Fire Born #1
Author: Laney McMann
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: September 9 2013
Review Source: J. Taylor Publishing
Normal people don't believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares. Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn't know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken. No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction. Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves? The answer may never be far enough... away.
Layla is a girl who remembers losing a best friend that no one else seems to remember. When he comes back into the picture she first believes that she's hallucinating, but then the things ensue after he's back in her life that makes it difficult for her to believe that she is hallucinating. Layla learns that her ancestors are not what she believed, and now she has to choose whether she really wants to be with Max or if she continues to live in the dark.
I'm not sure what I expected going into this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I started it and got halfway through it in one sitting. It has the right element of fantasy, and I liked how it was portrayed. Following Layla the reader is left in the dark as to what her heritage is, meaning we get to learn what is happening through her and the other characters in her life.
McMann does a decent job of writing a story that gets the reader involved in the world. I was immersed when I was reading Tied, and I was wanting to learn more about the folklore and about what was happening to these characters. I wanted to transfer myself into this world, and live there with Layla and Max, and I wanted to be there to help Layla learn about who she really was.
Max is adorable, and I absolutely love him as a character. There are some unanswered questions that I'm hoping will get answered in the next book, honestly I cannot wait to start the next book!