Lailah – Nikki Kelly

Lailah_coverLailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly
Published: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: purchased

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

I picked up Lailah on impulse during the Fierce Reads tour that Katie and I went earlier this month. Awhile back I had come across it via twitter and it seemed very intriguing, but given I have a bajillion things roaming through my brain I’m not going to lie, I forgot about it. But while at the tour event when I saw the cover again I instantly remember ‘hey! I wanted to read that’. Then hearing Nikki talk about the book just already made me fall in love. So I got it.

I started reading the day after the signing and if you’ve read any of my reviews before, or follow me on Goodreads, I sometimes have trouble with getting into books in the beginning. This wasn’t the case with Lailah. There’s no long drawn out introduction. Nikki gets right into the point of the story and I love that. Often times I have to find a friend who has already read a book I’m reading and ask the question ‘is it worth it to keep going?’ They usually say yes and I’m generally grateful for it because I end up loving the book, but I’m just bad with beginnings. If I would’ve read this last month when I wasn’t drowning in school work and five million other things then I would’ve finished in no time, but it did take me 9 days to read. However I’m okay with that because I did not want it to end.

I know lately there has been an uproar against love triangles (well maybe not lately, probably always, but I’ve seen it a lot recently). People are hating on the love triangles and part of me can understand why. But in all honesty, I love a good love triangle. I have 3 categories for love triangles: 1. Believably heart breaking love triangles, 2. Ridiculous yet entertaining love triangles, and 3. Totally insane love triangles that should never be. In the case of Lailah’s triangle is falls halfway between 1 and 2. To me it was believable, but I can see where others would see it’s not… especially if you don’t finish the book. And it is a bit ridiculous for one girl to be torn between an angel and a vampire, but that made it all the more entertaining. I thought it was an excellent triangle, and while I quickly picked Team Jonah, I can see where it would be a difficult situation for Lailah to choose.

I didn’t know Nikki Kelly had written this story on Wattpad before it was published, and I think that makes me love it all the more. As a self published author I look at success stories like Nikki’s and I think there’s hope that one day my work will be published and someone will be writing me a review. So Nikki has become a true inspiration to me and I’ll be placing this book alongside the rest of my inspire-rs on my bookshelf (perhaps next to my own book ;p) Plus, since she’s a diehard Wattpad writer there are more lovely Lailah related writings on her page. Like short stories and updates, check her out!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal fantasy. I feel like those fond of Hush, Hush and Twilight would really enjoy this, but I think it goes beyond that audience as well. I cannot wait for book two. Five stars for my new favorite vampire series!



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