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(Cornerstone #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  82 reviews
There’s a man-made storm coming, like a rip in the world, and it’s called the Cusp.

Struggling to fit into the destiny she’s accepted, Nalena Maxwell has been left with one objective: she must find her murdered grandfather’s Memory. Stolen and hidden away by her own father over seventeen years ago, the Memory could be the key to ending the Cusp and destroying the Ianua’s r
Paperback, 259 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED everything about this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat with it's action and it's romance between Garrett and Nalena. Just when I thought I figured out what was going to happen next, something completely different happens. The cliffhanger ending has me desperately wanting the next book.
Shelly Crane
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
Um...I need a Garrett on my shelf asap! And Nelina! She is best friend material!

This book was hilarious!! I've never laughed so much and thought, "How the heck is Misty so witty?"
Let me give you a couple reference lines:
"He's dressed in all black, but his hair is a shocking white-blond. And he's humping the glass."
"Princess growls like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner caught on a rug."

See? Hilarious! :)

And also swoon. Mega swoon. Example.
"There was a whole world of air, but without you there, I cou
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: utopya-con-2013
I really didn't know what to expect with this series. Misty asked me to join the blog tour so I did what I always do...I looked to see if any of my friends had read it that have the same tastes as me and a few had and they loved it so I decided what the heck? I'll try it! Well guess what?! I LOVE IT TOO!!!! Actually I think EVERYONE should just drop what they are reading and go get it and open it and then you will get the AWESOMENESS because you can tell from the first few pages! Can you tell ye ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was impossible to put down. One that I read in just under 24 hours. It was that good! It had me sobbing in Chapter 3, swooning over Garrett in Chapter 4, and mostly on the edge of my seat throughout. I felt it was a stronger book than Cornerstone as we got to learn more about the community and the relationship between Nali & Garrett continues to grow. Great new characters are introduced in this book; who else loves the comic relief of Zane? He's one of my favorites. I changed my re ...more
Starla Huchton
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So. Many. Tears! I cried at least 3 times in the first 7 chapters. Ridiculous, but I did.

The characters are compelling and the world is richly developed. You learn even more about this secret world of those who protect the human race. The main character is both incredibly strong and blessedly vulnerable. I almost didn't give it five stars only because the internal monologue does get a bit clipped and distracting. Still, it wasn't enough to keep me from adoring the book.

Novels On The Run
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing


There is something about Misty’s writing and this series that is begging to be published.

I really believe this world that Misty has built for me. The characters are ALL brilliantly written.

Zane is absolutely hilarious. He knows his stuff, but he can be the biggest larikan.

Mark and Brandon, Garrett’s youngest brothers, they get issued orders , do as they are told , but in their down time they are bickering and pounding each
Michelle  novelsontherun
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing


There is something about Misty’s writing and this series that is begging to be published.

I really believe this world that Misty has built for me. The characters are ALL brilliantly written.

Zane is absolutely hilarious. He knows his stuff, but he can be the biggest larikan.

Mark and Brandon, Garrett’s youngest brothers, they get issued orders , do as they are told , but in their down time they are bickering and pounding each other like normal
Christina Rodriguez
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Some things you just can’t understand until the moment that you do.”


In Cornerstone, Nalena discovered her mother’s secret and now in Keystone she must follow her mother’s last wish. Find her grandfather’s memory. Nalena discovers that trying to find the memory will be a lot harder than she imagined. With The Fury out looking for the key they are leaving no Ianua community unharmed. Nalena and her new Cura (her community) must come together and work on finding the memory before their enemy.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW.... OH MY WOW!!!!Absolutely LOVED!!!!

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OH WOW!! I am totally captivated by this book and let me say...
I read Cornerstone (book 1) and Keystone (book 2) back to back and the world that Misty has created here is phenomenal... Unique, explosive, mesmerizing, enthralling... The list could just go on and on with how taken I am with this book.
I also need to say that I am so thankful for being on this tour and getting a chance to know Mist
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Misty Provencher has created a completely unique story in Cornerstone and Keystone. I have never read anything like it, and that's a major bonus for me. It's so hard to characterize a genre for the books. They aren't really paranormal, but there are paranormal-like elements (no vampires, zombies or ghosts...). They are an urban fantasy, but unlike anything you've ever read.

