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(Souls of the Stones #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,927 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she'll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian's foreign ca
Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 417 pages
Published November 30th 2013 by Kelly Walker (first published September 30th 2012)
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Sarah Elizabeth
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16-year-old Emariya has not been thinking about marriage, until her brother Reeve tells her that Prince Torian of the neighbouring land of Thalmas, has asked for her hand in marriage.

At first Emariya refuses, but when she then finds that her father is imprisoned somewhere in the land of Sheas, she travels to Thalmas to meet with Prince Torian, and request that he help her rescue her father in return for her hand in marriage.

There is more at stake t
Sierra Franklin
2.5-3.5 stars

I'm torn about how I feel about this book. It's an easy read and only to me about 7-8 hours to finish it. This book could've easily been a 5 star book for me but somethings i just can't get over about this book:

1)I found this book predictable. As soon as Riya started her journey(almost 30% into the book) I guessed the ending. (Although, it seems many readers did not.)

2) I don't like insta-love (even when there is a valid reason). Also, I don't like characters who unrequited love mak
Soma Rostam
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't put too much expectations into this book when I started reading. So I dove in blind expecting a typical paranormal romance with minimum world building. Oh, I was wrong. Way wrong.
Emariya Warren is daughter of the Lord of Warren's Rest. Her father was the head of the council that rules Eltar - one of the three ruling kingdoms - before he went missing. Now, Emariya lives a normal life with her brother, Reed. But suddenly, everything comes crashing down when she is informed that her fath
Let us start off with yet another freaking-out-OMG GIF:

Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.

The Short Version: This book was epic. Just full of awesomeness. EPIC. I loved the fantasy, the characters, the plot, the world – everything!

The Long Version:

Let’s start off with the characters. Emariya was pretty darn awesome. She’s not your typical kick-butt ninja-fighting heroine, but it’s clear that she’s a determined character and really cares about her country. The

By Momma on March 11, 2013
Cornerstone is the epitome of one of the pleasures of having When we agree to review a book, I take it very seriously. I want to give every book a chance. There are very few things that will stop me from finishing a book one of which is a poorly proofed or edited book. Cornerstone is extremely well edited and proofed which is why I kept going when the story felt as though it were dragging on–forever. Had I been reading this book purely for
Leigh (bibliosky)

This book is full of awesomeness! A must read! Yes, it’s a fantasy with princess, princes, kings, queens and kingdoms, but the ideas within that were very well thought of. I have to admit, the first 60 pages was kind of confusing for me, maybe just because the author was still introducing us to the novel. As the story progresses it was just getting better and better and more exciting! It’s filled with action and it left me predicting. I really like the idea o
You know that groan us readers let out when we sense a book is going to conform to the standards and plot typical for YA?

That's what I expected, once I found out that the main character feels love instantly her and the love interest set eyes on each other. You'd think I'd hate this book's guts, right?


The author knows readers hate this, unless you're a 12-year-old. She set in place an interesting explanation for this, an explanation that actually made sense and didn't cause me to pull me h
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
I was immediately taken with this book. The setting is fascinating, and I love the main character Emariya. Riya is strong, compassionate, and kind. I admire that she will do anything for her people. The story was fast paced. This book was fantastic! I love all of the characters. Torian is amazing and I love when he and Riya are together. There was plenty of action. I liked how the book was through Emariya's perspective and you saw her perspective change through the book as she realizes that peop ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Good God, I just wasted a grand total of 417 pages of my life that I will never get back.

This book was SO FREAKING SLOW. If a sloth were a book, it would be this book. To be honest, I skipped over a lot of parts because reading every word was too much work. The story wasn't as engrossing as the blurb made it seem. Moreover, the writing style was quite stale with each paragraph delivered in a large chunk CONSISTENTLY. And as I approached the end of the book, behold the insta-love!

I won't be touch
Five stars of epic. I thought this book was amazing. A slow burn that was weeding into my brain but the second half of the book I was addicted. I can't wait to see what happens next. For my full review check out Parajunkee tomorrow.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This book had a lot of promise but it just seemed to lack something. Personally, I think if the author had spent more time on it and maybe re-read it a few times it would have been better. To me it just seemed very rushed and not very well thought out.

The storyline - I absolutely loved the idea the author came up with. A land split into three parts on the edge of war with each other, yes it's very typical of a fantasy but that's what made it work. It drew me in, and I think that was
Elisabeth Wheatley
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m fairly certain this book was on my currently reading shelf for months. The fact is that I found it a tad slow and felt that the whole journey and traveling sequences took far too long and I was waiting for something to happen. Then I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet and just finish it already and I actually enjoyed it toward the end, so much so that I went and bought the rest of the trilogy (which I do not do lightly).

The plot:

There was actually a lot that went on through this
Jan 27, 2014 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 the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

I loved this story!!!!

