Author : Emily Fogle
Genre: YA Paranormal
Audience: 13 and up
Publisher: Anchor Group
Aydah Bell was happy in her normalcy; she was never the class clown or the sports hero, never the beauty queen or little Ms. Honor Student. One day, after a pointless family mini-vacation, Aydah returns to school and finds that her sheltered little world has turned upside-down. Besides the fact that she is beginning to crave raw meat, people are also disappearing.
Suddenly, an alarming disappearance in the quiet and serene city she calls home puts the whole town into high-alert. One of Aydah’s schoolmates vanishes during the weekend and is conveniently replaced by a newcomer. To Aydah’s surprise, the new boy is the completely beautiful and oh-so mysterious Liam Bailey.
Aydah finds herself drawn to Liam. He consumes her thoughts and she aches to be with him. In the mix of passion, jealousy, and hatred that follows, Aydah is too distracted to see the horrible fate headed straight for her.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
Chasing Flames starts out as the story of a typical teenage girl who meets and instantly falls for the new guy in school who is also interested in her. Aydah’s feelings and obsession with Liam are the focus of the book and everything else is incidental.
Emily Fogle’s writing is easy to read and flows well although the descriptions were a little too detailed (but that’s my personal preference).
I kept waiting for something major to happen but, even though things were hinted at, nothing specific ever really did happen. There were people in town disappearing and that was not resolved. Adam and Aydah’s family were keeping a secret from her and part of the secret was revealed by the end of the book, just by what was going on, but they never did explain anything to her. Hopefully there will be another book after this one that will resolve some of these mysteries.
Chasing Flames is a good book for young adults especially since it keeps your interest and it has no gore or sex like so many in this genre do.
About the Author –
Emily Fogle was born and raised in Southern California. Her dream and ultimate goal was to get her Master’s degree in English and become a teacher with enough time to write, as well. However, she soon found out that the best dreams often come true when they aren’t planned. Instead of fulfilling her teaching goal, real life took over and she married the man of her dreams. She now has an amazing 7 year old son and another beautiful baby boy on the way.
She dedicates the majority of her time taking care of her family, volunteering at her son’s school, and being a Cub Scout Den leader. And though she loves every minute of it, the thought of being a writer still tugs at her heart. So, after the busy days are done and everyone is finally sleeping quietly, she squeezes in time for all the other loves in her life: the characters running wild inside her head.
Now, incredibly, her writing dream is also coming true. Her first novel, Dragon Wars, is being published by Anchor Group. Emily feels sincerely blessed to have been given so much in life and can’t wait to start the next chapter.
Media Links –
E-Copy of Chasing Flames
E-Copy of Dragon Wars
Chasing Flames keychain
$10 Amazon GC