Title: Crystallum (Primordial Principles, Book 1)
Author: Laney McMann
Published: November 30, 2015
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Kadence Sparrow has a secret. It’s one that she hopes no one will ever find out, but it’s also one she doesn’t completely understand. When she is forced to move because her father’s job transfers him, she plans to guard her secret as always. But Cole Spires knows something is different about Kade, and he also knows she needs his protection. Both Kade and Cole are different, but they’re also different from each other. And the two of the crossing paths means that their worlds are going to be opened up to a whole range of possibilities neither of them ever knew or believed was possible. But it just might trigger a war of celestial proportions in the process.
I enjoy young adult fantasy, but I also think it’s the genre for which I find myself being the most critical when I read it. Part of the reason is that there are so many elements that come up time and time again–even in stories with more original plot lines–that it can sometimes be frustrating. Crystallum gives us something different in terms of its story. The world in which it takes place drew me in, and the whole Celestial Children and Primordials seemed to be an interesting concept. But we’ve hints of a love triangle and the age old star-crossed lovers trope here, and it runs quite deep. Thankfully, the overall story balances that out, which allowed me to enjoy this one, but it’s there. And I feel compelled to warn for it.
That said: if you like YA fantasy, you’ll probably enjoy this. It’s billed as the first book in a series, and I am curious to find out what happens next.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]