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Normal people don't believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares. Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn't know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken. No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction. Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves? The answer may never be far enough... away.

286 pages, Paperback

First published September 1, 2013

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Laney McMann

12 books145 followers
I write young adult dark urban fantasy mixed with a spike of paranormal romance, a touch of history, and a dash of mythology. I'm a dreamer, an over thinker, and a myths and legends believer. Nothing moves me more than writing fantastical stories. And reading them.

I am the author of:

The Fire Born Novels, The Primordial Principles, and The CrossWorld Chronicles

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Profile Image for Sarah Elizabeth.
4,723 reviews1,278 followers
May 5, 2015
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Laney McMann, J. Taylor Publishing, and NetGalley.)

“No shadow remained. No one stood watching me. I had lost my mind”

First of all I would like to apologise to the author, because this review is not going to be pretty. Look away now.

Okay, first the characters – I didn’t like any of them. Layla was so naïve, and took so long to work things out that I felt like tearing my hair out. You don’t remember Max? Hmm, well it’s not so much of a stretch to think that maybe your memories have been tampered with? Seeing as everybody but you remembers Max? No? Okay, let’s wait until the 64% mark to catch on then, and we can all act really surprised! How dumb are you Layla?

Now, the storyline. Let’s see, we had faeries, gargoyles, ‘fire-born’ and all sorts of other paranormal creatures. We had a soul-mates thing going on, and a bit of a love-triangle, as well as a prophecy of sorts, and people being destined to kill other people. Unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy this story, I got bored pretty early on, and when certain people discovered that according to a prophecy they would end up killing each other, I just wanted them to get on with it.

I don’t want to say anything else about this book, because I’ve most likely been mean enough, but I have to say that I am very pleased to have finished this.
4 out of 10
Profile Image for Taylor.
767 reviews420 followers
April 5, 2015

I really like the cover of Tired and that's what had me interested in the book right away. The synopsis sounded pretty good but the reviews were kind of mixed so I went into this book with a completely open mind. And I have mixed feelings about it.

There were somethings like a really enjoyed about this book like the paranormal fantasy aspect of the story. It was pretty well written and the characters weren't super annoying.

However, I don't like mystery and suspense that leaves me feeling confused so it was a struggle to get into the story. Right away, there's a lot of suspense and mystery and while I know a lot of people like that in a story, I'm not a big fan of it.

It did take a long time before the main character and reader knew what was happening with all strange things that was happening to the main character. I'm also not a big fan of the in books. But again, I know some people like this.

Not a lot happens in the first half of this book so I was almost speed reading to get to the main point of this book.

Tied has a very "classic" YA vibe to it. It's not extremely original and it has the typical romance that's common in YA.

Overall, this book just wasn't for me. It had a lot of things that I personally don't like in books and it wasn't quite original enough to completely keep my attention. But you like classic YA, a lot of suspense and mystery from page one, than Tied is probably a book you'd like.
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Profile Image for Terri Rochenski.
Author 13 books176 followers
August 3, 2013
I'll premise this review by stating that I'm not a huge YA / fae fan. This book, though, was pretty good. It's the story of a young woman who believes is losing her mind. Visions and dreams haunt her, convincing her she's insane. The depth of depressing of her plight actually drug on my own emotiols at times, placing me under a cloud even though I sat by a sun-glinting lake while reading.

If an author is able to influence a readers emotions in such a way, they're doing their job!

The lies and mystery surrounding Layla are what kept me turning the pages, and when truth and betrayal are revealed in the end, everything falls into place. While not exactly a satisfying ending, we're definitely ready to go to war, ready to fight with Layla to make things right.

I'm a sucker for having my senses fulfilled while reading, and in this area Tied lacked for me. I want to live the story with the MC - see the 'movie' in motion within my mind. I want to taste what she does, feel what she does. The emotion was there without doubt, but I had problems envisioning and experiencing the surroundings of her world.

If you're a YA and fae fan this is a must read. I'll definitely be waiting for book #2!!
Profile Image for Alexander Nader.
Author 24 books94 followers
June 13, 2013
When I started this book I had two phrases stuck in my head, dreams are real and paranormal romance. I'm not a big romance reader and was a little nervous about that phrase.

I was completely wrong to worry. In a sense the story is about love, but no more than some other books I've read that are as far away from romance as Africa from Canada. (That's a terrible metaphor, but I'm sticking with it.)

Tied really grabbed me about 20% in and never let go. When it was finally revealed what the story really revolves around I became even more excited. I don't really want to ruin that for anyone else so I can't say what I liked, but it's definitely cool subject matter and world building. Guy or girl, I would recommend this book to anyone.

It's a fun read that will keep you wondering from the beginning and leave you wanting more by the end.

