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Stonefly (Jacob Duke #1)

it was amazing 5.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1 Rating  ·  1 Review
Jacob Duke has come back to Braketon­—a sleepy, backwoods town bordering Dover, the mental institution where he spent his formative years. Jacob's intention is to enjoy Braketon's woods and water for the first time as a free man, but he soon discovers that Dover isn't through with him yet. Driven by a curse that compels him to grant any wish he hears, Jacob is drawn back ...more
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Published March 28th 2013 by Haley Road Publishing
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The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
Review of Stonefly by Scott Holliday (Jacob Duke #1)
5 stars

An amazingly powerful and emotionally impacting novel, “Stonefly” deserves more than 5 stars; 36 would be nice. I am so thankful that this is the first in a series, and I can only “wish” (intentional reference) that #2 would be available tomorrow. I virtually read this in one sitting, over the course of several hours, and again, the world around me dropped away as the novel totally absorbed me into its milieu. Jacob is a protagonist unli
Jun 28, 2013 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Be careful what you wish for…”

Jacob Duke meets the little boy named Frankie when he’s fly fishing on a weekend trip to Braketon. Soon he finds himself embroiled in the boy’s life because Frankie makes a wish.

“It’s my dad,” the kid said. “I wish someone would kill him.”

Jacob Duke has been deaf since the age of fifteen. He’s also a man brought into being by a woman’s wish for a child but no need for a husband. Like the hero of the World According to Garp, Jacob’s mother chose a man to father her
Sep 29, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers and urban fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those who enjoy thrillers and don't mind a mild dose of magic
Trigger Warnings: domestic violence against women and children, kidnapping, murder, killing

My Thoughts: Wow, what a super cool story! This combines two of my favorite things, thrillers and urban fantasy, although the urban fantasy bit is fairly low-key. Jacob is a really interesting character, and I'm excited to note that this is the beginning of a series. I w
I did not see this one coming! Even with its paranormal twist, Stonefly is most definitely a suspense/thriller, chilling to the max!! A young man is compelled to act on any wish he hears or the person making the wish will die in seven days! Jacob is driven by a curse put on him by his gypsy father, a man unknown to him, who his highly successful and supportive mother was with only once. As a child, he fulfilled/acted on a wish that haunts him to this day and cost him many years of his life, bein ...more
Alex McGilvery
May 03, 2013 Alex McGilvery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott J. Holliday
Haley Road Publishing

Stonefly is not the book I expected when I started reading it. Is is a far superior story to the one I expected. It was the whole wish granting thing that pushed my expectations in a different direction. I expected a story about a person who had the power to make wishes happen. Instead the story is about Jacob Duke, who has the responsibility to grant wishes, but no special power to do so.

He has returned to the landscape that he saw out the windows
Michelle Willms
Jul 08, 2013 Michelle Willms rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Stonefly by Scott J. Holliday
Jake found the boy almost immediately on the first day when he was fly fishing in Braketon. The fishing trip was supposed to be a break from his curse; some time alon from people and their almost never-ending wishes. Jake was cursed; if he heard someone make a wish, he had one week to grant that wish or the wisher died. He hoped the kid would have a kid-like wish. Nope. Jake was most definitely cursed. Instead of wishing for a puppy, the kid wished someone would kill
Andra Watkins
Jun 18, 2013 Andra Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read so far this year.........and that's a mouthful coming from me. I am both a writer and a reader: a tough customer.

Stonefly is hard to classify, but that's part of its allure. It turns pages, even though it isn't always suspenseful. Its characters are well developed. The rules of the world - a genie who has to grant wishes or else - are effortlessly explained without bogging down the reader with minutiae.

I devoured this book. It is a pleasant departure from the formulaic stuf
Aug 15, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aug-13
"Stonefly" is weird & wonderful!!
The refreshingly original plot was well written and it kept me guessing.
Jacob Duke is cursed and has to make your wish come true. If he doesn't you will die. As a young boy he is admitted into a mental institution because of a bad wish that resulted in murder. At 18 he is released, and is now deaf from self-inflicted stab wounds to his ears to try to prevent himself from hearing anymore wishes. However, he can now read lips.
Upon his release, while on vacation
Jennifer McLean
Oct 13, 2016 Jennifer McLean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, paranormal
This was a wonderfully unique book and so worth the time to read it. I'll start with a synopsis then give my reasons why you as the reader should invest some time in this book.

Jacob Duke has a compulsion to grant wishes. When he is ten a schoolmate wishes her tormentor dead and Jake is compelled to grant her wish. This act sends Jake to a mental institution in Braketon. We fast forward to ten years later and Jake has come back to Braketon to do some lazy fly fishing, he wants some alone time. He
Oct 20, 2013 Stefanie rated it it was amazing
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How I loved this book! This was definitely like a breath of fresh air, one that was long overdue as well! From the moment I started reading this book I was completely hooked. I really liked the idea on which this story was based, I mean: a real life Genie/jinn. That’s definitely a topic I’ve never read about before. Things that I really enjoyed about this book were the characters, the storyline, the writing, the fact that it will c
Jul 28, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy from the publisher with the intention of writing an honest review.

