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Stones and Finger Bones

(The Black Towers #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Aurelia Barone, Jewel of Starry Stone, harbors no illusions about the purpose of her life as heir to the throne. But after two failed betrothals, she starts to feel like nothing more than a pawn being moved aimlessly about a game board.

Until the night she loses everything.

Kidnapped by a wise-cracking mercenary with more than one identity, Aurelia embarks on a mission acros
Paperback, 306 pages
Published February 12th 2015 by Centurion Books (first published February 10th 2015)
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Lia Angelidou
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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Α shocking book, in a good way of course! The prologue was a great start and left a good impression on me. The writting style was pleasant and not tiring; simplicity is perfection. It was the first book with multiple characters that didn't confuse me at all and I could follow
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*Full Review & Giveaway Posted @ Gizmos Reviews 03/27/2015*

Published February 12th 2015 by Centurion Books (first published February 10th 2015)
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I obtained a copy of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review

It's not everyday that a book has me stumped...not in a good way. Honestly, a part of me is still trying to make sense of what the heck just happened

First off- the Title, um, I'm sorry stones and finger bones? Did i miss something? there was no relevance to any stones or finger bones!

Second- Unfeeling characters.

Third- why, just why?

Okay, Okay. I know i make no sense. Let's see if I can elaborate.

This book, the prose a
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful debut! This book is refreshing in that it does not follow the YA formula. I was pleasantly surprised with some of the plot twists and the end has me wishing the second book was finished. I will say there are times when the story does not flow very well but it recovers quickly. I am looking forward to the next book.
Aurelia is the princess of her kingdom, and with her responsibilities as princess she has to wed someone her father wants for her. Not only does she want to be Queen for her people, she wants to decide things for herself. When things start to descend into chaos, she realizes she can only depend on herself because the kingdom is at stake from an unlikely enemy.

I really liked the fantasy world that Jessica built upon. Basically I imagined a renaissance era where the castles are big and drafty nest
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
While I wouldn’t call this story thrilling, it was most definitely captivating. It had a slow build right from the beginning, winding together a perfectly crafted world. It’s so believable that it reads almost like historical fiction, in a world build around magic. Minyard’s writing style was perfectly suited to this genre, and she painted the most beautiful scenes! It was so easy for me to imagine the forest, ocean or desert, the castles and the villages. And of course, Aurelia and her kidnappe ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
When her father, the king, is murdered, Aurelia finds herself kidnapped, and learning things about her family she never imagined could be true.

This is a fascinating world with a good history, and it gripped my attention well. There are some fantastic action scenes throughout and plenty of dark magic to keep us fantasy enthusiasts begging for more. Aurelia is a strong female lead, though a bit naive about her uncle. Her attitudes do not come across as forced, and she turns out to be a typical fan
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I was mainly drawn to Stones and Finger Bones because of the title. It also sounded like it was going to be an exciting, dark fantasy, but for the most part I was just bored. It started off pretty great, since Aurelia must be cursed. Her second fiance has just died, and her father has already picked out her third! But then her father is murdered, she’s kidnapped, and learns that her whole life is a lie. Now, Aurelia must take back her throne, avenge her father
The Gypsy Emmy
My Review
2.5 Stars

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This book has somehow left me confused, annoyed, and wanting to read more.

Which is confusing to me because I absolutely hated the characters. All of them. It was like reading a book where all of the characters have multiple personality disorder. Without any logic that I could see or follow, the charges suddenly change their entire way of thinking and acting, and then flip flop back and forth, dep
Sayani Goswami
Jul 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2016
First when I chose this book I thought, ''Stones and Finger Bones. Interesting name!'', and of course it was fantasy (my favorite genre), so the fate was decided, I had to read this book. The first chapter being interesting, if not very gripping, I read on. But as the main characters came into play and few of the important twists were in place, the story lagged, both in character development and tension building. It felt like the main characters themselves were least interested in what was happe ...more
P Dreadful
Jul 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, beta-reading
Free copy obtained from StoryCartel in return for an unbiased review

It started off well (there were a few jarring notes* but I took a lenient stance) till she killed the man she had fallen in love with. I stopped reading after that.

* A. The old woman named Dynest said something like "I never got a chance to fetch the scroll". You have a powerful woman by your side and you never got a chance?
B. Aurelia wanted to a queen, not a puppet consort (I was briefly impressed), but later she didn't ev
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wonderful world building! The background mythos is stunning and eerie, giving just a taste of what may come in the trilogy. Considering how much intrigue is in this book, the next installment is going to be bananas.

The story does take place in a misogynistic empire, which is an obvious downside, but I believe that will changing swiftly with the following two novels. Aurelia has zero agency, (and, in my opinion, makes horrible romantic decisions), up until she is finally alone, wherein she become
Rickus Bookshelf
DNF at 14%. No, I can't really connect with either the story nor the character. Will not bother finishing it. ...more
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review was originally posted on Books and Ladders

I love fantasy novels, especially ones that include magic. This one had the promise of both and while we only saw a little bit of magic, I am sure we will see more in the rest of the series. However, I was still a teensy bit disappointed with the book.

