Crystallum (Primordial Principles #1)
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?
Firstly; I would like to say thanks to Laney & NetGalley for kindly providing me with a copy of Crystallum to read and review.
Secondly; OMG! Did I mention how much I FLOVE Laney McMann….seriously, I’m hooked on her, I have been ever since I read her Fire Born series…..her work just keeps getting better and better
“A little bird, with plumage brown,
Beside my winder flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Ten tape upon my window pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,
To call my notice to its song;
But I work on, nor heed its lay,
Till, in neglect, it flies away.
So birds of peace and hope and love
Come fluttering earthward from above,
To settle on life’s window-sills.
And ease our lose of earthly ills;
But we, in traffic’s rush and din
Too deep engaged to let them in
With deadened heart and sense plod on,
Nor know our loss till they are gone.” – Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
So I’m sitting here trying to write this review, I can’t think of enough words to explain to you, how incredible this story was. Laney has done it again, but there was no doubt that she wouldn’t deliver to us.
Primordial, the celestial children; who fight demons and maintain the balance with the Leylines. (The Leyline grid is a barrier that shields the earth and connects all the planes. (Celestial, Infernal and Mortal.)) They are split into two, Primory and Primeva. This is Coles life, he’s the alpha of the Primory and has been all his life, also known as children of the stars and Primovis are those of pure blood and Primovas are those tainted with the devil’s child blood “demon”, also known as children of the moon, AND it goes to say that these two DON’T get along.
There are rules to says that the two can’t interact with each other to preserve the pure blood line.
“He’s never wanted to protect someone as much as he wanted to protect her, but he needed to get thought out of his head. She wasn’t his to protect and never would be.”
Kadence was fierce, outspoken, and strong while other times she was timid, meek, and clumsy, yes, that’s right, definitely clumsy, especially when she was around the deliciously HOT Cole Spires. Kade has rules to follow: no close friends, no boyfriend, and hide what she can do. And she followed them….well she did..But everything changes the start of her senior year at a new high school. In one week her entire life gets flipped upside down.
Kade is not a helpless female who needs to be saved. She is far from being a wimp, as she fights off the shadows herself.
Dreacon has been chasing Kadence since she was a young girl, can she finally escape him?
“This incredibly beautiful guy who practically exuded heat and arrogance was in truth, tender and sweet, and nervous. She smiled wider. Like an idiot.”
Which is thicker—blood or water?
The characters and the mystery of the Primordial race were very intriguing.
I recommend this page-turner to any reader who enjoys YA, supernatural, & fantasy.