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Fallen Flame (Fallen Flame #1) by [Miller, J.M.]
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Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?
Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546309802
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eager for more 21 June 2017
By Iza M - Published on
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I don't read that many fantasy books, but this one's blurb got me curious. Also, look at that pretty cover!

Plus, J.M. Miller's writing style. She's a chameleon author, switching genres with ease.

That being said, let me tell you my thoughts about this book.

Like with any PNR/fantasy book and world, it takes a little for the reader to get into the world described by the author; with the characters and elements. The book starts with the main character, Vala - the entire story is told from her POV - as she slowly reveals to us that she is different than the others. I won't say more than that, so as not to spoil it.

Vala is the prince's guard, they grew up together and she's one of the best. People fear her because she is different, so while that makes for a pretty lonely existence, Vala takes it as an advantage against the enemy.

Gardin is a small kingdom and about to be taken over by a much larger one. Either by force or through marrying Prince Caulden to Princess Anja. Was I fan of these two? No. As a matter of fact, I pretty much was pissed off because of how they treated Vala and I wish she stood up more for herself.

But! It all works out when a mysterious male character pops up out of nowhere. Yes, I was intrigued by him. Yes, I fell for him. Read the book and you'll see why.

I'll only say this, there will be more. Some questions aren't answered, some characters still need an a** kicking. As a whole, I really enjoyed the book, especially the last 30% or so. I'm eager for more!

I voluntarily agreed to review an early copy of this book, which I'm rating 4 - 4.5 stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept, mediocre execution 21 June 2017
By RoxyCapri - Published on
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2.5 stars

This book is about a woman named Vala. Vala was born with skin that is thick and cracked like charred from burns, her touch burns others. She's the head guard of the prince, Caulden, of their small island. She's the only person like her ever seen in recent memory.

The premise was very interesting, and I enjoyed the book Durant the few parts like the very beginning and last 10%. The plot and storyline, at least the important bits could have and should've been condensed into half of a book. Nothing happens in the in between the first few chapters and the last few chapters. For so much filler, the characters are not fleshed out and fall flat. I didn't notice any character development. What's said about a few characters in the beginning, suddenly no longer is true. There's not hints the Queen, the mother of the Caulden (not the high queen who's brought her daughter from the mainland to try to arrange a marriage), there's no hint or foreshadowing how her character and personality change on a dime. Same can be said for Caulden. A lot of the characters actions feel forced instead of a natural flow. The only characters I like are Vala's sort of sister Haidee because she's the most well rounded and the mysterious man mentioned in the blurb, that's just because he's entertaining. He's not of much depth either.

What was also the most frustrating, aside from most of the book being superfluous, was that we barely get any answers and the only answer we do get (what Vala is) is still pretty much a mystery because we have no clue what it means, or any really relevant info about it.

The end felt rushed while almost everything before felt so slow and empty.

I also didn't like how stupid the MC and other, especially the other guards are most of the time. Especially the other guards. It's a miracle they haven't messed up and gotten the whole family slaughtered. This goes past the point of the normal and exciting/frustrating feeling having knowledge the characters don't and all the way into absolute absurdity and ineptitude. It's honestly insulting to readers that anyone could think we would be too dumb for this to ruin the suspension from disbelief. It's too forced and too unrealistic, even for fantasy.

I'm giving it 2 1/2 because I do like the premise and it has lots of potential for a series, so I will be back for book 2. Hopefully the author learns from mistakes in this book to make the next better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love books like the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, you will LOVE this book! 21 June 2017
By M. Addison - Published on
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I bought a paperback, but started reading it on my tablet! This story was surprisingly refreshing for the YA Fantasy genre, a very original concept with some amazing world building as well. Vala is such an interesting character and she truly shows so much growth and maturity over the course of this book. Vala has always had to be a tough person, showing no emotion, protecting the Prince, and she's never questioned her role in life until recently. There are surprises around every corner, and it will captivate you until the very end! The end does a great job tying up all the loose ends and answering all the questions, as well as leaving a few things open for a second book! I can't wait to see what challenges might lie ahead!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Flame 28 June 2017
By Amy M C - Published on
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I have always loved JM Miller's books so I was beyond excited when I heard she was delving into the fantasy genre with not just one book but a whole series. So I was not surprised that I loved this books but I was surprised by how much I loved it. I won't recap the plot because enough other reviews do that but I will say I found this to be a unique and intriguing storyline from the beginning. It never read slow for me and it pulled me in for the first chapter so I kept turning the pages needing to know more. And Vala was a wonderful character. She's obviously different but uses that difference to show strength, not just physically but in how she sees herself and her infinite potential as the story progresses. There is this wonderful message that your differences may actually be your greatest asset and it may lead you down paths you never could have imagined before, even opening up new worlds.
The hint of romance in this book was just enough for me. Because of the unique storyline I don't think the author could give us much more without it seeming forced. Besides Vala needs to focus on self discovery before exploring any one else ;) I'm sure we will see more exploring in the next book and I can't wait to read all about it.
There are lots of questions that I am left with at the end of this one but I'm happy it's not a cliffhanger. And since it's only book one, I'm ok with that. I'm sure my answer will comen time. So excited for the next installment.
4.5 Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars J. M. Miller brings three new characters to ... 21 June 2017
By Jenni Moen - Published on
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J.M. Miller brings three new characters to adore. A fierce girl with charred skin who doesn't know where she came from but has a solid belief in her purpose. The Prince she's sworn to protect. And a mysterious stranger who may be the key to unlocking all of the secrets to her past. This is the beginning of an epic story!