Only small complaint I have is a matter of tense and it wasn't even really a problem, it just took me a second to understand. The dream sequences are written in present tense, while the rest of the book is in past tense. It took me a couple pages to figure that out. But now that I've told you, you won't have the same problem so it's all good then, right? Right. Now, quit reading me and go read Laney.
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195 reviews
May 4, 2015
I definitely loved the plot and the writing style. I finished this book within 24 hours!! 
The title is really catchy. The cover itself is amazing! After reading the book I was like 'what already? '. Okay, so the first bits of the story are not very easy to understand, but once you do, you'll have no problems. The book ended sadly with a cliffhanger. Some parts of the story are complicated, while I think that the protagonist, Layla's life is going to more complicated in the next book. Laney McMann has amazed me. There are loads of emotions in the story and McMann has written them beautifully. My heart was crying at the end of the story, as I didn't wanted Layla's sacrifice to go in vain, but the rest will be revealed in the next book of this trilogy. 
I wanted the character of Layla's mother more. I also wanted Benny involved too. Sam is the character I hated the most, as he came out to be a traitor. I loved the tied bond between Layla and Max. 
Don't hesitate and grab this must-read!! I recommend this series to all YA fantasy readers. Laney McMann is going to release the third book of the trilogy, and I am damn excited to read the second book, Torn. I guess Laney McMann is officially in my list of favourite authors! 
Profile Image for Abbie.
1,976 reviews582 followers
April 12, 2015
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

The characters in this all annoyed me at one point or another, so I didn't like any of them. Layla was definately the worst one out the bunch though!

This couldn't hold my interest at all unfortunately. It bored me quite early on, and my boredom got worse and worse as the story progressed. Really glad to be finished with it now!

Overall, Not a read I enjoyed.
Profile Image for Tracey.
642 reviews469 followers
September 17, 2013
"From the ashes of old,
They shall rise.
The last of the Ancients,
Foe and Ally.
The Legend lies in wait,
And bides its time.
Until at last the day comes,
For the children born of fire."

Layla Labelle feels like she is losing her mind. Haunted by dreams, or are they actually memories? Layla's not really sure. All she knows is that Max, the boy who plays a big part in these visions, seems to be real. The feelings she has for him sure seem to be real. But there are plenty of things being kept from Layla. Lies and betrayal. How will she feel once the truths start to surface?

I found Tied to be a little bit disjointed to start with. I wasn't quite catching on to what everything was meaning and I felt just as Layla did, a little confused and left in the dark. But then at around the twenty five percent mark, things started becoming clearer to me and I was able to settle in and really enjoy the book from then on out.

There are plenty of paranormal elements and beings throughout the story to really keep things interesting. As well as switching between worlds we get quite a few looks into the past to get a better understanding of what has lead things to be the way that they are in the present. There is also lots of action throughout the book and there really isn't ever a dull moment.

The romance between Layla and Max was sweet, and loving. Somewhat forbidden but unable to fight the pull and attraction they feel towards each other. Each of them will do whatever it takes to protect the other.

The supporting characters I felt where just that. While they impact on the story all to varying degrees, I felt that I didn't really get to know them all very well. Benny is probably the one that we get the most insight too. She is Layla's best friend but I have to say that I didn't really feel it. Layla seemed to be always trying to avoid her or getting cranky with her for her concern.

The title of the book really fits the story perfectly. I can't really say more than that without giving away a good portion of the plot, but I really loved how it all tied in together.

Overall I found Tied to be well written and the pace of things really picked up as we got more involved with the story. We are left with quite a bit of a cliffhanger but the scene is set for plenty of action in the next book. And I for one am looking forward to it!!

Many thanks to Laney McMann and J. Taylor Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Tied.
Profile Image for Ashley Tomlinson.
Author 11 books20 followers
March 12, 2015
I loved everything about this book! From the cover to the story to the romance –seriously everything. I will admit that the awesome cover is what first drew me to Tied and it did not disappoint. I don't think I have ever read a book with so many plot twists in it but was still able to keep my attention without confusing me.

Layla has always been a bit of an insomniac but when her "dream" start happening in the middle of the day things get weird. What she thought were dreams or visions, is actually her life in a different realm. The Max that she grew up with in her dreams that disappeared and never came back years ago– is now back but in real life. Her love for him is stronger that ever and even though her mother forbade her from seeing him, she can't help it. Then she learns of her past and what her, and Max's futures hold. Can they risk their lives and their entire world by staying together?

I loved all the magical creatures that were in this book, it really took me by surprise. Laney McMann did an excellent job creating a world that I want to be apart of. Can I be a fire born too? Pretty please! I loved so many of the characters and hated a bunch too. That's how you know it's a good book.

Layla and Benny had such a cute friendship. You can tell they had been friends their entire lives by the way they acted around each other. Benny was able to say things like "You look awful," without there being any hurt feelings. Only close friends are able to do things like that. Benny was such a good protecter, always stepping in when things got rough for Layla – which was all the time.

