Title: Fallen Flame
Series: Fallen Flame #1
Author: J.M. Miller
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 19, 2017
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.
Reviewer - “I loved this unique magical story from beginning to end. The easy pace really made it hard for me to stop, I could have easily finished this book in a day. But the way it was written with the steady flow of information really kept me at the easy pace.”
Blog Review - “Fantastical, Mystical, Magical!! Book One in the Fallen Flame series, and it is a great start. J. M. Miller has a wonderful imagination to create the wonderful world of Garlin.”
A great start to a fantastic, new YA fantasy series from J.M.Miller!
I'd read her rom-com - Spied last year and I'd loved it!I hadn't expected that she'd work equally well in the fantasy genre too!
She has created a completely original and fascinating world in this book, and it was amazing to read about!
This book had well-developed and intriguing characters, tons of action,secrets and twists with a dash of romance!
Vala was born with charred skin that made her look as if she was burnt!Her touch can burn others and though water hurts her,she has to regularly go through the pain to relieve the pressure.Though others have always been apprehensive of her, through her dedication and hardwork she has worked her way upto the head guard position for the prince.Though they are wary of her,they want her on their side, and she is happy to have a purpose.But it all starts to go wrong when the High Princess and her mother arrive to Garlin to perhaps work on a marriage with the prince and an alliance.An assassination attempt is made, and she encounters the assassin who has skin just like her.But is he really the enemy?
The Queen blames her for this and punishes her too.This along with the need to uncover more about herself and her heritage pushes Vala down a path she may never be able to turn back from!
I really liked Vala as a protagonist!She was smart,loyal and strong.But, she desires to know more about herself and why she is different from others. She was careful in the beginning, but as time went I felt like she began to slip.But that was understandable as time and again she was thrown into unprecedented situations.She only had a few people truly on her side, and that was quite sad in the beginning!
I guess it was implied that she loved the prince, but I never felt it.And his character was kind of a weak point anyway.Quite disappointing.
I really loved Vala and her developing relationship with Xavyn!He was a really interesting one and I love their exchanges!He is quite helpful, but has his own things to look after too!
I dont want to give anymore of the plot away, but the story and writing was really good with the action and the twists!My favorite part was the world building!Its very imaginative and beautiful!The characters could definitely use a little bit more development though.
The ending was awesome and left me wanting more!Can't wait to read book 2!
P.S. I just looked through J.M.Miller's works and realised that she has a varied list of books in many genres!I'll be definitely reading those while waiting for the next in the series!
While the tingles in my red-orange skin slowly ascended into pain, the air biting as everything started to reform, a hard clanking noise outside the back door drew my attention. I slid into my thin underclothes, grabbed hold of my sword, then rushed toward the door. Knowing that sound was out of the ordinary, I was prepared to scour the garth and small area of trees behind the house, even search the neighbors’ land to find the cause. I hadn’t expected to open the door and find Xavyn standing a mere foot away, hood drawn and arms crossed as if I’d kept him waiting too long at the narrow back doorstep.I pointed my sword toward his chest and glanced around him, scanning the darkness. “What are you doing here?”“Following up.” The words were slow. As his hand reached up and removed the hood, his human eyes traversed my face, swallowing the details of my reforming skin in an intense, almost penetrating way.I realized then that I had no cloak, no mask. And for some reason, I wondered if I should take the time of throwing them on … before ending his life. He’d seen me in this state on Prince’s Night, but that was an instant, a moment amid darkness and chaos. Not this closely. I growled at him, digging the tip of my blade into the black leather at his chest, my regrowth pain dissolving as my anger took control.“Are you going to let me in or would you rather call attention to your treason?” he asked, his voice still holding a softness that grated me.“Quit staring at me that way and you can come in.”
J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.
When she isn't busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.