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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: A Bandia Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; Original edition (September 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738733032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738733036
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brianna Paxton feels invisible. Guys look right through her, especially when compared to her beautiful best friend, Haley. Settled firmly into her sidekick niche, she consoles herself with horseback riding, math, and science. But when Brie’s heirloom bracelet breaks and falls off, her true beauty is unveiled and her crush, Blake, finally sees her. They discover that their ancestors were ancient enemies; Brie is a descendant of the Irish goddess Danu, who holds the power of fire in the palm of her hand, while Blake is a son of Killian, destined to kill any daughter of Danu. The two are magically soul-bound and battle to rise above their destinies and become more than star-crossed lovers. Vance’s debut contrasts a contemporary California setting with Celtic mythology, adding dimension to Brie’s struggle to come to terms with her growing supernatural powers. A large cast of gorgeous, yet underdeveloped, male characters pave the way for further books in a projected series where demigods vacillate between extreme desires to love and kill. Grades 7-12. --Charli Osborne

About the Author

Talia Vance (Northern California) has worked as a horse trainer, a freelance writer, and an attorney. Her YA novel Spies and Prejudice is being published by Egmont in 2013.


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Great characters and awesome, original mythology.
WilltheShadow
The story has just the right amount of intrigue, action, and mystery about it to keep me reading long after I should have put the book down to do something else!
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I really didn't feel the ending did the story any justice either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
From the start you're supposed to believe that the main character is madly in love with a boy who has never spoken to her, and who doesn't notice her until she loses her silver charm bracelet. It was a really frustrating novel because it had so many opportunities to move past the forced love story - and I never really got to know this boy who she loves. He annoyed me most of the book, was never really fleshed out, and I found myself liking the 'bad' guy until the end when he shows how bad he really is (but he was so much more interesting!!!).

It was just frustrating and I wanted to fall in love with the story and just couldn't.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer McCoy on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Silver by Talia Vance
ARC received from Flux Books via Netgalley
Release Date: 9-8-2012
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Sizzling, Surreptitious, and Spellbinding
Originally on YA Sisterhood Blog

"My life is a series of cruel ironies. The pretty girl no one sees. The horse I have to sell. The kiss I can't keep." -ARC, Location 205-206

From the moment I read the blurb of Silver, I had been waiting (impatiently) to read it! Then Talia told me it was on Netgalley and I have to admit...I did my happy dance--the dance that makes my toddler laugh, that makes my dogs start jumping up and down, and that makes my husband roll his eyes and mumble something about books being more important than oxygen for me. And in that moment--I might have given up a few breaths to be one of the first to read this book!

The idea of Brianna binding her soul to her mortal enemy just mesmerized me, and I will say that Talia did not let me down! One of the best things about this book is there isn't chapter after chapter of set-up that you have to wade through to understand the world. The action starts in Chapter 1, and I have to say one of the best scenes of the book occurs in this chapter--the scene where Blake discovers who Brianna truly is. It's sinister, but in a sexy way, and you can just feel the magic in the way Talia describes the scene. I felt like time froze and I was swept into their world to watch as both of their destinies crossed. AND I love the duplicitous dialogue here. My fave you ask? Said by Blake: "'Where have you been hiding?' His smile is lethal." Ohhhh...goose bumps!

I always enjoy seeing different mythology in a book, too.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
(Source: I received a digital ARC of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux publishers and Netgalley.)

Okay, so let me just start this review by saying that this book was a bit odd. The writing felt a bit stilted, and author just dived straight into the story with very little world building, characterisation or anything! If this summary sounds a bit odd, I'm afraid that's how the story came across!

16-year-old Brianna is at a party with her best friend Haley. Everybody notices Haley, but nobody notices Brianna, their gaze just slides past her.

The catch on Brianna's bracelet breaks, and then she sees spots and a flash of silver, and suddenly Blake, a boy who has never spoken to her sees her and speaks to her.
Brianna hopes that maybe this will be the start of something good, but the next time Blake sees her he doesn't look at her again, although he does ask her friend for her phone number.

The next time they meet, they have a disastrous first date, but then Blake asks for something unexpected, he asks her to remove her bracelet. Once Brianna eventually gives in, he is able to look at her properly, and the next thing they know they're waking up naked next to each other! Seriously!

Blake drops her off at home, but she gets stomach ache, which seems to get worse the further she is from Blake, and the longer she is away from him.

The next time Brianna sees Blake he tells her a story/fairy tale about a goddess and a man, blah, blah, blah.... Basicallly Blake accuses her of being a seventh generation daughter, descended from this goddess, and tells her that her bracelet is a charm that hides her from view.
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By Majanka on September 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
The most intriguing part about this book was, at least for me, the celtic mythology. There’s also the whole forbidden romance thing, which adds bonus points. Ultimately, it offers an original spin on the YA paranormal genre, and an intriguing cast of characters. Brianna was easily my favorite, though. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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By jessica irion on May 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved the book based on its magic and love content its an absolutely stunning book that's makes a girl wish magic was real
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By Anna Pagan on April 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love it when I come across books with a different concept from what's already out there. Silver delivered and I cannot wait to read Gold :)
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By YA book reviewer on February 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing and so different from all of the other books that I've read recently. Talia Vance really put a lot of thought into her character and plot. The cover of the book caught my eye as I was flipping through Amazon YA books. I can't wait to read more of Talia's books!
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