I was rooting hard for Layla and Max. From the moment he was introduced to the book I was like yep they are meant to be. I didn't care about legends or destinies, they need to be together. I was glad she broke up with Devon because Max is who she needs.

Layla's mom really annoyed me though. I understand she was protecting her daughter and all that foolishness but that's a lot of lies. She lied to Layla her entire life and I think I would have been pretty steamed about that too. I was glad when she finally explained herself and everything else to Layla but too little too late, mom.

I can't believe the ending though, Oh My God I can not believe it ended that way. I need to get my hands on the second book ASAP! This is a series I highly recommend because it has made it to my favorites list.

For more of my reviews go to: http://www.hyperashley.com/
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1,301 reviews1 follower
November 11, 2013
So…. can I say Gargoyles!!!! LOL Ok, so maybe they aren’t the MAIN part of the book, but it was SOOOOO COOOOOL to have gargoyles. I mean, I was all pumped up! And this is not your typical Fae story. It’s got a wonderful storyline, and even I got depressed and thought she was crazy LOL And, I must say, I got a little scream-y when I was reading. It was definitely a story that kept me glued to its pages!

Layla makes me feel bad for her. And then, when it finally comes down to it, and she realizes she isn’t really crazy, she finds out a whole lot of lies were being fed to her to keep her that way. It’s one of those WOW betrayal moments, when you can’t even scream because you’re that speechless. Anywho, Layla is a likable character once she gives herself a break. And then she starts growing to realize you need to fight for what YOU want, not what other’s want for you. Since this is the first of the series, it’s the beginning, so I look forward to so much more from Layla.

Max is pretty LOL I just keep thinking of him as pretty, but he’s a great guy and his relationship with Layla is sweet, though complicated. I am feeling bad for him too right now :) There are definitely some interesting supporting characters as well. You’ll meet Benny who is a favorite, her boyfriend Sam and his posse, also favorites, and then the fae… It’s gunna get crazy really soon! LOL

I am going to have to keep anything major to myself. I’d really like you guys to discover everything the way I did. You keep thinking in one way or this one thing, and then you can’t help but be surprised when you figure it out. I am already a big fan of this to-be-trilogy. I will absolutely need to read them ALL ASAP! I am impressed with the fact that this story took me so much when it’s a new author for a new series. The writing had me stuck with my nose to my kindle from start to finish. I am very much a big fan now! I can’t wait for more! I hope each of you who reads Tied to love it as much as me, and then tell me, so I can have total fan girl conversations with you about it all!!!! 5 SURPISING COURAGEOUS JAW-DROPPING PAWS!
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310 reviews91 followers
September 15, 2013
"Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget. I couldn’t."

What I liked the most and what got me from the start is the atmosphere. From the first pages (literally), the author has managed to create a "gothic" atmosphere which don’t strike you, but imperceptibly take over you, get under your skin enchaining you. I admit in fact, that it doesn’t happened to me for some time to read three pages (the Kindle version, so it may vary), to stop and reread them just for the feelings raised by them. And this atmosphere is kept throughout the book.

"The sting of loss reverberated in my chest as the chill of night air seeped into my bones. I opened my eyes to the darkened shoreline and glanced again toward the dunes. No shadow remained. No one stood watching me. I had lost my mind."

The story itself can be considered to be a variation of a prevalent theme in paranormal literature ("Same story, different version, but all are true"), but it is a genuine and well written story.

In the midst of games between parallel worlds, past and present, interrupted by visions and ancient prophecies, you are caught up in the story’s threads. The author skillfully manipulates the events and the times in which they are happening and pictures very nice the feelings of the characters. Forbidden love, that is find again just to be in jeopardy of being broken or abandoned, dangers and insecurity in yourself or in your own reality (or the one you think you are in) come altogether and form a homogeneous tale that will surely win many fans and sighs.

"I missed Max more than I’d ever missed anyone in my life. For years, I’d tried to will him to return. He never did. Max didn’t exist. Somehow, I’d created an imaginary life, and my heart ached for it."

The decision of choosing between what you want, what you love on the one hand and what you need to do (or what is considered your duty) is hard to take, and the heroine's thoughts and feelings are well convey. Her wrong choices and those around her, even if they are driven by good intentions, will demand their tribute, and it is not one easily to give when your own death is a price you’ll pay immediately, without a second thought.

In the rhythm of a mountain stream, quickly, and with some mild sections, which runs through landscapes that are more or less strange and enchanting, easy to imagine (author provides the essential that will stimulate your imagination), where you will find various good or evil characters, honest or treacherous, in which the feelings seem to have no place to be, but dictate the actions of those involved, you will not feel when you reached the end... An end that is exactly the one it should have been avoided. Hopes appear shattered, the evil seems to prevail and the reader will remain on the edge eagerly awaiting the next volume.

"Massive flaming wings took shape, rising to peaks above my head, and the Raven emerged through an eruption of burning spindles. I spun through time and space. Darkness and light. Desolation and shadow. “I’m coming for you.”

