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Mayan Blood

(The Stone Legacy #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—w
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Limitless Publishing, LLC (first published December 12th 2012)
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Sharfina Kiasati
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copy, read-2016
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No family, one friend and an ex-boyfriend who just disappeared and you find out the life you’ve led, as miserable as it was, was a farce and you were meant to save the world from demonic overthrow? Zanya has suffered from nightmares, brutal, terrifying nightmares that even medication couldn’t prevent. Could they be part of her heritage? Taken from an institution/orphanage, Zanya finds the family she never knew existed. They are not your run-of-the-mill family, they are different, very different ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r-and-arr
Review of previous edition From a copy given by the author for an honest review.

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, Ashley and Tara are both taken from the institute by a man named Renato. She soon learns that she is
Louise Bailey
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
wow I haven't read book like this in a while had me captivated by the storyline of The stone legacy series and the characters.
Theresa your words had me mesmerize in like a spell, took me a couple of chapter to really get into it.
Once I started I couldn't put it down at all.
can't wait to read more of the series the way it drew you in
zanya struggles with the daily life living in orphanage because mum died from giving birth to zanya. she had no other family apart from her best mate in the orphanage
Review of previous edition.

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 th
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
-ARC kindly offered by NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review-

Here is a book that I thought I would never read. Why? You see, ever since high school I was never fond of the Mayan people. I like their monuments, but I was never interested in their traditions and myths. Then I do not know, it was a kind of imprinting and I ended up requiring this first volume. I have not repented and finally the reading was enough pleasant .

Zanya is an orphan who was raised in an instit
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update 8/15: Ashley is now Zanya in this updated edition so I've now changed her name in my review. There were a few small changes I noticed from the first time I read it (or maybe forgot about). Zanya's cousin, Hawa, had previously dated Peter and seemed more bitter about their breakup in the first book. I didn't get that from her in this edition. She seems nicer and has moved on from that relationship. Also, we get a better picture of who Arwan is at the end and I don't remember knowing that b ...more
Wendy Hines
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Scott
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this story from Net Galley. Yay books!

Spoilers possible ahead...

I can totally see myself reading the rest of these. Though, it's probably less based on the "goodness" of the story and more of "is Arwan the son of the King of the Underworld" kind of thing. Because, really, the assumption was made...

Sorry if that spoils anything for you...but I did give a warning.

There's just something about a bad guy who's not really bad, but has the potential to be and has to fight with his
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great start to a series. It was completely different from other supernatural books I have been reading lately, and I appreciate that. The characters were great and had great development throughout the book. The pace was great, but the romance could be a little bit better. I didn't like that there were basically 2 love triangles. One was sort of mentioned but didn't get a lot of book time, I am assuming the author started this for the basis of the second book. The main love triangle, w ...more
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Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
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 friend, Tara – who is her shoulder to cry on and as close to a sister as she’ll ever have. Countless doctors and psychiatrists having been telling Ashley that she’s ill and of need of help, and she’s grown to believe that t ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
***3.5 stars***
I received a copy of Mayan Blood by Theresa DaLayne from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Mayan Blood was a very interesting and unique story in my opinion. I have never read anything where Mayan mythology plays a major role (actually I am pretty sure I have never read anything with Mayans in it at all). This is about a girl, Zanya, who was put into an orphanage when she was very young. The orphanage is all she knows. O
Naznin Azeez
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all let me tell you this. The cover of this book is simply beautiful!. It is done by Nadica En VonT and Elle J Rossi who definitely did breathe life and imagery into this cover. 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 with words like
Belinda Hughes
If you like Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Xena and Wonder Woman, you will absolutely love Mayan Blood! A band of teen superheroes, mentored by their leader’s uncle, travel in and out of time to Central America, Europe and more to battle the dark side for priceless artifacts and the fate of the world.

Mayan Blood fits several genres: young adult (YA), New Adult (NA), paranormal, romance, magic, time travel, adventure and then some. To me, time travel seems the most chal
♛Vanessa♛ ϟ Novel Nerd Faction
All in all, I really enjoyed this. I can't applaud Theresa DaLayne enough for such an original young adult novel!

What I liked
This really was a breath of fresh air in young adult literature. I enjoy reading young adult books, but a lot of the plots are similar and tend to blend together at times. There are so many similarities among many of the books that I read. Reading a book stemming from Mayan mythology was refreshing in a young adult world of high school drama, vampires, and angels.

