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Review: ‘Lailah’ by Nikki Kelly

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Lailah’ by Nikki KellyLailah by Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Published by Macmillan on October 7th, 2014
Genres: Angels, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

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review

We have a teenage girl who happens to have a power that lets her see her past lives with no memory as to how she got there. All she has is a man’s face and she feels a lot for him. When she ends up saving a vampire of the night, her life takes a sudden turn and finds who she is looking for, the man from her visions. In a journey to find the truth she realizes she might not just be human as she thought she was.

The prologue in the beginning intrigued me so much and it set the flow of he story nicely. It had one of those memorable scenes where you know there’s going to be more as the story progresses. It set the tone nicely. Right off the bat, you as the reader know something more than the character themselves. You’re rooting for Lailah to find out and when she does you feel like she took forever to figure it out when there were so many signs. That frustrated me because I wanted her to be fast enough to put the pieces together. I get it was only her way of coping and denying her true self but ahh it dragged on.

One other glaring annoyance was the instant lust and romance that happened between her and Jonah. There was so much physical attraction there that I didn’t really feel all that swoony when he entered the picture. You can only swoon over a guy’s looks a couple of times to not get irritated with her. I also didn’t trust Jonah or Gabriel. There’s just too much annoyance and CREEPINESS surrounding both that I didn’t root for either of them. I mean Gabriel pretty much ripped her clothing at one point.. Crazy.. I wanted Lailah to be this ultimate warrior but when she did, she wouldn’t remember. I kind of wished her other side was part of it and not blacked out. It would have been crazy to read those point of views that’s for sure! It would’ve added depth to a character that kind of played the damsel in distress role to a tee.

I loved the fact that Angels and Vampires are together in the good versus evil category and the history and world that Kelly built was truly fantastic. I can’t get enough of paranormal creatures getting pitted against each other in books as foes and enemies. The book is rather long, but it did read quite fast. You won’t be disappointed with the amount of action scenes.

Strong paranormal aspects, action-packed and a good mystery but oh the romance fell super flat for me.. Nonetheless, Lailah is a good start to the saga, but I was looking for more focus on who she was and not the love octagon that appeared.


reading progress

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quotes

Because sometimes we all need help, no matter what we are. (15)
I knew evil came in the most wonderful forms. It was easier to corrupt someone that way. (18)
You really should get another hobby, something other than stalking me. (154)
I would go to the ends of every world to keep you from harm. (186)
Wherever your part is meant to lead, you deserve and you should command the choice to decide. (197)
Do you really think I am just going to let you walk away? (214)
I know you’re looking out for me, but I am my own person, and I’ll decide what I do and where I go from now on. (246)
There isn’t an inch of you that isn’t irresistible to me. (303)
How can you even tolerate him, knowing what he did to you? (311)
Could the girl not just take no for an answer? (331)

rating

3/5

three-stars

4 Comments

  1. linda romer (@romer_linda)

    November 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I liked your review on Lailah, i have been wanting to read this. I love vampires. And even though the romance fell flat i still would like to give it a go. Thank you

  2. Megan McDade

    October 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I love the sound of this book. I love the whole angel/demon aspect. I am a sucker for insta romance I no its terrible but I cant help it!

  3. Cait

    October 23, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    I totally reeeally want to read this! The romance sounds kind of off (like seriously?! Both those dudes sound like bad news) but I’m a really big fan of supernatural books. ^-^ It sounds a little like Cassandra Clare’s books and omg, they are my favourite. So I think I’d still try this one, but just with lower expectations.

  4. Jaime Lynn

    October 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    It is highly disappointing for me to find out a book that has a cover like this one is not a horror story. That in itself almost ruins my desire to read it. Well, that and a ton of bad reviews. Now though, I have your 3 star review and I am thinking maybe I can at least give it a shot!

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