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Crystallum by Laney McMann - Book Review

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Kadence Sparrow wasn't born a devil's child-she was turned into one. Now, she's hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade's true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don't expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness-and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she's trying to hide.

As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he's lost enough. Cole's job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes ... Kade isn't like most girls.

The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade's journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.

Which is thicker-blood or water?

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My Review
Crystallum is a young adult paranormal romance story involving angels and demons. I was definitely hooked by the cover and the synopsis, and knew I had to read this book.

Crystallum, for me, was a strange story. It sort of jumped right into things with no real explanation of what was going on or who was what. However, the more I read, the more things became clear and understandable. If you can get through the beginning, everything starts to make sense, and the book is a lot more enjoyable to read.

Kadence Sparrow is different from most girls. She's got a secret she has to keep hidden, which means she can't have any close friends or a boyfriend, and she and her father are constantly moving. Currently residing in Colorado, Kadence thinks she might actually be safe. Unfortunately for her, she meets Cole Spires, and everything in her life starts to turn upside down.

I won't say anything more about the plot, since I don't want to spoil anything, but once I got into the story, I was curious, enthralled, and fascinated by everything that was going on.

At first, Kade is a little hard to like. She's a bit naive, a bit frustrating, and kind of whiny. She does get better, though. The other characters are either ones you'll love or ones you'll hate. I didn't really have an in-between with any of them, except maybe one. And that changed once the twist that is revealed near the end comes about.

Plot-wise, the story flows nicely. A bit slow and boring at first, as well as confusing, but then it gets a lot more exciting. There's action, drama, romance, and all sorts of crazy paranormal things going on. I found it fun once I got into it.

Overall, I'd have to give Crystallum 4.5 stars. I'm a sucker for young adult stories involving angels and demons, and this one didn't disappoint me at all. Give it a shot if you're looking for something new and interesting to read. I'd recommend it. 

About the Author
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, TIED, TORN & TRUE

The Primordial Principles, CRYSTALLUM, book 1, November 2015



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