YA and Fantasy books. Yes, I am an adult, but it is one o

    I love YA and Fantasy books. Yes, I am an adult, but it is one of my guilty little pleasures in life. I especially love it when authors take the traditional fairy tales we grew up knowing, and tweak them and add some twists (and hot werewolves!). Yes, I have a thing for werewolves too.

    Selena is a 17 year old girl that lives in Texas with her grandmother who has raised her. She has no idea who her birth parents are, but hopes to find them one day. She has always felt like an outcast, and has made a promise to herself that the day after graduation, she would load up her car with whatever possessions she has, and get as far away from Twin Oaks, Tx as possible. She just never realized how soon that would happen.

    Selena has always had a thing for running, and loved to run in the fields to release stress, and to just run free. Something about that feeling eases her. Until one afternoon, when she meets a handsome stranger, Titus. Little did she know how much this one cutie would change her entire world.

    Titus was sent to kill her by an evil Queen, or else his entire family would be killed. He is also a werewolf (did I mention how much I love werewolves?). He soon realizes he does not want to kill Selena, far from it, but how else could he save his family who is being held captive by said Queen?

    Enter the Grimm Brothers. They are there to save her from Titus, the evil Queen, and anyone else that would be sent to harm her. The only way to ensure her safety, as well as the safety of her grandmother and her best friend, Zoe, is to travel to Fallada, where she belongs, where she will resume her role as the Princess of Damu

    Is Selena ready to accept this fate? To meet her family? To become a Princess, and leave behind the only world she has ever known for 17 years? Does she really have it in her to save Fallada?

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    I absolutely loved how this book begins. It's like the reawakeni

    I absolutely loved how this book begins. It's like the reawakening of a favorite fairy tale! The incorporation of everyone's favorite paranormal brothers is simply wonderful, especially when the reader finds out where they have been all this time!
    Basically the Queen of Northern corner of Fallada is writing to the reader. She tells how the princesses, mainly the heirs to the three corners are kidnapped by the evil Queen of the West corner and sent into our world. Jacob and Willhelm are given the task to find them and bring them home. That will be hard since they are all teenagers or young adults now, they were infants when they were stolen. Time is different on each side of the wall, that's explained in vivid detailed. I won't ruin this review with any spoilers.
    The further into this story you fall, the more you feel it all around you. Once you enter Fallada, it's as though every fairytale you ever heard comes alive in all new and interesting ways. I have just ONE problem with a part in the story. When the party existed the ship, they were two days journey from the Fae Kingdom. They put on the tailismens which were supposed to block out the mirrors, and yet Eranna used her mirror and easily located them a day later. After speaking with the author, there IS a small part missing that was overlooked during beta and editing that explained that Eranna was able to use the mirror despite the talismans due to how much stronger she'd grown in the dark arts. Mystery solved there and hopefully if the book comes out with a second edition that part will be added.
    Adrah's abilities are simply mystifying and it's a wonder she's the queen of all the Fae. With her abilities and her heart I'm sure she could win anyone over and warm the coldest heart... Well maybe not the coldest, I doubt anyone can get through that hollow black void Eranna calls a heart.
    Selena and Titus' interactions will bring the reader a whole range of emotion, most of the time a smile or a soft chuckle. They are definitely the light in the dark times they ae engulfed in.
    I think the thing I enjoyed most were the desciptions of the different kingdoms. Goldun and Damu are such a contrast to each other in sight, sound, and smell, as well as the beings that are citizens are each. The descriptions are just detailed enough for you to form your own image of them, and hints of the things Selena smells waft to you from your imagination, but thankfully they aren't over done like you find in some books where the author just tries too hard. Alicia Michaels has hit the nail on the hammer with her style, it's sure to please every reader younger and old.
    I have to admit, Selena's speech did bring tears to my eyes. It was very well "spoken" and had I been there I would have been the first to stand with her for the coming of the Red Dawn. I was sorry to see her story end and I hope she makes a return, if nothing more than a cameo appearance in the story of Eranna's daughter which I'm sure is the next in this series.
    There's a couple of editing errors that are easily missed to the untrained eye, but nothing too drastic to turn the reader off.
    I give this story 5 of 5 paws

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Alicia Michaels Daughter of the Red Dawn The Lost Kingdom of Fal

    Alicia Michaels
    Daughter of the Red Dawn
    The Lost Kingdom of Fallada #1

    Incredibly descriptive and excellently written, I soon fell in love with Fallada and the characters introduced throughout the book. Full of action, adventure and romance, this book had me gripped from the very start, and I just couldn't put it down. Completely enchanting, this fairy tale will leave you wanting so much more.

    With seven missing Princesses this series could go on forever, and I hope it does. Although Selena and Titus have their happily ever after I would love to see them again, maybe as part of the final battle.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    Daughter of a Red Dawn was absolutely awesome! It was the perfec

    Daughter of a Red Dawn was absolutely awesome! It was the perfect mix of fantasy, romance, and action. It reminds me of a YA version of The Chronicles of Narnia. It is extremely well written and filled with beautifully descriptive language that makes you want to turn page after page to see what is coming next. The characters are well rounded and well developed. Selena (AKA princess Eladria) is everything you would want your main character to be. She is unsure of herself at first, but grows into her destiny with strength and grace. Watching her develop as a character was very enjoyable. I loved how the author brought in the Grimm brothers, as well. Reading what really became of them, and how all the stories that they had written were indeed reality was a great twist that I sincerely hope the author touches more on in her other writings. The romance between Selena and Titus is sweet and loving. The story truly reads like a modern day fairytale and I absolutely fell in love with the way it began and ended: being narrated in first person, by Queen Adrah. Queen Adrah’s last words left me wanting more and I can’t wait for the series and adventure to continue. The way I look at it, there should be at least another six books (or one can hope, anyway!). I would highly recommend this book to any lover of fantasy!

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