The Ylem (The Ylem Trilogy, # 1)

Rated 4.36/5 based on 11 reviews
When Kalista moves with her father to the town of Ruidoso,she doesn't expect her quiet life to change.That is,until she meets mysterious Tristan,who not only increases her heart rate but seems to have a connection with her.Bizarre dreams start crowding her mind,but when she stumbles upon an ancient book she realizes there might be a reason to them.The book wraps a secret,a secret she's part of... More

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About Tatiana Vila

When not writing, glued to her husband, Mr. Keyboard, or reading books into oblivion, Tatiana Vila can be found watching tacky reality shows, singing in the shower, eating way too many Wonka candies, and fantasizing about her next book.
Her motto: let the mind run wild.

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Review by: Colander on June 20, 2012 :
This book does not only have a great cover ...
I also enjoyed the inside.

I liked the mystery, but anyhow minus one star for the many unanswered questions, and side stories that could be developed a bit further. Maybe in the next volume?
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: Midu Hadi on Jan. 6, 2012 :
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Review by: Maghon Thomas on Jan. 4, 2012 :
Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!!!!!! First thank you, R-2-R and the author! I'm totally dumbfounded!!!! Someone, a few weeks ago, told me I needed to read this book, but I'm not even sure how to pronounce the title, so I have been brushing it aside. BIGGEST MISTAKE!!!!! How stupid, I admit this!!! I got my copy for review and I fell in love! I don't know what else to say except GIMME GIMME #2!!! Everything is well done in this book. It is very well written, it's got a great cliff hanger, and it's got enough mystery twisted with detail in the beginning to suck you in like a current! I could feel the sadness from Kalista (I love the character's names, btw) when she thinks of her mom! And you just know Tristan is gunna be something beautiful! I even fell in love with the supporting characters, whom I think Élan and Migan are my favorites!! I absolutely CANNOT wait until book two, like I need it yesterday! Thank you!!! It's books like this that make my life happy!!!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Gina S on Dec. 29, 2011 :
This book is hard to rate. I really liked this book, but some of it was a bit if-y. Sometimes in the book, mainly in the middle, the story seemed to drag on a bit and you wonder if it's just there as "fluff" because it doesn't hold your interest too much to keep reading. But you do want to keep reading (if it makes sense).

A lot of questions haven't been answered in this novel. We are left in the dark about a lot of things in their world. Yes, we see it from Kalista's point of view and she doesn't know about their world either, but you would think that she would ask about it or want to know more. It seems that because she doesn't do this, that she does already know everything about their world, which she shouldn't. She also at times acts like she does, which leaves us in the dark as well.

At first, we see her dismisal to guys and love and trust issues as something that, from her situation, is really pointless. She over-reacts to the Steve situation, but it isn't until the end of the book that we realise that there was more that led up to it. With Tristan we ask ourselves WHY at the end of the book. It's very depressing and we are begging for more information as to why.

This is one of those brilliant books where you cannot guess what's coming. Really, I didn't guess anything, nor did I want to. Most of the book after the middle really got me as a shock. We get so caught up with Kalista's dramas that we forget about really guessing the story plot. Yes, I know this may be a little condescending from what I said earlier but it does make sense...once you read the book. And you should read the book! Oh, that cliffhanger. I really hate it at the moment, because I cannot wait for the second novel. It feels like this book is going to be one of those where it could be one big novel but instead it feels ilke it's cut in half and made into more.

I loved the addition to Caleb's perspective. It was refreshing, and because nothing much happened, we knew from either end what was happening on his side, even from Kalista's point of view. In other novels, including his point of view after a few chapters of the protagonists point of view, might of seemed like there was not enough because we couldn't remember what was going on from that side. But, in this book it is perfectly suited to a chapter in the midst of the few chapters gap of Kalista. This is because, from Kalista's point of view, we still hear of Caleb but from a view where he is anonymous and is part of a general group and not just individually. Both his and her views lead up to their shocking discovery at the end of the book that leaves you dying for more
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Nicole Peterson on Dec. 29, 2011 : (no rating)
absolutely loved this book. It got my attention from the prologue all the way to the end. The twists and turns are fabulous and only help to keep the book interesting. I am definitely getting the next book as soon as possible. I was dissatisfied with the end of the book, but in a strange way still liked it. Just going to have to see if my hopes for the story line take the turn I was hoping for, or if it will shoot off down a different path and be equally as gratifying.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Alana Rock on Dec. 27, 2011 :
Overall Impressions
I really, really enjoyed this book, far more than I even expected to! It's a good thing I still have some credit on my gift cards so I can buy the next book! The fact that it is a YA should not scare off any prospective readers. I did not find the characters to be overly whiny or acting too young (a problem I have found in other YA books.)

