Original Title: Tied
Year Published: 2013
Published by: J. Taylor Publishing (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 208
First Sentence: “My window opened easily.“
Goodreads Rating: 1/5
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 anymore 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.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, 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.
The basic idea for this book is a good one. However, the execution of said idea is not very good. Why? Well, the entire book was confusing. The location kept shifting and it didn’t make any sense. It’s like the characters randomly teleported in the middle of a sentence without breaking stride. This made the setting of the book very confusing and quite difficult for me to keep up with what was happening.
The main character, Layla or “Teine”, is super annoying. Instead of coming off as confused by the strange things happening to her, she comes off as really bratty and like a proper drama queen. To me, none of the characters was likeable and most actually made me feel quite annoyed.
To be completely honest, this felt more like a disorganised fanfic than a published book. Had the book been better organised then it would have been so much better. As it is right now, I just felt confused and honestly annoyed reading this book. If this book were to be revised and rewritten it would have the potential of being very good, but in it’s present state it just isn’t worth it. At least not for me.
Do I recommend it?
No. It just wasn’t a good book, but since I received this as an arc, I felt obliged to finish it. Had it been purchased I wouldn’t have bothered finish it. I will definitely not read the rest of the series.