Apart f
Fiction  Vixens Blog
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time reading anything by Theresa Dalayne and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this story . This story is mainly about Zanya who was abandoned at an early age ,and she has grown up in orphanages for the mentally unstable teenagers. .But poor Zanya has terrible panic attacks and dreams that are far to real to her. There's only one person she relays on and that is Tara. Tara is Zanya's shoulder to cry on and that is as close to a sister that she will ever have. Countless Psychia ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

“Mayan Blood” by Theresa DaLayne is the first book in the ‘Stone Legacy’ series and centers around Zanya, who has the uncanny experiences of dealing with a man who hurts her in her dreams every night. She and her friend Tara are suddenly thrust into an adventure that includes people with remarkable powers who have an agenda that centers around her. A young man named Arwan insists that he is her protector and someone else who betrayed her in the past insists that he is also present to p
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was captivated by the cover and my personal love of adventure stories with an Aztec or Mayan backdrop and didn't realize Mayan Blood was a YA story. It had the usual YA problems for me, an insta romance(s), a romance(s) gone bad, histrionics and lack of communication. Mayan Blood also didn't have enough background details for such a complicated setup. Was Zayan in an orphanage or sanitarium? She mentions orphanage, but then says she is patient A696.

The whole set up with the Riyata needed to be
Rebecca Austin
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-author
Zanya Coreandero is living in an institution with her best friend and roommate Tara. Almost every night she has nightmares that involve a man beating her which leaves marks in real life, only no one believes her but Tara.

Then she is kidnapped and learns about her destiny and all of a sudden she is surrounded by "family". Only she is still not sure who she can trust and if she is truly the person everyone believes her to be. She is not sure that this is her destiny and maybe she is in over her h
Lydia H
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Have you ever come across a book or series where there's so much to say and yet, you can't express your feelings?? That's me right now with Mayan Blood, Interlude, and Lights of Aurora by Theresa DaLayne. These books are FANTASTIC, but they are ones where you HAVE to read to understand just how epic they are. There's magic, action, romance, and tons of page-turning scenes where I felt I could not get enough of these characters.

Theresa DaLayne knows
I read this book in 2013 in its previous edition.

The story begins with a girl suffering from extremely vivid nightmares at night, which leaves it's evidence even when she wakes up. It shows a bit of everyday life of this girl in her current place of residence. Then a really strange event occurs, after which the real adventure of our heroine begins.

I really liked the theme, because I had never read a book about the Mayan culture narrated this magical and mesmerizing way. I loved the legends and m
E.C. Newman
reviewed previous edition

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 lo
Laura  Redmon
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book had me on the edge of my seat and heart racing!

Zanya is in an institution and at least she's not alone . She has her BFF Tara as her roommate. Poor Zanya has nightmares every single night of being beaten by a man. The stranger part? She wakes up with bruises on her body that no one bur her Best Friend believes there from her dreams. The workers of the Institution keep a good eye on Zanya at all times... But apparently not a good enough one. She is kidnapped and learns that she is
Marie Yule
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
**Possible Spoilers**

Three things that I LOVED about this book..
1) The cover, its very eye catching!
2) Details. There are plenty of explanations and details really helps paint the picture in my mind of the settings/characters.
3) Jayden. Although he was the hurtful xbf I can see his reasons and understand.. my heart breaks for him.

Ok ok, I have to list four things ..

4) Arwan. His story, is going to be an interesting one!

So saying all this, I overal loved the plot! It was certainly a story I h
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mayan Blood is a teen novel about a girl growing up in an orphanage and having night terrors about this evil entity. She is kidnapped from there and she finds it is really a rescue. The night terrors are real. She is part of mythology, with super powers to boot. She meets others where she is taken and they also have powers.
What a wonderful cover for the book. The intro to the book started out good but it lagged a bit in the middle but kicked back up in the end. There was a lot of teen much boy/
Elliot A
I was given this ARC by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The file I have received for my Kindle is unfortunately difficult to read.

After page breaks the sentences from the previous page and current page are mixed up, chopped up and in disarray. I have to skip paragraphs and points in the story get lost.

Also, spaces between words are missing or placed randomly within words. Sadly, this takes away from the reading experience and makes it impossible to focus on the story, which requires t
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Hansen
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series. I think I give the 4.5 stars simply because I want to give the incentive to the author to keep pushing higher. However, this book alone stands quite tall. There is mystery, intrigue, romance and it all wraps well for both genders with nail biting suspense and great action (and some gory) scenes. Keeping a great balance for every reader.

I am anxiously awaiting the next installment so I can find the answers or developments of so many plots and people.

Well done!
'i Mari 🍷 YAAAAAAS
It was an okay read. I found Zanya annoying a lot of times. Which, to be honest, nearly put me off this series all together. I'll still read though. Because of Arwan, and everyone else, with the exception of Jay. But I hope Zanya would grow and mature a fair bit in the next book. I can't take the whole 'jump-in-and-damn-the-consequences' approach. Ya know...because it's the fate of the world we're talking about 😒. Anyway, okay read. Totally recommend it. You'll never be bored.

Now that I'm think
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Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fi

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