I read this when I was twelve my mom had told me that I could move on to YA since I had read every juvenile book that was any good in our library I remember working hard to make sure my reads were clean, because I had heard from a few older kids that YA had some smut I ended up actually hurling this book across my room in disgust, which I NEVER do Books are my lovelies So when I came across this book the other day, I was curious I remember that this book was bad, but I didn t remember t I read this when I was twelve my mom had told me that I could move on to YA since I had read every juvenile book that was any good in our library I remember working hard to make sure my reads were clean, because I had heard from a few older kids that YA had some smut I ended up actually hurling this book across my room in disgust, which I NEVER do Books are my lovelies So when I came across this book the other day, I was curious I remember that this book was bad, but I didn t remember to what extent, so I picked it up again.Excuse me while I throw up Grown ups Oh, those books that have sex, oral sex, teenage drinking, and it glorifies those things to death Put it in the YA section, teens aren t strangers to that.Also grownups Why are so many teenage girls pregnant Why do our kids sneak out Why is Jonny smoking that good stuff HOW DID MY SON GET AN STD Oh, I don t know, maybe if you ignorant wet wipes didn t, oh, I dunno, glorify that stuff in books and claim it s normal and all teens do it, your children wouldn t be drunken fools But hey, I m just a fifteen year old kid, what do I know shrugs And these books look innocent, but LIES Also, I want to slap Brianna Seriously I m not joking She literally slut shamed every girl in these books She also compared herself to every single girl and decided that she was wayyyy prettier, but oh, no, she s totally not snobbish in the least It cracks me up that she actually thinks this I m not dumb, snobby, or slutty an actual sentence from this book, I wish I was joking, but I m not No, Brianna, you re not dumb, you re downright stupid Like it honestly blows my mind that you re even alive, I didn t know people could live without a brain, yet here you are You re not just snobbish, you re the QUEEN of snobbery, America Singer just called, she wants you to get over yourself And as for being a slut, don t get me started, just don t.All I have left to say is, why As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision Before I can take a breath, the world falls awayBrianna 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 herselfDiscovering 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 4.5 stars The first time this book landed on my sight I know it s gonna be a good book So when I saw this in Netgalley, I requested it right away But I got declined So I requested it again And still I got declined By this time I was almost so willing to just wait for this book to be released But then I said just onetime I could be really persistent or hardheaded Ha I did a little editing on my bio then requested it for the third time And fina freaking lly, they approved me I m 4.5 stars The first time this book landed on my sight I know it s gonna be a good book So when I saw this in Netgalley, I requested it right away But I got declined So I requested it again And still I got declined By this time I was almost so willing to just wait for this book to be released But then I said just onetime I could be really persistent or hardheaded Ha I did a little editing on my bio then requested it for the third time And fina freaking lly, they approved me I m so happy that all my effort didn t come to waste because this book did not disappoint This is a very stunning and gorgeous book It s very rare for me to encounter paranormal books that are influenced by Celtic Myths and Irish folklore so when I read this everything were almost pretty new to me I really loved the uniqueness and originality of it.It wasn t the kind of the book that would instantly blew you away, in fact, for the most parts I was a bit confused and puzzled with all the mythological stuffs but through that just broughtcuriosity in me It just made meintrigued and interested in knowing and figuring out what was going on It never wavered to hold my interest And when the revelations and twists came I was absolutely satisfied with the outcome and how everything turned out.Brianna Paxton is an easy character to like and connect She s genuine, smart, strong and humble She s beautiful but no one notice her despite that I didn t see her being so bitter about it Of course, she always wonders why and there were moments that she feels bad about herself but she wasn t the kind of person who whines and feels angry about it all the time But Brianna is still a girl and like any other girl she wishes to be notice by the guy she likes, Blake It took me some time to trust Blake I like him but I wasn t entirely sure if he was being real or honest to Brianna at first As the story progressed, asinformation were thrown I realized that Blake is just torn from doing what his family expects him to do and what he really feels But I was really glad that when he already has to choose, he chooses Brianna and took the risk of it And I saw that he was sincere and honest about it The romance between Brianna and Blake is absolutely a winner for me I love how they got connected, fought it but in the end gave in with it and soon find out that there sthan just the curse that connected them but something from their heart that is muchreal, genuine