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Stepping Stones (The Stone Series, #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.

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Paperback, 332 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Urban Fey Press
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Donita Luz
Just when I thought the worse is over, this book gave me the middle finger and screw my feels all over again.
"You never think about goodbye, you know? You say bye and I love you and I'll see you later, but we never know if it's the last time, if it's the final one that has to last forever. We take time for granted because we don't know the concept of finality until it happens to us."
Onna's life is slowly turning into ruins. She has been blinded with a happy and simple family she grew up with tha
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
I felt utterly conflicted while reading this book.  On one hand, I found Stepping Stones fascinating.  The storyline was incredibly unique and while I can’t say why, since that would be a spoiler, just know that it was a lot of fun.  I quickly consumed what I learned, and I wanted to know more.  But on the other hand, I wasn't able to connect to any of the characters.  I couldn't find anything to bridge the gap between us, and I never cared for them deeply.  And with all of the doom and gloom th ...more
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to YA Book tours and the Author

First of all, can I say I simply Love, love, love the book cover. It is simply divine!



The first 1/4 of the book, I could not stop the tears coming for Caleb, I fell in love with him at the phone call. He. Had. Me. There! Why did you do that? Aw....gosh and poor Cora! What happened to both of them was so brutal, I could not stop the tears overflowing like a waterfall :'(

I feel like this book had thre
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this through NetGalley

3.5 stars

The feels!

I really liked the writing style and found the tone to be on point. The characters were very driven and in terms of extreme life experience, Onna was definitely well rounded. I will say grab some tissues if you are a book-crier because it is very sad - this is basically an emotional roller coaster but you won't be sorry you went along for the ride. The only down side for me was that it was a little insta-lovey but don't let that dissu
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

Onna's life pretty much sucks in an EPIC way! For starters, her brother and her would-have-been niece die, her mother becomes a drug addict and runs off and her dad drowns his problems in alcohol and becomes suicidal. I honestly don't know how she can even stay upright.

I absolutely fawned over her relationship with her brother. So adorable and soo cute. I made grabby hands at Caleb throughout the book :P That made his death really more touching and sad. yeah this is not a spoiler by the
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, arc
I have never heard of Kacey Vanderkarr but she has surpassed all my expectation with this book. I love it! Lesser known publishing companies tend to scare me. I never know what I’m going to get since they tend to push the type of books bigger companies would never look at. Well I’m here to tell you that Stepping Stones is a refreshing take on the fictional YA genre.

The characters engaged well, dialog was well thought out and never lagged. The emotional rollercoaster in this book was seriously he
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I kindly received a copy of this book from Urban Fey Press via NG in return for an honest review.

"Normalcy is the key to surviving grief."

Rating- 2.5 Stars

Onnaleigh Evelyn Moore woke up with her life perfect,
She even met a guy that took her breath away and the crazy thing is -
he's just as into her.
Everett Galo has the most vivid moss green eyes and a smile that renders a person speechless.
She has her best friend. She has a potential boyfriend. She has her brother and future sister in law
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to let the dust settle on this one as I loved many things about it but the main relationship in the book just plum wore me out! Onna is the main character and I don’t know…… but if I was this girl, I would just take a vacation for a month and start over. It was just one thing after another and yet she doesn’t even break down. Onna depends on her older brother Caleb for everything, he brightened up her day, and he’s her sidekick and her sunshine. A tragic accident takes Caleb from Onna. His ...more
Alexis Johnson
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh! I forgot to get me review up here!!! Oops! Well here it is!

If you want the more detailed review go to my blog:
I really liked this book! A lot happened and at first I thought this book was a contemporary and I've been wanting to read some more contemporaries soooo I read it. About a quarter the way through I realized its contemporary-fantasy and I loved it even more.
It took me a couple weeks to finish but I read books a lot slower on my phone...if I had the ac
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, arc, reviewed
I received an ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book ripped my heart out. No one is mentioning how triggering the material in this book can be, but I know that for me it struck a chord and brought back painful memories. I would be extremely careful about who I recommend this book to, as it’s not for everyone. It is an emotionally heavy book, dealing with a deluge of traumatic events involving alcoholism, addiction, grief, and suicide. To some this story could be relata
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
First posted at Words Fueled by Love.

I really loved the idea of this book. It was original (to me) by using beings that are not angels, known as the Guides, Comforters and Healers. It was a different take than I was traditionally familiar with. And I liked that. It's hard to find new ideas for characters in books. Typically, we see the same type of things being written about with new (or similar) twists. But the concept of this, for me, was not one I had read of before. I loved Everett and his c
books are love
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I began I was skeptical. The blurb intriqued me but I wasn’t sure in the beginning where the book was going to go. After getting into the book i was glad I started it and couldn't put it down.Onna goes through alot of stuff in the book. She is tenacious, kind and at times very stubborn and headstrong. She is fiercely family oriented and when that falls apart so does her world for her.

Everett at first comes off as a wee bit arrogant but over time he grows on you. You want more of him and see
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My stop on the blog tour can be found at Donnie Darko Girl.

I know I'm going to sound like a broken record, but characters who deal with crippling grief draw me in like a moth to a flame. And good lord, that synopsis! What fate could be worse than death?? What's the plan? STEPPING STONES sounds like a contemporary with possibly a supernatural element in there somewhere. I knew I NEEDED to read this book!

I like that Onna was weirde
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.
First thing, this book was beautifully written.

Stepping Stones is about a girl named Onnaleigh who has to deal with her brother's death and the aftermath of it. Her parents each have their own way of dealing with it and Onnaleigh does, too. Then, Everett shows up. He's there to comfort her, but something is just a tad bit off. He knows her before they meet and it seems like he can read her mind. Onnaleigh suspects he is a stalker, but something
Ren nerdychampagne
I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review

I've had this eARC since forever and now I get it. I was scared of the awesomeness and feels and now there's no going back. I've read this masterpiece and you should too.

