{ARC Review} Tied by Laney McMann

Posted April 27, 2015 by Lucy in Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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

{ARC Review} Tied by Laney McMann
Tied (Fire Born #1)
By: Laney McMann

One StarOne Star

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Series: Fire Born #1
Published on September 9th 2013
Published by J. Taylor Publishing
Pages: 277
Format: eARC

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.

I felt this book and I started off on the wrong foot, and sadly it would seem to remain so until the end of the book.  I think the biggest issue I had with this book was how troubled and clueless was the main character, Layla.

I felt the story plot was not a particular strong one, mainly because the mystery and suspense elements, which made the story concept seem very abstract and confusing.  What has bothered me in the most part of the book, was Layla’s mother, who was constantly “forbidding”
Layla and Max to see each other, and given absolutely no explanations what so ever.  Each time when Layla asked about Max, her mother would just stare at Layla and actually made Layla thought she was going crazy.  Even when Layla was obviously under serious stress, instead of telling Layla the truth, Layla’s mother would rather let Layla think she was going mental.

I was frustrated with this book, because how long it took Layla to be clued in. 55% into the book, Layla was still repetitive asking what was going on with her?  To be honest, at that point I was bored and has pretty much lost all of my interest.  No one would bother to explain anything to Layla, even though it was seriously affecting her mind, which was probably why Layla’s character was unstable and has angry issues.  The poor girl thought she was suffering from hallucination, delusion, all because her mother would rather Layla be confused than tells her the truth.

The moment when Layla finally learned the truth, all of sudden a whole lot of information started pouring in, which just confused Layla even more, not to mention it was overwhelming to read.  The last part of the book was really confusing as well, I felt I was missing really important information, because the way it turned out did not quite add up.

Overall, this book didn’t really worked out for me, there were some interesting magical creatures in the book I would’ve like to learn more, but the book didn’t spend much time on them.  I thought the information was scattered in the book, and I had a difficult time trying to get a clear story concept.  Usually, I am fine with the mystery and suspense elements, however in this case I felt the book didn’t execute it particularly well.  In the end, I was confused and didn’t feel like I learned much from the book.  I probably won’t be reading the next installment.

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