Lailah by Nikki Kelly
ARC Via Netgalley + Publisher
October 7, 2014
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 ally – 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 honestly wanted to hit my head with a brick (maybe I should of just DNF’d it) for the majority of this book. I was introduced to this book on Wattpad; the website that pretty much rules my entire social like, or lack thereof. It sounded enticing, the cover is amazing but the love triangle hints made me more than a little nervous. And I was right to be weary of the love triangle. Because I really, really didn’t like it even the tiniest bit. But, I’ll delve into this in a bit. First, let’s talk characters.
We have Lailah, a girl who knows glimpses of her past by visions who owns the heart of a Vampire and an Angel. Lailah saves a handsome stranger who she knows is a vampire. He’s weak and running. His name is Jonah and she saves his life by giving him her blood. Her blood is more powerful than any of them could have ever guessed. Lailah has been alive for give or take two hundred years. Her first death was the worst and her next one will shatter someone’s existence.
“I might desire the darkness within her, but I fell in love with the light I heard in her laughter” (ARC)
Jonah is the vampire she saved. With the love interests, even though I’m not really a fan of either, I like Jonah more. Through the book, we see his struggle to be good. We also see his acceptance and love of all of Lailah. There’s not that much else I really need to touch on with his character, so onto Mr Angel!
Gabriel. I don’t like him. I though he was really contradictory. The whole time he says that he wants nothing more than to keep Lailah safe. Yet he hurts her again and again and again. I don’t understand why he does what he does. But there’s something that draws him and Lailah (it is told in the book) together over the years. And it pisses me off. Because, well it’s not that he doesn’t deserve her (because I don’t really like her either) but it’s more that Jonah doesn’t deserve that (even though I don’t really like him either). I know I have issues.
NOW ONTO THE LOVE TRIANGLE! I hate it. It feels like she’s playing with feelings and I’m just so done. Done! FIN!
Overall, this is not a book that I can recommend. And if I did ever buy it, I would buy it for the cover. This one, sadly, just wasn’t my cup of tea. Although that quote up there, did make me melt a little on the inside. Just a tad.
So. Vampires and Angels and weirdos oh my!