Born in Flames by Candace Knoebel
Synopsis: 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?
Review by Wendy: At the age of 10 Aurora (“Rory”) Megalos is placed in a foster home. Her foster “brother” Fenn appears the same day. For some reason, neither of them can remember their life before then, or their parents. As they grow, the both share the goal of finding their birth parents. One day on the way to work, Rory has an encounter with a “creepy guy” on the bus. When she bends to retrieve a pendant near his book bag, she is filled with electricity and her irises turn ruby red. From that time on her life is changed and she slowly starts to discover things about her past. Once Fenn realizes that his fate is intertwined with hers and he could be dangerous to her, he disappears. Rory is now faced with a decision to remain in the world she knows, or to return to the world she is from. If she returns, she will be reunited with her parents, but she will also be fighting a war, as she is part of a dying race of dragons and her enemy is determined to destroy them. If she stays, her comfortable life with a prospect of a relationship with Fenn remains the same. Rory doesn’t have much time to decide, she is on a deadline. What will she do? I keep insisting that I am not a “big” fan of fantasy. I think it’s time to just admit that I am since I was drawn into this one from the start and had no problem imagining a world with mystical creatures, magic, and prophesies. This is a great book with a sweet love story that pulls you in even further. I can’t wait to read the next one. I give it 4 stars!