Monday, September 10, 2012

Silver by Talia Vance Review

Silver

by Talia Vance
Goodreads Synopsis:
"As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away."
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she's been hiding even from herself. Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.But Blake has his own secret, one that  could prove deadly for them both. Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the  heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

I love Celtic lore and anything having to do with their legends. That's where my beloved fairies come from and I love the ancient traditions of the Celts though I am no expert in them by any means. Not many books have ventured into this subject area so it's a bit hard to follow sometimes when you aren't familiar with the lore. Even though I've read some of the old legends, I didn't know Danu or Killian so I found myself foundering a bit as I read the beginning  of the book. I was completely lost and disappointed. When I finally got to what I'll call "the beach scene" I was about to give up entirely. Then I decided to start over.

When I started over, I read slower, taking time to understand what Brianna was saying and thinking, what actually happened in the silvery flash moments, what her friends were like, I really read slow because this all seemed brand new to me.  As I read the second time, everything clicked and by the time I got to "the beach scene" I understood what was happening. So I caution you to read slowly and really understand what is real and not real in Brianna's words. I thought she loved Blake, but how do you love someone you've only worshiped from afar? And I thought when their souls were bound that they would love each other, but love didn't seem to factor into that. Love is separate from the soul. And that secret that Blake has, yeah, it's a killer!

I really did enjoy this story. I thought it meandered a little bit at first and I was a bit shocked at a couple of the scenes in the beginning, this is definitely for MATURE YA readers. Christy, one of Brianna's best friends is a girl that has a "jerk radar" as Brianna says, only she uses it the wrong way, falling for the jerks instead of  turning away. Haley, Brianna's other best friend, is a guy magnet attracting any guy she wants dating them a little while and dumping them for the next guy. Brianna though has been invisible to guys until her charm bracelet falls off and Blake finally sees her. 

The story behind their possibly not being able to be together is much bigger than some Romeo and Juliet kind of thing. It goes back thousands of years. And the two go back and forth between trusting and not trusting each other. Blake says things that Brianna doesn't understand and is hurt. Brianna lashes back and in you don't know if they really have feelings for each other or its the bond or both. I thought, from the synopsis this was going to be a boy and girl in love against all odds fighting against someone or something but that's what I get for believing the synopsis. It's kind of like believing in book covers.  Sometimes you're lured in by false pretenses. But these two fight against having feelings for each other which was especially hard on Brianna's part as she'd watched Blake from the sidelines for so long. But the urge to fight was stronger.

There are plenty of side characters beside Brianna's best friends, most of them being Blake's friends, Jonah (grr), Austin, Joe and Brianna's parents. Yes, she does have parents that are somewhat involved in her life and bless the girl, she has rescued a horse, Dart, from the race circuit where he didn't do well, and has nursed him back to health. She has to sell him because she used part of her college fund to buy him, but she rescued an animal. Gotta love that girl. I found that I liked her more and more as the story went on and she became what she was meant to be-the Bandia.

The role the fates have destined her to play is not one any of would choose, I think and its one of those recurring ones that's been played out through time, kill or be killed. But Brianna is different and she wants to choose a different path for herself and she is determined to find a different way to live her life. The end of the book is nicely concluded but there is much more to come and I can't wait to see how the story turns out. I know there will be a lot of trials ahead for Brianna and Blake.  I just hope their love becomes something more solid than it seemed to be in this first novel. And I'm sure there will be quite a few battles to be fought in the coming books, whether it be of wills or physically, they will come.

I recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of fantasy and legend, Celtic lore, magic, romance. This is definitely for Mature YA readers as there are sexual references in the book that are fairly explicit.

I received an ARC of this novel from the publishers Flux via NetGalley for an honest review. I received no compensation for my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

12 comments:

  1. Woot You got me hon with "mature YA" and celtic lore! :-) And I'm glad you gave it a second try and started all over again!! totally wanna read it now and add it to my list right now!

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    1. Yes, this could almost be considered NA as Blake is in college, but Brianna is the MC and in HS. But definitely Mature! Brianna's supernatural-ness is so unique that it takes some time to get used to it. This isn't the first book I've had to read very slow to understand recently. Might be me, but I'm so glad I read it. The plot thickens definitely as it goes along, the ending is really interesting!!

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  2. Hrm, the more reviews I read for this book, the more mixed-up I get in wanting to read it. I think I'm going to hold off and see what becomes of book 2.

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    1. I think it is so different from anything I've read that it's hard to believe at first. But it's definitely worth reading. You'd probably get it much faster than me! The only other book I know that delves into Celtic mythology is the Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton. They are blazing new trails!

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  3. Beautiful review Heather! I really loved the Celtic mythology aspect of this one as well, it was my favorite part and I hope we get a lot more of it in the next book! I did have trouble as you know with the believability of the romance - I felt like it was a little one-sided on Brianna's part since Blake fights the soul-bond thing the entire time. I understand why he did, it made sense, but I couldn't quite get on board with the "i love you" statements at the end. Still, I'll definitely be reading the second book:)

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    1. I liked your review much better, but thank you. I did believe Blake had feelings for her in the end (maybe not love considering the length of time). But it was confusing all the back and forth. You had to really understand the difference between the "soul bond" and Blake and Brianna. I think Brianna fought it too. It was a complex book, but definitely worth reading and I can't wait for the next one!

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  4. This is a popular book today on the blogs! All Positive :-) I don't think I've read a lot about Celtic lore, but this one definitely sounds interesting. I'm glad you mentioned reading this one slowly in the beginning to understand it better. Adding to my TBR :-)

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    1. Yes, if you try to rush right through it won't make any sense. You have to really understand where Brianna's head is at to understand the relationship between her and Blake.

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  5. Hm... I may want to wait to see how it goes series wise. However, I do understand what you mean by reading slower. Some books you just have to take your time with to really see what is going on. I had a couple books just like that recently. Still, brilly review and I also love Celtic lore!

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    1. Thank ya' ma'am! Yes, the last few books I've read I haven't been able to just rush right through in a day like I usually do. Are the getting more literary perhaps? Less predictable? All good things!

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  6. I want this more now!!! You sold me on Celtic lore!! I'm kind of in that kind of mood lately :) Great review!!

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