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Kadence Sparrow wasn't born a devil's childshe was turned into one. Now, she's hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade's true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don't expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are
ebook, 239 pages
Published November 2015 by Booktrope Editions
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Booktrope Publishing and NetGalley.)

This book was confusing.

I couldnt really warm to the characters in this book, I dont know why but I found them all a bit irritating. They seemed immature, and seemed to babble on a bit as well.

The story in this book just confused me. We had all these weird words in there with no explanations, and I couldnt even work out what exactly the people were supposed to be,
I would like to thank Jagged Lane Books & Laney McMann for my copy of the ARC.

I didn't hate this book but I definitely didn't love it either. With its cringe-worthy dialogue and a leading lady who is not likeable in the slightest, I find it hard to give it any more than 2 stars.

Kadence Sparrow is hiding from the world, forever moving, never having friends or a boyfriend all due to the huge secret of what she really is. When she finally moves to a certain town, Kade never thinks she will be
Also on Inherently Bookish

Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Plot: ★☆☆☆☆

What is this book about? For the first part of the novel I couldn't have told you. Words were thrown at the reader -- Primori, Araneum, Draconeum, Nefarius -- without any explanation and leaving me more than confused. An author's job is to give the reader enough information to follow the story, and I found that for quite a while, this wasn't met. Even if it was used as a plot device to try to
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I kindly received a copy of this book from Booktrope Publishing via NG in return for an honest review

Laney McMann brings us another crazy cool story!

Rating- 3.5 - 4 stars

"Stay calm. Stay hidden. Don't lose your temper. Push the vibrations away. Control your emotions. Don't let anyone know what you can do. And don't expose what you are. Ever."


That Gif is just so perfect!

Let's hop straight into the plot

Kadence has a secret, a secret so monstrous and big that she can't live her life as a
Lonna | FLYLēF
FLYLēF Book Reviews

Original Post: Crystallum (Primordial Principles 1) at FLYLēF ( with rating of 2.5/5

AS AN AVID reader of young adult books, Ive had the pleasure of reading some of the most thought provoking books that completely captivate me, and redefine my understand of the complexity and maturity of this particular genre. Crystallum, by Laney McMann, did not have this effect. It fell rather flat.

Kadence Sparrow wasn't born a devil's childshe was turned. Now, she's hiding from the truth, and
3.5-4 stars:

This book is City of Bones + Twilight + Obsidian in a seriously readable way.

Read the synopsis; it's forbidden love and opposites attract all over the place!

Okay, okay, okay. This book is nothing new. It really isn't. The trope-like elements that have been present in many successful books are also present here. We have the Mary Sue who is also a super special snowflake, a love triangle, the most golden of golden boys who is arrogant and kind of an asshole, a bad guy possessively
Chelsies Crazy4Books
At first I had a lot of mixed feeling about this book. I had a hard time getting into it. I was confused for the first 25 % of the book and because of that I had a difficult time caring what happened. Despite that, I ended up really liking it in the end. It reminded me a lot of how I felt when I read City of Bones.

I know the withholding of information was done as a plot device to add suspense and mystery (and I did enjoy most of it) but there was certain words and some information that I would
Lisa Fallon
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a hidden gem! it's cover pulled me in then once I read the blurb I was like this is right up my street, once I started the first few pages I thought oh dear it's getting complicated and felt like it was going to be a book that was hard work!I honestly i thought with all the big words, Latin, complicated history I was going to be bored, but I gave the book a chance and once you get to the club and the MC meet its like boom your pulled in, even if it's just to see what ...more
I liked a lot the element of magic in this book. It was unique and different.

The main character was very interesting and it was fun reading about her..

The ony disavantage was that magic system was too complicated which confused me at time and slow the pace of the book....

But other than that it was a very enjoyable read.

*My thans to Netgalley for the arc
Ricah (vamptimesurfer)
*I received an ebook copy from xpressobooktours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.*

A little summary for all of you. Girl transfers to another place then goes to a bar with her new friends, accidentally meet this hot guy, can't forget about him, something happens to the girl, boy came to the rescue.

Filios Daemoneum. Et Mortali Spiram. Shadows.Primordial.
YES, these words were highlighted and added some notes. The first 100 pages was soooo confusing. Chapter by
Ri v
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Basically you have this race called the Primordial-the celestial children. Now this race is divided into 2. Primory and Primeva( Primori with demon blood- like a tainted lineage). Then there are also demons that want to conquer them all and turn everything into a hellish world. The primordial guard the gates and protect the humans however, the 2 groups are lifetime-old enemies.

Cole Spires is a Primori and the head of his brotherhood. Cocky and arrogant he is the best his
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

'Crystallum' was an exciting page-turner. Devoured in 3.5 days, I could hardly bare to part with this book when real life got in the way of reading. I often needed to know what happened next, needed to re-read the last paragraph because the most recent twist revealed didnt sink in the first time, and now I need to read the next book!

With 'Crystallum,' McMann has dreamt up a detailed and intricate world, complete with its own rules and alliances within the different factions of the
'Crystallum' was an exciting page-turner. Devoured in 3.5 days, I could hardly bare to part with this book when real life got in the way of reading. I often needed to know what happened next, needed to re-read the last paragraph because the most recent twist revealed didnt sink in the first time, and now I need to read the next book!

With 'Crystallum,' McMann has dreamt up a detailed and intricate world, complete with its own rules and alliances within the different factions of the Primordial
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
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I cant believe that I had this book on my kindle since October, and I waited so long to actually pick it up and read it silly me!

I really really liked the writing. This book is told in 5 different POVs, with 2 main ones Kade and Cole and its the perfect way to tell this story. It also starts right into action.

