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The Gemstone

(Pendant Trilogy #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  23 reviews
One gemstone that changed her life... "Now it was almost before me. My breath quickenned as I struggled to let go of the necklace. I even stood to pull the box with me, but the ribbon of the necklace reddened my wrist like a hot coal and I cried out in pain. Suddenly all I heard was my breath-in, out. The figure moved quicker and quicker, closer and closer.".. "The figure ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by iUniverse
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Sama Aziz
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
One gemstone that changed her life... Now it was almost before me. My breath quickened as I struggled to let go of the necklace. I even stood to pull the box with me, but the ribbon of the necklace reddened my wrist like a hot coal and I cried out in pain. Suddenly all I heard was my breath-in, out. The figure moved quicker and quicker, closer and closer...
The figure was now above me, drifting over my head, and then it tumbled on me with the force of gravity.

And then with a whimper, I fell uncon
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Actual Rating 3.5 Stars

A full review will be up on my blog as well as here :)
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I gave this book 3.75 out of 5 stars

I received this book from the authors who were kind enough to send it to me in exchange for an honest review.
First, thank you to the authors for being soooo patient with me in writing the review. I read this book at the end of December, but with going back to work and being on a hiatus from my blog, I haven't had the chance to write the review.
I thought that the plot was very interesting and reminiscent of the Chosen series and of course some elements of Har
Madison Woods
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2015
I was sent The Gemstone by Sarena and Sasha Nanua to review!

Sarena and Sasha wrote The Gemstone at my age which I was very impressed of. I have always tried to write a whole novel, but it is hard for me to juggle school work and my own writing. Sarena and Sasha have done both! Kudos to them!

I was really into the plot and the fantasy world The Pendant Trilogy was revolved around. However, it was still kind of a slow read because it was easy for me to waver my attention from the book. Even though
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't get into it right away. That's why it took me awhile to finish reading it. I kept putting it down. The characters weren't relatable. I usually have a hard time with a book when I am unable to connect with at least one character. Overall, it's a great story. I couldn't give it less than 4 stars, because I still enjoyed the plot and how the story developed. I cannot wait to read the sequel ...more
Theresa Needham fehse
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Free book for honest review.


The Pendant Trilogy consists of The Gemstone, The King’s Jewel, and The Poisoned Emerald. This is a remarkable series because it is written by teenaged twins who, according to the bio on Amazon, attend high school in Ontario. They should be commended for following their love of reading and writing by publishing a book for other teenagers.
The Gemstone begins with the main character, Arica attending a new private school along with h
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
My actual rating for this book is 3.5 stars, but ofcourse on good reads we cannot put 1/2 stars.

I was sent this book in exchange for a honest review.

I enjoyed this book, the story line was interesting and I wanted carry on reading even if I had to do other things. I do not want to add more about the plot as I do not want to give the book away but the synopsis above pretty much covers it. I liked the main character Arica, she is 15 but she is not made to be too childish which sometimes I find can
Ashley Tomlinson
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a delight to read! I was getting myself into a reading slump and The Gemstone got me out of it. It was written by twins Sarena and Sasha, I personally think that is so cool. To be able to work on something with your sister seems like fun, a headache maybe but fun. They are sweet girls, I've had the pleasure of speaking with them on social media a couple of times.

Arica just started the most prestigious art academy in the country. Her mother gives her a beautiful gemstone neckla
Julie Ramsey
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: done
Sarena and Sasha Nanua
· “The Gemstone”
YA paranormal/suspense/adventure

Why has the world suddenly gone totally strange?
From the moment Arica Miller finds an odd necklace in a box stored in her basement, nothing is ever as it was before. Moving to another house and a new school was hard enough. Now she is getting visions, her cousins speak of sorcery, and the headmistress at her new school is eyeing her with more interest than Arica is comfortable with.
Then there’s Ash, Arica’s roommate, and her
Kimberly Schaaf
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2012
Oh, I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. I was given a copy of this for an honest review. And honestly, I thought it was great. This was a deviation from the string of paranormal romance and adult contemporary romance books I've been reading lately. And it was a welcome change of pace!!

I do have to say, the book had a very "Harry Potter'ish" type feel...minus the school being for witches and wizards, etc...

