Friday, August 31, 2012

Review: Silver by Talia Vance

Silver (Bandia, #1)
Silver by Talia Vance

Publisher-Flux
Released-Sept 8th 2012
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"As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away."
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she's been hiding even from herself.
Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.
But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.
Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.
My Thoughts:
Brianna has always been invisible. The kind of girl who fades into the background at parties while her friends work the floor. This isn't anything new. Acceptable but still disappointing all the same.
But things are different when Brianna and her friends goes to this party. There Brianna was, quietly pining over an old obsession while he flirts with her best friend, but this is normal she reminds herself,  it doesn't matter that he doesn't notice her, no matter how much Blake effects her. When a guy bumps into her and causes her silver bracelet to come undone, it's like a flip has been switched. Not only does Blake take notice (in a very eerie way) but so does everyone else....

First off, I really did enjoy what Silver had to offer. A wondrous escape. This has all the things I love in my reads. A well thought out mythology, great writing, a mysterious story line, intriguing characters and a love story denied and dangerous.

Talia Vance's writing is very bold and brave, I love that she doesn't shy away from some of the racier scenes and I love what she did with this particular Celtic mythology. That was my favorite part. It's unique and exciting and filled with so much history, mystery and suspense. I'd be lying if I said that I understood everything, but once the story started to play out it was easier to connect the plot with the roles of each character. 

My real issue sadly deals with most of the cast. I didn't really care for Brianna's friends. I thought they were snobby and self centered. Her parents are okay but her dad seems to be the bigger supporter.
But my biggest problem were these boys. They really make the reader work for their affections.The constant push/pull dance was extremely frustrating but fascinating at the same time. Austin was pretty much a giant question mark the minute we meet him. He says and does all the right things, but I found myself questioning his true motives. Good or bad? There was just something about him that felt off. Even after the story is done, I still don't know how to feel about him.
And as for Blake? Man, this guy just killed me. He's one of those swoon worthy bad boy players that you really have high hopes for.
But the way he treats Brianna made me so flppin' dizzy. He wants her but then pushes her away in the same breath. I get the why's of it all considering the lore around them, but still. It took everything in me not to throw my computer out the window. 
The relationship was very conflicting, complicated and consuming. It was so madding and almost twisted the way he'd compliment her but then shoot it down in the same sentence. Every intention felt like it was laced with a hidden meaning and the mind games went on and on till almost the end of the book. But when push comes to shove I still couldn't stop reading. It was crazy addicting.
Brianna was the only character that was easy  to connect with. She's shy and sweet, but I loved seeing a different side to her. The confidence side making her shine with brilliance and beauty.  

With that said, this still turned out to be decent read. It's entertaining and intoxicating from start to finish. I loved the concept and I adored this myth. The powers was exhilaration to witness and it was fun trying to keep up with these characters. I may not have loved this the way I wanted to, but it was still promising enough to provoke strong emotions and made me curious enough to want to know what happens next.  

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8 comments:

  1. Great review - this book has been getting a pretty mild reception as far as I can tell. I might have to postpone buying this book.

    xoxo

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  2. Thanks Joy!:) I think it was still worth the read even though it was frustrating at times:)

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  3. Hmm..those boys sound very frustrating, but racy scenes? Maybe I'll have to pick this one up after all. Lol! Great review Tina. :)

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  4. LOL Rachel! It's racy for YA at least lol It was a good read:)

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