Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review: Tied By Laney McMann


Tied is centered around two souls that collided when they were merely children. Layla and Max spent their days running through the forest and jumping down waterfalls together. They grew up laughing, playing, and exploring in the Otherworld. Neither of them had a care in that world or this one...until Max is forbidden to see Layla and Layla is left crushed. This devastating event causes Layla to be left forever haunted by the memories of Max and the Otherworld.

Presently we are introduced to teenaged Layla and find a shell of the former girl who once raced on the cliff side in the Otherworld. She is an insomniac, driven mad with what she thinks are hallucinations. Layla can't shake the feeling that she is forgetting much of her childhood and the memories of her best friend Max are torturing her dreams. Her only happiness comes when she is dancing. Even Layla's best friend and fellow dancer, Benny, has a hard time getting Layla motivated to have a girls night out or to even shower for that matter. Layla's lack of sleep leave her exhausted and eventually wind her up in the hospital, convinced she is loosing her mind.

Fast-forward a bit more and Max is back in the picture.  We find out that his tie to Layla has overcome his need to stay away from her. They naturally become inseparable once again, despite Layla's mothers warning that Max will only bring danger to Layla's doorstep. Shortly after their reunion, Layla is indeed in danger and is attacked on multiple occasions. Without much explanation, Max convinces Layla that he will give her the answers to who and what she is and what their destiny has in store for them. You get to about 40% without knowing what the Hell is going on, something that I find extremely frustrating. Things pick up quite a bit after that but personally, I would have liked more information from page one. I couldn't wrap my head around Layla's mindset. She was so persistent about more knowledge one moment and seemed to just go with the flow the next. If I was being attacked and my BFF knew something about the attacker/s, I would be relentlessly persistent about finding out what they knew. Right?! Okay rant over.

SO, half way through Tied you will become more enticed with the storyline and will want to stick it out, it's just a matter of getting to that point. In saying all if that, I do have to give Laney McMann MAJOR kudos. As much as I wish I could change some things about Tied, I truly believe that is has great potential. The story is unique and has an element of CONSTANT surprise. It is mysterious and the twists and turns will leave you wanting more without giving you whiplash. Her descriptive writing is filled with visual words and impressive detail. I am fully engaged in a scene when she gives us the description but that isn't as consistent as it should be. For example, I can imagine my self driving in the car with Laney or pulling up to Max's home but I haven't a clue what Benny looks like.

Putting my comments aside, I still highly recommend this book and series for that matter. I believe Laney McMann has a way with words and we can expect great things from her in the future!

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.

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