Happy Reading!

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894 reviews16 followers
August 1, 2014
I won this book in a contest here from the author and I loved it. I'd give it at least 4.5 stars. You can tell that it was written with a young adult audience in mind because the reading was easy and not too complex. Even so, I still think any age group could enjoy it. Though, I do kind of think the characters should have been a little older... It takes a little while for the story to get going, but once it did I didn't want to stop reading.

Our main character is Layla. She's attending a school for the arts as a dancer and really is a typical teenager. For the most part. She thinks that she's going crazy because of what she sees in her dreams and the fact that she remembers a boy that nobody else does. She deals with her 'hallucinations' the best she can (which really isn't all that well) until said boy walks into the shop she was working at and she instantly recognized him. Max is her twin soul and pretty much her other half. So when she sees him again after so many years of being told he never existed it's too much for her and she passes out. When they were children they were always together until Layla's mother made Max promise to stay away because it too dangerous for them to be together. Now that they're older and he had accidentally shown himself to her, there's no way that will happen. Especially because neither one can stand to be apart from the other. Layla's mother vehemently objects to them being together but she just can't stop it, they were always meant to find the other and love them. We get introduced to some gargoyles who turn out to actually be fallen who were cursed, which is kind of an interesting concept. We also meet a couple fae and then the fomor who are the bad guys. Layla and Max are part of ancient prophecy about the fire born and they are being targeted for their powers, so of course we get some good action here and there. We get love, betrayal, disbelief, and a bit of enlightenment on many things. Overall I found this a great read. With a whirlwind ending, I very much look forward to reading the next book.

But there were a couple things that bugged me. At one point Layla does a google search on Celtic gods and the very first result is EXACTLY what she was looking for to explain things. Okay, like that ever happens. Then there was Layla's attitude. Yeah I get that she'd be mad finding out that her mom and friend had pretty much lied to her her whole life, but sheesh. That girl has serious anger issues! Every single little thing set her off and she does little to control it. Plus she makes some really questionable decisions. And because Layla's a dancer, there was at least one part that I could have done without because it was all about the moves she was doing. Uh, yeah...I know zero about ballet so your whole page of what she was doing was completely lost on me. Lastly, who names a girl Benny?

The book could have used a bit more editing because there were a few grammatical errors that kept leaping out. And the spelling of Max's real name was inconsistent throughout. Plus I lost two pages...my book went from page 21, unnumbered page, page 25. Not sure what happened there...

Profile Image for Alisha.
926 reviews78 followers
March 21, 2015
So, this is one of those books I stumble across and get to review, and then I'm kinda blown away but how awesome it is, and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it ended up being way more awesome than anything I was kind of expecting....which doesn't make sense but still.

This definitely falls under the category of original and unique, and I was sucked in to the world from the beginning and unable to put the book down, it was so good! You never know what's going to happen next, and there's always something going on!

I loved the rich mythology in the book, it's an area I don't know much about, so it was interesting reading about it, and I kinda wanna know more about Irish mythology now! Good thing I just got a book on it for my birthday then isn't it?! It was an interesting take on the Fae as well.

The author is a pro about making you feel the feels, and many feels where felt while reading. In other words, the author is a pro at taking your emotions and manipulating them to the characters. I felt some pretty intense rage at Layla's mother, making her thinking she was crazy and everything, and other things like that. The author helps you get inside the character's head, and you understand them so well that you feel whatever they do.

The mystery was well done without being annoying or reaching a stage where it had gone on too long, and you can try and work it out for yourself but I had no clue! When it all starts to come clear and truths come out, it's pretty...insane. Like overall, I did not see the betrayal coming at all. I can't believe Benny didn't believe her! You're kept guessing, like I said, and you kinda have to keep reading to find out what's going on and what's going to happen next.

The ending leaves you on a cliffhanger, and so I, for one, am pretty desperate for the next book to see what's going to happen next! There's a fight brewing and the author has written the character's so well, particularly Layla, that by the end, we're all on her side and connected to her pretty well.

I will admit, I did get confused at one point, because the POV changed and it took me a while to work out who's it had changed too, and this happened a couple of times, because I had an ARC i'm not sure if, in the finished version, it's going to state the POV changes or not, but yeah...minor confusion there!

The other slight issue I had was that, while I was intrigued about the whole mystery, a whole lot of nothing happens in the beginning, the dancing stuff I didn't really care about too much, and it kind of seemed a bit redundant half the time, like it was just there. There was plenty of drama and everything, but the beginning was a smidge slow, and while being balanced out by the mystery, I feel it deserves a mention.

Oh and the romance was quite cute, the whole childhood friends, destiny type thing. Way cute.