Basic Premise
Kalista (great name, by the way!) is not your average teenager. Her mother passed away years earlier in a car crash, so Kalista has "issues" with cars and driving. She also bring new meaning to "electric personality" with the amount of static electricity her body seems to produce. She also, along with her father, just moved from New York to Ruidso, New Mexico...

She has already found a few good friends, and an "interested" male admirer, but due to a bad reaction from her former best friend in New York after Kalista declaring her feelings for him, she has pushed away the possibility of relationships with guys. She finally meets the school heart-throb male, and finds she is not immune to his attractiveness. But her resolve to keep guys at arm's length is tested when the guy seems to want to talk to her, and another is urging her to go out... Tristan is very alluring- but in a different world than Kalista, more than she even knows....

Life becomes even more complicated when teenagers are missing, then bodies prove that they were killed. And a chance encounter leads her to an odd, old book that details a new aspect of the world that Kalista never knew. She begins to learn the secrets of that world, but will she allow herself to learn the secrets of herself as well?

Thoughts- warning, could contain spoilers
I can't say how much I enjoyed it. Sadly, my computer was down when I had finished it or I might have bought and started the second book right then and there! I didn't find many problems that I usually find in a YA novel. I would recommend this to anyone that would enjoy "shifter" books and does not mind YA. It was entertaining, had action, and romance. All around a great book! As with any book, there were a few points that left me wanting...
♦The change in point of view with Kalista and Caleb was disconcerting at first. I had no clue who that guy was, and why I was reading about him. Also- several of his parts were very ADD it seemed... his thought processes just bounced all over and it was difficult to keep up with his part of the story.
♦OK... So Kalista finds out about new things in her same old world, gets proof that they are real... then just ignores the other part of her reading/warning... maybe it's because I'm older- but if some old lady tells me I have "the Ylem" in me, and I find out there are shifters and stuff for real- I would at least ask those shifters when given a chance if they had heard of "the Ylem". It's like she just ignores her "strangeness" and accepts the shifter thing much easier than I expected.
♦I really wish there was more build up of the romantic feelings between Tristan and Kalista. It was better than some books showing a "reason" for them to be attracted and having some genuine interaction without just falling all over each other. But even more build-up would have been nice.

I fudged in favor of the book on the stars- (shows 5 stars on review)- but I am really, really picky about 5 stars- so I actually gave it 4½♥'s.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Christie Rich on Dec. 13, 2011 :
I loved this book from beginning to end. Can't wait to read the next one.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Paranormal Opinion on Dec. 8, 2011 :
17 year old Kalista and her father move from New York to a small town in New Mexico. Most teenagers would probably be upset about this disruption in their lives, but Kalista is suffering from a broken heart and thinks that a fresh start might be just what she needs. Things seem to be going well – she makes friends quickly and even meets a handsome boy who intrigues her. Her life gets a little crazy though, when she finds out that some legends are actually true and paranormal beings are living amongst humans.

Tristan and Kalista both feel drawn toward one another, yet they both go back and forth from acting hot to cold toward each other. Kalista seemed to have a big issue with Tristan lying to her, yet she lied to everyone around her. Other than that, I really liked these 2 characters. There were definitely some sparks between these two and they seemed really good for each other.

There were some chapters devoted to a character named Caleb that had me confused throughout most of the book. The connection was revealed at the end though, and I'm really interested to see what happens with that storyline in the next book. I still feel a little confused though. Tristan still seems to have a lot of secrets and I never did figure out exactly what a ylem is.

The last chapters were great and definitely left me feeling surprised. It looks like we have to wait until April 2012 for the next book in this series. I'm dying to know what happens next, the wait just might kill me.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)
Review by: Bookworma on Oct. 22, 2011 :
Yes! This is definitely a page turner! I loved the whole world the author created and the fresh twist on this overused paranormal genre. The characters are strong and the plot absolutely gripping. Can't wait to read the next one! Like literally, I'm dying here, I need to know what'll happen next!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: sher Kaur on June 7, 2011 : (no rating)
From the very beginning I couldn´t stop reading, how it traps you all the words in the story, is very interesting and captures you until the last page, and now I´m just waiting for the next one of the trilogy to read.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Review by: Arielle on June 5, 2011 :
Really loved this story, especially how the plot unveiled. The characters are great and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next parts!
Caleb is my favourite. :)
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Review by: Mario Castro on April 28, 2011 :
This book is for the young at heart. I'm looking forward to reading the trilogy, and strongly recommend it to anyone. Kudos to the author!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: Ana Fernandez on April 7, 2011 :
I am actually reading The Ylem and I think it is really gripping! I started reading it the other night,and I was really tired, but I found myself wanting to read it all the way! I couldn´t stop reading it. It is so catching rigth from the very beginning. I think the plot is very interesting and the characters are compelling..., and misterious too! I highly recommend it!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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