and bigger love I can t remember how many times I died from swooning with these two and with all those sweet and steamy moments.The paranormal and mythology aspect of this book is very intriguing and engaging I love the story about Danu and Killian and how the curse started I love exploring the abilities the characters have and how they used it It was fascinating and very engrossing Overall, this is a very captivating and stunning debut novel I applaud Talia Vance for writing such a very unique novel with original plot, awesome twists, brilliant characters and gorgeous romance I highly recommend this I need Gold now Andswoon worthy moments between Brianna and BlakeThank you Flux and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book.P.S Did you know that I read this twice I m not much a fan of re reading, there are only two novels I ve re read, The Hunger Games and Obsidian Both I m really addicted about So what does that mean That I m addicted to Silver Oh hell yeah This book has definitely the potential to be one of my most favorite YA series I just wanted to say that this book is really really good and I want you guys to pick this one up, and so just to encourage you , I ll share you a quote from one of my favorite scenes yeah, this is a steamy oneThe heat of his skin comes through his shirt, and the fabric becomes an intolerable intrusion He helps me pull the shirt over his head, and it s my turn to gasp My fingers slide from his neck to his belly button, forging a tentative path along his stomach You know you re kind of beautiful yourselfARC, p236 If I could quote the whole scene I really would LOL So there, I hope that one helped me convince you to read this.This review is also posted at Book Overdose This one is kind of hard to review because after a quarter of the way through, I knew this was going to be one of those books where I had to read the whole way through to determine how much I liked it, and I knew I was going to absolutely love it or absolutely hate it Turns out, this book blew me away.I liked that this was not your typical paranormal romance It had to do with mythology, magic and a love story that was 1000 years old I had no idea what to expect because it was story kept me on This one is kind of hard to review because after a quarter of the way through, I knew this was going to be one of those books where I had to read the whole way through to determine how much I liked it, and I knew I was going to absolutely love it or absolutely hate it Turns out, this book blew me away.I liked that this was not your typical paranormal romance It had to do with mythology, magic and a love story that was 1000 years old I had no idea what to expect because it was story kept me on my toes the whole way through.Yes, there were times that I wanted to shake a character or even smack them around a little bit, but I think they fit their roles well And my favorite character was Austin because you never knew what to expect from him.I will be honest that I was a little disoriented at first because I couldn t tell who were the good guys and who were the bad guys And I didn t know what to make of Blake Was he the jackass that he was portrayed to be Did he really care about Brianna or was it the bond How was he wrapped up in this whole plan, and was he really sincere about everything or was he going to betray her And even Brianna herself Was she one of the good guys or was she really evil But unlike a lot of books that are written to keep readers in the dark, I wasn t frustrated by the story development at all In fact, it just made meintrigued True, I wasn t particularly ecstatic that I didn t know what was going on, but I wasn t pulling my hair out in anger and annoyance either Everything just fell into place where it needed to fall into place, and the everything seemed to unfold where we should.I don t know how others are going to like this book, but it was a breath of fresh air because it really did blow me away This review is also at my blogActual rating 1.5 stars sigh Oh,Silver,what to do with you First, let s get this out of the way if you want a good book, this is not it The Characters Ugh All the women in this book are portrayed as slutty sex toys, except of course for our lovely, stunning, beautiful, great looking, did I mention beautiful protagonist Brianna I was really disturbed by this This book was written by a woman And yet every single girl This review is also at my blogActual rating 1.5 stars sigh Oh,Silver,what to do with you First, let s get this out of the way if you want a good book, this is not it The Characters Ugh All the women in this book are portrayed as slutty sex toys, except of course for our lovely, stunning, beautiful, great looking, did I mention beautiful protagonist Brianna I was really disturbed by this This book was written by a woman And yet every single girl is displayed as a slut No Not just no, but hell no Brianna s friends are only there to make Brianna look good She has two friends, who are both quite slutty and all over the boyzzz Why are these three friends Don t ask me.The boys in this book are all total pervs Everyone, and I mean everyone, is making remarks about how good lookin Brianna is and vaguely implying sexual things The love interest is supposed to stand out by not being pervy or so I think , but is miserably failing At one point he says he s happy he s learned to control himself, because otherwisehe didn t know what he would have done to Brianna the first time he saw herThat s just creepy Again I say, hell no The slut