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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

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By RSC on February 18, 2013
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I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.

When I say it was good (3 stars), I mean that Talia Vance is a good author. Her story certainly was action-packed, but the author kept me in the dark about the reasons for everything happening until about the last 3 chapters or so. For 43 chapters, I thought "What the hell is the point of all this?" To be honest, I almost stopped reading.

I'm glad I hung in there until the end, but it was damn frustrating to get there.

I'm not going to not recommend this book, but I wouldn't recommend paying $7.69 for the Kindle edition. I was lucky in that I got it on a holiday special for much less. It is lendable, so I would recommend trying the series out that way if you can.
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By Terri B on January 16, 2013
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This was one of the most amazing books that I've read - EVER, seriously I mean it, and I believe it's my new number 1 all-time favorite...I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's premise involves Irish mythology, more specifically the Bandia (which our protagonist, Brianna, finds out is what she is - Bandia defined simply (without looking it up!) means extraordinarily beautiful warrior; descendant of Danu, the original Bandia. They possess great powers- the ability to control earth, wind, fire, & water. THE most powerful Bandia are born every 7th generation, as is Brianna. These powers, which are directly connected to her emotions, prove to be extremely difficult to rein in.

Killian, the object of Danu's unrequited love, and his descendants (especially 7th generation which, guess what? That's right, Brianna's love interest, Blake, of course is!) have sworn to rid the earth of all Bandia, which they consider to be beautiful, but cold and ruthless killers responsible for a curse brought down on the Killian family thousands of years ago.

Because of this threat, Brianna is required, as are all Bandia, to keep her identity a secret by masking her stunning beauty until her 17th birthday. She unknowingly shields her beauty by wearing a bracelet fashioned for her by her very Irish and very superstitious grandmother after she witnessed signs of Brianna's extraordinary power when she was far too young to be exhibiting such behavior. Her grandmother died shortly thereafter, leaving Brianna's multitude of eventual questions unanswered.

All of these years, from when she was a young girl until just before her 17th birthday, Brianna felt literally invisible where boys were concerned; they actually looked right through her everytime any of them would glance her way.
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By Jenn721 on January 23, 2016
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Brianna, Blake, Austin

I love mythology, all of them from Greek to Egyptian and Norse to Polynesian, so I was pretty excited when I read the blurb for this book. Not many explore Irish mythology other than fairies and leprechauns, but wow, this book was not for me. First, I do not care about kissing or sex scenes, they are fun to read but not a major requirement in books if done right. This book goes from giggling about kissing to casually discussing blow jobs in the woods in a way of trying to make it seem like normal high school behavior but does not pull anything off other than showcasing the type of girls this author decided to write about. The plot could have been interesting but just fell short by just concentrating on drama and teenage angst of who likes who, parties, and no real decisions other than fun. Then the worst is the main character Brianna, who is supposed to be so descendant of some God and falls for the boy Blake who is part of the group who wants to kill her. She is superficial, hangs with a group of girls where guys are a competition, and just seems to think only bad things about her friends while still calling them friends. Is this what high school has turned into?

Worse than that, she soul-binds him (on accident so at least give it that) which means they are stuck craving each other because they each hold sold piece of each other's souls. The worse part is she has had a crush on him for a year and takes delight that this happened even though it goes against his free will, he doesn't want it, and he is technically stuck being in love with her. She feels a little bad, but oh so happy because now he wants her as much as she wants him.
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