Crystallum, by Laney McMann | {ARC} Book Review #392

**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**

30333745Kadence 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?

Publication Date: November 30, 2015.

Quickly into reading Crystallum, I realized how much of an absolute gem Crystallum is and ended up reading Kade’s story in a little more than one sitting. The story was that addicting. — I simply could not get enough.

There were two things that I simply did not like: 1.) the jealousy that Cole’s ex had towards Kade. Ugh — simply put, this character is really freaking annoying. I just know she’s going to turn up in the next book and be a pest.

The second thing that I didn’t like in Crystallum was the stereotypical, not exactly love-triangle, but the whole “She’s mine.” scenario. There were a few scenes that are like that  in this book.

So there are multiple points of view that we read from within Crystallum. However, the two main points of view we read from are both Kade and Cole, with Kade having more of a standpoint, since this is her story.

The fact that we had not one, but two plot twists that happened in this story simply blows my mind. I wasn’t expecting any plot twists, but holy smokes!!! What ended up happing, and what we end up learning about Kade and her back story actually shocked me, and I immediately felt so sorry for Kade and her situation. I honestly would not wish Kade’s childhood on anyone.

I actually like the fact that while the storyline kinda-somewhat-not-really has  Angels and Demons, but in a more unique way of going about it. And I believe that’s why I ended up enjoying Crystallum so much —- because this book isn’t heavily steeped in any religion, yet it has a higher-being status.

The tension within the story actually started almost right away. And with that, I ended up reading the book way faster than I thought I would. Near the 60% mark there was also a ton of anticipation for something bigger to happen and I ended up walking around my house and saying things like “What the fuck?!” and “Oh my god!”

The attraction that Kade has toward her love interest is *excuse the pun* electrifying and I was living for it.

As you can tell, for all intents and purposes, I ended up enjoying all of Crystallum honestly. And I am overjoyed and relieved by that. I thought for the longest time that I wouldn’t end up liking Crystallum, or just Kade’s story in general. I am happy that I did enjoy reading this book.

And that end scene?! Gosh. I’m apprehensive to read the next book, just because I don’t know what happens. At the same time though, I want to know what happens because how can you not, with an ending like the one in Crystallum?? I’m slow to choose to read the second book, whenever I do, because I like where the chatacters and the story stands within Crystallum.

I give Crystallum, 5 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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