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(Fire Born #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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
Paperback, 277 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by J. Taylor Publishing (first published September 1st 2013)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Laney McMann, J. Taylor Publishing, and NetGalley.)

“No shadow remained. No one stood watching me. I had lost my mind”

First of all I would like to apologise to the author, because this review is not going to be pretty. Look away now.

Okay, first the characters – I didn’t like any of them. Layla was so naïve, and took so long to work things out that I felt like tearing my hair out. You don’t remember M
Taylor Knight
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok

I really like the cover of Tired and that's what had me interested in the book right away. The synopsis sounded pretty good but the reviews were kind of mixed so I went into this book with a completely open mind. And I have mixed feelings about it.

There were somethings like a really enjoyed about this book like the paranormal fantasy aspect of the story. It was pretty well written and the characters weren't super annoying.

However, I don't like mystery and suspense that leaves me feeling confused
Terri Rochenski
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'll premise this review by stating that I'm not a huge YA / fae fan. This book, though, was pretty good. It's the story of a young woman who believes is losing her mind. Visions and dreams haunt her, convincing her she's insane. The depth of depressing of her plight actually drug on my own emotiols at times, placing me under a cloud even though I sat by a sun-glinting lake while reading.

If an author is able to influence a readers emotions in such a way, they're doing their job!

The lies and myst
Alexander Nader
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I had two phrases stuck in my head, dreams are real and paranormal romance. I'm not a big romance reader and was a little nervous about that phrase.

I was completely wrong to worry. In a sense the story is about love, but no more than some other books I've read that are as far away from romance as Africa from Canada. (That's a terrible metaphor, but I'm sticking with it.)

Tied really grabbed me about 20% in and never let go. When it was finally revealed what the story real
Haniya Qamar
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I definitely loved the plot and the writing style. I finished this book within 24 hours!! 
The title is really catchy. The cover itself is amazing! After reading the book I was like 'what already? '. Okay, so the first bits of the story are not very easy to understand, but once you do, you'll have no problems. The book ended sadly with a cliffhanger. Some parts of the story are complicated, while I think that the protagonist, Layla's life is going to more complicated in the next book. Laney McMan
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

The characters in this all annoyed me at one point or another, so I didn't like any of them. Layla was definately the worst one out the bunch though!

This couldn't hold my interest at all unfortunately. It bored me quite early on, and my boredom got worse and worse as the story progressed. Really glad to be finished with it now!

Overall, Not a read I enjoyed.
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
"From the ashes of old,
They shall rise.
The last of the Ancients,
Foe and Ally.
The Legend lies in wait,
And bides its time.
Until at last the day comes,
For the children born of fire."

Layla Labelle feels like she is losing her mind. Haunted by dreams, or are they actually memories? Layla's not really sure. All she knows is that Max, the boy who plays a big part in these visions, seems to be real. The feelings she has for him sure seem to be real. But there are plenty of things being kept from Lay
Ashley Tomlinson
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! From the cover to the story to the romance –seriously everything. I will admit that the awesome cover is what first drew me to Tied and it did not disappoint. I don't think I have ever read a book with so many plot twists in it but was still able to keep my attention without confusing me.

Layla has always been a bit of an insomniac but when her "dream" start happening in the middle of the day things get weird. What she thought were dreams or visions, is actuall
Maghon Thomas
So…. can I say Gargoyles!!!! LOL Ok, so maybe they aren’t the MAIN part of the book, but it was SOOOOO COOOOOL to have gargoyles. I mean, I was all pumped up! And this is not your typical Fae story. It’s got a wonderful storyline, and even I got depressed and thought she was crazy LOL And, I must say, I got a little scream-y when I was reading. It was definitely a story that kept me glued to its pages!

Layla makes me feel bad for her. And then, when it finally comes down to it, and she realizes
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget. I couldn’t."

What I liked the most and what got me from the start is the atmosphere. From the first pages (literally), the author has managed to create a "gothic" atmosphere which don’t strike you, but imperceptibly take over you, get under your skin enchaining you. I admit in fact, that it doesn’t happened to me for some time to read three pages (the Kindle version,
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-print
I won this book in a contest here from the author and I loved it. I'd give it at least 4.5 stars. You can tell that it was written with a young adult audience in mind because the reading was easy and not too complex. Even so, I still think any age group could enjoy it. Though, I do kind of think the characters should have been a little older... It takes a little while for the story to get going, but once it did I didn't want to stop reading.

Our main character is Layla. She's attending a school f
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, this is one of those books I stumble across and get to review, and then I'm kinda blown away but how awesome it is, and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it ended up being way more awesome than anything I was kind of expecting....which doesn't make sense but still.

This definitely falls under the category of original and unique, and I was sucked in to the world from the beginning and unable to put the book down, it was so good! You never know what's going to happen ne
I received Tied in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by J. Taylor Publishing. Layla is a dancer in high school her life should be simple but it’s not. She’s plagued by nightmares and boys who aren’t real at least she things they don’t exist. Her dreams are the stuff that goes bump in the night where she is always being hunted. Little does she know that they all really exist and when she starts seeing them she thinks she’s lost her mind. When her mother refuses to let her see ...more
Steph Patt
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Tied is the first book in the Fire Born novels by Laney Mcmann. Let me start off by saying that I have been trying to stay away from YA novels that involve paranormal aspects, especially ones that involve the fae. I have read some pretty terrible ones in the past and it has just turned me off of the genre. Having said that, this book was the diamond in the rough! I can’t give away too much of the plot without ruining the big surp
Danielle Smiley
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness is this an incredible read! It's so engaging!!! You'll pick this up and forget to pick your kids up from school because you're too busy reading.