It's really great seriously. At first I was a bit worried about the content because this story has a background of magical kingdoms with Kings and Queens and normally I don't read such books but the cover and the blurb really impressed me so I picked it up and I'm so happy to s
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Cornerstone, the plot revolves around Lady Emariya who is forced to marry and journey to Prince Ahlen’s castle because of her brother Reeve. As she journeys to the castle she meets the separatists and their leader Russell. She then learns about the cornerstone powers and her families’ powers. Emariya then learns that her brother is using her and Ahlen to rule the three lands and bind the stones, something their father would never been able to do. Reeve is also the main antagonist in this firs ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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When Emariya learns that an enemy country has been holding her father captive for years, she will do anything to rescue him. She travels to Thalmas to marry Prince Torian, someone she has never meet before. However, on Emariya’s journey she is confronted by her mother’s killers and discovers that if she marries the Prince she will fulfil a prophecy which could curse everyone she cares about.

Cornerstone is a likable
Bj Bolich
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-recommended
Normally very fond of YA lit with strong female leads, so I was anxious to read this book. I really, really enjoyed this story. Ms. Walker used enough tried-and-true devices and plotlines to keep you comfortable, but also guessing and wanting to read more. I only skimmed a few pages (unusual for me!) and will definitely be looking for the rest of the set someday. The first chapter and several short passages later on were a bit confusing. I wasn't always sure who was speaking (the author's intent ...more
Jessie Harrell
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm typically not a high fantasy type, but this book ended up on my Kindle somehow (I don't remember getting it, actually), so I have it a try. I really liked Riya as a main character and her supporting characters (though there were many to keep straight), we all believable.
At one point I thought about putting the book down because I was tried of reading about people wandering through the wintery wilderness, but I'm glad I struck with it because the surprise twist at the end really got me. The
Kelli Jean
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Honestly, it took nearly 70% of the book to really become interesting. But when it did, it became a mystery I can't help but want to solve. Focusing on loyalty and true friendship (that recognizes no class boundaries), one truly feels the betrayals that Emariya faces. However, either due to innocence, or sheer stupidity, a few of our leading characters have loose tongues, and it makes you want to face palm yourself. You end up mentally shouting at these people to JUST SHUT UP. Hopefully, with th ...more
C. Erani Kole
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one pretty good. And free! lol

From the synopsis, I assumed that there'd be more romance between Emariya and Torian. What actually happened was her traveling from Warren's Rest (her home) to Torian's castle, and finding out who the guy is that's trying to put them together, who really killed their mother, etc.

Had there been more romance than adventure, it would have been five stars for me.

Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this on a whim because it was free. I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID. Cornerstone and the rest of the books that follow it easily go on my favorite YA fantasy books list. I loved Emariya and Torian. The relationship that developed between them felt authentic and real. It was sweet and romantic. I also liked the mythology that was aided to drive the plot and the "twist" at the end. The antagonist in the book was interesting too, especially when we find out the motivations behind his actions.
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
To tell you the truth, the book has potential, but it was just dragged out to long.. I was taken by surprise and all, but wow, how dumb is it possible to be? Cornerstone just wasn't for me, and i'm still not sure if i'll continue with this series..

Rate: 2/3 stars.
Joey Woolfardis
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
"He was the friend every girl needs, the one who made her feel special, and pretty. The one who made her feel safe."

Jesus Christ.

Can see where this is going a mile off. These books are everything that's wrong with this world.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Almost gave up on this, the story just dragged and dragged on.
I enjoyed the world the author created and many parts of the story but I found myself bored a lot.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ebook
This book can be a bit wordy. But otherwise it was an interesting read.
Jewlia Love
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...the villan sooo wasn't who I thought it was!! What a good twist! Totally loved this book and highly recommend.
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

Cornerstone by Kelly Walker is a young-adult fantasy novel, and it's absolutely nothing to write home about. While there's a bit of intrigue involved, it doesn't actually unravel until the very end, and the plot barely had enough to keep me going to get to that point. The writing style also isn't all that great. Walker absolutely does not have a clear grasp of how grammar works with dialogue. In her non-dialogue sentences, it's fine, but
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall good plot

This book starts out very confusing. The reader is not quite sure what is going on. If you stick with it you begin to see the plot lines and characters develop.
Every time a trouble gets figured out, another one gets solved. There is such a calamity of mix ups and mishaps that the book just grows on you. There is a VERY BIG plot twist near the end. Of course like most series’ it leaves you hanging at the end.
Looking forward to the other books in the series!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful start to a series

I wasn’t sure what I was picking up when I started Cornerstone, but I’m sure glad I did. This awesome story was backed by a cast of multi-dimensional characters and glued together by lovely bits of magic. I’ll be picking up the rest of the series. AND this is one book I’m happy to send on to my 14 year old daughter. There was nothing overtly sexual or overly violent. Highly recommend.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
not bad, but just way too slow of a build up. after DNFing 3 books before this, I needed something fast paced and thrilling. Cornerstone was not it, unfortunately.

It was bad, however. Being the case, make pick it up at a future time.
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Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her tw ...more

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