This book was so good that I didn't stop reading it until I had finished it.

Jacob Duke has spent the six years in a mental institute because he had no control of his curse. He was 10 years old when he killed the local bully because a girl in his class wished that he was dead. Jacob then spent two years being dragged from one psychiatrist to another. It wasn't his fault that he killed the bully but he could
Jun 10, 2013 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery and Thriller Readers
Recommended to Eileen by: NetGalley
****.5 Rating 4.5
The description appealed to my reader’s instincts, Stonefly the bait and I was caught hook, line and sinker. I usually don’t read novels under 250 pages but this one captured the whole plot in 152 pages and it didn’t sell itself short.
The author of Stonefly, Scott J Holliday been a writer for some years but only recently has he been published. Stonefly is the first of a series involving the character of Jacob Duke; a complex, unusual young man, born with a curse. He hasn’t
Nov 14, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
When he was ten years old, Jacob Duke was there when another child made a very nasty but heartfelt wish. Over the next several days he tried to control his trembling, tried to understand why he was so hot. He was compelled to grant her wish. As soon as he did, he felt normalcy returning to his mind and body. Oh, he was also put in a very secure facility for the criminally insane. There he made an unlikely friend. Slowly, through trial and error, the two worked out the details of Jacob's curse - ...more
Andrea Ika
Jul 20, 2013 Andrea Ika rated it it was amazing

Scott J Holliday

Review: Stonefly
Series: Jakob Duke #1
Author: Scott J. Holliday
No of Pages: 320
Release Date: June 1st 2013 by Haley Road Publishing
Received From: Netgalley
Rating: 5/5

Jacob Duke has come back to Braketon--a sleepy, backwoods town bordering Dover, the mental institution where he spent his formative years. Jacob's intention is to enjoy Braketon's woods and water for the first time as a free man, but he soon discovers that Dover isn't through with him yet. Driven by a cur
Zoe Brooks
Oct 07, 2013 Zoe Brooks rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-realism
This is a lovely short novel. Written in the first person, it gives the central character a strong individual voice. The reader gets inside his head from the outset: "Hey there," I said, pantomining a wave. Idiot. Why not how howdy partner while we're at it."

Jacob speaks of his "curse" with a matter-of-factness that means that we don't question it. At first. But Jacob has a history, which comes out during the course of the book. Not only is there the period of the mental institution, but also t
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with Stonefly and to be honest I thought it really wasn't going to be my cup of tea. How wrong I was! I was hooked within the first couple of pages and didn't put it down until I was finished.

Stonefly is the story of Jacob, a seemingly normal young man until you he has some sort of curse that compels him to grant people's wishes but this isn't necessarily a good thing. If he fails to do this within six days the person who made the wish will die. Jacob develops
May 20, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book may have the most original plot that I have seen so far this year. When I first read the blurb for this, I was a bit concerned that it might go off in the sillies since the character would more or less be like a genie. Thankfully, I was wrong. Not only was it not silly, but it was gripping, well written and engaging from start to finish.

One of the things that made this book so enjoyable for me was the quirkiness of the main character. He is dealing with a blessing/curse situation that
Robin Austin
Jul 29, 2013 Robin Austin rated it it was amazing
Stonefly is the entrancingly woven story of Jacob Duke, a grantor of wishes. Duke is not blessed by his ability to grant what is desired but cursed by his requirement to do in order to save both himself and the clueless who dare utter to him their wish.

The product of the one-night stand of his gypsy father and career driven mother, Duke’s childhood is comfortable on the outside and tormented within. His "wish" curse, which isn't fully revealed to him until his 18th birthday, is courtesy of the d
May 20, 2013 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
First off, a huge thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Stonefly. I did not know exactly what type of book I was getting myself into, but I really really enjoyed this one. The story was so well thought of and put together very nicely.

A young man, Jacob Duke, is born with this curse where he is forced to grant any wish a person makes. If he does not grant the wish then the person who made the wish will die by the end of a week. At the age of 10 he ended up killing a clas
Jun 18, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author/publisher for a review copy.

I really had no idea what to expect in reading this book. I honestly just thought, "Hey, the cover looks interesting." Because I will admit it. I definitely judge a book by it's cover. I am one of those. But you know what, it is the cover that will draw us in. And look at it sitting up top there. It is interesting and unique and you want to know what it is about, don't you? Yep, me too.

