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Stone Faced Angel (Stone Angels #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
There are some things I've come to know for sure.

I died . . . a long time ago
Even in death I was always aware of him.
Love has a way of making even angels choose to leave their heaven above.
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Published February 1st 2015 (first published February 1st 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book was just pure sweetness. Like one of those slow sweet songs. I think I might have even rated it higher if I wasn't in such a bitchy mood over the last few days. So don't think the 3 stars is isn't.

I think some people will say there is insta-love in the book but Brandon had fell for the Stone Angel before he ever met Maura..he had been going there to pour out his feelings for some time.

It's one of those books I may come back too later...when I'm in a sweeter mood.

I received an
Robin (Bridge Four)
Straddling 3 to 3.5 stars

The statue of a girl sits alone in a beautiful southern cemetery as the world goes by. It seems almost lifelike like maybe just maybe it could hold the essence of the person it was fashioned after, maybe it does.

What if a statue could hold the essence or soul of the person it was modeled after? What if it sat in a cemetery through a century and let the world around it go by until the soul of someone else calls to her own soul? That is the premise of Stone Faced Angel.

Emm Cole
Maura Davis wakes up in a cemetery, cold and alone. The only thing she knows is her name. She is startled by modern conveniences and can't remember who she was before a sweet southern woman named Leona kindly gives her a place to stay.

Then enters Leona's grandson, Brandon Dees. Oh, Brandon... I know there are a lot of swoon-worthy YA book boyfriends to be had, such as a Mr. Edward Cullen and Daemon Black. It's some tough competition, for sure. But even though Brandon has no secret super powers,
Flavia (OddCloud)
Advanced Reading Copy received via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

The actual rating is 2.5/5

I’ve enjoyed the story overall. It failed to deliver to me, though. Maybe it wasn’t the book for me, or I’ve read it at the wrong time, but it disappointed me.

The premise was good; it was the element that caught me into requesting the ARC in the first place. The whole idea of an angel coming on Earth to find love is interesting. Unfortunately, after the first few chapters nothing relevant to
Aseel (In My Secret -Book- World)
**An eARC was provided in exchange of an honest review**

You know those people that are so picky with what they eat and what they like and how the salt has to be just right and you can't have food not crispy enough? I'm one of those, only instead of food, I'm picky with my readings. I have pet peeves, things that ruin a book for me completely and I always find something that puts me off. Sometimes they are big, other times they're not. This time, it was big. I hate cheesy relationships. Love at f
This book is a hot mess.

The first thing that I couldn't stand was the characters. The main character, Maura, was particularly annoying. She's so helpless. All she does is scream for BRANDON BRANDON (her love interest). Especially when (view spoiler). Brandon isn't a great character as well. He's a nice guy, but too nice and too boring. There's also Brandon's grandma, who I forgot the name of. She's super nice too, but too
Oct 30, 2014 Alley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received this book from the Author for a review.
There are some things I know for sure:
1. I died . . . a long time ago
2. Even in death I was always aware of him.
3. Love has a way of making even angels choose to leave their heaven above.
Stone Faced Angel is beautifully written. The first think I want to say is that I like that the book doesn’t sound like it was written by a child or teenage, which ALOT of YA books are. In the prologue the story is told in Brandon’s perspective, Then switches to
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Marie McKean and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Maura wakes in a cemetery with no memories other than knowing her own name. Taken in by a kindly stranger called Leona, Maura must try to find out what happened to her and who she really is.
Who is Maura really? And why does she feel such a connection to Leona’s grandson Brandon?

This was an okay angel story, with a very sad ending.

Maura was quite an innocent girl,
Oct 21, 2014 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was completely different than anything else I have read. I love how it was set in the past and the present at the same time. It different than all the other YA and Romance books I usually read. I love how the grandma was so generous in the book and treated Maura like she was her daughter. Overall it was an amazing story.
The description was pretty confusing. How can you die and come back to life? But the author really layed it out perfectly.
The characters were base
Jan 01, 2015 EndlessReading rated it really liked it

This book was amazing! I mean, I really love a good paranormal/Angel book and this had me on tenterhooks throughout!
I think I've found, yet again, another amazing author to follow and stalk..

What would you do if you found yourself awake and find yourself cold, confused and alone in a cemetery?
This is how Maura Davis felt when she had woken from her "slumber" alone and afraid in a cold dark cemetery. The only thing she knows for certain is her name...