There's so much amazing creativity that has gone into the Fire Born world; McMann combines and twist legends and the paranormal to come up with the perfect urban fantasy setting. She is a skilled story teller with beautifully descriptive writing that somehow never slows the pace of the crazy-sauce action you'll find in TIED. The plot is ch
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to review this book as if I read it without skimming the last 50% of the book.

Although, if I were to, it wouldn't really change anything. You'd still get the drift. Things wouldn't be glossed over. There would be no confusion as to what happens between scenes.

Because, up until that 50% mark, a whole bunch of nothing happens. Except a quickly rekindled romance and some high school drama. And some dance stuff I didn't care about.

For some reason, I was under the impression that this b
Melanie Thompson
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tied is an action-packed YA romance-fantasy that leaves readers wanting more! Layla doesn't remember much of her childhood, but instead has visions of a boy, Max, who doesn't exist. She doesn't sleep because her sleep is plagued by these visions. This sleep deprivation threatens her health and ability to perform as the lead ballerina at her school. But then Layla sees Max in a store and her world tilts, leading her to question everything she's ever known. It turns out Max is her soulmate, part o ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received this book for an honest review**
I was extremely excited when the author allowed me to read her book. I have had this book on my wish list for the longest time and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint me. First of all, I loved the entire premise of the book. The author was able to put a new spin on the old topic of lovers meant to be on opposite side in the war and a prophecy that states that they will kill each other. I loved the relationship that Max and Layla had when they
Lizbeth Hernandez
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a must read.
It starts off with Layla having hallucinations, or so she thinks. Everyone around her is not what they come out to be. She constantly faced with betrayal. Her mother and basically most of her acquaintances turn out to be something out of mythology. She is the carrier of light, the last hope. She along with Max, her bf and hallucination, are the last of the Fire Born, they are those of Legend. And those dark characters want them dead.

The book will keep you turning pages,
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
"My window opened easily."

That first line doesn't seem like much, but what follows is a roller coaster ride of awesomeness.

Tied is the first book of the Fire Born series by Laney McMann. This fantasy is based on an Irish legend of Two Souls that are bound to save the Otherworld from destruction from the Underworld by killing one another. Teine and Max are determined to beat the legend, unfortunately they could be hunted and killed before they can.

I really enjoyed the idea. It was a little humoro
Carol Brown
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel is more than the sum of its parts - fantasy, myth, love, and the real life struggles of Layla, a high-school aged girl struggling to determine what is real and true in the midst of it all.

Laney McMann weaves her characters, their dreams and reality, together with ancient myth to form an exciting tale that leaves the reader aching for more.

Laney McMann
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Since I wrote it, and since I'm kind of in love with Max, I think it earns 5 Stars. =) ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
this book was so bad! it was just irritating! i didn't like the characters, i didn't like the storyline, and this was generally just bad, bad, bad. ...more
**I would like to thank Netgalley, J. Taylor Publishing and the author Laney McMann for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**

Tied is the first novel in The Fire Born series by Laney McMann. It is a Paranormal/ Romance/ Mystery.

Layla or Teine as her mom calls her, has been having visions and dreams of a boy Max, who she used to play with but one day never came back. She thinks she's going crazy. Her friend Benny and boyfriend Devon worry about her, she's b
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I kindly received a copy of this book from J. Taylor Publishing via NG in return for an honest review.

Rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars.

"No matter what happened tonight, or what's still to come, you are my heaven, and I will protect you."

I just had to start this review with that quote!

Okay we'll jump straight into the plot.

Layla LaBelle is your typical student, with typical cares- boyfriends, nemesis, bestfriends, over-bearing parent and dancing class.
but one thing is different about her, on
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I would like to thank the lovely author and NetGalley for kindly providing me with a copy of Tied to read and review.

"From the ashes of old,
They shall rise.
The last of the Ancients,
Foe and Ally.
The Legend lies in wait,
And bides its time.
Until at last the day comes,
For the children born of fire."

We meet the lovely Layla, unfortunately for her she feels like she is losing her mind....She can't seem to make out whether her dreams of unearthly creatures and the most handsome
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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 thi
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was looking for something fun to read as i have been on a YA reading spree in the past week. This one did not disappoint at all. The fact that I was just as clueless as the main character Layla of what was happening was a bit aggravating but simply genius, because this fact kept me engrossed in the story to find out is Max is real and why everyone is protecting Layla. A lot of information to digest in the story and I like that it is based on the Celtic Gods and nothing that is soo farfetched. Wa ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mythos, arc, 2016
Overall, I enjoyed it. I think there's a couple areas that just went a little too quickly, with characters having whiplash emotions and actions; things that were just a series of 180s again and again. But the story captured me. I don't have a clue how to pronounce some things, and I'm sure I'm butchering it in my head, so a guide in the beginning would be nice, kinda cool, but that's just because often Celtic (and Gaelic) words can look one way but not sound anything like what tries to be put to ...more
Amy English
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The cover grabbed my attention and the blurb sealed it. This book as so good. I love the complete originality of the storyline. The ever growing collection of characters all with back stories and mythical backgrounds. There was always something drawing me further into the story.

Layla and Max are both strong well developed characters who put a lot of fire into the story. Their bond was amazing, something we wish we could find in someone ourselves. I can't wait to see what the next book brings.

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I write young adult dark urban fantasy mixed with a spike of paranormal romance, a touch of history, and a dash of mythology. I'm a dreamer, an over thinker, and a myths and legends believer. Nothing moves me more than writing fantastical stories. And reading them.

I am the author of:

The Fire Born Novels, The Primordial Principles, and The CrossWorld Chronicles

Website: http://laneymcmann.weebly.

Other books in the series

Fire Born (3 books)
  • Torn (Fire Born,  #2)
  • True (Fire Born, #3)

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