**Review copy via Netgalley**
Author: Laney McMann
Synopsis:Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares. Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken. No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction. Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves? The answer may never be far enough… away.
Rating: 2 stars
Review: I don’t know if it’s me or the books, but everything I’ve been reading lately has just not been that great of an experience. It’s all just been meh. Is it just me?
This book focuses around Layla – whose actual name is Teine, which I find just a really weird name – who only remembers parts of her life, like a dream you remember some parts of, but the rest is all foggy. She remembers her mum, and her best friend Benny (a girl, by the way), but in snatches of memory she remembers a boy called Max. Despite this, her mum jus tells her that she’s crazy and that she’s never known a boy named Max. Skip forward to when she’s seventeen (attending a fancy pants performing arts school) and out of nowhere, shit starts happening to her, involving Celtic gods and gargoyles.
I found that too much happened all at once, and it wasn’t easy to get into it that well. Also, the pacing of it was just all out of whack, with all the action happening in short bursts, so I was like, “What just happened?”
I don’t think I’d recommend this to anyone, but if you do read it, it’s a part of a series – the Fireborn series. Maybe it’s just me, but I did not enjoy this read.