Ashley doesn't have a last name. She doesn't know who her mother or her father is. All she has ever known is the orphanage for insane teenagers. She'sAshley doesn't have a last name. She doesn't know who her mother or her father is. All she has ever known is the orphanage for insane teenagers. She's not insane, but no one believes her except her friend Tara. She has panic attacks frequently and is afraid to go to sleep. When she does, she dreams, but it's not like normal dreams. In her dreams, she's in another place and the bad man always finds her. More often than not, when she wakes up, delete comma she has wounds from her battles.
When a family wants to foster her for the last eighteen months before she becomes a legal adult, Ashley doesn't want to go. She doesn't want to leave Tara and she would rather be in the safety of the orphanage, the only place she has ever known. But when the doctors threaten to separate her and Tara until she is released, Ashley caves and agrees to the foster family.
But when Ashley panics during an episode, she finds herself and Tara in a place neither of them have been, Belize. There, Ashley is told that she has special powers, that of the Maya Stone Guardians. Her mother was the last Maya Stone Guardian and after she was killed, the Maya had to wait for Ashley to grow into her powers. But time is of the essence as the stone is in the hands of the demigod that killed her mother. Without it, the underworld could rise.
Filled with amazing supernatural talents like timebenders, healers, mindreaders and more, THE STONE GUARDIAN is a unique treat in the young adult paranormal genre. I really enjoyed how Ashley grew from a victim of her mind to a confident young woman. Her love interest, Arwan, is a timebender and although he is hot, it's hard to decide if he's a good guy or bad until it's revealed. With great character development, phenomenal world-building and a solid plot, THE STONE GUARDIAN is a book that I'd love to see in a series. Highly recommend! ...more
A new debut filled with fantasy, suspense and a heroine stuck in a hard luck corner with no reprieve in sight. The Sin Eater's Daughter is a deftly buA new debut filled with fantasy, suspense and a heroine stuck in a hard luck corner with no reprieve in sight. The Sin Eater's Daughter is a deftly built world filled with vivid scenes and full fleshed characters. The writing is sometimes elegant but sharp enough that the scenes will impact your emotions. I felt so many with this debut: horror, disgust, hope, sadness and anger. I empathized with Twylla, yet wanted to throttle her for just accepting her fate in the beginning. Her sense of loss was not as broad as it should have been as she just accepted what she was and what she does. I really liked Merek and Lief, hoping at least one of them would save Twylla....but knowing she would have to know she needed saving first. The pages just flew by and I really enjoyed it....more
Black Out is a solid read. Focused on two groups of teens, the story flips between the two groups until they are brought together for the end. A virusBlack Out is a solid read. Focused on two groups of teens, the story flips between the two groups until they are brought together for the end. A virus, superhero powers, teen angst and more are in this scy-fy dystopian thriller. I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it. My main issue was the fact that I didn't relate to any characters. Not because of the age difference, as I am an adult, but because the focus wasn't on anyone in particular, but all over the place. The storyline is solid and the plot moved at a quick pace. I really enjoyed the plot and enjoyed the story, I just wish there had been a bit more character development. ...more