Crystallum (Laney McMann)


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?

I can’t believe that I had this book on my kindle since October, and I waited so long to actually pick it up and read it… silly me!

I really really liked the writing. This book is told in 5 different POVs, with 2 main ones – Kade and Cole – and it’s the perfect way to tell this story. It also starts right into action.

Usually when it’s a fantasy of this kind, there is always someone who is oblivious to the “magical world”, so we have one of the magical being explaining things to them, and we (readers) learn the world at the same pace as that character. That IS NOT what happens here. Cole knows his truth, and Kade knows her truth, and we don’t actually get the whole picture until some time into the book, when both their worlds clash a little. I loved this! The world is complex, and I’m not sure I understood everything about it, but I did like this different way of explaining this world.

Now, I did find this book was a mix of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and maybe Harry Potter. Eheh! There are demons, and celestial beings, and tainted blood, and different houses (that are on the same side, but don’t mingle). There is also some shapeshifting, which is cool, and it took me a bit to fully understand, lol. Although I found elements of previous stories, I still really enjoyed it, and I think that ultimately the story diverges a lot from all those references.

One of the biggest selling points of this book for me were the characters. I thought that the characters were AMAZING. I was kind of expecting a Clary/Jace thing, but no. Kade was amazingly strong, and even though she was lonely for whole her life, and thought she was a monster, she was fierce and protective of those she cared about. And she’s obviously powerful! Cole was a mix of Jace and Will, but somewhat I liked him better. He was cocky, and obviously the best within his group, but he was a really good person, and it showed not only when he was with Kade and Danny (his BFF), but also when he was supposedly being a dick to everyone else. Danny was awesome, and I want more of him, and G and Lyndsey and even maybe Jake.

The romance is absolutely a case of instalove, no doubt about it, but it somehow worked. The chemistry between Kade and Cole was off the charts, and I really liked that she was confident within it, even though she had never had a relationship before. They trusted themselves and each other, and those hot moments were HOT.

The resolution of the plot was somewhat expected, and despite the twist, it was still a bit anticlimactic, but it was still pretty good and made me want to know more – good thing I already have book 2.

To sum it up, it is not the most original story, it has instalove, a twist and somewhat an expected plot. With this said, it’s still a pretty amazing read. I think the worldbuilding was well achieved and at the end of the day, the world created is pretty unique. The instalove works because the characters make it work. The characters are diverse and unique in their own ways too. So I have to recommend this book, I really have to!

PS: See that gorgeous cover? Ignore it! I have no idea why Kade is dressed like that, and it threw me off a big, but the book is set in the present, ok?