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Fifteen year-old Valerie is used to losing things–she lost her dad to his job ages ago and her best friend moved with no warning...and hasn't been heard from since. During a weekend camping trip with her emotionally distant parents, she stumbles upon a hidden, mysterious stone and she finds herself desperate to keep it, to possess it. Two strange and beautiful boys have ot ...more
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published February 4th 2012 by Beth Balmanno
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Jamie
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Fifteen year-old Valerie is used to losing things–she lost her dad to his job ages ago and her best friend moved with no warning...and hasn't been heard from since. During a weekend camping trip with her emotionally distant parents, she stumbles upon a hidden, mysterious stone and she finds herself desperate to keep it, to possess it. Two strange and beautiful boys have other plans, however. They follow her home–Leo, warm and seductive, who covets the stone and will stop at nothing to get i
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Jenn L
Apr 01, 2012 Jenn L rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this book down! The second the book revealed it's mythology plot twist I was hooked and glued - and decided it was 100% worth it to stay up until 2am reading. Now I wish I had spaced the book out b/c I could have savored it over the course of the weekend. Which only means one thing: I will absolutely be re-reading this book!

The characters in the book were fantastic [especially Noel!] and left me dying to learn more about them. If I had to voice a complaint it was simply that I did
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Jill Swanson-Diaz
Whew! This book sent me through a heap of emotions and I just couldn't stop reading.
I found the premise so fresh and new. The story line was unpredictable for me which I loved! There were no moments when I thought to my self, "...and now this happens." The story kept moving at a great pace with just the right amount of development throughout.
I was immediately pulled into the mythology involved with this story. It is so well integrated with real life.
Set in Stone follows Valerie a 15 year old wh
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P.A. Warren
Apr 18, 2012 P.A. Warren rated it it was amazing
**REVIEW**Possible Spoilers..Taken from my Blog Le' BookSquirrel

What a cute read..Who knew a stone could cause so much trouble?The story revolves around Valerie finding the stone and Leo trying to get said stone using his powers of persuasion and Noel trying to protect Valerie 's from Leo's persuasiveness.Valerie and Noel have an almost instant attraction all the while Noel is fighting his need to get the magic stone.Im not mentioning what the stone's powers are as I do not want to ruin the sto
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Hayley
Apr 01, 2012 Hayley rated it it was amazing
I could write a really long review about everything I loved about this book, but that would take me a million years, and I'm not kidding.

Beth Balmanno is an amazing writer. Her characters are phenomenal and the plot was unique and creative. I loved how the author made you feel like you were in the story: at Valerie's high school, at the campground and at Lake Anna, among other locations. I could picture every single scene in my head like it was on a TV screen.

And now you want to know what I did
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Becky Fisk
I chose to read Balmanno's Set in Stone based on a recommendation but without knowing anything about the story. How very glad I am that I was so trusting.
Balmanno easy draws the reader into her world with a creative tale and spectacular characters. I felt myself just as caught up in Valerie's dilemma as she was. I felt her suffering as well as her joy. It was hard not to be thrust into their world with the incredible way Balmanno set's a scene. The book carried my attention all the way through
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emiLy
Apr 06, 2012 emiLy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Valerie as a strong female main character, I found myself agreeing with her and sympathizing with her rather than being annoyed by her, which happens so often with other books. There are none of those "But just SAY what you MEAN!" moments in Set in Stone. I liked how the characters were introduced for a purpose, and fleshed out enough to know them without being over-descriptive or tedious. Overall, I recommend this book as a nice alternative to so much YA romance out there. I le ...more
Nancy
Apr 02, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Set in Stone this past weekend and I don't think there are enough words to describe how enjoyable it was. It is a book that takes you on a journey through growth and love. The setting is beautifully described... so much so, that you feel like you're there. The characters seem so real that you can relate to them. I cried when I was done reading, not only because the story was so poignant, but because my journey was over. Only for the moment, I hope. I'm looking forward to ...more
Katy
Apr 04, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing
I loved it !!! The story was so interesting and it was just so good !!! XD I loved Valerie and Noel they were so sweet and cute together. And I was on the verge of tears when he had to leave. But Valerie was so strong, of course he was sad but she didn't go all Bella on us, and I was just so awesome :)
Alex Polikowsky
Apr 05, 2012 Alex Polikowsky rated it it was amazing
Just finished the book!
I got hooked right away by this story. It kept me away at night until late and I only put the book down because my eyes would stop working!
I loved the characters! I loved Valerie.
I really really want a sequel...and more Noel.
Did I say I want more Noel?
So I loved this book!! Very well paced and never got boring. The main character never let me down or annoyed me ( a common thing for me ) and the plot was well written and well placed in the book.
The only thing that I did
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Raven_blake
Didn't expected that I would enjoy it as much as I did. The plot and characters are really good and I loved reading it. I really liked the chemistry between Noel and Valerie. There are lots of sexual tension between them which I really enjoyed. The plot is amazingly beautiful that I totally immersed myself into it. At first, I thought that this book wouldn't be that great but now I'm glad for picking it up. It was a quick read and I've completed it in one sitting. Now I know that you shouldn't j ...more
Shelby
Apr 06, 2012 Shelby rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down once I started. I love the brother dynamic in books. I loved the details and the characters the author created, I was swooning over Noel. I was literally shocked with the ending though..not necessarily my first choice for an ending but hopefully there will be a sequel,, definitely worth reading!
Lissette
Jul 03, 2014 Lissette rated it really liked it
Valerie's life takes an unexpected turn when she comes across a glowing stone on the trails one day. She and her family have gone on a camping trip, intent on enjoying everything nature has to offer. The sight of the stone draws her in like a moth to a flame. She has to have it, even if it means she'll need to keep its existence a secret from everyone else.

