Keeper of the Black Stones (Stone Ends, #1)
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Keeper of the Black Stones (Stone Ends #1)

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Awkward in his own skin, shy around girls and worried about anything and everything, Jason Evans is just like a million other teenage boys in high school, with one very large exception: he has been given a gift that allows him to jump through time. A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place - and any time - that he chooses. But along with th...more
Paperback, First, 369 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Glass House Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Carrie White
Went back and forth on whether I should review this book -- being the editor and publisher, after all -- and finally decided to do so. This is one of the most exciting books I've ever worked on, with -- hands down -- one of my all-time favorite casts of characters. The action is quick, the bad guy is truly terrible, and you're cheering for the main character right from the get go. The book starts quick, throws you right in there, and puts the entire world in danger before you know it. Then we're...more
Jessica
Keeper of the Black Stones Meet Jason Evans. A sweet, slightly awkward and wonderfully quirky main character. He's certain that something odd is going on with his grandfather, but he can't quite put his finger on what. Until, that is, some really insane things start happening and he finds out that time travel is actually possible. Sound like a recipe for an amazing read? You would be right my friends, you would be right.

I can't deny that it was Jason's personality that really sold me on this boo...more
Dianne
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Carrie of Glass House Press for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel!

So let's get this out of the way. Though it might not be obvious since I'm way behind my reading, I'm a time travel junkie. In films and especially in novels. I just love that premise so much. Whether it's heavy on the science or more grounded into contemporary, give me anything with a time traveler and I'll devour it like coffee jelly. FYI, I love...more
Mary Fan
Keeper of the Black Stones opens in 15th century England, where the Earl of Oxford leads his army. The Earl is actually Dr. Richard Evans, a time-traveling professor on a mission to stop Lord Dresden, another time traveler, from changing history. Jason Evans, the Doc’s fourteen-year-old grandson, stumbles upon his grandfather’s journal. Although incredulous at first, he is soon pulled into the quest. The titular black stones, devices that allow one to jump through time, call to him, sending him...more
Hugh Willard
This is an outstanding first YA novel by P.T. McHugh. Smart and intriguing, it takes an old literary standard (time travel) and gives it a fascinating face lift. The weaving of the historical references is as seamless as it is apparent. Imminently accessible, this book is a jewel. It's a great illustration of life in medieval England. A must read for kids and adults alike. I'm ready to devour the second in the series. Hopefully, my hunger will be sated soon :)
Lindsay Graham
I fell in love with this book! I fell in love with the adventure and it even made me fall in love with history. I felt like I was the one taking the adventure and time traveling! P.T. McHugh has done a fabulous job integrating adventure and history that will keep you turning the page until you reach the end. Once you reach the end you yearn for more.
Sarah White
Great story that leaves you hoping for a quick release of book #2!
Paula Ratcliffe
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Laura
I love historical fiction and time travel, so the combination of both in this book made the perfect combination for pleasure reading. McHugh's debut novel in his Stone Ends YA series was an exciting and fun book to read! Although the book cover may lead one to believe that this may be a dark story, it's far from that.

Almost fifteen-year old Jason is a shy high school kid who now lives with his grandfather after losing both parents to a car accident three years earlier. He misses them terribly an...more
Suzanne
I'm not sure who the target audience for this novel might be. Clearly, I'm not it, though I don't mind a time travel book and am certainly not adverse to either historical aspects or magic in fictions. However, as a novel for young people, teens or perhaps a younger age, I can't see many of the ones I have worked with getting further than I did.

I had trouble with the adult diction and syntax coming from a high school freshman. I was also a bit flummoxed about whether the author was going for sc...more
Victor Gentile
P T McHugh in his new book, “Keeper of the Black Stones” Book One in the Stone Ends series published by Glass House Press takes us into the life of Jason Evans.

