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Silver (Bandia #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,792 ratings  ·  249 reviews
As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.

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
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 8th 2012 by Flux (first published September 1st 2012)
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Wow. What a mess. What an utter. mess.

To begin with, I'll have to hand it to ya, if you want something steamy; a young-adult novel with a lot of vague sexual content, make-out sessions, and some yummy oral sex references, then this is your go-to book. If you happen to enjoy a bit of the paranormal-slash-mythology strewn into the books you read, then there's a bonus, too.

And you know what, steamy scenes are lovely and all that. I can enjoy me a good romp session between the pages. But there's got
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 one more time. (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!

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
I always try to finish a book in the hopes, that the story will get better...
Maybe 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 just...too meaningless, for me to use more words regarding them( and leave at that...because honestly those tv series, like 90210, keep popping in my mind) an
This review is also at my blog

Actual rating: 1.5 stars


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
Julianna Helms
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 (
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
J.A. Belfield
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, becaus
If it's one book that will keep you on the edge of your seat this year, it's Silver by Talia Vance.

Okay, so I use that sentence a lot. I admit, I adore so many books that I'll probably say that sentence nine out of ten times. But this time, it's different. I can't quite describe why, but not since I read Glitch by Heather Anastasiu have I felt so emotionally tied to a book.

Brianna Paxton is a wallflower, and there's no perks that go with it. Boys don't see her - she's a fleeting glance, invisibl
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.
His face turns serious. “We should stop.”
“We should stop,” I repeat, hoping that if I say it out loud I can find the strength to follow through. We both know what could happen if we don’t.
Blake leans back, putting distance between us. He’s still breathing hard. We watch as the thread of silver light fades into the darkness.
I turn to face him. “You know, it wasn’t so bad.”
“Carrying your soul around.”
“Better you than me.” He smiles at me and takes my hand.
“I might not mind … ” I let my voi
This is my first venture into the mythological fiction catogory were the myth retold was not Greek, Hindu or Norse but Celtic. Suffice to say I am the not as well versed with that one to feel outraged when the author takes liberties and frankly I am even less qualified to judge the story. So keeping the story and the myth aside for a moment I am going to analyse this book on the basis of writing style and characterizations.

For those of you who need a plot to go by the story goes like this.

We hav
3.5 stars

Brianna has always been invisible. The kind of girl who fades into the background at parties while her friends work the floor. This isn't anything new. Acceptable but still disappointing all the same.
But things are different when Brianna and her friends goes to this party. There Brianna was, quietly pining over an old obsession while he flirts with her best friend, but this is normal she reminds herself, it doesn't matter that he doesn't notice her, no matter how much Blake effects her.
Sneha Gurumurthy
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 such a great book! I think I liked it mostly because it is not like an average book of its genre. It was totally a paranormal book, but I loved how the author was able to throw in some mythological aspects as well.. I don’t know why but any time there is a mythological aspect the guys in the book always seem to be hotter ;)
I also loved that, even though Brianna knew something was different about her, she never really stuck her head in the sand. First she turned it into a science projec
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on November 6, 2012.

Brianna is a Bandia – a descendant of the Celtic goddess Danu. Her grandmother gave her a special charm bracelet that was to protect her and keep her powers at bay until her seventeenth birthday, but when the bracelet is removed during a party at college, Brianna is revealed to the Sons of Killian – an order that exists to hunt down and kill the Bandia.

Silver ended up being a bit of an odd read for me. I was immersed in the stor
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It is always so nice when you find a book that just blows you away with just how great and unexpected it is.

When you get a storyline and characters that are completely unparalleled to what else is out there in the world of YA paranormal.

I loved that I didn't have all the answers with this one right away. That there was so much mystery involved in just what the heck was going on. That normally bugs me with stories, when I don't even have a clue who is good or bad or what is even happening with e
Gretchen Hohmeyer
This review originally appeared HERE on my blog, My Life is a Notebook.

I don’t even know where to start with this book. I went into it a little apprehensively, because the blurb made it sound like Brie might be another one of those girls who goes on and on about how she’s not pretty and then whoops there would be this insta-love thing and I would be left knocking my head against my desk.

That didn’t happen.

