Author: Talia Vance
Publication date: September 8th 2012
Source: ARC received from publisher via NetGalley (many thanks).
An Irish heritage, Celtic myth, and deadly beauty
In eighth grade, Brianna did something so dreadful she was suspended and homeschooled. No one could explain what happened that night . . . except Brianna’s Irish grandmother, who gave her a silver charm bracelet and told her to wear it until she turned seventeen. Ever since she slipped it on, Brianna has felt like she’s invisible. People stare right past her as if she doesn’t exist. And that includes Blake Williams, the one boy she can’t resist.
But everything changes in one frozen, silver moment when Blake sees her—and recognizes what she’s been hiding. Brianna is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth. Yet before she can fully understand who or what she is, Brianna accidentally binds her soul to Blake—whose tribe has spent the last thousand years hunting Danu’s descendants to protect humanity.
To begin, I opened up the first page of the book, and got zapped straight into the scene.
Score = 1.
Within a few pages, I understood that the book had decent pacing.
Score = 2.
Then I realised a hell of a lot was happening in the first couple of chapters—most of it unexplained (because the MC didn’t get it) and with all motivations for what happened totally unclear.
Score = back to 1
But I THEN realised that the fact I didn’t quite get what was happening and why didn’t matter in the slightest, because I was majorly intrigued. The fact I didn’t know didn’t leave me confused and frustrated as it normally would—it left me wanting to find out.
Score = back up to 2
But then I read on some more and after a few farther chapters, I began to wonder what about the MC, her friends, and the ‘hot dudes’ in the book I was supposed to actually like.
Score = back down to 1
But still intrigue and the amazing pace had me reading on.
Score = steadily climbing higher
And then everything became so darn interesting, and the story so easy to get lost inside, and the characters developed into more likeable people (though the MC’s friends took a lot longer to grow on me), and mythology was thrown into the mix, and everything got FAR more supernatural, and we had action, and tension, and romance, and impossible odds, and overcoming fears, and self-discovery, and …
All those little dings you can probably hear right now? Yeah, those are the score clocking up higher.
I read Silver in one sitting. From morning till evening. I didn’t want to put it down. The author has an awesome ability to sucker you in, no matter what you first think of the characters and no matter that you’re not getting all the answers off the bat—I simply just wanted to read because I needed to know.
Of course, I then got near the ending and worried that might disappoint.
It didn’t. whilst I wouldn’t have been overly upset if Blake and Bri went and made the same mistake all over again, I kind of liked that they pulled back and showed some restraint on the matter.
Would I recommend this? For sure.
HOWEVER, this certainly falls into New Adult as opposed to YA, due to the sexual content.
My rating: 4 stars
How about you? Are you looking forward to this one?