We are introduced to Arica Miller who is beginning her sophomore year a
savannah chandler
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book literally took me two days to read and it was the one of the best books I have read in 2014! I cannot wait to get the second book becuase that ending was not acceptable ;). I can't believe it ended that way and I have to figure out what happens next otherwise…
But what I love about this book is that first of all 2 authors wrote this book and I couldn't tell a difference between there writing and they described everything perfectly
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling read and a fantastic start to what will be an amazing series. Held me captive from the very first page, with interesting characters, and surprising plot twists. Well worth a read, will definately be recommending to all fantasy/magic/sci-fi lovers! Eagerly awaiting the next in the series, these girls are definately the up and coming authors to watch out for!
Kelly Peterson
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an e-copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects any opinions expressed below.

This review is officially posted on Live, Love, Read.

My Review:

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read, one that I easily passed the time away with and that kept me engaged with it throughout the day. I read it in less than 24 hours and am still thinking of it, debating on whether or not I’d like to jump right into the
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, Pendragon fans, Maximum Ride fans, Darkest Powers Fans
Recommended to Olivia Williford by: Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Shelves: 2015-reads
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Hey guys!

So I was asked by Sarena and Sasha on Instagram to review their books; and they hooked me up with their publishers email..And let me say! They hooked me up! Not only did they send me The Gemstone, they sent me the second and third book in the Pendant Trilogy: The King's Jewel & The Poisoned Emerald. Again! Thank you so much Sasha and Sarena Nanua and thank you iUniverse for sending them to me!

Logan LeDuc
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well....I tried. This book was just written to the point that I couldn't read it anymore past page 60. There was so many pieces of unnecessary information and random details that didn't need to be there, that it was probably double the length that it had to be. There was a lot that also seemed to be written out of order or skipped around without giving the characters time to make things happen. For example, one sentence involved Arica watching the movers bring her bed in through the front door. ...more
Mollie C
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading The Gemstone! It fitted perfect as an October read that was close to Halloween.

Arica Miller was an interesting character to read about, I loved how much her character developed and became really strong and independent.

The plot was unlike anything I have ever read before and made me not want to stop reading.

The Gemstone overall was a fast paced, exciting read that's full of surprises!
Ayman Naz
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay well, I love the book but I do have a few complaints. Most things were obvious and you could tell where the story was going (but the things you didn't know were gonna happen, blew up in my face). I really thought the ending was more of a horror movie ending, not the ending of a book, really. And everything usually ended in a happy note which is But anyway, I liked the book so yea ...more
Blaire Hammond
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was exciting, interesting, and had me hooked the entire way through. The storyline was fantastic, and the character's were not only relatable but loveable. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a twist of fantasy. Loved it. ...more
Sasha Nanua
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Gemstone was amazing! The Girls have written a remarkable story that kept me wanting for more! I cannot wait until the second book is released! Keep up the great work Sarena and Sasha.
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating original story, love the cover, gotta read the rest!! Perfect for HP or fantasy lovers!
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Pendant Trilogy earlier this month for review. I want to thank the authors for the opportunity to read and review their books.

I’ve never written a book before so I don’t know if it’s easier or harder to have two people writing the same book. I’ve never really thought about it til now. I suppose it could be a bit of both.

I think it took me two chapters to get used to the writing style, not that it’s bad but everyone has a different voice, but once I did I was pretty much
Aug 23, 2014 added it
Shelves: dnf
Unfortunately, this was a dnf for me, therefore I didn't give it a rating. I got about halfway through this book and quickly realized that it isn't for me. It wasn't that it's bad; the writing is actually very good, and the plot is interesting. But, this book is marketed as YA, even though the story is more geared towards children. The characters seemed younger than they were supposed to be, and the plot was something I would think younger readers would enjoy. There isn't anything wrong with tha ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, there are some parts where you can really predict what will happen next. You can tell that it is quite predictable. Each character has an important role in everyway.

The authors had sent me the e-copy of this book and that ending really perks up my curiosity of the whole trilogy and it has made me want to know and read more of this trilogy.

This book is well written and it has inspired me to start writing because they have started writing since they were very young.
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Sarena is a 22-year-old from Ontario. She is the co-author of The Pendant Trilogy with her twin sister, Sasha Nanua. She loves to read and write YA and MG novels.


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Pendant Trilogy (3 books)
  • The King's Jewel (Pendant Trilogy, #2)
  • The Poisoned Emerald (Pendant Trilogy, #3)

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