Silver and Stone (Bloodlines #1) by J.D. Thompson

Ah!  If it wasn’t for the workday – I would have read this in one sitting!  It was fantastic!  Kept me guessing until the very end – I had no idea what Alexi was or who Lucas really was until the very end of the book.  The anxiety of the story kept building and building and came to a great climax… and there were no give away moments that ruined the surprise for me.

Alexi is starting her senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School but has been playing hermit the entire summer because of her Mother’s death.  She’s scoffed at and ostracized by many of her “friends”…  Her whole world changed the day her Mom died… but now Lucas Alexander has stepped into her life and has re-awakened her heart.  But things are not always what they seem to be…..

Just to reiterate – I really enjoyed this story – it was easy to read and kept me guessing throughout the book.  The only drawback…  once the mystery was revealed to me I wondered whether I’d read something similar before..  After thinking about it a bit more – not the same but a bit similar…  however I still LOVED this story and am looking forward to the next installment, Blood and Champagne.

I also LOVE to read novels created by fellow Canadians 🙂

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite quote:

”  ‘Unfortunately, the universe wasn’t built to grant wishes.  And as for God, well…  He doesn’t bother answering any personal requests.  All we have are a series of predetermined events handed to us like cards, summing up the buil of what we call life.’ ”     p.36


Thompson, J.D. (2011). Silver and Stone (Bloodlines #1).  Smashwords Edition.  ebook.  Provided by the author.

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“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”

I’ve heard this saying many a times in my life but never really believed in it.  I’m here today to say YES!!!  I agree!  I’ve been absent for a while…  Life has thrown me what I’m calling 2 major curveballs and I’ve been working through them.  One was a direct hit and the other hit a close family member…

I’d like to say that reading has helped me but alas it wasn’t the first thing I went to.  I actually ended up playing mindless games on my iPad – yes I know…  Michelle you can learn and escape by reading…  but playing these games was what I needed.

My goal is to get back to my reading – feels like I’ve missed so…  much in the past 2 months!  So many new books out there that I’ve been waiting for and so many ebooks that I’ve promised I’d review that I haven’t gotten to yet.  If you’ve been waiting for one of these – my sincerest apologies.

So here’s to reading!!!

Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

Dael and the Painted People is the third installment in the Zan-Gah series and it continues to intrigue me. In this book we follow Dael as he leaves the Ba-Cora and goes out into the wild. Sparrow, feeling like an outcast in the Ba-Cora tribe, feels a need and a compulsion to follow Dael into the unknown. Throughout their travels they develop a relationship and find the Red Painted People.

I really liked this book because of all the different lessons that I caught throughout. Dael walks into this new community, is welcomed with open arms and struggles with the kindness they receive. Sparrow on the other hand feels like she’s home for the first time in her life. As they work together to become active and valued members of the community, Dael unknowingly creates a very powerful enemy, Schnurr, the local shaman, and finds love with Sparrow.

How the characters evolve is fantastic! I do wonder though, whether the demographic to whom this is directed will appreciate the characters and story as much as I did.

I want to thank Earthshaker Books for providing this book

Recommended

Ages: 12 and up


Favourite quote(s):

“Maybe it was always so, she reflected. The person you loved would not love you back. Maybe the only love that mattered was the one that grew slowly, slowly took root, with neither mate caring too much at first.”        p. 5

“Seared by experience to a knowledge of the world and himself, he awaited events with no hint of his habitual ferocity. Formerly so certain that any path on which he set his foot was the right one, he was forced by the traumas he had sustained to reexamine things that once he was sure of.”        p. 28


Shickman, Allan Richard. (2009).  Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. St Louis, MO:  Earthshaker Books.