shaming Yes, it deserves its own department BecauseGod,there is a lot of slut shaming going on A few quotes to illustrate my pointDid your date with the Boobsie Twins fall through Fishnet leans against Blake s SUV in a too short skirt and too low top A second girl with round, fake boobs whispers in her ear as they watch Blake approach Who are you to judge them, Brianna, just because they hang out with yourone true loveWho the hell are you Ugh It s just ugh This whole book is ugh I mean, we ve got a stalker We ve got slut shaming We ve got the whole world is slutty except for me We ve got instalove We ve got quotes like thisPardon me for saying so, but you don t seem like his type what is that supposed to mean So I m not dumb, snobby or slutty Oh Excuse meExcuse meUgh Ugh ugh ugh.Also, apparently girls only like bad boys Loving and caring boyfriends are absolutely out of the question This is a scene of Brianna talking to a boy who likes one of her slutty friendsI don t know Could you try beingof an asshole Why would I do that I m trying to help you out here I don t know how to explain it Wait Are you saying that Christy would like me better if I wasn t so Nice And this works.This is just wrong on so many levels, I can t even.And the worst thing about this I want to read the sequel I always try to finish a book in the hopes, that the story will get betterMaybe that will happen with this one.but, honestly i don t place much faith on it,considering it s route.So far we have spoiled brats, a girl who must be beautiful, although no one notices that due to a piece of jewelry that she uses her friends, who are justtoo meaningless, for me to usewords regarding them and leave at thatbecause honestly those tv series, like 90210, keep popping in my mind an I always try to finish a book in the hopes, that the story will get betterMaybe that will happen with this one.but, honestly i don t place much faith on it,considering it s route.So far we have spoiled brats, a girl who must be beautiful, although no one notices that due to a piece of jewelry that she uses her friends, who are justtoo meaningless, for me to usewords regarding them and leave at thatbecause honestly those tv series, like 90210, keep popping in my mind and a love interest or two, since she breaks the bracelet, and all of the sudden, she s irresistible directed at an idiot.so, NO I won t be finishing this one.Oh, and her father, refers to her horse as piece of meat Oh, my God..Honestly so far, this books only keeps alive teen clich s that should just be kicked to outer space A girl who hangs out with friends, who aren t her friends In fact there s a word for those girlsit starts with a BBecause heaven forbids us, if girls are actually friends to each other Then obsessing with a boy whom she doesn t know.making out with another one, which she met five minutes ago, in a closet, because HEY, it s a party, and that s what teens are supposed to do OO Lovely.Compared to this, Twilight is amazing Actual, full review Original is scheduled to post here on my blog on September 3rd, 2012, when I will be hosting my stop on the Silver blog tour Stop by And You Goodreads peeps get an early glimpse Yay When describing Silver, the words clever or perhaps witty astounding, and bewilderingly intense come to mind In this fascinating tale tangling threads of ancient Celtic myth and an authentic yet strong heroine, Silver manages to do three things 1 make itself feel as valuable as silver Actual, full review Original is scheduled to post here on my blog on September 3rd, 2012, when I will be hosting my stop on the Silver blog tour Stop by And You Goodreads peeps get an early glimpse Yay When describing Silver, the words clever or perhaps witty astounding, and bewilderingly intense come to mind In this fascinating tale tangling threads of ancient Celtic myth and an authentic yet strong heroine, Silver manages to do three things 1 make itself feel as valuable as silver pun intended , 2 sincerely pluck out the nature of desire and growth of teenagers therefore inducing twisted plots and often frustrating, but understandable, decisions, and 3 transform the mythological genre into a new, excitingly unique, and incredibly detailed creature.Brianna is a protagonist who may not be the most cunning or responsible person in the world, but she is quick on her tongue and a do er, not a sitter In other words this is a heroine who deserves the hero in both the linguistic and romantic ways The relationship between her and Blake was accidental but a powerful metamorphosis from pure lust to pure bond, and then , and then less, and the realistic portrayal despite the mythological differences of relationships enhanced the story rather than drag it down with tons of clich romance.I think what makes this book so compellingly rich is the way Talia Vance sneaks in foreshadowing A fantastic story wouldn t make itself so great without some inventive foreshadowing, and Talia is the sensei the story is a bundle of messes at one point and you re thinking what is going to happen How Is this what it will end up being a jumbled jargon and then suddenly the entire twist is thrown in your face What makes it so special is that the carefully arranged plot pieces are not just one single storyboard, but multiple, subtle ones, so that even if you figure some things out and you believe that the story is but over, the eventual revelation that you never saw coming will only surprise and enthrall you all theSilver may seem like simply a pretty cover and a blooming romance, but that