From the back cover: Keeper of the Black Stones

Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was – girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him … a set of stones that allowed them to jump through time … a m...more
Traci (The Reading Geek)
I really enjoyed Keeper of the Black Stones. The summary of this one really caught my attention because I love history and time travel. Keeper of the Black Stones was great and certainly kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Jason is a typical teenage boy but he has special set of stones that allows him to jump through time. He now must go save his grandfather from a man who can possibly destroy the world. Jason made an excellent protagonist. He was a believable character that I was im...more
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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Time Travel seems to have been the theme of February for me, but without a doubt, Keeper of the Black Stones was the storyline I was most anticipating. I held off reading it for as long as I could-I wanted my thoughts to be fresh for this review. Now my thoughts are scrambling in my brain, each of them fighting to make their way onto this post first. Keepers encompassed ALL of the great things about time travel that I grew up loving, and I couldn't have been more engrossed in...more
Beccie
I was sent “Keeper of the Black Stones” for review. I like history so chances are I’ll enjoy most time travel stories. This book was no exception. I love time travel stories because every place has a history. As long as no two authors send me to the same place and time, I’m bound to enjoy the story. This book sent me to 15th century England, which I haven’t visited before. It’s well written and adventurous. The author’s version of time travel was very imaginative. All the characters were great b...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
KEEPER OF THE BLACK STONES by P.T. McHugh is an exciting YA Fantasy/Time Travel story. #1 in “Stone Ends”,what a beginning. Follow fourteen year-old Jason Evans on a journey of discovery, as he learns about his legacy, tries to save the world,save his grandfather and find his place. Young Jason jumps through time from modern day, Lebanon, New Hampshire to 1485 A.D. England,this is done by the use of some Black Stones. Follow, Jason and his friends on a grand adventure filled with danger,secrets,...more
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This book was written very well, and had a great time-travel concept that I enjoyed. I did have a few times that the history was on the boring side, but I am not into history, so that is more it being me, than boring for others, lol. I didn't connect with the main character very well personally, mainly because he is a 14 year old boy, so I can see now this book is written for very young teens, or older children, like 10 or...more
Keri
I'm not even sure what to say about this book but I did not want to put it done once the plot began to move. I can not wait for the next installment in the series.

This book has the action, the attraction of both young male and female readers with Jason, Paul, Katherine,and Tatianna, and the ability have the older audience enjoy the book with the overall presentation. This is defiantly one book I will share with my nephew when he is older.

McHugh took the time to set everything up but also leavi...more
Shauna
I've always loved time travel, and when I read the premise for Keeper of the Black Stones – a boy who stumbles onto the fact that his Grandfather has access to stones that allow people to travel back in time – you can imagine how excited I was when I got an advanced reading copy! You know what's even more exciting?! When something you high expectations for, actually lives up to them!

P.T. McHugh has spun an exhilarating tale about a young man named Jason who discovers his destiny is greater than...more
Yelena
*extremely small spoilers- but doesn't tell the ending of the book*






This was an amazing book!
The start was a bit slow, but it picked up really fast.
The storyline was really interesting, and for once, a family member -Doc in this case- was directly involved before Jason himself.

I also like the fact that Jason didn't plunge into the whole jumping into the stone all by himself and went with the aid of a fully grown adult and two others his own age.
The fact that an adult was there to guide them was r...more
Literati_Lit
Mar 05, 2013 Literati_Lit rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy, teen, young adults
Title: Keeper of the Black Stones (Stone Ends)
Author: PT McHugh
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Glass House Press
ISBN: 0981676804

Magical instruments that allow time travel. The fate of the world, and time itself. A madman seeking to use it all for his own evil purposes.

And one fourteen-year-old boy, who must gather his friends, jump to Medieval England, and set things right, if he’s to save the world. Will Jason Evans learn what he needs to know in time? Will he be able to stop his ne...more
Tien Taylor
Original post: Books with Tien
I received an autographed copy courtesy of P.T. McHugh.