Desperate to find some answers she v
Sep 18, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Stone Faced Angel was an okay read, but i was bored at points.

At first, i didn't really like Maura. I felt sorry for her becuase of the situation she was in, and it was good to see that she didn't take Leona's kindness for granted, but other than that i found her to be slightly off. After a while, i started to warm to her. I still didn't love her by the end, but i liked her.
Brandon was an okay character, but i didn't like when
Sep 30, 2014 Cora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this book! It’s been a while since I really got into a book and I knew I loved this one when it got to 3 in the morning and I was still reading it. (Trust me it takes something special to get me to give up my sleep, especially when I had an early start the next day)

Yes on occasion the plot is slow but it all adds up to a spectacular story-line and ending. I really liked how each section worked well together it was very well written. Every character is unique, realistic and life-like whic
Selene L. Nyx
Nov 22, 2014 Selene L. Nyx rated it really liked it
Although this kind of read is not my normal attention grabber, the synopsis to the story made me interested.

Ms. McKean has created a world and characters that have entranced me. Brandon is a heartthrob and his strange yet attractive description, emotions and character in STONE FACED ANGEL gives YA Readers a new boyfriend to hold on too. Go Team Brandon!

Maura seems so sad to me but her characters grows on me. It was a bit hard at times to keep reading but I am glad I made it through. Ms. McKean
Marie Yule
Nov 13, 2014 Marie Yule rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book! not what I expected at all. Within the first few pages I was sucked in to this amazingly well written story that made me laugh and cry at times. The plot twist was a huge shocker to me ! I didn't see it coming at all, but what a way to end the book.. cannot wait for the next one.
Manisha Mahalingam
Oct 27, 2014 Manisha Mahalingam rated it it was ok
Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean is a story of love, the kind that surpasses even death so that two souls can find themselves in the other’s arms.

The story is about two young people, Maura and Brandon. Brandon has always felt there is something missing in his life, and he desperately tries to fill that void. What he doesn’t know is that faith has already decided when and how the void is going to be filled, when the wounds of his past is going to be healed. The prologue does a wonderful job of s
Mar 20, 2015 RoloPoloBookBlog rated it it was amazing
Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean
Book #1: The Stone Angels Saga
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review:

Since he was a child, Brandon Dees has not been happy at home. His father is relentless concerning Brandon’s future and his step-mother is a mistress-turned-step-mother who stepped into Brandon’s life within months of his mother’s passing. There have only ever been two places where Brandon has felt at home and truly accepted, at his grandmother, Leona’s home and in front of the stone an
ashley | citygirlscapes
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Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean is a book about a boy who talks to an angel statue in a grave yard, a statue that at some point turns into a living, breathing girl. Simplified like that, I’m not sure whether my first impression was a good one or not, but the description – “I died, a long time ago” – is what caught my attention and I was intrigued enough to see what kind of story a death, a survivor and an angel statue was going to build.

Maura is a lost so
Jan 22, 2015 Ana rated it it was ok
(Review thanks to a free digital ARC from NetGalley)
There is a stone statue in the cemetery that Brandon likes to go and talk to it. For him, it is the only thing that actually listens to what he feels and has to say. One day, the statue disappears and Maura surfaces and is taken in by a nice older woman, who turns out being Brandon's grandmother. Maura does not remember anything of her past and with the help of Brandon and his grandmother, she finds out more of who she is and what her purpose
Jan 28, 2015 Candy rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
Stone Faced Angel
Marie Mckean
Paranormal Romance

Review: Maura Davis is not like other girls. Mainly because she originally lived during the Civil War era. Now because of a boy, Brandon Dees, Maura has returned to enjoy love like she never got to in her first life. Unfortunately someone wants to stop their happily ever after and will do anything to get rid of Maura. Will Brandon and Maura get their happily ever after?
Ok before I say too much I must warn those reading this review that there are sp
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
I liked where McKean was going with this, but the slow plot kept me from enjoying this read. While it has some interesting characters and overall genuineness, things dragged on and on and on. I was 30% into the book and already wondering when the end would come. I'm surprised I even finished it at all. That might be due to the fact that I forced myself to sit down and read it.

The book starts out in Brandon's POV as he and his recently ex girlfriend get in a car crash. She dies. He blames himsel
Emma Cox
Oct 06, 2014 Emma Cox rated it really liked it
I am going to do this review a little bit differently than I normally do. I did completely enjoy the book but there are a few niggly bits that I didn't like so much but rather than dwell on them I am going to start with what I did liked

I loved both of the main characters in this book and I really enjoyed how Maura's and Brandon's relationship developed over time rather than immediately. The character development was great, I really felt connected to all of the characters. For the first half of t
Dec 09, 2014 Ronnie rated it it was ok
I received a free ebook copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To jump in the middle of it: I expected more from this book.

