ARC Review: Crystallum by Laney McMann
I received Crystallum as an ARC on Netgalley in return for an honest review. Crystallum is the first book in the Primordial Principles series. Here’s an overview of the book.
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 had fun reading Crystallum. It was definitely enjoyable. The characters were fun to read. At first it reminded me quite a bit of The Mortal Instruments series with the Celestial Children being children of the gods and talk of demons. Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as good as The Mortal Instruments. The relationship between Cole and Kade was fun to read. There were definitely some steamy scenes. I think they were my favorite part of the book. Their relationship, while there is definitely an insta-love connection, their relationship is strained and not perfect, making it a bit more realistic.
I finally figured out why I was disappointed with the book. While the book is exciting after I finally got into it, it did take a bit to get into it and then there was about 100 pages that were really exciting and couldn’t get through fast enough, then the end seemed rather anticlimactic. McCann tried to surprise you with a twist unfortunately I found it rather predictable. I wish I could give this book a better review because it was a fun read, but I just can’t. Luckily, the characters were fun to read.
Cole – Cole is fantastic. He is sarcastic and charmingly arrogant. He is in charge and knows what he’s doing, and he definitely comes off that way. This makes him a strong enough character to balance out Kade, a strong character in her own right.
Kade – Kade is awesome. She reminds me a little bit of myself. She’s crazy sarcastic. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself, sometimes causing her to get into fights with people who are significantly bigger than her. She doubts herself which makes really relatable. I love her.
Giselle – Giselle is the perfect best friend for Kade. She cuts right through Kade’s sarcasm with her own sassiness. She has a tendency to get annoying at times the way good best friends do, with telling Kade what to do and fishing for information all the time.
Danny – Danny is the best friend and second-in-command that balances Cole out. He plays the role of Cole’s conscience and keep Cole grounded. Danny gets annoying too as good friends should because he is constantly trying to keep Cole on the right path, but it’s so good because it creates such a good balance.
Overall, like I’ve said several times already, I enjoyed reading this book. However, I don’t think it would have been nearly as enjoyable if the characters hadn’t been so relationally relatable and realistic. They are what made it. The plot just didn’t do it for me. I have been trying to decide if I’m going to continue reading the series. I think I’ll try the second book, Daemoneum, when it comes out in 2016, and see what happens. Due to the plot issues, I can only give Crystallum by Laney McMann a C+. It gets the plus due to the awesomeness of the characters.