Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Title: Lailah
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: Book One in the Styclar Saga
Published By: Feiwel and Friends (October 7, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Description:
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.









Even though I absolutely adore a good vampire book, it seems good ones have been in shortage. Before you know it, most original ideas have been done and done again and yet again and before you know it, you are left with the same story just different characters and let's face it, after awhile it gets old and boring and it just loses it's appeal. 

Which just might be why I loved this as much as I did. A mix of supernatural creatures, ideas, and theories with a whole new twist and plot line. Something dare I say unique and fresh?Yes, I do dare say so.

This wasn't perfect and gasp it has a love triangle but it was one that worked because....well, it just did because it fit the whole good versus evil theme of the story. I don't want to give too much away so that is all I am going to say about that. 

It has a few well done overly used tropes and a love triangle that kept me from giving this four stars, but overall, it was original and so very much fun. I was sucked right into the storyline and while some things were easy to see from the start, others weren't. In fact, just when I thought I had things figured out, I found I was completely wrong and had to start all over again, guessing at what was really going on. What was really happening and who Lailah really was and what it meant to the rest of them.

Outstanding characters. Some I truly liked and others I really didn't but all again, very fitting to the story. I am so very excited to see where book two will take us and what more is in store for Lailah, Gabriel, Jonah and all the others. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

38 comments:

  1. Oh might have to do this. I'm not too big on YA but I do love a good vampy read that's unique. So hard to find. I'm definitely with you on that. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. I hope you end up trying it and liking it. :)

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  2. It's absolutely true that good vampire books are few and far between these days, so that alone is reason enough to read this. But the love triangle works against it, even if it is well done. I'm still not quite sure what to do, but I'l leaning toward giving this a try.

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    1. Love triangles are a pain and I can understand your hesitation Maja.

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  3. Ah some good points and some other not that good. I was curious about it and I confess I wonder if I would like it too. I love the idea.

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    1. It does have the good with the bad but I do hope you give it a try at some point in time.

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  4. I'm not loving the fact that it has a love triangle Ali, but if you say it's well done then I think I'll still give this book a whirl. I like that you said it's unique even if it does have some familiar elements, and I always love a good vs. evil type of story:)

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    1. I think the love triangle will still bother many but for some reason it just didn't bother me. Hopefully if you try it you will like it Jenny. :D

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  5. Oh man. I was looking forward to reading this book but since you mentioned a love triangle, I'm going to save myself from imminent headache. :/

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  6. Stumbled on your review and had to stop in and say thank you! Was a nice one to read! I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and it kept you guessing - I am a fan of plot twists! Hee hee! And I'm also pleased you liked the love triangle, as you say it fits with the light and dark themes! Thanks for a nice review! Nikki Kelly

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    1. Yay! So glad you were able to see it. :D

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    2. It was nice to see it pop up! I always like reading reviews when the reader connects with the story and characters and sees the themes - naturally when you have a *cough *cough dirty word love triangle ** some readers naturally go 'uh-oh!' But it was essential for LAILAH's growth and worked with the themes not just a case of oh I can't decide! All to do with her undiscovered nature as you touched on without giving spoilers! So this was a great one to read! Thank you Xox

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  7. I agree with you on Vampire novels. I in fact am wondering if we're not just at the end of our love of biters and it's on to the next big thing.
    Thanks for your review :)

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    1. I am guessing something else will have to come out soon. ;)

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  8. I've been stalking all and any news on Lailah after the gorgeaus cover reveal a few months ago. Although i'm not the biggest fan of Vampires (let's be honest TWILIGHT ruined them for me) i am interested on their take in Lailah. Also, glad to hear the love triangle worked.

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    1. They are sparkly in this one I can assure you and most of them are in fact monsters. ;)

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  9. Your statement about vamp books is the reason why I haven't read one in a long time! Well except for Ione's latest, Chained by Night. And pass on the love triangle, puhlease! Maybe the author started writing this novel years ago when this kinds of themes and tropes are still tolerable and just finished it recently. She needs an update

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    1. Most of the familiar tropes really weren't that bad though I promise!

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  10. I'm a teensy bit worried about the love triangle, but I'm still willing to give this a shot because I miss reading YA paranormal books. I want to read one just for the fun of it. :)
    I'm glad you liked it despite some issues, Ali.
    Lovely review!

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    1. I am glad you are going to try it anyways Nick, I hope you like it!

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  11. I totally agree with you. Vampire books sound all the same to me lately so I avoid them altogether. But I'm so happy that there is something new and fresh in that genre. I'll have to check this one out. Great review, Ali :)

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  12. I don't think I've read a vampire book in awhile and I don't think I'm over them, I'm just pickier. I am hoping to read this one though because I think the author is one I will be interviewing in a couple weeks at a Fierce Reads stop.

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    1. I'm not over then either, I think I will always have a soft spot for them. ;)

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  13. I'm glad to hear this was more original than most. It sounds interesting, but I don't know!

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  14. I'm glad to see you enjoyed Lailah and I'm curious about the love-triangle with both its light and dark! Hmmm. I have this for review soon (sorry I skim some on the review) and can't wait to read it myself. :)

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  15. I'm glad this is overly an original plot, considering how much, like you said, has already been done with those vampire creatures. It is on my TBR and I can't wait to read it! :D

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  16. It sounds like one I would love, but i realllllly do not like love triangles. Great review though!

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  17. You are so right about good vampire books being few and far between now. It's always good to find one that is appealing. I am not a fan of love triangles, but it sounds good that this one works. Great review.

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  18. 'm currently reading this, and I can't help but be caught up in the story as well! I do love the characters, they're so great :) It is unique and fresh in my opinion too. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Lovely review!! I

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