Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Born in Flames by Candace Knoebel Review

Book Nerd Review
Copy Provided by Candace Knoebel.

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 of all, I'd like to thank Jean for asking me to review this book. Then to Candace for providing me with a copy to review. All I gotta say is, LOOK AT THAT COVER! Gah, I'm such a cover whore. I have cover lust when it comes to books. If they grab me or catch my eye(s), I'll read the blurb and decide if I want to read it or not.

Don't judge a book its cover, they say. But in this case, you can judge all you want. It's totally fine because not only is the cover amazingly beautiful but so is the story.

Well, when I was first asked to review this book, I was excited about it. I've never read a book about dragons. Sure there were books *with* dragons in them but not solely about them as in dragon-shifters. So it was pretty exciting. I've been meaning to read the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan. I've had my eyes on that series forever now. But alas, I haven't had the time yet. However, I was really glad I read this book.

Aurora, a dragon-shifter is thrown into an unknown world where she must learn of her destiny. Her and her best friend, Fenn find that nothing in their lives are as it seems even as they're both adopted at age 10. That's not all and it gets more interesting. They need to find some answers on what their destiny is. But with the help of Fenn, Aurora is determined to protect everything she cares about all the while trying to learn who and what she is.

The characters were amazing. I enjoyed them immensely. I really like Fenn. He's a sweetheart, fierce and protective of Aurora and I can see a relationship of some sort brewing between these characters, which makes me happy. I think they're an adorable pair.

I love the action, mystery, magic and romance in this story. The writing was great and easy to follow. I'm on edge for the next book in this installment! I can't wait to see what happens next and be thrown back into the world of dragons, Fenn and Aurora. I definitely recommend it! 4/5 stars from me!

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Candace Knoebel had dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.

Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.

Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she now continues her Trilogy.

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  1. I think this sounds just something I would enjoy and Aurora sounds wonderful. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. I agree that cover is really amazing!I really think this sounds like a good read. I haven't read many dragon books like this either. Great review

  3. Thank you for the giveaway!!! I am intrigued with this "dragon-shifter" story! You already had me at "dragon".

  4. Thank you for sharing, I look forward to reading this I have a love of dragons :) Thank you for the opportunity to win :)