First off, Brie is totally relatable. She’s geeky, but not in the overpowering, stereotype
The original review can be found here on The Book Hookup.

Actual rating of 4.5, but I couldn't make myself round down. I loved this!

**Note** An eBook of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

So, honestly, this review is going to be a bit of a mess. I’ve written and rewritten it several times at this point. There’s so many twists, turns, and spoiler-related details that I can’t share, so basically all that keeps happening
Brianna Paxton was invisible. No matter what she did, she always remained in the shadow of her best friend Haley. Not that she minded most of the time. Because there was something from her past that she didn’t want anyone to know. Something she’d done. Something so bad even her mother seemed afraid of her.

But when it came to Blake Williams she wished he could see her. She kept count of the times that she saw him and that he acted as if she wasn’t even there. She wished that he would flirt with h
Rating: 3.5/5

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 t
What a spectacular book!

While there were some points in the book where I was like, get on with it, I'm pretty sure that was only because I wanted to find out what happened next.

I love how the authors voice comes through her characters. This is a fun, fresh fanasty that intrigued me from the start. And the romance! I'm totally team Austin, but that's because I always root for the bad boy underdog.

I can't wait to see what happens next!
I've really gave this a book try because it speaks full of forbidden romance between Brianna and Blake.I was a little bit confused with the plot at the start and with all the things about the gods and goddess but after reading further I'd really get it.There is a total Hate and love relationship between Bri and Blake even though he is such a jerk towards her i'd really liked his protectiveness towards her.And the red shirt guy Austin he is totally HOT and mysterious.I do like to know the whole s ...more
Aimee Kasper
First, I'd like to say that I love Talia Vance's Spies and Prejudice. I just don’t know what happened here. I tried so hard to like this book, to finish it. But there was not one thing that I liked about this book besides the premise. It had so much promise. I have NEVER been so aggravated with a book before.
Brianna is different. She comes off invisible to others and is just fine with that until her bracelet falls off and Blake, her crush, notices her. But when she puts the bracelet on
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Flipping loved it!!! Damn you Talia I need Gold now!!!!
Steph Sinclair

This is on NetGalley folks. :)
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

Thank you to Flux and netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was starting to get worried I wouldn't love any Flux books. Sure, I enjoyed the City's Son but it didn't grab me and reel me in like books I love do. However, leave it to the last Flux book I have to read to get the job done! I absolutely loved this book. My eye sight was becoming blurry around 3 AM but I kept going because I couldn't stop. Then the bo
I loved Silver! Every second of it just drew me in and I was reading as fast as I could to finish it and get to the ending. There were a few slow parts where I found myself bored, but they were quickly replaced by amazingness. I loved it!
The cover has a sort of mysterious air to it. It is breathtaking though.
As I mentioned earlier, the plot was pretty fast paced. Sometimes it seemed a little too fast. One page she would still be trying to grasp the situation, and the next s
Imo :D (Omnom Books)
Note: An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

An intriguiging debut from Talia Vance, Silver is a novel rich with Irish mythology and unlikely romance. Though it may be slightly different from what I originally imagined, that certainly does not distract from its appeal.

For me, Silver was one of those books where you have to read it all the way through to distinguish whether or not it is enjoyable. I will admit, somewhere around the 60% mark I was sor
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Dark and captivating tale about powerful magic and tragic love.

Opening Sentence: Beauty is pointless when no one’s looking.

The Review:

Brianna Paxton is invisible. The only people who can truly see her are her two good friends Haley and Christy. She just thinks it is a weird quirk of the people around her until the day Blake actually “sees” her one night at a party. She can’t believe her luck, not only can Blake see her but another boy at the
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“You didn't strike me as stupid, but I guess first impressions are deceiving.” 20 likes
“Let me be frank," Joe's voice pulls me back. "You seem like a nice girl. So why the hell are you chasing down a rat bastard like Blake?"

I smile at the description. "I thought you were his friend."

"Can't help liking the son of a bitch." He squirms in the seat, trying to find a comfortable position. "Pardon me for saying so. You don't seem like his type."

What is that suppose to mean? So I'm not dumb, snobby or slutty ... Oh.”
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