ARC Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

LailahSeries: The Styclar Saga #1
Genres
: Paranormal, Angels/Vampires, Young Adult
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher Feiwel & Friends
Source:  eARC from Netgalley
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The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

review

This book was incredibly infuriating yet at the same time, it let me down. It could have been incredible yet it wasn’t . All that potential down the drain.

Doesn’t the idea of a girl who has no idea who she is but knows she cannot die intrigue you? Doesn’t it make you want to know more? Let me tell you, you do NOT want to know more about this girl and the drama that is her life.

For starters, I just want to rant about the amount of materialism in this book. I don’t know if materialism is the word I want to use but let’s just roll with it. Brooke is this vampire who doesn’t really like Cessie (so she likes to call herself) because she is after her man yet, she takes her shopping to buy her all these things she doesn’t fucking need. THEY LITERALLY BUY CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINS because she’ll need them some day. WHEN? WHEN YOU’RE ON THE FUCKING RUN? She also buys all these pricey things including a Chanel winter coat. You might be wondering why this bothers me though? Why am I so anti this girl spending a lot of money? This is a girl that is used to living on minimal things, yet as soon as she gets her hands on money, she goes cray. Of course, it’s not that she wants these things as we are reminded, but then Brooke tags her along and it would be weird to refuse to waste money on such trivial things. I cannot even.

That’s just a little bit of an insight into her character. She isn’t all that strong. She is incredibly jealous and cannot make her fucking mind up about which boy she wants (more on that later though). She’s also very dependent on people and cannot seem to connect the dots. There are things that are so glaringly obvious but she has her head stuck in the sand so it’s impossible for her to acknowledge these things about her that she should have acknowledged ages ago.

Moving on to the love triangle or I should say love square. I want to start this off by saying that if you’re looking forward to reading this book and love triangles discourage you, you might just be able to justify this one and not let it affect your enjoyment of the book. In fact there is a way the love triangle can be viewed to make it so you don’t hate it as much as I did. I personally don’t like them in any form which is why I wasn’t convinced by the explanation but that depends on personal tastes. The most annoying thing about this love triangle is that on top of the fact that there are two guys interested in the girl, there are other girls interested in the guys too and it just makes this whole thing a dramatic mess. I just don’t understand why.

Plus on top of that, none of the love interests are particularly appealing. One is creepy stalker who stares at her while she changes (and she blushes instead of being creeped out) and is generally very pushy and rude. If I met someone like that in real life, I wouldn’t hesitate to place a restraining order on him. Gabriel on the other hand wasn’t nearly as unbearable… in the beginning. What changed things was his inability to just tell her to truth. He just let her jealousy fester until he had no choice but to tell her things. It’s really annoying when he refuses to tell her the truth because he doesn’t believe she is ready. Who is he to tell her if she is ready or not? Her father? Seriously.

The plot was actually interesting, or would have been if it weren’t overshadowed by the drama in Cessie’s life.  I mean, they were on the run, but they spend a ridiculous amount shopping so that kind of took from the plot.

There was definitely some interesting world building and I would go so far to say that it makes the book stand out from all those typical angels/demons books but alas this cannot make up for the other faults that had me shaking my head and yelling at my kindle.

The weird thing is, in spite of everything, I want to read the sequel. I have this crazy hope inside of me that things will get better. Considering the fun synopsis, I want things to get better; I want to love the book.

If you’re looking forward to reading the book, don’t get discouraged, there is a good chance you might still like it, but if what I am saying doesn’t make things sound fun, you might want to  give this book a pass.

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Overall: 2.2
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    Um…no no no no. I do not like the sound of Freaky Stalker Boyfriend. UGHHHH. Why is that even EVER represented as being desirable?? It’s not sending a good message to teen girls at all. *shudders* I’m not a fan of love-triangles, buuuut, if you say this one isn’t too bad, I trust you. ;-) I’ve mostly seen dodgy reviews for this so I’m in no way excited to pick it up. Where are the GOOD horrors?! Honestly?! I see reviews for these delicious looking creepfests and they almost always end up being let downs. It’s sad…

  2. says

    Wow, that blows. This has everything I hate about YA. So cliche and downright insulting. Readers are smarter than this so I don’t get why they insist on giving us crappy twists like the things you mentioned. And is this Cessie like Giselle Bundchen or Angelina Jolie? Is she that hot that guys are going Gaga over her or something?

