Book Review · Fantasy · Young Adult

Crystallum by Laney McMann

Crystallum is the first book in the Primordial Principles series by Laney McMann. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is a great young adult fantasy novel and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys books similar to The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire. At first the story was a little confusing, but I was quickly able to grasp the terms and connect with the characters.

Description

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?

Review

When I started reading the first chapter of Crystallum, I was a little weary of this book. It immediately reminded me of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire, which I love, but I was worried it was basically going to be the same story line, just with different characters. I am glad to admit that the stories are similar, but different.

Laney McMann puts a unique twist on the idea of a god-like race protecting humanity and Earth from different demons. The aspect of traveling by different types of gates around the world and throughout other planes of existence was interesting. My favorite feature, I guess you can call it a feature, is the idea that Primordials are able to manipulate electricity and that is the basis for the majority of their abilities.

I really sympathized with Kade who is struggling to cope with being different than everyone and believing she is something evil and unworthy of anyone’s love. Being a teenager is hard enough, I’m sure we can all agree with this, but being a teenager with massive secrets who is all alone in the world? That is terrible.

Kade’s first real friendships are formed with Giselle and Lindsey, who are Primordials like her. Giselle is one of my favorite characters in the book because she is funny and a true friend to Kade no matter what. Giselle’s brother Danny, who is Cole’s best friend and second in command, probably ties with Giselle as my second favorite character for the same reasons. He is a loyal friend to Cole and has a similar personality to Giselle.

My favorite character throughout the story was Cole- hands down. Who doesn’t love a sweet, sarcastic, gorgeous, Italian man? I sure do! The forbidden romance between Kade and Cole is a passionate and forbidden one. The romance was one of my favorite aspects in the book, because Cole and Kade are not only perfect for each other, but they need each other.

Watching Kade accept herself and become comfortable in her own skin was a great experience. I am interested to read more about her discovering her abilities and what all she can truly do.

Now to start reading my copy of Daemoneum: The Primordial Principles book 2.

 

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