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The girl knows she's different. She doesn't age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues who she really is, or her name. But there is a face in her dreams - a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel. One night, the girl encounters an injured stranger named Jonah. She learns that Jonah belongs to a generation of vampires that is threatened by darker forces. His kind are fighting with help of unlikely allies-archangels. Including one named Gabriel. In the crossfire between good and evil and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But where does she belong? Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 33mm | 498.95g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250051517
  • 9781250051516
  • 667,275

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"Just when we thought the vampire fad was overplayed and finally vanquished, Kelly slams readers with an exciting new world . . . Vivid and cleverly crafted, this novel will appeal to fans of Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules and Courtney Allison Moulton's "Angelfire" series, who will celebrate this new heroine of extraordinary strength." --School Library Journal
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About Nikki Kelly

Nikki Kelly is a Wattpad sensation. Lailah garnered over one million reads within six months of being released on the website. She lives in the UK with her two dogs.
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1,444 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 30% (428)
4 28% (400)
3 22% (321)
2 13% (187)
1 7% (108)

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We have a teenage girl who happens to have a power that lets her see her past lives with no memory as to how she got there. All she has is a man’s face and she feels a lot for him. When she ends up saving a vampire of the night, her life takes a sudden turn and finds who she is looking for, the man from her visions. In a journey to find the truth she realizes she might not just be human as she thought she was. The prologue in the beginning intrigued me so much and it set the flow of he story nicely. It had one of those memorable scenes where you know there’s going to be more as the story progresses. It set the tone nicely. Right off the bat, you as the reader know something more than the character themselves. You’re rooting for Lailah to find out and when she does you feel like she took forever to figure it out when there were so many signs. That frustrated me because I wanted her to be fast enough to put the pieces together. I get it was only her way of coping and denying her true self but ahh it dragged on. One other glaring annoyance was the instant lust and romance that happened between her and Jonah. There was so much physical attraction there that I didn’t really feel all that swoony when he entered the picture. You can only swoon over a guy’s looks a couple of times to not get irritated with her. I also didn’t trust Jonah or Gabriel. There’s just too much annoyance and CREEPINESS surrounding both that I didn’t root for either of them. I mean Gabriel pretty much ripped her clothing at one point.. Crazy.. I wanted Lailah to be this ultimate warrior but when she did, she wouldn’t remember. I kind of wished her other side was part of it and not blacked out. It would have been crazy to read those point of views that’s for sure! It would’ve added depth to a character that kind of played the damsel in distress role to a tee. I loved the fact that Angels and Vampires are together in the good versus evil category and the history and world that Kelly built was truly fantastic. I can’t get enough of paranormal creatures getting pitted against each other in books as foes and enemies. The book is rather long, but it did read quite fast. You won’t be disappointed with the amount of action scenes. Strong paranormal aspects, action-packed and a good mystery but oh the romance fell super flat for me.. Nonetheless, Lailah is a good start to the saga, but I was looking for more focus on who she was and not the love octagon that more
by Giselle SM
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom? I am not even sure where to start....This book was so amazing on so many levels. I have not really enjoyed a vampire novel since the Twilight series and have really been wanting to read one so when I saw this book on Goodreads...I thought I would give it a try...and I am beyond glad that I did!!!! Lailah surpassed my expectations and was a phenomenal book. Lailah knows she is different. She feels different and has visions of a past life. She has no family and no idea where she comes from. She lives day to day without knowing what to expect next. While going home one night she encounters a injured stranger named Jonah and little does she know but this will be the beginning of her destiny. Lailah helps Jonah and treats his wounds and while he is at her home..."others" like him track him down and attack her home. Lailah and Jonah are rescued by a rogue group of people who help them escape. "I learned something very useful in the seconds that followed--a lesson once taught to me by Frederic, the first Vampire I'd ever encountered. It had slipped through the net in my panic. Never turn your back on a murderous Vampire." At this point we meet Gabriel. Gabriel is an angel who has devoted his life to fight the evil vampires of the world and he has joined forces with Jonah (another rogue vampire) and his companions to fight the bigger evil that threatens the world. Lailah somehow knows that she is supposed to be a part of this war and she feels as though Gabriel has answers and is just not telling her. Lailah decides to join the group and they move to a secluded house in the wilderness while they figure out what steps to take next. Gabriel is by far my favorite character in the book. I am 100% Team Gabriel!!! He is portrayed as a dark, handsome and very "built" young man. My favorite characteristic of him is the way he is so protective over Lailah and his team. There are several hints throughout the book that make me think there is something more to Gabriel and his relationship with Lailah.....and I can't wait to find out the truth. Lailah is torn between Gabriel and Jonah throughout the book. They both want to protect her and she feels drawn to both of them but she can only be with one...... Jonah is a vampire but still has feelings for Lailah...He doesn't try to hide his affections even though he knows they can most likely never be together. I found myself feeling sorry for him and wanting him to be happy but I am still team Gabriel so....of course I want him and Lailah together. This book is so full of crippling secrets that will just completely take you by shock. I found myself just staring at the book in amazement. Every chapter there is something new and fascinating happening. I loved all the characters in the book. They all had something special about them that made you feel as though you were right there with them. This book is so full of action and suspense with the perfect amount of drama and romance mixed in. Lailah is a compelling, emotional, and fascinating read that you will stay up all night reading just to see what happens next....Nikki Kelly has risen to the top of my favorite authors list and I cannot wait to read future books from her. Lailah is easily one of my favorite books this year. If you love a good vampire story with plenty of suspense, drama, and romance then please check this book out!! I promise you that you will not be disappointed!! It...IS.....AMAZING!!!!! "Lailah," he repeated. "I would never let inevitability dictate your happiness. Wherever your path is meant to lead, you deserve and you should command the choice to decide. In your decisions, inevitability doesn't rule you." more