Misty is a master at creating characters. The dialogue and banter is so easy to hear. The characters all feel real. And the
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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When I read Cornerstone, I did not think it could get any better. Well, I was WRONG! Keystone is amazing, awesome and keeps you wanting me. Garrett, Nali and crew are all back in Book 2. It picks up right were Cornerstone left off at.

Best part of the book: I think the best part of the book is the relationship between Garrett and Nali. It is complicated and (some times) frustrating. There is a continuous pull between them both and I love that bec
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
Keystone picks up right where Cornerstone left off. Nelena is struggling to fit in to her new life. The secrets were revealed and now more than ever she is confused by the person who betrayed her. The person took something very important and hid it away and refuses to give it up. Nelena struggles with her destiny and at times wonders if it was worth it.

Nelena is in a race with time to find her grandfathers memories that were stolen. She needs them to end this feud between the Cusp and the Fury.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one even better than the first in the series!

The book picks up right where Cornerstone left off, so have a box of tissues handy (things are even worse than they seemed at the end of Cornerstone). Nalena, now left without her mom, must try and find her path in this new world known as the Ianua. With the Fury closing in, the rest of the world thrown into chaos, and Walter's memory still missing, Nalena must learn how to use her new powers so that the can protect those she has left. W
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was a HUGE fan of Cornerstone, the first book in this series, and was eagerly awaiting the release of Keystone, hoping it would have the same combination of romance, action, suspense, and coming-of-age story that it's predecessor did.

I was not disappointed. In fact I was thrilled by Keystone.

Everything about this book drew me in. The complexities of the Ianua are fascinating; I still feel like I have so much to learn about them. The battles with the Fury are tense and exciting. The romance is
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutley hands down the best book I have read in along time. I had to put the book down because life got in the way and I didn't want to pick it back up and read because the thought of finishing the story without knowing the next book was here was exctrucating to me.

I lvoed this book so much more then the first. The love, laughter and pain was so vivid!!

I can't wait to find out who we lost, who survived, to see where we go next and how we win this war.

Great book, great series!!
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

I'm really enjoying this series. It's an original concept with lots of action and mystery. The romance is slow moving, sweet, and thankfully not even slighty sappy. The main focus of the book is not about Garrett and Nalena's relationship, but about saving this race of people and finding Nali's grandfather's memory in order to do it. Looking forward to book 3!
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Keystone Nalena and Garrett are back! An Action packed Love Story! I loved this book! Misty constantly keeps you on your toes, there are so many twists and turns. Even in the middle of an action scene, there is still the love story evolving. Wonderful book!
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
That was alot to take in and it just ended... Don't know what's going to happen! Can't wait for the next to finally get some clarity.
Happy with the ending, can't complain :)
Ashley Wallace
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loves-of-my-life
Ive never read anything like this.... It's awesome!!! Loving all of it and can't wait for the next one to come out.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Five Stars: This book is action packed and original!
Nalena is still reeling from her tragic loss. Yet, she must somehow pick up the cornerstone and complete her impressioning. Except reimpressioning is even harder and more dangerous and very seldom successful. She grits her teeth and picks up the stone and her body is immediately assaulted with fiery, mind numbing pain. She screams until her voice is hoarse and then passes out. If Nali can survive the impressioning she still has some huge obsta
Solace Winter
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is a lot I can say about this book, both good and bad. Nalena (Nali) as a main character can both be observant and painfully obtuse, especially when the reader can figure it out and she’s sitting here with a, “Huh?” look on her face. There are two moments of this that made me want to reach through the book and throttle her. First, there are the Veritas, which are introduced early in the novel. Nali is told they can “hear everything” then remains confused as the Veritas in question is seemi ...more
I continue to be impressed with Misty Provencher’s self-published series, Cornerstone. Keystone takes up exactly where Cornerstone left off – Nali has dropped the Cornerstone after the shock of her mother’s murder and she has to go through the very painful process of Reimpressioning.

