**I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review**
Tied is the first book in the Fire Born novels by Laney Mcmann. Let me start off by saying that I have been trying to stay away from YA novels that involve paranormal aspects, especially ones that involve the fae. I have read some pretty terrible ones in the past and it has just turned me off of the genre. Having said that, this book was the diamond in the rough! I can’t give away too much of the plot without ruining the big surprises, but here’s some of it:
Layla Labelle thinks she is going crazy. She keeps having dreams that don’t seem like dreams, but more like memories. These dreams haunt her. She dreams of a magical place with a boy that stole her heart and left her. She yearns for this boy who was her best friend and the only person she can say she has ever loved, Max. When she asks her mother and her reliable friends Benny about Max, they tell her they don’t know what she is talking about, making Layla feel like she is losing her mind. Once Layla starts learning the truth about who she is and what her life is destined for she realizes that she is not crazy and that she will do anything to protect the ones that she loves.
There is so much goodness in this book. There is a rich sense of lore with the background of the Irish and the Fae. We are introduced to different types of mythical beings, including gargoyles! There are portals to other worlds, kick-ass powers, and fiercely protective friends.
My favorite aspect of this book was the relationship between Layla and Max and the whole destiny epic love aspect. It was so deep and not written in a shallow way where it wasn’t explained or explained to death. Their love was very genuine and not just because they were attracted to each other, but because they were best friends. Isn’t that the way the best love stories go?
This book sucked me in and wouldn’t let go, so much that I finished it off in one sitting. I was dying to see what was going to happen next and what new lie would be uncovered. This book was well written and had a solid plot. I felt a plethora of emotions and even though the ending wasn’t everything I hoped for, it was still an excellent read. I will definitely be picking up the next installment of this series.