Aurelia was a great character -- sometimes. She was headstrong and knows how to play the political
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Netgalley ARC*


Aurelia's betrothed has died and her father has already fixed her marriage with someone else. She can't get out of it, she wants to be a queen her people deserve. But one fateful night, she finds her father's dead body and the castle is sent into upheaval as the king's brother becomes the temporary regent until Aurelia marries. But Aurelia is kidnapped by a handsome but irritating man, Rycen, who infiltrated the castle as a spice merchant. As the knowledge of her father's
Maghon Thomas
This is a new series and a new author. And it was great! I loved that I got all point of views from multiple characters because you got to see so much! You see the bad guy, the good guy, the main lady, and even a few on the side :) This one I couldn't put down because I wanted to know so much more and I can't wait to see what is gunna go down after this. But let me tell you! I totally was devastated at the end. So if you are looking for the happy, not so in depth story, this one isn't for you. I ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy in exchange for a review.

I am torn on this book. On the positive side, I enjoyed the historical episodes, some of the surprising turns taken, the multiple points of view and the writing itself. I think this was very engaging, and I wanted to just keep reading (and onto the rest of the series). The journal pages were my favorite part of the book, and I look forward to learning more about that period and the relationships alluded to that led to the present day. T
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

This book was really confusing because the characters couldn't...well, they couldn't stay in character. It's hard to review this without having some spoilers, so be warned.

In one place, a duke is a doddering old man; in another he is a powerful warlord. He encourages the Princess not to marry against her wishes, then forces his sister to seduce the new King. The Princess herself swings between bein
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I liked: This story leaps straight into what's going to be the main center of conflict with the prologue and then takes a step down to show us one of our main characters, Aurelia who is a princess. I really liked Aurelia because while she didn't really stand up on her own at the beginning of the book over the course of the book she begins to do that, and she's clearly not someone who is guaranteed to not be corrupted by her own magic. She's more grey than white in terms of her morality, and ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
* I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This was a book that I didn’t really have any expectations for. I hadn’t even read the synopsis since I requested to be part of the blog tour. So I was pleasantly surprised that it ended up so different than what I expected. There were even a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I’m not sure that I really liked Aurelia. She wasn’t very likeable, although she wasn’t cruel or mean. She was just like a normal person
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars!

I started Stones and Finger Bones a little wary, a little excited. I am so happy that the excitement quickly took over, and left the wariness far, far behind! It was a great fantasy novel, with a fantastic world. The world-building alone was a huge part of my excitement, and the magic made it even better. Magic pretty much makes everything better! The writing was a little shaky at times, but I was so involved in the plot, the characters lives, that I can forgive it!

Stones and Fing
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
***I received a copy in exchange for my honest review****
The summary goes a little something like this:
Aurelia is a princess that is next in line to receive the throne from her father. However, her father is suddenly killed by an assassin and Aurelia is kidnapped by the mercenary Rycen. Then, (surprise, surprise) the reader finds out that Marel actually instrumented his brother's death. This seemed fairly unpredictable but it worked for the story so I am not complaining (much). She then travels
Bryn Schut
Jul 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I received an ARC on Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.

While the novel had initial promise (the author writes a few great lines, and her descriptions of clothing are where she really shines), I ultimately found Stones and Finger Bones disappointing.

My primary issues are with the story itself:
1) The bulk of characters are very "stock fantasy trope" and many of them have inconsistent personalities.
2) There were too many plot points that were left dangling, even for the firs
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

Stones and Finger Bones is a book of magic, deception, treachery and confusion. Aurelia is a princess, also known as a pawn, in the game that her father is playing. However, unknown to her father, someone else wants to play and isn't afraid of a small matter of murder getting in their way. Follow this with a whirlwind kidnapping, new people, who to trust, who not to, and you get a book that is guaranteed to keep
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya, arc
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the story and where the name came from (you'll find out as you read). The world was interesting and I liked the character Rycin, the assassin who kidnaps Aurelia. There is a major plot twist in the story that really shocked me, and not in a good way. However, I'm hoping the next book in the series makes up for it and I will definitely be reading to find out.

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jessica Minyard
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Update 2/24/2015

Paperbacks are available on Amazon!

Update 2/13/2015

Ebooks are live on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Page Foundry, and Tolino!

Update 2/11/15

Ebooks will be available tomorrow! We've encountered a snag with the formatting of the paperback, but it is being remedied and they will be available ASAP.

Happy reading!
James Hill
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome, absolutely fantastic! in fact a book that I could read over and over and over.
his smartly written, thought-provoking novel is a must read for any fan of fiction. A unique blend of all my favorite literary genres it's no wonder I loved it. Very highly recommended.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!
May 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
I enjoyed the story but was disappointed with the open ending. It is difficult to remember all the characters,
plots / sub plots till the next book.

The storyline was very good.
Smart Bookaholics Inc Bookstore
This book was amazing to say the least!
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Jessica wrote and illustrated her first story in the fourth grade. “The Dragon of Grindley Grun” was about an evil wizard, a princess, and a dragon who was actually a prince. She likes to think her writing has evolved since that very first story, even though she still writes about magic and evil wizards...sometimes.

She likes to sing loudly and dance on occasion without being particularly talented

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