The Ylem by Tatiana Vila
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a young adult paranormal romance novel.
An ancient book, a seventeen-year-old girl and an exotic boy from a supernatural world hold the key to freedom for a long-oppressed race, but that freedom could come at the cost of the human world.
Seventeen-year-old Kalista is suffering from a broken heart, so when her playwright father proposes they move their lives from New York to New Mexico because he is in need of inspiration Kalista is 100% on-board with him. New Mexico proves to be the perfect balm for her wounds and she is just starting to feel some of her old spunk when Tristan Winfield comes into her life and pulls all of her barriers down. Kalista is captivated by Tristan's unusual silver eyes and feels an inexplicable connection to him, which begins to manifest itself in her dreams with bizarre images of a waterfall and an orb.
While searching for an explanation for her troubling dreams, Kalista discovers an ancient book which holds the secrets of a supernatural race of creatures. But when Killings hit town, she realizes her finding has come at a high price. She's in the middle of a power struggle now, and a secret seems to be wrapped within the pages of that book. A secret she and Tristan are part of...
Overall this was an excellent read. This is one you should definitely pick up. There were a couple of storylines intermingled and the author does a wonderful job at doing just that. I was captivated, intrigued, and sucked into this story. I was falling madly in love with Tristan although I would say I loved Dean too! But for those with a hate for love triangles, there really wasn’t one here. Kalista knew who she wanted and never wavered. The other guy who didn’t receive her affections didn’t pursue her in a mad dash to win her over either. So have no fear.
But about 65% of the way through, I hit that stumbling block that was the killer of most YA books these days.
**** spoiler alert **** Instant Love! And it bothered me more than I hoped.
My other huge problem was that Kalista for being a hypocrite and just a big contraction. I also found Kalista a bit heartless. She didn't seem to care about anyone's feelings but her own. All in all, I don’t know how much I liked Kalista for lying and not caring about her friends.
But I must say, I really liked this book despite my problems with it. I find myself in need of the next in the series and hope there is one available like now. I would have given it five stars if not for my spoiler comments. Again, everyone has their pet peeves and mine might not be yours. So give this one a try. I bet you will enjoy.
I recommend for older young adults. Although nothing explicit happens in the book. Certain subjects or hints at such caution me to say that.
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