So yes, this book is fantastic, lots of rich mythology, lots of mystery, cute times, cool things, and very original, and I'm intrigued for the next book to see where this is going to go, seeing as, at one point, I thought this was a standalone, and didn't realise until we drew closer to the end that it was gonna be a series starter!
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1,036 reviews127 followers
September 19, 2013
I received Tied in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by J. Taylor Publishing. Layla is a dancer in high school her life should be simple but it’s not. She’s plagued by nightmares and boys who aren’t real at least she things they don’t exist. Her dreams are the stuff that goes bump in the night where she is always being hunted. Little does she know that they all really exist and when she starts seeing them she thinks she’s lost her mind. When her mother refuses to let her see Max the boy from her dreams she knows that something is up

As Layla dives deeper into the mystery of who she really is she learns that her mother has always known who she is meant to be. She also learns that she’s tied to Max that they are connected in this life, and that she’s fallen in love with him. Soon Layla is going to be forced to fight the darkness looming in the horizon at least she won’t have to do it alone but will she risk Max’s life?

I love Layla she accepts the supernatural really exist that they aren't imaginary way better than I would. She’s tough willing to risk her own life to save the lives of her friends and family, even the one she loves. Max at first I wasn't sure but the more I got to know him I found myself falling in love with him as a perfect partner for Layla. The supporting characters are fantastic to they range from fairies to gargoyles.

I was captivated from the start with the idea of Tied. The author has taken a unique concept and created a brilliantly written story. I love the way the author has worked the uncommon supernatural beings into the story like the gargoyles, vampire fairies. Tied is a fast paced story filled with action, monsters, dancing, romance, and an adventure that you won’t want to miss. I really loved the characters I spent most of the book cheering them on and I was fond of a few supporting characters. I was instantly drawn into the book I had a hard time putting it down even staying up to the wee hours just to finish because I had to know what would happen to Layla and Max. I really enjoyed reading Tied it sparked my imagination. One of my new favorite fantasy books, the author has created a fantastic start to an exciting new series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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93 reviews16 followers
June 4, 2016
**I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Tied is the first book in the Fire Born novels by Laney Mcmann. Let me start off by saying that I have been trying to stay away from YA novels that involve paranormal aspects, especially ones that involve the fae. I have read some pretty terrible ones in the past and it has just turned me off of the genre. Having said that, this book was the diamond in the rough! I can’t give away too much of the plot without ruining the big surprises, but here’s some of it:

Layla Labelle thinks she is going crazy. She keeps having dreams that don’t seem like dreams, but more like memories. These dreams haunt her. She dreams of a magical place with a boy that stole her heart and left her. She yearns for this boy who was her best friend and the only person she can say she has ever loved, Max. When she asks her mother and her reliable friends Benny about Max, they tell her they don’t know what she is talking about, making Layla feel like she is losing her mind. Once Layla starts learning the truth about who she is and what her life is destined for she realizes that she is not crazy and that she will do anything to protect the ones that she loves.

There is so much goodness in this book. There is a rich sense of lore with the background of the Irish and the Fae. We are introduced to different types of mythical beings, including gargoyles! There are portals to other worlds, kick-ass powers, and fiercely protective friends.

My favorite aspect of this book was the relationship between Layla and Max and the whole destiny epic love aspect. It was so deep and not written in a shallow way where it wasn’t explained or explained to death. Their love was very genuine and not just because they were attracted to each other, but because they were best friends. Isn’t that the way the best love stories go?

This book sucked me in and wouldn’t let go, so much that I finished it off in one sitting. I was dying to see what was going to happen next and what new lie would be uncovered. This book was well written and had a solid plot. I felt a plethora of emotions and even though the ending wasn’t everything I hoped for, it was still an excellent read. I will definitely be picking up the next installment of this series.
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290 reviews12 followers
September 11, 2013
Oh my goodness is this an incredible read! It's so engaging!!! You'll pick this up and forget to pick your kids up from school because you're too busy reading.

There's so much amazing creativity that has gone into the Fire Born world; McMann combines and twist legends and the paranormal to come up with the perfect urban fantasy setting. She is a skilled story teller with beautifully descriptive writing that somehow never slows the pace of the crazy-sauce action you'll find in TIED. The plot is chopped full of mystery with major twists and turns, some of which had me gasping out loud.

Layla and Max are great characters and their romance is one of the sweetest I've read. The supporting characters are all well written with plenty of depth; the only character I didn't really care for was Benny. I wish that Layla's and Benny's friendship was better balanced so that I could understand why Layla was best friends with Benny when she didn't really seem to like Benny all that much.

The conclusion to TIED is intense and closes with a major cliff-hanger. I'm dying to find out what exactly will happen in the next two books (TORN and TRUE) in this trilogy. This is definitely one I recommend getting right away and reading this weekend (thus avoiding the potential disaster of forgotten children and the subsequent child therapist bills). Drop by my blog, Known to Read, on Monday and let me know what you thought of it.

I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews on my blogspot blog, Known to Read.
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249 reviews30 followers
November 18, 2015
I'm not going to review this book as if I read it without skimming the last 50% of the book.

