Crystallum (The Primordial Principles #1) by Laney McMann [eARC]

Title: Crystallum
Series: The Primordial Principles, #1
Author: Laney McMann
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
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 received a free advance digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had a really hard time finishing this book. Maybe that is also the reason why I was only able to finish and make a review for it after a few months after I receive the ARC. Let me point out the things that made me incoherently confused about this book.

FIRST. The World-Building. At the first chapter, I was actually overwhelmed with all the information and words that doesn't make any sense to me, like: Primori, Draconeum, Nefarius and Araneum. There is no explanation or even an introductory of what this creatures/people are, but at once, it was all thrown out to the readers as if its a common words that I should be familiar with. But no, I was confused, irritated and I always find myself re-reading the previous lines. It also doesn't help that after I finished this book, I still didn't fully understand the world the author is trying to convey. The plot is not that interesting, in fact I am actually thinking how this book tends to have a little bit of similarity with the Mortal Instruments. I don't know, with all the Primori, protecting the Mortal World from demons and other creatures are similarly like The Mortal Instruments. Although I don't have any problem with the same idea, I just did not fully comprehend where the story will lead its readers.

SECOND. The Characters. Kadence, the main character, is a total opposite of my expected heroine. I just don't like how she was portrayed like a damsel-in-distress. And it was a total waste of character to have her as the most powerful being, and yet she constantly needs to be helped. Cole, the love interest is totally the definition of an arrogant and sometimes self centered guy. He totally didn't get me hooked with his character. I understand that he is popular, good looking but it felt so shallow. I actually didn't feel anything for his character, its like he was just there because the Romance-thing, but overall, nothing.

THIRD. The INSTANT LOVE. Okay, I might be a little biased in this part, but I have never been a fan of then they suddenly got too attracted with each other, and sparks are flying everywhere everytime their eyes met kind of thing but the romance between Kadence and Cole is exactly how it was described in this book. I was actually thinking that the love triangle doesn't even make sense anymore since 2 of the main characters had already fall in love with each other.

Overall, This book didn't particularly tickled my attention. It has an obvious plot and possible endings. I might have a second thought if I will be reading the second installment of this.


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