Author: Talia Vance
Publish Date: September 8, 2012 by Flux
"As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away." Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she's been hiding even from herself. Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both. Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love..This book was an unexpected find for me. I hadn’t read a paranormal in a while (I’ve been obsessed with contemps since summer), and when I picked up Silver I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be formulaic? Would it hold my interest? And most of all for me, because I’m such a character-driven reader, would I love the characters? The answers I’m happy to report are no, yes and OMGYES!
Talia is so talented that in her hands the use of the Paranormal Girl who Doesn’t Know Her Powers character becomes a strong girl who keeps questioning things and testing limits. I adored Brianna and even more importantly, I loved her and Blake. Those two are natural enemies but their (oopsies) soul binding makes them uncomfortable partners. The moments of tension between them make for the very best kind of reading – that edge of your seat, what’s going to happen next and holy smackerel, will they be together kind of reading.
And then there’s the matter of Austin. Ah, British, charming and never entirely trustworthy. I adored him. He was everywhere where he shouldn't have been and his character added to the already established tension.
A quick aside about Talia’s writing style: I loved her use of Celtic mythology. I’ll be honest, I really don’t know much about it and I loved how it was developed within the story. I also loved that this read more like a New Adult novel in the sense that there are some older teenage-type situations – parties, drinking and yes, sex. But, the latter is sensual, sweet and surprising.
If you’re in the mood for a paranormal romance with a well-researched mythology and delicious tension, pick up Talia Vance’s Silver. Also click over to our interview with Aria, Austin and Blake; it’s spoiler-free and it will give you a glimpse into the characters. As for me, I’m counting down the days until the sequel, Gold, is released this Fall. That’s only like, what, nine months. Eeeek, nine entire months?!? How will I pass the time?