When the enigmatic Noel suddenly pops up in her life, Valerie isn't sure as to what she should make of it. Part of her wonders if his presenc
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Karla
Jan 05, 2013 Karla rated it it was amazing
it was so flipping good!!!!! I loved it to death and I knew Geoff liked her!!! oh and the extra little bit at the end with the sequel!! I want to read it so bad!!
Kelly
Apr 29, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Hoped to read it while on vacation, but couldn't put it down. Finished it before we left. A real page turner. Looking forward to the sequel.
Jeff Shelby
Apr 07, 2012 Jeff Shelby rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book and deserves to be The Next Big Thing In YA. Great characters, great voice and such a great story. We need a sequel. NOW.
Anne Eliot
Feb 28, 2012 Anne Eliot rated it it was amazing
Loving this one...
Ellen
May 30, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
While hiking on a camping trip 15-year-old Valerie falls, ends up off the trail, and find herself in a strange place in the forest where she finds a beautiful, mysterious stone. She knows the stone is special, but she doesn't tell anyone about it. Almost immediately, a beautifully tempting dark-haired guy shows up, but Valerie knows something isn't quite right about it all. The next thing she knows, this same hot guy has enrolled in her school. Not only is he now attending, but his brother Leo, ...more
Beth
May 24, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teen +
Valerie Ramsey thinks of herself as a typical 15 year old high school student…completely average. Until the day, she makes an extraordinary discovery. While camping with her parents and friends, Valerie finds a perfect stone with a Celtic Cross imbedded inside it. The stone is imbued with magical forces beyond Valerie's awareness and those forces will stop at nothing to possess the stone. Those forces do come packaged as two very hunky young men, Noel and Leo. It is a race to discover the truth ...more
Lili
Jun 14, 2012 Lili rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS

I won this book in a contest. Naturally, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had entered the contest after seeing the Goodreads summary above and thought, "why not? It looks interesting!" Plus, the thought of two attractive guys warring over a girl got me interested, too. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for plots that contain any sort of love-triangle. But what I want to say is that I am beyond impressed with this debut e-book. It's much longer than any other e-book I've read to date, and I loved
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Elsa Carrion
Jun 29, 2012 Elsa Carrion rated it it was amazing
Wow, this story was amazing!

The story has a very unique plot, great characters, and strong female with a difficult ending. So glad that there is a second book! Because I was yelling at the end, I wanted to throw the book across the room but that would break my ipad so I reframed and a good thing because I turned a few pages and bam chapter one to the next book which I devoured immediately. With all the sad situations surrounding Valerie, she remains strong in front of others very sad but life g
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Drew
Aug 12, 2014 Drew rated it it was ok
I dunno about this book, was an interesting read with the mythology twist and everything but even with the time limit it seemed slow and almost pointless. Everything that happened was for nothing it seems other than for others to realize they need her in their lives?
Gloria
Aug 27, 2012 Gloria added it
I am so grateful someone recommended this book to me. I downloded the book onto my iPad so I was able to start the read at my leisure. Let me tell you that once I started to read the first page, it thoroughl captured my interest, so much so that it was difficult to put down. What an awesome writer! It ceases to amaze me how authors come up with storylines. Balmanno must have a unique personality (and mind) not to mention IMAGINNATION! I would defintely recommen this but (and have done so already ...more
Leilani
Jul 02, 2014 Leilani rated it it was ok
I'm a bit baffled to see that this book got such a high rating. The thing that bothered me most about this book was Valerie's character. She was just too immature, clingy and selfish. Everytime she ran into trouble she always turned to someone else to solve her problems. She never once tried to resolve things on her own. She depended on others way too much and she never stood up for herself. And the whole thing about Val choosing what to do with the stone? The most obvious solution was never bro ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Aug 05, 2012 Literary Chanteuse rated it really liked it
A refreshingly different paranormal/fantasy ya story centering around celtic folklore. A wonderful heroine who starts out being a typical teen but by the end of the book has reached a maturity and gains much strength that the reader can't help but feel admiration for her. Like a magnetic pull this book tore me away from another book I was reading and kept me glued to each page. I was a lttle surprised to discover there is to be a sequel but am defintiely looking forward to it.
Liana
Jul 27, 2014 Liana rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It was sweet, heartbreaking and hopeful. Ended like a read alone novel, everything is pretty much tied up but in the back of my Kindle version it mentions that Beth Balmanno is working on a sequel(im guessing she decided to go under the pen name Anna Cruise) but i can't find any mention of a sequel online. So is there going to be a sequel? I wouldn't mind more Noel.
Amanda
Jun 27, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I was really hoping there would be a way for Noel and Valerie to live happily ever after. This was the most original love story I have ever read. Beautiful and sweet and I am left desperate for Noel to be in my life!! I loved the mystery involved. The mythology twist was a fantastic surprise and now I'm in love with a God :)
Alexandra
Jun 20, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
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Kathryn
Jul 10, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I thought this book was pretty good. The only complaints I had was that the romance moved very quickly and that the middle seems dull and didn't have much if a story other then spending time with Noel. but other than that this book was pretty good. an easy read.
Claire
Nov 24, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and i hope to see the sequel soon!!! Its one of those books that you will stay up all night reading just to finish. Thank you Beth Balmanno for writing such an awesome story and letting us fall in love with Noel!!!
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Anna Cruise has been writing and drooling over boys since middle school. Lots of years have passed but some things never change...

Her novels include IT WAS YOU, IT WAS ME, IF I FALL, SET IN STONE and MAVERICK. Additional titles releasing during 2013 include a stand-alone NA, DOWN BY THE WATER and two untitled novels.

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