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In the Arms of Stone Angels

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  647 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.

Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst mo
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Harlequin Teen
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
For the life of me, I just could not get into In the Arms of Stone Angels. From start to finish, my interest in the story and characters was mild at best - it was easy to put down, and I went days at a time between readings without the urge to pick it back up again. Even after finishing it, In the Arms of Stone Angels hasn't made a terribly strong impression on me; I'm left more with half-interested observations than any strong praise or even IMPASSIONED RAGE. I wonder if that isn't almost worse ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
I enjoyed this not for the story but for the characterization of Brenna, who I became attached to right away. I like Dane's writing style, and she really brought to life Brenna's voice. I also enjoyed seeing her relationship with her mom develop. Considering Brenna's devotion to White Bird, I feel Dane could have included more flashbacks detailing their relationship to make her love more understandable. As it is, his character comes across as way too old for his age, and just a hastily sketched ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jordan Dane is one of the best YA story tellers I've come across, her book In the Arms of Stone Angels is inventine, emotional, myyserious, hypnotic its like you cant put the put the book down until your done and in the end you'll still be wishing for more. The characters where so real the air of mysery was tangible there where several time where I found myself breathless in antisipation. She brings the stroy life giving the characters depth and insight. I loved her mixture of the supernatural w ...more
Amy Jacobs
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
At first, I thought this was going to be an awesome and eerie read. While it had the creepy and dark story I was craving at the moment, it didn't reach the awesome that I was looking for. It touches on many subjects including murder, racism, sacrifice, and cruelty. Usually, this could make for a deep and dark read, but the characters irritated to the point to where I almost didn't finish this book.

Brenna was the most obnoxious and irritating girl in this book and she was the main character. I co
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a surprising coming of age tale. I couldn't put my nook down. Teen outcasts bonding, rival teens plotting, a clueless parent and the local authorities taking a blind eye to what is really happening in this small southern town.

With great skill the author takes us on a journey back to the epicenter of our main character's problems. She is a teenager who doesn't quite fit in with the local teens. She does however form a close bond with the other local outcast, a half breed indian boy, White B
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This ended up being a very emotional read for me. People can be so mean, so judgmental and you really see it in this book. It was a quick read even at over 300 pages because the writing is good. There were times when my heart felt like it was going to break with the wrongness that was occurring and other times, when I wanted to yell "good for you" when things were made right!

The mystery element in the book is very good. It had lots of twists, and every time I thought I knew what was going to ha
Jan 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
While I'm sure this is a great and spiritual book, it wasn't for me. The writing is remarkable, so much so that Dane has captured such intense emotion in me that I couldn't control what I was feeling.
That emotion was; Rage.
These characters are such prejudice assholes! Vicious, cruel and I had no desire to keep reading.
To be fair this is quite an intriguing read. It just wasn't my kind of escape....
Kate McMurry
YA supernatural, murder-mystery thriller for older teens age 17 and above

Two years ago, when she was fourteen, Brenna Nash stumbled upon her best friend, Isaac Henry AKA White Bird, of the Euchee tribe in Shawano, Oklahoma, in the aftermath of a brutal murder of a white, teenage girl. Though Brenna had known Isaac for over a year and had never seen him act in any but the gentlest manner toward animals and people, she instantly assumed he had committed the murder and turned him into the police. I
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark on 2/12/11:

Jordan Dane has reminded me why I love mysteries and should read them more often. She has created a dark and twisted world in which a young Native American boy, White Bird, is accused of murdering the teen queen of the small town of Shawano, Oklahoma. To make matters worse, his best friend, Brenna Nash, is the one that calls the police after she finds White Bird standing above the dead girl holding a knife and cove
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: harlequin, netgalley
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Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
14 years old Brenna Nash escaped for Oklahoma after a horrible murder of a girl in her class, a murder she accused to be done by her best friend, half-Caucasian half-Native Indian, White Bird. Now, two years later, she returned to Oklahoma and learned that White Bird was locked in a mental hospital since that day. Feeling guilty for not stepping up for her friend, Brenna decided to seek for the truth; whether White Bird is the true killer or not. Unfortunately the whole town seems to against her ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-reviewed
In the Arms of Stone Angels was a surprising breath of fresh air. This was one book I did not read the synopsis for, so it was a complete surprise what the book held and I'm glad I went that route because hidden in the pages of this book was a story of coming of age, murder, mystery, love and spiritual belief was a brilliant writing style that drew me in while painting the world around me.

This book was more than a murder mystery of a town stuck in its own ways and about the loss of life. The pre
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Brenna Nash grew up as a loner in Shawano, Oklahoma. Not one to follow the latest trends and fads, she dressed funny and spent time in the cemetery, probably because she could see dead people. Raised by a single mother, an outcast of her peers, she develops a friendship with White Cloud, an orphan Indian boy who longed to be adopted by the local Euchee tribe. They form a bond as only those who have been alone can but it all falls apart when Brenna finds White Cloud over the bloody body of a dead ...more
Stephanie Cowart
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this from the publisher via It is available for purchase on March 28, 2011.

"In the Arms of Stone Angels" completely blew me away!

