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Fallen Flame

(Fallen Flame #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  197 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
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
Published June 19th 2017
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The Nerd Daily
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasya
Fallen Flame is the first book of an intriguing series about magic and goddesses. In a land where magic has perished ages before, Vala was born with scorched skin, marking her different and to be feared. The royal family took her in to join the royal guard, but when royals from another kingdom come, attempts on the prince’s life are made and with it, the questions about who Vala really is.

The book begin with Vala having her weekly bath to remove her s
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc-reviewed
Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller is an action-packed YA fantasy story about a girl with magic, in a world without magic. The premise sounds a little unoriginal and now that I think back of it, the whole story isn't really that original, it is a fun book though.

Fallen Flame is about Vala, a girl whose body is scorched by magic, meaning that her skin is rough, stone-like. Vala is the guard of the prince, called Caulden, who is also one of her best friends. They grew up together and are therefore really
Victoria Rose
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: badass-ladies, fantasy, ya
Well slap me silly and call me Gertrude - I fully enjoyed a YA fantasy novel. This does not happen very often.

J.M. Miller has crafted a story that may boast a few of the standard YA fantasy tropes - a "different" heroine who knows her way around a sword, some unrequited love that threatens to evolve into a love triangle - but she deftly outmanoeuvres many more. This story is relatively short with no waffly paragraphs describing repetitive and dull feelings, and at no point did I want to shake o
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf, arcs
I received this ARC through Netgalley for a review covering my honest opinion. Thank you to both Netgalley and J.M. Miller for this opportunity.

OKAY, so just starting off, I just want to say this book was such a beautiful surprise. I am a bit picky when it comes to my fantasy novels and have lots of different elements I look for when reading them, so to say I was impressed with all that Fallen Flame brought to the table would be an understatement.

This story follows a girl named Vala who is the P
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I lowered the one in my hands and tossed it onto another, watching my flame catch and spread over the ground, like a wave of fire, lighting it all

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4 / 5

Nineteen years ago, many years after a veil of fog went up across the ocean and magic vanished from the human lands, a girl with charred skin was born. A girl who looked like she'd been rolled in the dying embers of a fire. Vala is the Captain of the Prince's Guard, and when assassin's and courtiers land on Garlin Island, the action and int
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‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller.


“My thoughts, my dreams, they had been nothing in comparison. They were a single drop of water, and this, the whole sea”.

We would just like to say a special thank you to J.M. Miller and Netgalley for this opportunity to review a digital copy of this novel in exchange for our honest opinions.

Okay, firstly we have to say that this novel was just filled with lots of action and shocking surprises! We weren’t quite sure about this novel going into it as we hadn’t
Sophie Elaina
This book is action packed and full of shocking moments and beautiful writing. I was very surprised with how much I enjoyed this. The book follows Vala a girl seemingly scorched by magic and feared by many. She has scorched skin as rough as rock that burns anything that lives with just a touch. Recognised as an asset she is taken in by the royal family as part of their guard. 

“My thoughts, my dreams, they had been nothing in comparison. They were a single drop of water, and this, the whole sea.”
Cassie James

Fallen Flame is definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read so far this year. I knew it'd be good but I was still amazed by how engrossing it was.
Vala is a special girl born with charred skin, She was found when she was little by a kind woman who raised her as her daughter. Due to her unique ability (in relation to her skin), She is trained to be a member of the guard specifically among the Prince's detail. Vala grew up together with the prince Caulden and they formed a strong bond. A
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"That's not possible. All the stories say that no one can travel there."
"And yet, here I am," he replied in almost a bored tone. "Someone who you can't explain because you can't even explain yourself."
It was a truth I couldn't debate.


I absolutely adored this amazing, magical world that Miller created. While it did start out a bit slow for me, I soon became entranced as the pace quickened and this incredible story progressed. So many questions get asked and only a few get answered. But it kep
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This book was better than I imagined it would be- and that is always a pleasant surprise.

Vala is the Prince's personal guard, one small mistake during an assassination attempt and she is stripped of her rank and forever dealing with the Queen's suspicious ire. Vala would give her life for her people, but the sentiment may not be returned...did I mention Vala's skin is literally fire? No- well, When Vala is touc
J.M. Miller
Apr 27, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like starting this review by saying two things this book had that I loved: First it has a map which is great to see where are you in this world and to picture where are the places they talked about. And the second is the dedicatory his book has is soo sweet: "To those unsettled, the dreamers, the wanderers, keep searching, keep fighting. You will find yourself"

Fallen Flame was an interesting story about a girl that's been treated badly or ignored because of the texture of her skin. For m
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

Fallen Flame is a unique fantasy read! I really didn't have high expectations on it but Its   premise really intrigued me and being a huge fantasy reader, I can't help myself from picking it up.  It's my first book from the author and I enjoyed reading it because it was not only unique but also pretty interesting to read.  This book is a good start for a new fantasy series.  Despite few flaws, I really liked it. It has
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first requested this book from NetGalley, I really didn't know what to think. I was intrigued by the main character's charred skin, and that was it. But as I read the book, the more involved I became with the storyline.