judgment would be a mistake In truth, the nature of Silver is like the furious scrawl of a quill, noting down myths and history It is a platter of delicacies gifted with silver domes concealing the entrees, so that when you lift the tray and peek inside, it is a surprise, a mystery, and an invitation to a world meticulously crafted and tasteful both and at once I really enjoyed this book and feel sad to be leaving this world behind for a while I can t wait for the next book in this series Brianna doesn t stand out in a crowd Well, that s an understatement, it s like she s not even there Especially with guys, they can t even make eye contact with her She s been introduced to her crush for the last two years, Blake, so many times and he still doesn t know she s alive She thinks she must have some kind of problem with her pheromones Until the night I really enjoyed this book and feel sad to be leaving this world behind for a while I can t wait for the next book in this series Brianna doesn t stand out in a crowd Well, that s an understatement, it s like she s not even there Especially with guys, they can t even make eye contact with her She s been introduced to her crush for the last two years, Blake, so many times and he still doesn t know she s alive She thinks she must have some kind of problem with her pheromones Until the night she s at a party and her charm bracelet breaks Blake looks at her, and sees her, really sees her, and her life will never be the same again.Brianna thinks she s just an ordinary girl until she accidentally bonds her soul with Blakes, and he tells her about her heritage His one sided version anyway, she learnsas time goes on But her heritage means that she and Blake are mortal enemies, and one of them must kill the other to survive The characters were good, though I felt that some of them could have been fleshed out a littleEspecially her parents, who seem too naive as to what their daughter is Brianna is a likable protag and I enjoyed her relationship and interactions with Blake The friendship that she has with Haley and Christy felt very realistic to me, girls can be bitchy when it comes to guys Having to keep her magic secret does cause some sticky situations for Brie with her friends And Austin, an appealing, love to hate bad boy who made this story interesting This book is a fast paced, fairly quick read with the mystery of Brianna s heritage and powers being gradually revealed I think fans of paranormal romance will definitely enjoy this one Don t touch this with a ten foot pole Seriously.The writing is atrocious The characterization, plot, romance and mythology are absolute rubbish The protagonists both male and female reach a never before seen level of revoltingness This is one of the worst books I ve ever tried to read, and I don t understand how anyone could make a decision to publish this. This was a shallow, soppy, angsty, drama filled, soap opera worthy, love fest That s all Seriously I mean hasn t the forbidden love concept been done like a million times already I was totally pumped I got an ARC, but I swear, I didn t expect it to be so I don t know Predictable Yeah, I guess you could say predictable Now let s see what exactly I liked.1 The Concept This was different for a change No sparkly vampires, stereotypical werewolves, witches or whatever This is a folk This was a shallow, soppy, angsty, drama filled, soap opera worthy, love fest That s all Seriously I mean hasn t the forbidden love concept been done like a million times already I was totally pumped I got an ARC, but I swear, I didn t expect it to be so I don t know Predictable Yeah, I guess you could say predictable Now let s see what exactly I liked.1 The Concept This was different for a change No sparkly vampires, stereotypical werewolves, witches or whatever This is a folk lore kind of thing which I totally appreciate Great But I m not that well versed with Celtic superstitions or folk lore So I didn t know if there were inaccuracies But I totally enjoyed the mythology.2 The Hidden In Plain Sight Thing This was good Nice thinking.That s all The negatives.Too much to list out but I m just telling it as it is Blake Oh, Blake I don t know what was this guy s deal with going after Brianna even though he knew she was his mortal enemy I mean c mon Didn t he realize his group would get to know and they would kill not only her but also him for betraying them Brilliant move, asshole.Brianna Well Brianna is pathetic to be honest Okay, there s a soul bond thingy going on, but I ve never seen such a needy heroine with the obvious exception of Bella Swan, she takes needy to whole new levels in YA literature.However, even though I didn t love Austin, he behaves exactly as Gods I ve read about do, poke their noses where they don t belong No offence to God s everywhere Good thing he was banished And the hideous love triangle I can t even begin to explain how horribly messed up that was.Haley was too much of a bitch to relate to, I mean, she calls Brianna pretty, and then points out at various occasions that she landed Blake with a stroke of pure luck.And Christy, well she just I well, totally hated her Nice guys suck Sorry Christy, your taste in guys sucks I don t know what s the deal with bad boys anyways And after Jonah so obviously mistreated her, she still pursued him What in the actual hell Are we supposed to take a leaf out of her book and let guys walk over us Why are they even letting this get published Whatever Okay so I didn t like it Maybe you would, maybe you wouldn t.1.5 stars