Keystone was a pretty good balance between racing-around-action and further worldbuilding in the Ianua universe. Because Nali is officially a Contego (warrior) and they’re kind of under siege, she’s constantly around
Shelley (Bella)
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was so impressed with Misty's world building in Cornerstone. It was intricate and unique. Nali was such an interesting and different character, and yet she was familiar and easy to relate to. Her narrative was clever, and her dialogue quick witted, if not a bit snarky. We were one, she and I. And we were off and running...If you read Cornerstone, you know it was an action packed, whirlwind of emotion. The world is changing and Nali is just learning about herself and her real life's calling. So ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4.5/5 Stars

If you read my Cornerstone review (HERE it is if you've not) than you know I enjoyed that book, I thought the story was unique, the romance was hot and basically that it was the start of a great new YA series. But there were a few things I wanted to see happen in the sequel. I wanted to see some real growth in the characters, the heroine Nali in particular. I wanted to learn more about the Ianua, their history and backstory. I wa
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
The only reason this book even has two stars instead of one or less is because of the two side characters-- ZANE & Robin.

UGH. What a disappointment! By the end I was skimming because I was so freaking annoyed. Maybe it's the fact that other fictional boyfriends / couples have ruined me, but there were so many things that just made me roll my eyes and become so irrationally irritated that I skimmed the last 20% of the book.

Dumb dumb DUMB. It was SO dumb that some stupid plot device was introd
Lizzy Lessard
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, ya, reviewed
Overall: While Cornerstone felt like a contemporary novel for the first half, Keystone’s genre is a full-fledged paranormal romance. Although the mystery of the key and who possesses her grandfather’s memory are unraveled slowly, the lag and confusion from the first novel aren’t present here (thank goodness!) – Keystone is action packed and the mystery compelling and concise. The only thing that is obvious to readers is that Nalena will play a large role in figuring out this 17 year-old mystery. ...more
Clare Davidson
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Keystone picks up exactly where Cornerstone left off. Reeling from tragedy, Nalena has to go through the pain and danger of reimpressioning, in order to become Contego, like her boyfriend, Garrett Reese. She survives, barely, only to discover that the worst is yet to come. The new society she has joined is in tatters; danger and conspiracy lurks around every corner. Nalena finds that she has to juggle training with hunting down her grandfather's memory, which could put an end to the war between ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
The world I just signed on for is crumbling as I stand on its threshold. Everything is changing and it seems like this is all my fault.

I just love this book and everything in it. From cover to cover it is packed with romance, suspense, and a lot of action. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s everything you could want in a book. Not to mention Misty is one flippin’ fantastic storyteller. She writes well and it shows in her work. Plus every now and then you get a glimpse into who Misty is as a person throu
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book is everything I wanted it to be, and so much more. It picks up right after Cornerstone and I'm immediately jolted back into this vivid world Misty Provencher has created. I almost feel Nalena's pain, I definitely feel her embarrassment.

The first few chapters are heartbreaking and had me on the verge of tears as the characters come to terms with the losses suffered at the end of the previous novel. It's a brief reprieve before the rest of the story takes off at breakneck speed!
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
After an amazing first installment to the Cornerstone Series (which you can read my review for, here), I only hoped that Keystone would be able to rise to Cornerstone's high standards. And, I totally wasn't disappointed.

Keystone picks up right where Cornerstone left off. So, if you haven't read Cornerstone yet, you may not want to keep reading.

I'm just going to say it. I LOVE, love, LOVE Misty Provencher's writing. I love how she writes romance. I love how she builds her story. I just love her.
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“[After Nalena realizes Nok can read her thoughts]

[Garrett] leans towards me until his face is almost touching the skin of my cheek.
'You're thinking, oh crap, aren't you?" he says.
I swallow. Nod. Gulp. "Yeah."...

[Nok] looks at me one more time, his face as open and inviting as a meadow. He says with a shrug, "You. Fine."
Then he turns on his heels and leaves.
"Oh...did you see that?" Mark pipes up. "Nok's got a crush on Nali. You got two whole words out of him!”
“Addo: 'Thank you for letting me know, Charlotte.'
'Madam.' She corrects, doting the name softly in the air with her finger.
'Excuse me, of course, Ma...dam.' When Addo says Madam, he says it funny like my damn, which makes Brandon and Mark snicker from their seats. Although Addo doesn't turn to look at them, his grin assures me that the next words are more for their benefit than Ms. Fisk's.
'So that would make you...My Damn Fisk”
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