SILVER (Bandia #1)
Paranormal Young Adult
Available September 8th
Received from publisher via NetGalley for review
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
Brianna 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 herself.
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
But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.
together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the
heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their
Silver is an intriguing first installment, delighting us with a touch of Celtic mythology as well as a deeply forbidden romance, and keeping us on the edge of our seats as life for young Brianna gets more complex by the page. Tensions run extraordinarily high the more we learn of Brianna’s lineage and the cycle of violence that plagues those like her, defeat settling on our shoulders with a tangible weight as the fate of all the young women before her becomes brutally clear. While the mythology and the starcrossed nature of the romance is endlessly fascinating and painfully heart-wrenching, the actual romance itself leaves us slightly lukewarm – missing the flush to our cheeks and the rapid thumping of our hearts every time Brianna and Blake appear on the same page, but the potential for combustion is there and we can’t help but hope we feel that fire in the next book.
Brianna is an enjoyable heroine, a self-deprecating young woman who is constantly able to poke fun at her social ineptitude when she goes from being completely unnoticed to being the sole focus of Blake’s intimidating attention. She’s used to walking by members of the opposite sex without so much as a nod of acknowledgement, and while she at some point may have wallowed in a deep hole filled with self-pity, she’s long past it when we meet her, accepting her virtual invisibility with humorous resignation. Her relationship with Blake once it starts does feel very one-sided however – her feelings for him seeming the stronger of the two – but thankfully she’s not oblivious to the imbalance, instead proceeding to ask questions of Blake we as readers want asked as she tries her best to see past the bond they share and discern his true feelings.
Where the romance seems to fizzle slightly is with hero Blake, a young man with a conflicting destiny to Brianna’s own who practically dares us to try and get a read on him as things progress, and in doing so ultimately succeeds in keeping us at bay. Quickly after their meeting the two of them find themselves soul-bound to one another, creating a physical ache when they’re apart and a burning attraction when they’re near. We know so little of Blake prior to their bond, and once they’re joined he spends majority of his time alternating between fighting against the attraction and succumbing to it, leaving Brianna and us thoroughly confused as to where the truth of his feelings lies on the emotional spectrum. Just as Brianna’s gone years without anyone around her really seeing her, Blake is much the same for us as readers, our eyes searching him out but ultimately glancing off him as he remains an indistinct form in this tale; a nebulous mix of traits we can never quite fully force our minds and hearts to focus on.
For a story predominantly relationship focused, Silver doesn’t quite captivate us with the romance, things between Brianna and Blake often very sexy and very physical, but the intimacy we wish would accompany that physical draw is sadly missing a bit in this first installment. There are declarations of love, but they feel hollow, the words rattling around in a cavernous space we’d hoped would be filled with complementary feelings of respect and friendship, yet instead we’re left with more of a begrudging attraction on Blake’s part. The story is definitely more than interesting enough to continue on with the series however, and there’s so much room for growth in the relationship that we can’t help but want to see if both Blake and Brianna will work harder in the next book to convince us what they have is real.