Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Lailah

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a blend of angels, vampires, and a reincarnation type love story. It has a unique way of looking at heaven/hell, and all the dimensions in between.

Lailah begins the book as Francesca, a bartender living in an abandoned house. She has very few memories of her past, and a whole bunch of scars. The world she lives in is filled with memory flashes from her past lives and the firm knowledge that vampires are real (and evil). She’s managed to fly under the radar and not die for quite a while until she makes a foolish decision to help a vampire out. Jonah meets “Cessie” on the side of the road. He’s wounded badly and on the run from some really evil vampires and trying to get back to his group of “reformed” vampires. Against her better judgment (and my own opinion on the matter), she ends up throwing Jonah into a car and taking her back to her “home.” There’s some sexy vampire tension, a little flirting, and then everything goes the hell.

Jonah sucks Cessie into his life pretty quickly from that point onward. Suddenly the face she’s been seeing in her dreams isn’t just a fantasy anymore. He has a name, Gabriel, and they are inexplicably drawn to one another. Her past lives are even more of a mystery as she finds Gabriel might be the key to remembering everything. This is where the name “Lailah” comes into play. There’s a lot of clues, a YA level of drama (and oodles of misunderstandings coupled with jumping to conclusions), and ultimately an ending that left me with even more questions.

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