A stone angel turning into a flesh and blood girl; that is an idea I like. However, the execution wasn’t that grand. There were parts I really enjoyed (mostly the parts that involved more action), and then there were those chapters where Maura and Brandon were ’bonding’… to be honest, I was a little bored with their high school rom
Dec 05, 2014 Kenzie rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-owned
I really enjoyed reading Stone Faced Angel. The plot is unique, and I liked how McKean started us out in Brandon's point of view and what led to him visiting the stone angel in the cemetery. The story line moves a little slower than I am used to, but it really helps you get a feel for the characters and the situations. Maura is a strong and interesting main character, I was a little thrown off on how she was able to acclimate to her new surroundings so quickly because I feel that she should have ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Morris rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reviews
If I could give half stars, “Stone Faced Angel” would get 3 1/2.

The story of an angel coming to earth looking for love is definitely an intriguing plot, and it did deliver in moments. As is too often not the case, there was an actual love interest that is a good example of what to look for in a partner as opposed to being obnoxious and overbearing. The love story moved too quickly in my opinion, but it was not unrealistic enough to distract from the romance.

The main problem with the book is the
Jan 04, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
This book kept surprising me. The ending in particular was jam packed with a lot of surprises. Midway through the book there were several plot points that I was surprised the author wasn't developing. I was surprised that she wasn't going more in depth with several storylines that I thought were interesting. I'm purposefully being vague because I don't like to put spoilers in my reviews.

I found that slightly disappointing but still enjoyed the book. Then, the author really explained those exact
Jul 20, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-tbr, favorites
Brandon has always found comfort in talking to the stone faced angel at the cemetery After a car accident that kills his girlfriend that he just broke up with , Brandon finds solace in talking to his angel and wishing that she was alive to speak to him. Maura Davis wakes up in the cemetery soon after with only a thin robe on and no memory of who she is and how she ended up in the cemetery. Maura is soon taken in by a sweet elderly woman. Maura and Brandon cross paths and after falling for each ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Karla rated it liked it
I like the book but I'm not overly in love with the book. Its slow in places. There a few questions I have, that weren't answered in this book. Can't say more without giving spoilers away. The storyline was okay but lacked intensity. The characters did have chemistry but lacked fireworks. I didn't fully connect with the characters.

The ending is devastating and left me with the question "Why did I even bother reading it?" I was left empty. (Perhaps that's was the reaction the author was looking
Feb 20, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This came very close to getting 1 star from me because of that ending! Let me tell you, it was a very close thing, but alas I chose to give it the rating I would have given it before the ending. I loved this book! This book is purely a love story. Not much else happens except for the development of love between two people. I was not bothered by that at all; this book is all about emotion. The way Maura speaks is excellent; she has an intelligence and confidence that was refreshing to read in a ...more
Veraccolacci Astanei
Apr 25, 2016 Veraccolacci Astanei rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing love story.
Featuring Angels and Paranormal Romance.

Marie McKean takes us to a Modern Tale of Mystery, Passion, Ultimate Attraction and a Roller-coaster of emotions.

The story of this Romance is about Maura's story to find herself in this strange place to her.
To discover along with Maura what happened to her, to her life and why she has this "Temporal Amnesia" is the trip that I was surprisingly eager to enroll myself into.

Its an amazing journey through the mystery of
Nov 15, 2014 Joanne rated it it was ok
*** Review copy provided by NetGalley***

I was intrigued by the blurb but the book didn't live up to my expectations. It was quite slow, I kept waiting for something to happen but when something mildly exciting did happen it kind of fizzled out quickly.
The part that completely killed it for me though was towards the end, when one of the culprits was revealed and said 'I almost succeeded in doing just that, too, and I would have, had her pesky friends not managed to get themselves in the way'....
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Marie McKean was born in rural Utah, far from city life. Surrounded by the Abajo Blue Mountains, she gained a passion for the serenity of nature. When a young adult, her sheltered and quiet-mountain life came to an abrupt end when she married and moved to the "Big Apple." New York City opened her eyes to a whole new world. She later moved to San Francisco in pursuit of her advancing career and the ...more
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