Although, if I were to, it wouldn't really change anything. You'd still get the drift. Things wouldn't be glossed over. There would be no confusion as to what happens between scenes.

Because, up until that 50% mark, a whole bunch of nothing happens. Except a quickly rekindled romance and some high school drama. And some dance stuff I didn't care about.

For some reason, I was under the impression that this book was about dragons. I DON'T KNOW WHY I THOUGHT THIS, PEOPLE!. I've had it on my to-read list since Oct of 2013 and I was expecting dragons the minute I started reading.

But it's not. It's about something else entirely. And while I love mythology, this wasn't done in a way that kept my attention.

Maybe if it would have been focused on the mythology and not the eye rolling "romance" I could have enjoyed this more. And also, I'm beginning to realize, I'm no longer interested into YA like this.

Not for me.
177 reviews6 followers
August 6, 2015
Tied is an action-packed YA romance-fantasy that leaves readers wanting more! Layla doesn't remember much of her childhood, but instead has visions of a boy, Max, who doesn't exist. She doesn't sleep because her sleep is plagued by these visions. This sleep deprivation threatens her health and ability to perform as the lead ballerina at her school. But then Layla sees Max in a store and her world tilts, leading her to question everything she's ever known. It turns out Max is her soulmate, part of a prophecy that is about them both, and also the one thing that could threaten Layla's survival.
Tied is a YA fantasy based on Celtic mythology. I enjoyed the story but often found myself frustrated with the way so many of the characters kept Layla in the dark, but were dependent on her for survival. That seemed a little hard to believe. I do think YA readers will enjoy the romance, the action, and the mythology of this book.
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180 reviews19 followers
May 17, 2015
**I received this book for an honest review**
I was extremely excited when the author allowed me to read her book. I have had this book on my wish list for the longest time and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint me. First of all, I loved the entire premise of the book. The author was able to put a new spin on the old topic of lovers meant to be on opposite side in the war and a prophecy that states that they will kill each other. I loved the relationship that Max and Layla had when they were children and how time did not impact their love for each other. The author did an amazing job placing the reader in the middle of the action with her description of the scenes. I also was intrigued with the idea of the Fallen being gargoyles.
This book has action, adventure, ad even a little romance. I am so excited to read the next book in this series!
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14 reviews2 followers
November 12, 2013
This book is a must read.
It starts off with Layla having hallucinations, or so she thinks. Everyone around her is not what they come out to be. She constantly faced with betrayal. Her mother and basically most of her acquaintances turn out to be something out of mythology. She is the carrier of light, the last hope. She along with Max, her bf and hallucination, are the last of the Fire Born, they are those of Legend. And those dark characters want them dead.

The book will keep you turning pages, you will not want to put it down. The execution of the plot was awesome. It had many devices that kept you from dropping the book.

This book deals with the Celtic mythology and I, being a fan of it, loved the book. I can't wait for number 2.
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317 reviews51 followers
April 12, 2015
"My window opened easily."

That first line doesn't seem like much, but what follows is a roller coaster ride of awesomeness.

Tied is the first book of the Fire Born series by Laney McMann. This fantasy is based on an Irish legend of Two Souls that are bound to save the Otherworld from destruction from the Underworld by killing one another. Teine and Max are determined to beat the legend, unfortunately they could be hunted and killed before they can.

I really enjoyed the idea. It was a little humorous at times too, which was awesome that way it was not all seriously focused on the legend.
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3 reviews
August 4, 2013
This novel is more than the sum of its parts - fantasy, myth, love, and the real life struggles of Layla, a high-school aged girl struggling to determine what is real and true in the midst of it all.

Laney McMann weaves her characters, their dreams and reality, together with ancient myth to form an exciting tale that leaves the reader aching for more.

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Author 12 books145 followers
August 25, 2016
Since I wrote it, and since I'm kind of in love with Max, I think it earns 5 Stars. =)
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108 reviews5 followers
April 30, 2015
this book was so bad! it was just irritating! i didn't like the characters, i didn't like the storyline, and this was generally just bad, bad, bad.
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548 reviews52 followers
May 6, 2017
**I would like to thank Netgalley, J. Taylor Publishing and the author Laney McMann for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**

Tied is the first novel in The Fire Born series by Laney McMann. It is a Paranormal/ Romance/ Mystery.

Layla or Teine as her mom calls her, has been having visions and dreams of a boy Max, who she used to play with but one day never came back. She thinks she's going crazy. Her friend Benny and boyfriend Devon worry about her, she's been passing out lately. But Max returns, duh duh duuuhhh. Layla thinks she's just imagining him, her mom acts like she doesn't know a Max. Max tells Layla that he won't leave her again.

