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The Stone Guardian

(Stone Legacy #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.

Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they’re not nightmares.

When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reali
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Published December 14th 2012 by Etopia Press (first published December 12th 2012)
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Monica
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’d like to start this review with the cover of the book. The art is okay though I personally do not like human faces in covers. However, the handsome face of the hero compensated for my early frustration, so I guess all is well.

While reading the first pages, I smiled. The theme can never be so timely. Basically, the story revolves around the Mayan race and its rich, but lost history. As I write this post, it is December 21, 2012 – the date predicted to be the end of the world as prophesied by a
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Laura Diamond
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author Theresa McClinton's (and book trailer maker extraordinaire) debut novel, THE STONE GUARDIAN, has to be one of the most unique reads I've come across, like, EVER.

I'd classify it as YA paranormal romance, but it's not your typical pararom. Instead of the "usual" vamps, werewolves, ghosts, reapers, and witches, we see time benders, mind readers, warriors, healers, and yes, as the title explains, a stone guardian. Based in Mayan folklore, The Stone Guardian takes us on a whirlwind tour of So
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Sara
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Also reviewed on my blog: Enthralled by Books

4.5 stars

Ashley ihas lived in an institute orphanage all her life. She has no idea who her family is. All she knows is she has nightmares every night that no one believes her about, and wakes up with bruises or other marks quite often. She has one friend named Tara that she refuses to leave. Then one night after a fire alarm, Ashle
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Wendy Hines
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

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'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 fa
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Sylvia
Before I begin, I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy so I may read it for review and I'm so glad I did. I was truly captivated and riveted for the most part and I really can't wait to read more of this series.

At first, when I began reading this book I was captivated and intrigued, wanting to find out more about the story and the characters. Then, it lulled for a bit and I didn't feel as connected as I wanted to, to the characters or the story. And then, BOOM, from half way on
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Dianne
What if the life you’ve led, as miserable as it was, was a farce and you were meant to save the world from demonic overthrow? Ashley has suffered from nightmares, brutal, terrifying nightmares that even medication couldn’t prevent. Could they be part of her heritage? Taken from her institution/orphanage, Ashley finds the family she never knew existed. They are not your run-of-the-mill family, they are different, very different and powerful…and frightening. She soon discovers she is part of a lon ...more
Melanie
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ashley and Tara start out in an orphanage for the insane and, when a fire alarm goes off one night, they chase after a little girl, get lost in the woods, walk into the fog and wake up in Belize. Ashley and Tara are brought up to speed on Ashley's true identity and her destiny. They also learn about the gifts all the others have and what Ashley should have but hasn't ever developed.

Tara meets Peter and Ashley meets Arwan, who she's interested in and then Jayden appears from her past to stir thi
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Catherine Cavendish
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know so little about South American myths and legends and The Stone Guardian came as a breath of fresh air. Engrossing, original, it took me on a journey through time and place. A magical, fantastical world that I look forward to revisiting when the sequel comes out. Great read!
Marked By Books
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to mythology in literature, you've got your Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Norse, or something else along the lines of ancient Eurasia. Very, very rarely do you ever see anything from the Western Hemisphere, and usually it's just Native American at that. This is the very first book I've ever read that centers around any sort of Mesoamerican mythology.

I suppose I can understand why there aren't that many out there. Aside from bloody sacrifice and maybe Quetzalcoatl, we really don't know
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Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tiffa by: Theresa McClinton
I was sent an e-Book copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I have to say I have mixed feelings about this book. It has such great potential and I believe that the author did a very good job.

Ashley was abandoned at an early age, and has grown up in an orphanage for mentally unstable teenagers. Ashley has awful panic attacks and dreams that are all too real. If Ashley is hurt in her dream, it happens to her in real life. The only person she can rely on is her best frien
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Naznin Azeez
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Naznin by: Theresa McClinton
First of all let me tell you this. The cover of this book is simply beautiful!. It is done by Mina Carter who definitely did breathe life and imagery into this story (in the words of the author herself). Though it's against rules, I do judge books by their cover. If I were to see this book on a shelf, I would without doubt find myself reaching for it.

I started out reading this book with some dedicated words from the author to her family and supporters. It was such a sweet dedication particularly
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Sasha
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Ashley is a girl plagued by dreams that are all too real–if she’s injured in the dream, it manifests itself quite painfully in real life. It’s unfortunate that the doctors in the mental hospital where she lives don’t believe her stories. But luckily for Ashley, her best friend, Tara, has her back. Suddenly, Ashley and Tara are whisked away to Belize by mysterious people who claim that Ashley is destined for great and terrifying things…

What I really liked about this book is that it star
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Lissette
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned at an early age, Ashley has lived almost all of her life in an orphanage. She knows no other life, but yearns to leave her sordid existence every day. The endless doctors parading through her life have made her question everything she knows, as well as her sanity time and time again. Her dreams and unexplained injuries have them baffled, yet she knows she cannot truly reveal to them how they come about. Her only solace is that of her best friend, Tara, who knows her secrets, and has ne ...more
Vonnie
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5

I signed up to do a blog tour stop for the novella Escaping Darkness and decided to read this book before I read the novella. I'm glad I did because I got a lot of background information that will help me understand the other story better.