I had my own amount of yelling at characters, trying to talk sense into others, cheering for some, and cursing others. There were some predictable and unpredictable turn of events along with pretty decent cliff hangers. Yes, I made that plural on purpose.

In some ways, I w
♚Julia ~ The Romance Rebels ♚
This would be my first book I have read by the wonderful J.M. Miller, where you are thrust into a world full of mystery, magic, and adventure. The era of kings and queens, young Vala is the kings guard. Her duty is to protect the prince at all costs. She was strong willed and fought for what she believed in. When there is an attempt to end the princes life, everything she thought she knew was a lie....

Fallen Flame was an action packed novel that I couldn't put down! I have no idea what is next
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, requested
I picked up FALLEN FLAME from Netgalley on a complete whim and I'm so glad I did. The story was easy to follow, the pace was nice and the characters and their development kept me reading.

I loved Vala. She is a mystery to those in Gala and even to herself, but she has made a good life for herself and lives to protect the prince. I found Vala to be strong, loyal and willing to get her hands dirty to protect those that needed protecting.

There are a two love interests in FALLEN FLAME. I liked prince
Source: eARC from Netgalley (This does not affect my rating and review)
Format: Kindle Book

Summary: This book follows a girl named Vala who is the top guard for Prince Caulden. A Princess has come to the kingdom of Garlin to see if she wants to marry the Prince, but trouble begins to happen in the Kingdom. Assassin's from neigborhing kingdoms are sent to eliminate the Prince, and that is where we find a shadowy figure who has skin like Vala. Vala knows that this one assassin is like her, but she
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
********I received an e-arc from Netgalley. These are my 100% honest opinions.*******

I just finished this novel and I think J.M. Miller murdered my heart with this novel.

I loved the plot of the novel. It had so many twists and turns. You guys know I typically can see what is going to happen in a novel, but honestly, I only guessed maybe half or less of this novel. It’s written that well. This book is kind of an emotional rollercoaster. I felt so many emotions towards the events and characters. I
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***3.5 Stars***

This book was so much fun! While I wish it was longer, I would've liked to hear more about Vala's backstory and develop her character a little bit more, I still throughly enjoyed this book. It just threw me off a little bit because we start in the middle of the action and do not let up whatsoever. Boy this book was fast paced! For the most part I enjoyed it and that helped to make it an even quicker read but also it lead to me having to reread some stuff because so much was happen
Cocktails and Books
Good start to the series

3.5 Cocktails

Good start to the series. I’m intrigued to find out what happens next. Caulden and Vala’s relationship wasn’t truly explored in this book so I’m curious as to what happens with them
Source: eARC from Netgalley (This does not affect my rating and review)
Format: Kindle Book

Summary: This book follows a girl named Vala who is the top guard for Prince Caulden. A Princess has come to the kingdom of Garlin to see if she wants to marry the Prince, but trouble begins to happen in the Kingdom. Assassin's from neigborhing kingdoms are sent to eliminate the Prince, and that is where we find a shadowy figure who has skin like Vala. Vala knows that this one assassin is like her, but she
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magic is long dead... or at least it should be. Vala is a sign of a time once thought to be over. A time when magic ruled the world and otherworldly beings lived alongside humans. Vala hard chard, rock-like skin that could only come about in one way... magic. Because of this, Vala has been ostracized her entire life and feared by almost all on her small island. She still has a job though. Because of her skin, she makes the perfect guard for the prince. She is a skilled fighter, on top of her in
Ms. Nguyen
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I was able to read this ebook through NetGalley!

This book was a pleasant surprise. It's hard these days to find gripping, well-written fantasy for young adults. Vala, living on a secluded island as a Guard to the prince, only knows that she was found as a baby with mysterious skin that can burn others. Miller shoves the reader right into the action as Vala tries to protect the prince, all while finding out more about her own birth and life. The characters were interesting and well-developed, the
Daniela  (Lost in a Book Blog)
Read original review at Lost in a Book Blog

Well, at first I was truly interested in the book. When I read the blurb it got my attention and I thought it would be something I would enjoy. And I did, but man, it took SO LONG for me to start enjoying it. 

The story itself is too slow. The first 60% of the book could've been told in less pages, saving us a lot of time. It felt like it dragged too much on the same things, the same details, without revealing anything at all. So I was as blind and unkno
Amy Malek concepcion
4.5 Stars
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 page
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
*e-ARC received via Netgalley*
Review originally posted on Hills of Books

3.5 Star Review

I was lucky enough to get a ARC of this book in the last week and as you can read in my Waiting on Wednesday post I did recently I had high hopes for this book. I however have come away from reading it a bit disappointed.

So this story follows Vala as she protects the Prince of Garlin. Yet a series of events at the start of the novel result in her searching for who or what she is. This is coupled with a bit
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Maria V. Snyder, Sarah J. Maas fans
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Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Buoni Amici Press, LLC and Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy.

I loved Fallen Flame, fantasy is one of my favorite genres and I loved that this one was fairly unique. I loved that it kept me interested from the first page until the last. The writing was excellent as was the pace of the story. I also like that this is a series and the book itself stands alone, there's
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Roxy Carl
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointed
Interesting concept, mediocre execution

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 shou
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J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn't distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult novels that vary in genre.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

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