I can make no promises on when I can post my full review of this book (because Everett does not want promises anyway.) but I can tell you my main points now.

This book strays away from all logic and reasonable thinking so shake it all off on the mat before entering the threshold
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this first book of a new #YA series and I really enjoyed it. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy, though, before you start reading because you are going to need them!!! A true emotional roller coaster that will leave you feeling like your heart has been through a blender. Luckily there is enough romance, fantasy, and happiness to balance out the sad parts. A great book that will keep you entertained from the first page to the last. Definitely recommend SteppingStones by Kacey Va ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am all about books that make me feel. This definitely did that for me. There were times when I could not stop the feels. Oh the feels, the feels. I think that when a book can make you feel and takes you through so many different emotions it is a good book. This falls into that category.

Onnaleigh, Onna, has been through so much. I think that if any one of us had been through as much as she has we would have fallen apart and never gotten the pieces put back together. She didn't do that though. I
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
I don’t know where to even start with this book, it was a roller-coaster of a read. Even though it made me cry many times, I loved this book!!! Not a lot of books can take you through the ringer and still be as great as it was.

Poor Onna went through a lot in this book. She lost her brother and her family falls apart. All she has is her best friend, Hunter, and the mysterious new boy, Everett. Onna was a very real MC and went through so much, but the way she handled everything was very realistic
Andria Henry
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I should have made this review a while ago. I held it off not knowing what to say. I was sent an early copy and finished it on the day I received it. This book had me on edge the entire time I read and a while after. This book reminded me of other books I've read before like hush,hush, and rebel belle. It took me a while to figure out what Everett was, like hush,hush and rebel belle I was thinking fallen angel or oracle. It wasn't until Everett said one line that I figured it out four chapters b ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stepping Stones is a story full of raw feelings. It drags you through the depths of emotion and when you are able to catch your breath, it pulls you back under. It contains just the right amount of humor and sarcasm to dull the ache you feel for the characters. It makes you question how much can one person handle, see the fragility of the fabric of life, and feel the desperation of the heart as it tries to cope and find normalcy. It leaves you desiring to learn more about the characters as they ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
In an Oyster Shell – Surprisingly enjoyable read given the subject matter, I recommend it, can’t wait for the next book!

The Pearls – There is a lot of tragedy in this book so it’s a bit on the heavy side, but it does not leave you in despair. There is hope. It’s one of the more well-done fiction works about death. It’s a brutal reality, but I feel like Vanderkarr handled it well and shape it into a worthwhile read.

Full Review: Writing Pearls
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romantic
Kacey Vanderkarr’s first book of her new Stone series, Stepping Stones, is another step forward. Kacey’s stories are classic paranormal romances with a twist. She has a way of making you feel so many emotions in just one chapter. I have to say this particular story hit home with me personally because of my own life. It is tragic watching as Onna’s family disintegrates. Kacey’s unique paranormal aspect adds a richness to the story. Providing small amounts of humor with her character Hunter helps ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite by Kacey. I've read almost all of her books to date and this one took me only a few hours to finish. It pulls you in from page one and keeps you going until the final page. I am not-so-patiently waiting for the second in the set. I strongly encourage everyone to find a copy and read. ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The romance is good, but the friendships are fantastic. That's what kept me reading when it felt like things were never going to get better.

My Review
InD'tale Magazine
An intense YA paranormal read, “Stepping Stones” will have the reader in tears almost from the start as Onna faces awful tragedies.

Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Check out my original review on my blog: Readiculously Peachy

My Review:

I received a copy from the author to read and review in return. 

Before I started reading Stepping Stones, I almost knew what I was getting myself into. I cheated a little this time (which I think no reader/book reviewer should do before reading a book) but I sinned, and I might have slightly (and then I mean slightly) taken a little sneaky peak at other reviews written for this book.

Drama was going to be an underlying fac
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Stephanie Derbas (In Wonderland)
This wasn't my favorite book but it wasn't horrible, either. It kept me reading, that's for sure. There were some issues that I had. Like the Twilight vibe I kept getting. (I really hate that Twilight vibe!) Every time I get the Twilight vibe, I feel the need to pick up a different book. But with this book I kept reading because I felt compelled to. Even though it reeked of Twilight in one sense, it was completely different in the other sense.

I felt so bad for Onna after her brother dies (not a
Paula  Phillips
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Have you ever read a book that you found to be really weird and just plain confusing ? That to me was the entirety of Stepping Stones. It started out normal with Onnaleigh's parents announcing that they were getting a divorce and her headed to a local shop where she spots a hot guy and then rushing to tell her best friend Hunter about said guy and the divorce as that's what teen girls do. Then of course the hot guy starts at Onnaleigh's school and everyone loves him, which again makes sense and ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on my blog: Better Call My Bookie.

There are few books that have the ability to rip my heart to shreds the way this one did. Onna goes through traumatic event after traumatic event and her strength and bravery are extremely evident throughout the novel. It really kills me to see her hurt like this. Which brings me to the "solution" to her pain:

Everett is her Comforter. He's creepy. He knows things he shouldn't know, and he seems to be able to read her mind (which makes him ev
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KACEY VANDERKARR has a penchant for fantasy and frequently listens to the voices in her head—most of whom are teenagers. Her favorite place to write is an old salon chair in her kitchen, with coffee in one hand and adoring cats sprawled across her arms. She prefers her music loud and her skeptics quiet. When she’s not writing, Kacey coaches winterguard, works as a sonographer, and hangs out with o ...more

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