There are a lot of lies, deceptions and secrets going on. No one is telling Lay what is happening. With Max she learns who she really is, the Fire Born and that she is being hunted down by these creatures/demons. With Maxs return, it makes Lay realize that her mom and best friend Benny, since childhood have been lying to her all of her life, keeping him aways from her, about who she really is and who they really are. She gets angry with her mom and her mom doesn't really seem to care, she just doesn't want Lay with Max. Her mom has been keeping Lay hidden from their enemies and didn't want Max around Lay, risking them being caught.

Finding out the truth about her past and now her future. Lay is being protected by Benny, Max and his roommates . She meets new people, some new and some she's known before but has forgotten them. They help her remember her past and tell her about her powers, the Legend and what she must do to save them all. Learning about the Legend that says that only one Fire Born can live, that they will and up killing one or the other. Lay is not happy with that, she wants to live happily with Max and not deal with an ancient curse. She wants to fight it but more things happen that prove to her that the Legend is happening sooner than she thought.

Layla is a ballerina, and she is the best at anything she does, but of course there's always someone trying to take her spot. She has a boyfriend Devon, who does seem to care about her, he shows up when she's hurt but of course she doesn't want his help. She start having dreams but soon realizes that maybe they are real. When Max appears, things start getting crazy. Lay is confused and so am I. I don't even know whats really happening at times. She has this power, she can't control, many seem to even be scared of her at some points. I understand why Lay gets angry at her mom and friend. For a very long time she thought she was going crazy, imagining things, mom even wanted her to seek help. Just to find out that Max and her dreams where real and her mom has been keeping them from Lay. I know that they wanted to keep Lay hidden and protected but she thought she was going crazy. That's not cool. I thought Lay was okay, we were figuring things out along with her.

Max , he just appears one day, he says he kept an eye on Lay, yet he didn't know she worked at the shop where he runs into her, I don't get that. I know that Lay and Max knew each other but, that was when they were younger, so I felt that it was an insta love for them when they saw each other. I know we saw glimpses of their past but I don't know, I guess I need to read more to really ship these two. Max also has powers and kept things secret from Lay even though things were coming after her, he didn't say anything right away.

Benny is suppose to be Lays best friend, but like I said earlier she has lied to her, her whole friendship has been a lie because Lay didn't know who Benny really was. Another thing that bothered me about Benny was when Lay would tell her not to tell anyone, mom or Devon what she was doing or what was happening to her. That was the first thing Benny did, was to run and tell on Lay, sheesh. And then did you see that ending, what a friend huh.

Other characters that we meet are Lays mom, who doesn't agree with Lay being with Max, has been drugging her most of her life to make her forget about her past. Max grandma who seems sweet and helpful but has secrets of her own. Devon, I feel bad for this kid, because Max just shows up and Lay forgets about Devon, dumps him right away and of course he moves on with the only girl Lay doesn't like. Just to get back at her, sheesh. We also meet Maxs roommates, don't know much about them but they seem cool and friendly, okay most of them are. There are also bad guys but I don't want to spoil anything. Did I mention there's gargoyles and demons.

Overall to be honest, I was confused for most of this book. I didn't know what was happening in the beginning and what happened in the end. There's a lot of movements and sounds but some how I just couldn't visualize what was happening. But I did enjoy reading Tide. It was a different view on Gods/ mythology/ Angels/Gargoyles/ and Fae. There were many twist and turns, that I didn't see coming, and that's good, I like to be surprised. I like reading about all of these things. Mix them all together and it makes and interesting read :-) I'm looking forward to reading more about Lay and Max and what they'll need to do to be together and save everyone from a war. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about mythology, powers, curses, Gargoyles, demons, forbidden love and hidden secrets. :-)

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384 reviews45 followers
July 25, 2015
I kindly received a copy of this book from J. Taylor Publishing via NG in return for an honest review.

Rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars.

"No matter what happened tonight, or what's still to come, you are my heaven, and I will protect you."

I just had to start this review with that quote!

Okay we'll jump straight into the plot.

Layla LaBelle is your typical student, with typical cares- boyfriends, nemesis, bestfriends, over-bearing parent and dancing class.
but one thing is different about her, one thing that makes her think that above all she belongs in a psych ward. She hallucinates.
Her hallucinations are of her when she was young running in a field holding the hand of a young boy, laughing. She remembers every detail, she remembers the love she had/s for him. She remembers being best friend with such a boy. Max, that is the name her heart cries.
only one problem.
Max doesn't exist.
Her Mother is adamant that Max has been and always was a figment of her imagination.
But her heart tells her differently.
Her soul tells her differently.
And when she bumps into a young man that looks like Max's twin, a power burns within her soul.
All she has ever known is a lie, all she has been told is a lie.
The Celtic Gods are real, their descents? real. Their powers? real.
but so are their enemies.
the fire born prophesy has never before been so potent.
A raven from the fire will awaken and in their wake, the ashes of war will scatter.

I really liked this book, which is huge for me to say considering the whole notion of 'soul-mates' to me has been so overdone, that i tend to dislike the idea itself now. But I actually like this romance.