So, not knowing what to expect, I found some very funny passag
Wayne McCoy
Mar 31, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Stonefly is a supernatural story that feels familiar, but has a wholly original concept. Jacob Duke has to grant wishes. If you wish for something sincerely and Jacob can't grant it in seven days, you die. This makes Jacob a bit frantic, especially as the clock ticks down. So frantic, that he once spent time in a mental hospital, and became deaf as a result.

Jacob Duke comes back to the town of Braketon where he spent time in the aforementioned mental hospital. This time, he is just looking for a
Christina  Torretta
The beginning of this story made me want to go hmmm… It’s the kind of story where you do get answers but not all at once, and the way Scott J. Holliday introduced those answers was phenomenal.

The plot sped along and kept me guessing. You found out about his curse and that he’s a genie pretty early on, but the rules surrounding this curse you learn as JD learns. A little at a time throughout the book. And what JD goes through and what he does, to others and to himself, sounds appalling but then y
Stonefly has an intriguing setup: Jacob Duke suspects his father is a genie who has given him the worst kind of curse: When he hears someone make a wish, Jacob is compelled to make that wish come true—or the wisher will die. The world-building around Jacob and his birthright is well thought out and presented; there’s not too much information, just enough presented exactly when it’s needed to have the most impact.

Jacob’s curse has led him to do some unthinkable things. At the age of ten, he kille
Cheryl M-M
Jun 04, 2013 Cheryl M-M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent concept. Fresh, bold and engaging.
A little darkness goes a long way in this extraordinary book.
The main character is the result of an unknown father and a mother who likes to keep secrets. Jacob has a gift, but he considers this gift a curse and quite frankly I would have to agree with him on that.
Just imagine having the power of wishes and yet nothing is ever that simple in life.
It has an air of mystery and the unexplained about it throughout. You just know there is something else jus
Shay Williams
Aug 07, 2013 Shay Williams rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, thriller
STONEFLY has to be one of the most unusual books that I have had the pleasure of reading. Jake spent his youth in a mental institution after he killed a classmate to grant another's wish. He is driven to grant wishes no matter what they might be due to a curse that he inherited from his father. This is the only thing that he inherited from the man and Jacob's feelings are rather conflicted about both him and his mother.

STONEFLY is written in the first person and normally I find that style rathe
May 27, 2013 Bia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I never thought I would see the day that an author would use the genie and the you-have-to-make-my-wish-happen as a plot to a story. I never thought too that the twist this book had would be all that interesting! Boy, was I wrong to think like that because this book is brilliant!
I didn't want it to end and I couldn't put it down... I kept the just this other chapter mantra throughout the book! It had me at the first chapter and every question I had was solved through the book and not at the same
Suzy Wilson
Thank you to Haley Road Publishing, via Goodreads, for the opportunity to read an eARC of STONEFLY, in return for an honest review.

This novel is fabulous. Short, at a mere 150+ pages, it is nevertheless a full, juicy, drip-down-your-chin kind of a book.

Jacob Duke has a problem. He can grant wishes. Part-human, and part-Djinn, Jake is cursed with the compulsion to grant the wishes uttered them to him.

Part-Djinn I hear you say, well granting wishes must be easy for someone with magic powers. I da
Raechel Attaway
May 03, 2013 Raechel Attaway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stonefly had me hooked from the very first pages, once I started reading I had to set aside my plans and finish the book. When Jacob Duke returns to the town surrounding the mental institution where he spent his formative years, he gets anything but the relaxing vacation he was hoping for. Half djinn, or what many people know as "geanie" Jacob is bound to fulfill any wish he hears, or rather witnesses since being deafened by his own hand. This latest wish unleashes a past he has desperately ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, a paranormal that isn’t a werewolf or a vampire or a zombie and I can’t wait for the next book. The narrator, Jacob, is ½ human, ½ djinn or genie, and the rules for his world are not what you think. The story takes place over seven days, with Jacob’s background and the rules sprinkled in so well, it’s supremely easy to read. Found myself smiling through the first chapters, just at the sheer novelty of the story. Add phrases like “hands drowning in pockets” and it’s too much fun. Jacob ...more
John Johnstone
May 29, 2013 John Johnstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while you read something that is a totally new concept, this is one of those books. Jacob Duke spends a fishing trip near to where he spent his early years in a special unit. The trip turns into a six day challenge to save a young lad he meets at the fishing hole. The book would be very difficult to follow however the author runs the story in tandem with an early history of the main character, allowing you to make sense of everything. Jacob's condition is very unique having to grant ...more
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Scott J. Holliday was born in Detroit, MI in 1975, the fourth son of Jay and Susan Holliday. Growing up the youngest of four boys, Scott took his share of beatings, but it only helped prepare him for life. Scott attended Farmington High School where he was made captain of his football team. He also played bass in a high school band, which is when he first tapped into his creative side. After that ...more
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