Review:

I absolutely loved Keeper of the Black Stones. I was attracted to this novel once I saw the cover art. With the faded face of the hero and clock work, I knew this book was dark, mysterious and involved time traveling.

The book immediately jumps into action once it is opened.
"I met Anne Frank before she wrote her diary. I consulted with Churchill on political doctrine. I crossed the Potomac with Washington....more
Jacqueline Simonds
I suppose I've been attracted to "geeky kid saves the world (and his parent)" narratives since I first read A WRINKLE IN TIME mumblymumbly years ago. KEEPER OF THE BLACK STONES is a remarkable addition to that genre of adventure fantasy, but for an older readership than WRINKLE.

Jason is a talented and smart high school student. He works hard at fitting in, both because of his natural intelligence and the loss of both of his parents three years prior to the beginning of the tale. Jason's grandfat...more
Bj Gaskill
WOW!
This was a very interesting book. I love Nerds and Twists, and this book gave me both!
The build up starts right at the prologue and the story itself was NO let down!
Jason is a nerd, and a SMART one at that. Then you add his best pal Paul...awesome! The two of them hold a bond like brothers, each with their own personalities which adds to the over all story.
Then you have Nicholas....talk about evil villain!!! The man will do anything to achieve his goals.
The twists come at you early on.....tr...more
Ula
I was quite looking forward to this book, the synopsis for it is very interesting and it's been a while since I read anything about time travel or Middle Ages. It was a refreshing read that I quite enjoyed.
To sum it up, the book was a great read, funny and engaging, interesting and full of great twists and suspense. It's a great historical story with a lot of action and time travel to spice it up. I look forward to read more about the troubles Jason will get into.

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Tash
From the first moment I read the blurb for this book, I knew I was going to enjoy it. I was right. My only regret is that I didn't tell my dad about it four weeks before I read it so he could have got the jump on me and we would have finished at the same time. As it was, I had to wait for him to finish so we could be excited about it together.

As a big history buff, my dad has tried to instil historical interest in me for my entire life. All I ever really cared about was the weapons. Turned out...more
Linda Foster
I absolutely loved The Keeper of the Stones. The amazing details truly engulfed every one of my senses and threw me into Mid-evil Europe. The cast of characters had me laughing with them and I felt my heart racing with throughout their perilous exploits. I was gripping my e-reader so hard popped. That is how on the edge of my seat I was with this book. This is a high fantasy book that encompasses everything I could want in an amazing adventure and it leaves me begging for more.
Mindy
I loved, loved, loved this book. My favorite part is that my son will love it also. Finding books my kids will like that I also like are huge for me. This book was clever, well written, funny, scary, interesting, and educational all in one entertaining story. Fabulous.

I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds and highly recommend it for you and your kids (a great gift idea).

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
Susan
P.T. McHugh pens "Keeper of the Black Stones" in a nice, easy, smoothly paced plot filled with time travel and a touch of humor. I found his characters to be well developed and relate-able to the point where you actually cared what was happening to them. I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to more! Highly recommended for all time travel adventure fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
B. 3 Eagles
Mar 27, 2014 B. 3 Eagles rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys time travel and historical fiction
Recommended to B. by: Carrie White
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Ok, I'm going to start by pointing out the obvious- I'm not this book's target demographic. I'm not sure of the 'official age range' intended for this one, but I was under the impression that it was in the area of pre/early teens. Generally, when I read a YA book geared for an age range of less than 16 years old, I read it to my daughter as a bedtime story, one chapter at a time, and then base any ratings or reviews on both of our opinions, just to be fair and balanced. And that was how this bo...more
Paul Richer
Keeper of the Black Stones is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in many years. PT McHugh took me on an adventure with amazing story-telling around every corner. The characters, history, and suspense weaved together flawlessly. I enjoyed watching Jason mature from chapter to chapter. Doc, Paul, Katherine, Reis, and Tatiana all compliment Jason in a different and unique way. Now I can't wait for more in book #2.
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