Silver (Bandia Series #1)

Silver (Bandia Series #1)

by Talia Vance

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“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 when 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 that 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780738734804
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 09/08/2012
Series: Bandia Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 913,801
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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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Silver 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I love books on mythology. Gods, goddesses, demi-gods? Count me in. This book has everything. It can feel a little slow at times, probably because youre constantly jumping to new conclusions on the ending and then cant wait to get through it to find out if you were right. But anyways, I am completely in love with the characters. Reading about this magical, fairy-tale love is surely going to ruin my perfectly imperfect relationship. Lol good readings to ya!
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silver by Talia VanceARC received from Flux Books via NetgalleyRelease Date: 9-8-2012Reviewed by: Middle Sis JennThe Sisters Say: Sizzling, Surreptitious, and Spellbinding¿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 205-206From 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. I absolutely love when mythology interwoven into the plot, but usually, all we see is Greek mythology. Every once in a while you see Norse mythology, but I have never read a YA book that has Celtic mythology in it; and it was intriguing to see something new and different. You don¿t need to know much about the culture either because what you need to know is explained briefly without dragging down the action or dialogue.One of the great things about this book is it keeps you guessing¿which is something I really like. It may drive some people crazy that they are never able to tell who they can trust, but I think it adds to the suspense. I will say that I am still a little on edge because I don¿t know who to trust!!! I mean, they¿re mortal enemies; so who you can trust and who is good and who is bad is always going to be muddled in the shadows! I bet Talia is smiling mischievously knowing the torment she is putting us through¿shame on you Talia! Keep it up!The best character in this book is Jonah¿a Son of Killian who has his death grip aiming for Brianna. He was such a jerk that I wanted to find someone that looks like him and give them a good old-fashioned you¿re-an-a** rant. I have a feelings we¿ll be seeing more of his jerkiness in the next book. Yay!Brianna is your typical heroine who is struggling with the realization that she is something more than human. I liked her, although I will admit that I was not blown away by her. I wanted her to have more of a memorable personality¿an aura that would strike you as someone with a great destiny awaiting. But, really, she just felt like a normal girl¿which many people will like because they can relate to her. I, on the other hand, tend to like my heroines with a little more flare and a little more self-esteem (even if it only comes after gaining their powers). I¿m hoping we will see her character develop into a don¿t-mess-with-me-unless-you-want- to-be-called-¿Eyepatch¿-for-the-rest-of-your-life type of heroine. But, that¿s just me¿I tend to like the overbearing, kick your butt gals.Now for Blake¿the eye candy (or is it mind candy since it¿s a book?). He¿s the mortal enemy of Brianna, a Son of Killian who has pledged to do away with any daughter of Danu; yet, when their souls are bound together, it awakens something within him that makes him see Brianna as something
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. It was awesome. I loved all of it.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone is entitled to their own opinoin, but this book was just bad. From all the guy she likes that don't even give her the time of the day to the friends she sticks with when they treat her like crap. Don't even bother spending $8 go read Touched by Corrine Jackson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good book it was an all time favorite of mine .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book. I couldnt put it down. Cant wait for the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really promising. I mean the first couple of chapters were great! But then it really went down hill from there. It's sort of like she wrote the first part for like a contest then she rushed the rest. I was really disappointed because it really was a great story line and idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are tried of love stories about vampire and werewolves, this is the book. I love the Irish mythology as the base of the story. Charcters are powerfull and funny. I love the two main charters (Bri and Blake) as they try to find each other and if what they have is real love or because of a powerfull magical bond. The fighting scenes could be more dramtic and clever, but over all this was a great book. The sexual content is more towards older youth and college age.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 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. He says that she is a ‘Bania’, and that she has cast some sort of soul-binding magic on him, and joined them together. He is seriously hacked off over this, and tells her that she has to find a way to break the spell. Two girls from school who also claim to be Bania, then retell the fairy tale, only this time it ends with demigods hunting down and killing the descendants of the goddess. Oh, and of course the three boys that have been treating Brianna like dirt? They’re the demi-god’s descendants. In summary – Brianna is totally clueless to the fact that she is some kind of goddess’ descendent, and all the men in this book treat women like crap. I found this book quite difficult to read. It just struck me as odd, the storyline, the way there wasn’t any introduction to the characters, the way Brianna had no clue what was going on, or what she was, or anything at all really. At 50% in I really wasn’t sure that I could bring myself