Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review: Born In Flames by Candace Knoebel.

Born in Flames (Born in Flames Trilogy, #1)Born in Flames by Candace Knoebel.
Book Summary: 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?

Liana's Summary: Aurora Megalos doesn't know how she's immune to the fire's burn. Shouldn't she be afraid? No. She feels.. at home. With the help of a few people considered 'creepers,' and her best friend, Fenn, Aurora finds out that she is a dragon. That she must find the keys. That she has to stop her arch enemy.. before it's too late.

Rate(1-10): 8.5

First of all, I would like to thank the author for sending me a PDF of this book, giving me a chance to read such a wonderfully crafted story.

This book is basically about a girl, Aurora, who is transported to a different dimension at a young age, which is basically ourdimension. Yeah, that's right, the human world, and it's her responsibility to find the three keys that can lead her back home when the time is right.

In the beginning, that one guy basically said, "You'll find your way back with those keys even if you won't remember anything." And that sort of made me confused because, how can someone remember something that they can't remember? But eventually, throughout the book, I understood this concept.

What I noticed about Candace Knoebel's writing is that she's really descriptive. So descriptive that I could hear, feel, see, and etc all the stuff she described. Crazy, right? It's like bringing false speculation to life. I thought it was pretty cool.

Now the characters.

Aurora. She has such a princessy name, but she acts nothing like the proper princess stereotype should act. Although I don't expect her to act like that. What I felt was that she acted really immature at times. I've concluded that she has anger issues and she's really annoying. I didn't really see any big and significant character development happen with her except for that one moment of changing. Basically, what I'm saying is that her..  change (ahem) made her a little more confident. But she's still annoying. What I view of the characters don't really affect how well I enjoy the story, because a book is mainly about the plot. To be honest, actually, her rotten attitude lowered the book rating a bit. Just a tiny bit.Well, I can't really expect that much out of her because this whole story is a trilogy. Hopefully she'll show more signs of character development in the next books.

Fenn. He's really awkward. LOL. I felt like I had to say that. He kind of reminds me of Simon from The Mortal Instruments series, (except Simon is 994809328490379073247289473892743298473289479328478327x hotter) because, in the beginning, Simon was so uncomfortable around Clary and tried to act 'cool'. Just like Fenn is doing. Unlike Simon, Fenn does not suddenly turn hot at the end of the book. LOL. But he's actually really nice. Except when he decides to be secretive or decides to push Aurora against the wall and yell at her. I feel like he's more than Aurora's protector. Since Aurora has more rage fits than he does, I feel like he's there as Aurora's calmer-downer. (LOL CALMER DOWNER WHAT)

And there you go, the two main characters. Is it even worth discussing the antagonists? Ugh.

I've read a lot of dragon books because I just like dragons, and I've seen a lot of interesting views on how a dragon should be, how a dragon can turn into a human, how a human can turn into a dragon, etc. 

Overall, this book was thoroughly enjoyable.

 I will kill him if he lays one finger on you.”

“No, the bumblebees are coming,”

He stared at me in disbelief. “Who said anything about a relationship?”

"Maybe Fenn could be my rabbit?"

“I’m always right…I’m a man, remember?”

" most prized possession,"

Oh okay apparently his wife is a possession

"...respecting it more than I had before,"

If I found out the ring I was wearing contained a soul then I would be crying and dying and scared.. 

"I'm in love with you,"


"Anger flared up."


"Who, Soothe?"

"An evil smile crossed my lips."

"Not this time, shithead,"

"So the map was real,"


"Looking for this?"

"..she really liked Logan,"

They just met each other.

I originally said I was sick of the Dystopian genre. This book is actually a good break for me. I guess I'm back to reading Iron Fey, huh? (; DEAR IRON KING, SORRY FOR CHEATING ON YOU. BBY, I'M BACK FOR YOU NOW. LOL

That's it! What did you think of this review? (;


  1. I'm stuck about half way through this one. I don't know why, but it's just not flowing for me. :(

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