Usually when its a fantasy of this kind, there is always someone who is oblivious to the magical world, so we have one of the magical being explaining things to them,
Line Bookaholic
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book, I thought I could enjoy it. It turned out to be really enjoyable!
The author's writing was really what kept my interest throughout the book. I liked the fact that she only gave small bits of information, you have to wait until the end of the book to truly understand what is going on. At first, I was a bit lost because of that, I did not understand the "magical" system, I could not understand what the people were and it was a bit complicated to
Kira Simion
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Received an ebook edition from NetGalley/Netgallery! :D in exchange for an honest review!


This book had a nice original idea but the way things played out was disappointing in some ways and okay in others.

The characters were 2D and really didn't seem to be the slightest bit realistic. Their dialogue was good on occasions but, I just couldn't like them. Maybe it was because of all the confusion.

So you're thrown into the plot and given like twenty names at a time. The action scenes were
Aldii - perfectioninbooks
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The Writing:
I really enjoyed the writing, it was easy to understand and the way things were explained was great. We read mostly from Kade's POV but there are some other parts were we get other POV's from different characters.

The Story:
When I started this book I just felt this kind of Shadowhunters world mixed with a bit of the Sweet trilogy vibe. Which is not bad at all in my opinion.
We have Primoris and Primevas, two sides of a same team but they don't get on well with each other. These are
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Riveting, romantic, fantasy filled and mysterious; Crystallum takes readers into a brand new fantasy universe which contains demons, angels and many creatures in between. Kadence Sparrow is one of those creatures, and she is on the run. Going from place to place with her father with simple rules, don't make friends and no boyfriends. Her life is drastically changed when she runs into Cole, one of the Celestial Children. Full of danger and intense romance, Crystallum was very fun to read.
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Crystallum
Author: Laney McMann
Genre: Urban/Fantasy
Format: Ebook - NetGalley
Pages: 239
Rating: 4.5/5

Setting: This story takes place in Boulder, CO which is cool since I live in Denver

Main Characters: Kadence Sparrow and Cole Spires

Main Supporting Characters: Giselle, Lindsey, Alex, Jake, Danny, and Kyle

Plot: Kadence has a secret, and for most of her life her father has had strict rules about friends/boyfriends, meaning none. Constantly moving around, starting new schools, and having to lie
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kadence Sparrow has never made any friends, that is, until she moves to Boulder, Colorado. She and her father, a pediatric surgeon, have never lived long enough in one place for that to happen. It might also be because Kade is special, according to her father. At the age of five, she sprouted wings and her face could morph into that of a demon. It was hard to think of herself as anything but a monster, so she became a loner. Then they moved to Boulder, and Kade realizes that she might not be the ...more
Tasha Williams (Red's Midnight Readers)
I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books you can't help but judge by it's cover but go ahead. This is one of the prettiest covers i have seen. In fact the cover is the reason why i wanted to read this book.
Initially i struggled getting into the story as the author throws a lot at the reader, without much of an explanation and although it serves as a plot line it is a little hard going to begin with.
However, i am glad that i stuck with it!
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

The characters in this could be very annoying at times, so I can't say I liked them.

This started out boring, so I was hoping it would get better as the story progressed. Unfortunately though, it remained that way for the rest of the book, so it dragged quite a lot for me.

Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me.
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things.

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


An intense attraction is at the heart of this story of good versus evil. While the characters and the scenery are a sketch, the forbidden passion between a dangerous 'good' boy and lonely 'bad' girl is vividly painted in reds across the pages. The book started off shaky,
( I received this book free form Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review )


I'm really on the fence about this book. I honestly don't know if I like it or not. So I'm going to break this review down, because if not I'm going to be all over the place.


I'll start with the over all story, before I start to rant about the things that have cause my confusion and uncertainty. The over all story, was to me, jumbled. There were some really solid scenes and I was nose deep until it
Chenique Erasmus
CRYSTALLUM (Primordial Principals, book 1) by Laney McMann

Rating: 5 / 5
Released Date: Expected October 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Booktrope
Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press cooperative and Netgalley.

No matter what he'd done, how sweet and incredible he'd been, how safe he made her feel, she still shouldn't be.

As Im sitting down to write this review, I cant think of enough words to
Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!


My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune

I'm going to be honest and say I was disappointed with Crystallum. I had such high hopes when I picked this up and there were moments that I really liked but for the most part I was playing catch up, trying to understand what was going on.

I requested this because I was wowed by the gorgeous cover and the description, with the opening
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Maghon Thomas
Oh my sweet holy goodness!!! Ok so I absolutely obsessively adored Ms Laney's Fire Born series. But... I think she may have out done herself here. I won't lie- this writer fascinates me with her excellent skills of placing words together that make me seriously emotional. And she's definitely creative. But here, well, it's not really angels and Demons. It's more what's become of those angels and Demons since coming to the mortal plane. And it's not just a teenage romance. It's so very much more ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this author's Fire Born trilogy, so when I had the chance to check out her new one I was pretty excited about it. And what a great start! I really got into this story with all the characters and the story itself completely sucking me in. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen. The world created here was so original and complex and just so well build.

I truly loved Cole. He was such a great mix of arrogant ass and sweetheart. He was cocky, but he usually had the
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Firstly; I would like to say thanks to Laney & NetGalley for kindly providing me with a copy of Crystallum to read and review.

Secondly; OMG! Did I mention how much I FLOVE Laney McMann....seriously, I'm hooked on her, I have been ever since I read her Fire Born series.....her work just keeps getting better and better

"A little bird, with plumage brown,
Beside my winder flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Ten tape upon my window pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,
To call my
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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


Other books in the series

The Primordial Principles (3 books)
  • Daemoneum (The Primordial Principles #2)
  • Anamolia (The Primordial Principles #3)

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