to finish this book, I actually had to turn it off and read something else then come back to it. Thankfully a little break meant that the second half of the book wasn’t quite so bad, but it still wasn’t good. The blurb for this book talks about Brianna ‘binding her soul to Blakes’. There was some kind of soul-binding going on in this book but it’s seriously unlike soul-binding in other books. For a start the last thing you want your ‘soul-mate’ to say is – ‘take this spell off me’, or ‘I cannot get far enough away from you’, or ‘you’re ruining my life!’, or ‘I wish I hadn’t saved your life’ (not direct quotes but you get the gist.) Overall; this book was just odd. It just felt wrong and disjointed, and at several points I didn’t even want to keep reading. The characters were whiney, and rude, and nasty, and the way that the men treated the women was awful too. I would also suggest that this book is not for younger teens due to the sexual content. 4.5 out of 10.
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
I I love Celtic lore and anything having to do with their legends. That's where my beloved fairies come from and I love the ancient traditions of the Celts though I am no expert in them by any means. Not many books have ventured into this subject area so it's a bit hard to follow sometimes when you aren't familiar with the lore. Even though I've read some of the old legends, I didn't know Danu or Killian so I found myself foundering a bit as I read the beginning of the book. I was completely lost and disappointed. When I finally got to what I'll call "the beach scene" I was about to give up entirely. Then I decided to start over. When I started over, I read slower, taking time to understand what Brianna was saying and thinking, what actually happened in the silvery flash moments, what her friends were like, I really read slow because this all seemed brand new to me. As I read the second time, everything clicked and by the time I got to "the beach scene" I understood what was happening. So I caution you to read slowly and really understand what is real and not real in Brianna's words. I thought she loved Blake, but how do you love someone you've only worshiped from afar? And I thought when their souls were bound that they would love each other, but love didn't seem to factor into that. Love is separate from the soul. And that secret that Blake has, yeah, it's a killer! I really did enjoy this story. I thought it meandered a little bit at first and I was a bit shocked at a couple of the scenes in the beginning, this is definitely for MATURE YA readers. Christy, one of Brianna's best friends is a girl that has a "jerk radar" as Brianna says, only she uses it the wrong way, falling for the jerks instead of turning away. Haley, Brianna's other best friend, is a guy magnet attracting any guy she wants dating them a little while and dumping them for the next guy. Brianna though has been invisible to guys until her charm bracelet falls off and Blake finally sees her. The story behind their possibly not being able to be together is much bigger than some Romeo and Juliet kind of thing. It goes back thousands of years. And the two go back and forth between trusting and not trusting each other. Blake says things that Brianna doesn't understand and is hurt. Brianna lashes back and you don't know if they really have feelings for each other or its the bond or both. I thought, from the synopsis this was going to be a boy and girl in love against all odds fighting against someone or something but that's what I get for believing the synopsis. But these two fight against having feelings for each other which was especially hard on Brianna's part as she'd watched Blake from the sidelines for so long. But the urge to fight was stronger. The role the fates have destined her to play is not one any of would choose, I think and its one of those recurring ones that's been played out through time, kill or be killed. But Brianna is different and she wants to choose a different path for herself and she is determined to find a different way to live her life. The end of the book is nicely concluded but there is much more to come and I can't wait to see how the story turns out. I know there will be a lot of trials ahead for Brianna and Blake. I just hope their love becomes something more solid than it seemed to be in this first novel. And I'm sure there will be quite a few battles to be fought in the coming books, whether it be of wills or physically.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
Brianna is invisible. People, mostly guys, never notice or see her. Until one night at a party her favorite bracelet breaks off and the boy she has been watching for awhile looks up and sees her. This is just the beginning of a complicated romance between Brianna and Blake. Brianna soon learns some truths about herself that her grandmother knew, that she is a part of a mythological family. Over all I really liked Silver. There were some slow, sluggish parts to it but once you got past that then the story was great and the characters are intriguing! I love the way the mythology and romance was blended together. I would recommend Silver to older YA readers as I feel they would enjoy this book better than young YA readers.
MyReadAddiction More than 1 year ago
I love it when I read a book that I don't feel is the same as everything I have read before. The use of the Irish myth of the Danu was great. Something I had never heard of and it definitely gave the story a unique spin. I really liked Brie personality and the things she would "think" made me laugh. Then of course you had the guys in the story who were utterly confusing at times but so Sexy in their mysteriousness! I'm not going to lie, there were parts in this story that I was either really confused or I found it very predictable. From one extreme to the other. But that being said, I dont feel like either of those things took away from the overall story. Fair warning, it will be hard to put this book down because you will be so curious to see how everything is going to unfold. And you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For people who have read this, it sounds like an intresting book. What do u think the age thing should be? Like young adult or teen or adult?