Crystallum by Laney McMann

Crystallum - Laney McMann

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Primordial Principles #1 
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: October 25th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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?


My opinion


I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book, I thought I could enjoy it. It turned out to be really enjoyable!

The author's writing was really what kept my interest throughout the book. I liked the fact that she only gave small bits of information, you have to wait until the end of the book to truly understand what is going on. At first, I was a bit lost because of that, I did not understand the "magical" system, I could not understand what the people were and it was a bit complicated to follow. But that's what makes me want to read further! 


The story line was nothing new, it contained all the tropes you can find in any other YA/ urban fantasy novel. But still, the book was really interesting and had some unique details. I was not expecting this plot twist at all. It was really nice to understand it at the same time as the other characters, Kadence knew it from the beginning but as you do not have access to her thoughts, you could not know it. That was really surprising and I liked that a lot. 


I did not really care for the characters though, I could not relate to any of them. I did not really like Kadence but I did not hate her either. I thought she was really realistic (apart from the fact that she was way too clumsy, oh and of course that she had some super abilities), I felt like she could be a normal teenager with typical problems. The fact that she did not have any friends makes her really insecure (it does not help that she is a kind of monster...) but she turned out to be someone really special.  Cole was really, really likable. 


The world the author created is really mysterious and fantastic! I want to learn more about the Primori, the Primeva, the Shadows etc. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series (and the cover is gorgeous!!)


Thanks for reading,