And warning, a romance it is. Very much of a lovey-dovey, with war and powers type of story.

The idea of Direct descendants of the Gods of ancient Ireland/ the celtic Gods is so fascinating! I really appreciated this idea. We usually get the typical daughter of Zeus or Poseidon etc. but this time we get celtic gods a major plus in my book.

In here we have everything from the fae-folk, to the other world, gargoyles, demons, fallen angels.
It's quite entertaining!

I will admit that there were a few moments that Layla really got on my nerves, and i face-palmed like a boss, but the writing in this book is so good, that i shrugged it off.

McMann knows how to write and engage readers, that's for sure! I love the concept of
(Read that spoiler at your own risk!)

I really enjoyed this story and the ending had me holding my breath! Good thing I already have the next book eh?

Stay awesome!

-The Book Herald

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519 reviews35 followers
September 2, 2015
Firstly I would like to thank the lovely author and NetGalley for kindly providing me with a copy of Tied to read and review.

"From the ashes of old,
They shall rise.
The last of the Ancients,
Foe and Ally.
The Legend lies in wait,
And bides its time.
Until at last the day comes,
For the children born of fire."

We meet the lovely Layla, unfortunately for her she feels like she is losing her mind....She can't seem to make out whether her dreams of unearthly creatures and the most handsome boy she's met are either Dreams, Nightmares or memories from a previous life.

"I missed Max more than I’d ever missed anyone in my life. For years, I’d tried to will him to return. He never did. Max didn’t exist. Somehow, I’d created an imaginary life, and my heart ached for it."

Being plagued by nightmares and boys I think I would be going round the bend too.
Unfortunately though things are being kept from Layla.

Lies and betrayal.

How will she feel once she learns the truth?

Once Layla starts learning the truth about who she is and what her life is destined for she soon realizes that she is not the crazy person she once thought and that she will do anything to protect the ones that she loves.

There's so much amazing creativity that has gone into the Fire Born world; McMann combines and twist legends and the paranormal to come up with the perfect urban fantasy setting

Male or Female, I would recommend this book to anyone. It's a fun read that will keep you wondering from the beginning and leave you wanting more by the end.
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2,344 reviews70 followers
August 31, 2015
Layla is a girl who remembers losing a best friend that no one else seems to remember. When he comes back into the picture she first believes that she's hallucinating, but then the things ensue after he's back in her life that makes it difficult for her to believe that she is hallucinating. Layla learns that her ancestors are not what she believed, and now she has to choose whether she really wants to be with Max or if she continues to live in the dark.

I'm not sure what I expected going into this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I started it and got halfway through it in one sitting. It has the right element of fantasy, and I liked how it was portrayed. Following Layla the reader is left in the dark as to what her heritage is, meaning we get to learn what is happening through her and the other characters in her life.

McMann does a decent job of writing a story that gets the reader involved in the world. I was immersed when I was reading Tied, and I was wanting to learn more about the folklore and about what was happening to these characters. I wanted to transfer myself into this world, and live there with Layla and Max, and I wanted to be there to help Layla learn about who she really was.

Max is adorable, and I absolutely love him as a character. There are some unanswered questions that I'm hoping will get answered in the next book, honestly I cannot wait to start the next book! - Bri
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207 reviews4 followers
June 8, 2015
Was looking for something fun to read as i have been on a YA reading spree in the past week. This one did not disappoint at all. The fact that I was just as clueless as the main character Layla of what was happening was a bit aggravating but simply genius, because this fact kept me engrossed in the story to find out is Max is real and why everyone is protecting Layla. A lot of information to digest in the story and I like that it is based on the Celtic Gods and nothing that is soo farfetched. Was not happy because the book simply ended when I had invested myself soo much into it. Looking forward to reading book 2. If you could send it through would be happy to include it for a review on my blog. Full Review of Tied will be up on the blog, goodreads early next week.
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Author 10 books24 followers
March 12, 2016
Overall, I enjoyed it. I think there's a couple areas that just went a little too quickly, with characters having whiplash emotions and actions; things that were just a series of 180s again and again. But the story captured me. I don't have a clue how to pronounce some things, and I'm sure I'm butchering it in my head, so a guide in the beginning would be nice, kinda cool, but that's just because often Celtic (and Gaelic) words can look one way but not sound anything like what tries to be put together in the mind of those unfamiliar. Looking forward to reading the sequel, then finishing the trilogy.
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139 reviews21 followers
July 28, 2015
The cover grabbed my attention and the blurb sealed it. This book as so good. I love the complete originality of the storyline. The ever growing collection of characters all with back stories and mythical backgrounds. There was always something drawing me further into the story.

Layla and Max are both strong well developed characters who put a lot of fire into the story. Their bond was amazing, something we wish we could find in someone ourselves. I can't wait to see what the next book brings.

Given an arc copy for an honesty review by netgalley
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