by Beth Edwards
I was really excited to read Lailah. There is this big mystery surrounding her on what or who she is, she doesn't age, no relatives, she has bits and pieces of visions from a past life but no idea on who she is and she has these really cool powers so yep I was pretty excited but it just so happens this book was not for me. My biggest problem was the love triangle, I wasn't a fan of it. Both guys had qualities that I didn't care for and the triangle was just all sorts of cliche. Jonah is the "evil" one. There were a few things in particular that made me not like him and made me question Lailah, at one point he forces Lailah against the wall against her will and rips off her jacket and pulls her shirt down to see a gruesome scar that she has and Lailah's feelings at that moment furious yet excited...umm what? no just no. Then if that wasn't bad he goes into her room while she is half naked without her consent, mind you her door was locked and what is Lailah's reaction to all this after she is done cursing him out...she feels guilty. Now lets move on to Gabriel the "good" one. Yeah don't get me wrong he was good but he is one of those characters who has the answers to everything the main protagonist is seeking but refuses to tell her, and besides being good and wholesome there wasn't much to him. What made the love triangle worse was the fact that besides the love triangle between the three there were two vampire girls one in love with Gabriel and the other with Jonah so that added to a whole lot of unnecessary drama as well. Another issue I had was the world building although I tried to see it for what the author made it I just had way too many questions. It's obvious the author didn't want to bring god into the novel so instead heaven became a world called Styclar and the beings in there instead of being angels became pretty much aliens in my opinion. And there is this long twisted story about how it came to be and how when humans die our spirits go there etc and apparently the third dimension what we call hell is where the Pure-blood Vampires are from and of course then I had more questions about the third dimension if Vampires existed there then how did they feed off of humans if technically human souls wont go to hell unless dead or did they come to earth to feed whenever they wanted? Another thing that I really wish we got more answers about were how the Styclar beings came into existence all we are told is that they evolved from these crystal spheres and besides that they don't know where the crystals came from, seriously I felt a little cheated, I wanted to know where and how a whole race of beings came to be it wouldn't have hurt to come up with an explanation of where the crystals came from instead of it just being a big question mark. Honestly there is so much more I can get on about so just know if your the type of reader that truly wants to understand the world your reading about there are questions left unanswered. Also there was a certain creep factor to this book which I liked. I really feel if the book wasn't so focused on the romance and more on the plot development that I might have liked it better. The plot itself is what kept me reading I liked it, there was some interesting twists and turns just too bad it was not the key focus. Overall the fact that I didn't DNF this book means there were some aspects of it that kept me interested enough to finish it but I don't see myself picking up any future books in this more
by Angel Gounder
Lailah initially gained popularity on Wattpad, and since then it has been re-released by Feiwel & Friends. It's heralded as a fresh take on standard vampire and angel mythology, and I wholeheartedly agree with that claim. This first book in The Stylcar Saga is an unexpected read and every time some part of it felt commenplace, it made up for that by surprising me with a creative twist. Lailah was not at all what I expected, and I believe many other readers will find the same. Reasons to Read: 1. Innovative mythology: Hands down, this is the best part of the book. I've read a number of angel books, and my fair share of vampire books. And at first, Lailah didn't seem to have anything particularly new or noteworthy to offer. But then this story veers off into uncharted territory, with a twist that has left me pondering it since I finished the book. It raises some questions about perspective and personal beliefs, which I hope are further addressed in later books. 2. A sweet pseudo-father/daughter relationship: Lailah finds herself with a ragtag group of friends (mostly vampires) and while I wasn't particularly attached to many of them (although a couple had potential), I really loved a relationship she develops with one of them where she's basically adopted as a daughter. It's touching and so nice to see included in a darker story like this, and it added that extra bit of emotional attachment to the story and its characters. Lailah launches into the story right away and it doesn't hold back at all. This was a bit jarring for me as a reader, because I had a harder time grounding myself in the world and its mythology (which is very rich). Not every reader is going to like Lailah. She's very independent and confident (neither of which are bad things), but as a result of those characteristics she tends to come across as rather reckless and impulsive. In turn, this just gets her into trouble as she doesn't take the time to think things through before acting. It's a little ridiculous at times, but I believe it's consistent with her character. Readers will need to have some patience with her, though. This definitely ties into her romantic life as well, which features one of the most complex love scenarios I have ever read. It's one of the main motivating factors to keep the plot moving, so be forewarned that romance has a huge role to play in Lailah, and it's definitely over the top. ARC received from Macmillan for review; no other compensation was more
by Brenna Staats
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