What I liked most about this book was the fact that it concentrated on Maya mythology. When reading mythology, one usually encounters Greek and Roman. It was a wonderful change to read about the western side of the world. I only wished that the Maya culture
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Satarupa
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Theresa McClinton, author of The Stone Guardian, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

Here we meet Ashley whose life changes drastically from just a weird orphan to the rightful heir of the last guardian of the stone of Muuk’ich, that means that now she is the Guardian of the stone which has been stolen from her mother , after she has been slaught
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Ashley Knapp
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was far from boring from the get-go, it is full of action and new events. I will say that I did like the book, but it didn't leave an impression or a immediate desire for the next in the series.

Ashley, the main character, is awesome because of her name only! ;) That was corny, I know. But Alas! I had too!

Ashley, as the main character is a very strong woman. She has not had a pleasant life and know nothing of her background. She is easy to connect with and to like. I, however, did have
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Linda
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ashley had been dumped at an mental institution in Ohio at a young age and all she knew was her first name. She grew into a teen and had only her best friend and cot mate Tara Weebly for a friend. She thought her one time boyfriend, Jayden had truly loved her as they bonded closer, yet he suddenly disappeared without a good bye! The fire alarms awoke the girls in the dead of night and Tara yanked her down the stairs to see flashing lights of fire trucks everywhere. She balanced from foot to foot ...more
Sara Hubbard
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Lately, it seems I keep coming across these highly original books. The Stone Guardian was no exception. I can't say I've read a book with a similar plot or concept before. I won't go over the plot because the blurb is great and I don't think I would do it justice. Plus, I think readers want to know whether it was a good read or not which I can say, without a doubt, it is.

It is a young adult paranormal romance, but it is also so much more. It also has mystery and a touch of humour as well. It was
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E.C. Newman
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romantic, teen
3.5 stars. Some bits I adored and others I was not as pleased with. The mythology and plot were pretty fantastic. Personally, I wasn't a huge fan of the romance subplot. I just didn't much like Arwan, or his abs (mentioned many times). He was too instantly in love with Ashley and too sentimental for my tastes. I think others would find him pretty dreamy though.

But Ashley and her abilities were so cool. Her stubbornness which often frustrated me was admirable, and her loyalty. And truly a really
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L.H. Nicole
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, I am definitely looking forward to the second! The characters were sound and I liked how they developed.
The only thing I would point out that confused me for a moment was scene descriptions. I would have an image in my head based on what I read then in the next moment it was different placements. Not bad but kinda distracting. The only other thing is maybe a little bit more expression of emotions with certain romantic parts and i would love more detain on the Mayan cult
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ponderinghope
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel so stupid. Here is advise to anyone who thinks a book is going to be great just because of its cover. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT COVER,CHANCES ARE YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT!! I have read a book just like this one where the girl goes to sleep and thinks she is dreaming but really she is not. I am so tired of cliches that i think i might start to read Shakespeare or Agatha Christi just to avoid them. I did not like Jaden's pov. I just wanted to read a book with only one main character not more tha ...more
Gia Scott
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
While this is a YA novel, it had a lot to recommend it to any reader.

There is the historical and paranormal thread, as well as the fast action. I really enjoyed the book, including the emotional turmoil of the teen heroine, despite being "ever so much more than twenty", as Wendy once said.

It's good light reading, regardless of age.

Some of the events may be a stretch of the imagination, like leaping from the forest surrounding an orphanage to a luxurious villa in Belize is a pretty big jump. Com
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Luu
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Me gusto la historia, es original, aunque me gustaría que contaran más, sobre el origen de la piedra. Ashley es la típica protagonista Mary Sue, que necesita ser rescatada aunque tenga mucho más poder, incluso su madre embarazada daba más miedo que ella. Arwan es totalmente caliente, aunque en momentos me desquició por no ir a por lo que quería, y cuando Jayden aparece, él era muy sobrante, y no entiendo esa terquedad de Ashley de arriesgar a todo el jodido mundo por él, cuando fue por propia vo ...more
Photina
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I read Escaping Darkness before reading The Stone Guardian and had to come back and read this. I wanted to know what I had missed. The Stone Guardian starts with Ashley (The Stone Guardian) and her best friend, Tara, in an orphanage for "troubled" children. Ashley and Tara are recused from the orphanage by Renato and friends. This is when Ashley finds out her real destiny and purpose in life. I enjoyed reading The Stone Guardian. I wanted to find out the backstory of the characters and I wasn't ...more
Jackie
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was very well written. I believe this author shows great promise to become quite amazing in what she will be able to do going forward with her writing career. This book is the first in a series where I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can find out where she will take the characters next. I was quickly transported into the world in which this story takes place and can't wait to be taken back there. With the right balance of action and romance it keeps the reader turning the ...more
Norma Huss
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-youth, paranormal
Ashley has no last name and no family. That all changes when she and Tara follow a child into the woods and are kidnapped - and spirited away to another country, and luxury. But all that is temporary, for Ashley learns she is the Stone Guardian. But she must learn a lot, go through a lot, and discover that the nightmares and midnight mutilation that she'd suffered from all her life were the reality. Perhaps I've told too much already. A good read.
Denise Pysarchuk
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Stone Guardian! I had been looking forward to its release and was not disappointed. Ashley is a great character, and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the story. Aside from having an incredible cast of characters, the story itself is fascinating. When I was nearing the end of the book, I found myself very torn. I wanted to know what happened, but wasn't ready to leave the characters behind. All I can say is, I hope there's a sequel coming soon!
Shauna
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was really hard to put down. It was a great storyline and the characters were real and relatable! I can't wait to read the next one!!!
Mandi
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book but Ashley started to get on me getting to the end
Ariella
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. I love Ashely character.
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