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Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Published by Feiwel and Friends on October 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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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.
The moment I first read the synopsis for Lailah I just knew it was something I had to read. Vampires and angels in one book? Awesome! I was also intrigued by Lailah’s character needing to find out who she was and how this would all fit into one world. And I must say on a whole I enjoyed what I discovered.
Francesca, or Lailah as we come to find out is her true name, is all alone, drifting from place to place just to get by. She has these memories and dreams and knows she is immortal somehow, but doesn’t seem able to put the pieces of her life together. She is searching for a face she knows from these past memories who may have the answers, a boy named Gabriel. And when she finds herself in the middle of a mess with Vampires and a boy named Jonah, she just so happens to find the one she’s been looking for as well as a world of trouble coming her way.
My very favorite aspect of this novel that worked tremendously for me was the world the author created. Here we have Angels who come from a dimension called Styclar-Plena, a place born from light that is sustained by souls. Pureblood Vampires are from the third dimension, or as mortals refer to it, Hell. Purebloods create their own clans with Second Generation Vampires, gaining complete control over them. This is where Jonah and the other vampires we meet fit in since they were able to break free of their Masters with the help of Gabriel, an angel. How it all worked was very clever and different from other angel and vampire books I have read before. When we discover the details of Styclar-Plena, I was entranced. How it was all explained was very detailed and worked parallel with what mortals believe of Heaven and angels but it didn’t come from a religious background. I had never seen that done before and it was intriguing to me. How Lailah fit in with it all was also a great addition.
As far as characters go, I have to say Jonah the Vampire was my favorite. That was a complete surprise to me because I thought for sure it would be Gabriel. But Jonah was a bit of a flirt and played up his Vampire charm. He could absolutely be doing something bad and wrong but somehow it all worked for him. I really don’t feel like I got to know Gabriel enough to really connect with him, honestly. And that is probably because he is purposely holding himself back at arms length and keeping secrets and truths from Lailah until he can gather all the facts. It could get annoying but I also saw the purpose. Lailah… well she fell a little flat for me. Her voice wasn’t very strong and she often came off as childish and selfish. Especially when it came to the two boys. Some of her dreams and memories were confusing to me and I felt like I just wasn’t getting it at times. However, I feel like the Lailah we might see in book two could be a vast improvement.
When Lailah finally finds out the truth on who she is, it is not something that is unknown to the reader, since we get some early insight in the Prologue but the author threw in some surprises that I didn’t expect, in fact I have a whole other theory that was completely wrong. I slapped myself for that but I love when theories are wrong and I can think back to all the clues I missed or misread.
Overall, I liked the base of this story and the series. I did have some issues with character development as well as some of the filler scenes that just felt unnecessary, too convenient or confusing, but I am intrigued on where this series may go and I look forward to the next installment.
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Want to know more? The author has two short stories available for free on wattpad, one for Jonah and one for Gabriel! Just click on the pics below for the links!