Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CRYSTALLUM by Laney McMann

CRYSTALLUM (Primordial Principals, book 1) by Laney McMann

Rating: 5 / 5
Released Date:  Expected October 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publisher:  Booktrope
Source:  I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press – cooperative and Netgalley.

“No matter what he'd done, how sweet and incredible he'd been, how safe he made her feel, she still shouldn't be.”

As I’m sitting down to write this review, I can’t think of enough words to explain to you, how CRYSTALLUM blew me away. Laney has done it again and she’s one amazing, skilled and creative writer. (I’ll explain why in just a moment.) CRYSTALLUM was one remarkable, fresh and exciting story like no other I’ve read before and I wish I could climb into a time capsule and teleport to 2016. (That cliffhanger, OMG) A savored every page of this book and will indefinitely reread this, once the paperback is available in South Africa.  

The Writing Style. (5/5)

The Queen of suspense and sexual tension, right here folks. CRYSTALLUM is written in 3rd person with several intriguing POVs. The writing style was amazing, I could practically smell the “fresh cotton and fire”  on Cole and touch the protruding spikes on Kade’s skin. The Characters were amazing, the world was extraordinary and the emotions you felt was surreal. Laney did one heck of a job. There was action from the first pages on and never do you experience a dull moment.  I’ve learned some new words, got a taste of some beautiful Latin and Quotes. 

The World. (5/5)

Brace yourself because this is going to be a mouthful.

If you don’t catch on early in the book, you’d probably will never understand it. (You have to pay attention when you’re reading folks!)

This world was like nothing I’ve ever seen, so let’s take a moment to bow for the creativity and hard work that is CRYSTALLUM.

CRYSTALLUM is based in a Modern Time setting that will have you dancing among its pages and lost between its words. Beyond the naked eye there is a magnetic grid called the Leyline Grid. The Leyline grid is a barrier that shields the earth and connects all the planes. (Celestial, Infernal and Mortal.)

There is an ongoing battle between the Deamoneum (Devil’s Children) and the Primordials. (Celestial Children.) The one wants to blacken the lines and create hell on earth and the other wants to stop that from happening. (Picture it as an YING-YANG.) These very special children, have numerous magical qualities. (and no, I’m not telling you. Read it.)
Everything is explained and I was super excited and amazed. To say the least.

The Plot. (5/5)

I don’t want to give its secrets away, so I’m sharing the Blurb instead.

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

Which is thicker—blood or water?

The Plot was well thought out. There was enough of everything (action, drama, romance, you name it.) In the end it all bled together in one magnificent story, that will stay with me for as long as I remember.

The Characters. (5/5)


Kade were alone almost her entire life. She lived by a set of rules. She was afraid of who she was. Until, she moved to Boulder and her life changed forever.  I adored Kade and she was no monster, she was a sweet and innocent.


Cole is a smart, badass hero. He is the guy that every high school girl will fall for.  He is the Alfa in his house and a good one to say the least. Cole was amazing, he was supportive and protective. The only way I can explain the connection between Cole and Kade is Deep, like a magnetic pull. They bring the best out of each other. I felt really bad for Cole and the way he was raised.


I loved every character in CRYSTALLUM. Jake, Danny, Giselle and Plumb, even the Ward. Everyone owns a small place in my heart and had they all had very special parts to play in this book.

The Smaller Things.

CRYSTALLUM is worth every penny and every second spent. The Cover is breathtaking and so is it's content. I was left speechless and I went through a rollercoaster of emotions in lightning speed.  (The type of emotions that only a good book can provoke.)  I enjoyed it immensely and so would you.

I recommend this book to everyone.

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