  3. says

    Well, this is the second negative review I’ve seen for this book. And I don’t blame you- it sounds absolutely terrible! I hate it when the interesting part of the plot gets overshadowed by romance and unnecessary drama. This love triangle sounds like one I wouldn’t like either…I mean, stalkery love interest vs. love interest that refuses to talk it out? Um, no thanks.
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  4. says

    Bwhahah! I kinda figured from the cover that I was kind of going to hate. (Except that blown-up part of hers-the face-in your header seems soooooooooooo cool since her eyes kinda seem demoniac at first.) (Also except now you make me wanna read it because of the diff angel myth thingy.) I’ve read only one love square in my life that I can think of and eughhhhh, don’t want to remember and that is the clincher, I WONT READ IT REGARDLESS OF YOUR TEMPTATIONS YOU RASHIKA-FACED EVIL.
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  5. says

    THIS ONE.
    OHMYGOD. This one was a headache. I could not stand the angst and pointless drama in Lailah’s life and don’t even get me started on the love triangle of doom that made zero sense and shouldn’t have even existed…I mean for Christ sake both boys are terrible options! But putting that aside I couldn’t DNF this book because like you Rashika I kept hoping it would get better. I was literally stuck to the book hoping SOMETHING INTERESTING COULD HAPPEN. *sigh*
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  6. says

    Uh oh. I’ve heard bad things about this though. The blurb itself definitely draws you in, but it sucks that it just didn’t live up to its expectations, but a lot. ALSO LOVE TRIANGLES? LOVE SQUARES?? wut. No I don’t want. I’m sorry it didn’t go the way you wanted it to go, but at least I know now to avoid it hahaha! I hope you have a much better experience with your next read Rashika!
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  7. says

    Ah, so bad it’s good huh? WHAT IS WITH THE BRAND NAME SHOPPing that is so weird in this type of novel! It sounds like you are intrigued scarily though, but at least if you do pick up the sequel, you know what you’ll be in for. That creepy stalker and the white lie love interest both do not sound appealing at all. Lailah herself sounds so frustrating! Thanks for sharing, this may be one that I skip. Great review Rashika! <3

  8. says

    I requested this book, but still haven’t read it and I don’t plan to either. It sounds like a complete disaster and I’m glad I stayed away. The main character sounds like a mess and she seems like someone I would like to repeatedly smack in the face. Just reading your paragraph about the romantic situation gave me a headache. Yeah, I’m definitely staying away and I REGRET NOTHING!
    Great review, R!
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  9. says

    Ok so I don’t think that materialism is really a bad thing, because it keeps the economy alive (lol, don’t ask really) and who the hell cares if you like pretty things etc, but while you’re on the freaking run??? UM. NO. Did she grow throughout the novel though? UGH NOOOOO. NO SQUARE PLEASE >.< HAAA!!!! :D I know what you mean! I want to read two sequels: The Mime Order and Rebel. I didn't fancy the fist books that much, but I see potential and I want to know more and learn to love it you know? Here's to hoping that we both like our sequels ;)
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  10. says

    I actually met this author at the Fierce Reads tour a week or two ago and found her to be absolutely hilarious and entertaining, so it’s a shame her book isn’t the same way. :( I can completely see where you’re coming from though – a love triangle is bad enough; but one where you can’t connect or feel for either of the love interests is even worse. :( I think I’m still going to give it a try, but I’ll definitely lower my expectations a bit. Thanks for sharing Rashika! :D
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  11. says

    Love interestS? Ugh, I’m good. I am so sick of this ridiculous romance garbage of the late, so I don’t think I want to be reading this one any time in the near future. It’s such a shame that this one disappointed you :(

    Great and helpful review, Rashika! <33

  12. says

    Reading your review, it’s like it was all the stupid. Nothing good ever comes off Wattpad. *shakes head* I mean, that scene where they buy all those branded stuff sounds so stupid. I just kept thinking “stupid” while reading your review. Because seriously? There’s a stalker and it’s a love triangle? :/
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  13. says

    Rashika, it’s been so long since we’ve talked on Goodreads! We must remedy that! And this is the perfect time to mention it because we hate love triangles so much and Lailah’s sounds AWFUL. We all know I won’t be going any where near this book. Good riddance. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you at all really, but thanks for taking one for the team. :P Don’t be a stranger!
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