Brenna Nash’s betrayal of her best friend White Bird has ruined her life. She can no longer look forward, only backwards to the horrifying past when she saw her best friend standing over a murdered girl, bloody knife in his hands. Unfortunately she can’t escape her past. Her mom forces her back to Showana, OK and back to the memories that hau
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
okay so i picked this book up last summer after i had finished reading some other angel-paranormal-romance schutff. yes a year. ago. so when i initially started reading it i was in that state of mind where you're waiting for an awesome book to come out and you pick something up to hold you over. well i started it last summer and after reading up to chapter 7 the book i'd been waiting for came so i put this aside and read my other book. i left it on my bedside table untouched until two days ago w ...more
Misty Baker
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
It’s not often that I think of a movie when reading a book. A song yes, I have even encountered the exact opposite and thought of a book while watching a movie, but with “In The Arms of Stone Angels” the very first thing that popped into my head was “The Cell” from 2000. While the plots are similar (not enough to say either copied each-other) that is not what caught my attention, the imagery was.

In short “In The Arms of Stone Angels” is a murder mystery (don’t be fooled by the very YA Paranormal
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I have the chance to sit and chat with an author at great lengths about their novel but this was one of those rare moments. Jordan discussed her break-out YA novel in great detail, driving my need to read it through the roof. The cover alone was quite intriguing, with a mysterious quality that beckons you to flip to page one and beyond.

So... it begins with a girl making a choice that leaves her in complete turmoil. Brenna battles with her decision for two years, until she has no choice
Jennifer Morrill
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through Amazon Vine for review.

This book REALLY drew me in. Jordan Dane has written all of the characters so intricately and full of emotion and realness, that they are completely believable. Not only the main characters, but also the supporting characters. I cannot give enough praise in that area.

Brenna Nash is what I guess you would call a necromancer. She sees dead people. She is a social outcast but doesn't really care. Besides her ghostly "friends" she had one true frie
Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-vine
After recently reading a book with a whiny young adult character, this book was refreshingly good with a strong character coupled with a superb plot and great character development.

Jordan Dane weaves a tale about two teenagers who care deeply about each other, drawn into the after effects of an evil plot to kill a girl at the top rungs of the local mean girl click - but it is so much more than that. The main character, Brenna, can see spirits and has a touch of sixth sense. The boy she grew to
Trisha Wolfe
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I honestly feel I’m going to do this book no justice. Words are failing me as I’m wracking my brain to express how much I love this book. Brenna Nash, the MC of this story, brings us inside her haunted reality of how she views her world and herself through a dark and edgy first person narrative. For once, an author truly captures the teens of today—their talk, their swagger; their distorted and spot on perceptions through how they see their world. I was so connected to Brenna. She was as real as ...more
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

My thoughts:
Wow! I don't even know where to start or what to say about this remarkable story. I finished reading it with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat.
I have a friend who likes to ask me, "Bev, what have your read lately that was profound and thought provoking?" to which I usually answer, "Nothing Doug, you know I read fluff for pleasure." If he was to ask me today, my answer would be different. This story touched my heart and I will rememb
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lately, I have been reading so many book about sacrifice. And if one thing I learn is that sacrifice means a lot. It means you love the person enough to do anything. Brenna accused her friend of the imaginable. She never thought he could ever do anything like murder. Hurt by the revelations, Brenna moves away and comes back. Little did she know that she find out exactly what happened.

This book touched a lot of issues. There was racism, sexist, and plain old meanness. Brenna was sought out by peo
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teems through adult
This young adult novel is darker than most with an intense edge that left me with three unforgettable characters that will be burned in my mind for many moons to come.

Written from Brenna's point of view, one quickly becomes involved with her pain and guilt over her decision of calling the police when she found her boyfriend, White Bird, standing over a girl, holding a knife and covered in blood. Then the understanding of what happened when Brenna and her mother left that small town to start ove
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adult paranormal murder mystery
Recommended to Krista by: Netgalley
I almost didn't pick up this book, wasn't sure what I thought of the synopsis. But I am so grateful I did. I couldn't put it down, so many twists and interesting paranormal snippets. In the acknowledgments the author says it was meant as a "dark, edgy YA Novel" and I could not agree more. I loved the main character Brenna, she's a little on the weird, quirky side (clothing from curtains and can see ghosts, visions etc). Whitebird is a very endearing boy you just want to hug him. The other high s ...more
Suspense Magazine
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jordan Dane’s, “In the Arms of Stone Angels” is an unforgettable young adult story that will leave you sleep deprived as you soon come to realize this is a new, fresh take on the paranormal.

Brenna Nash, an unpopular loner, finally finds a boy she only dreamed about. They soon become best friends, that is, until the night that changed everyone’s lives in their small Oklahoma town for good. Brenna has accused her best friend, an Indian boy named White Bird, of killing the popular girl at school. F
Book Chatter-Cath
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I was extremely impressed with the very intense and often brutal accuracy with which the author described the teenagers in this book. Not just the lead character, Brenna, but every teenager in this book is extremely well written with all the angst and heartache that is often hidden under the surface of even the most popular kids.
I found some parts of the story shocking and terrifyingly familiar. In the 20 years since I left school teenagers have seemingly learnt nothing and parents are still bli
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galley-arc, netgalley
I really liked this book a lot. Dane tells a great story and had amazing characters to back that up. Brenna was easy to identify with, even if she's just a teenager, I saw a lot of myself in her. After I got into the book, I really expected it to turn out how I figured it would but it threw me for quite a few loops and in the end, I was surprised to find out what was actually going on. My only complaint is that there was a lack of editing on the book itself, there were so many sentences that sta ...more
Angela Mccuen
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read! Right from the very beginning not only was I engrossed in the book but i literally felt like I was there with the characters. The story is absolutely phenominal & beautifully written! I could not & would not put it down until I had finished this amazing story! I ended up reading it in under seven hours! Ive read so many books but this one I will surely never forget! I most definetly highly recommend this book to anyone! You know an ...more
Kathy Martin
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this edgy young adult mystery with a paranormal twist. Brenna has spent the last couple of years buried in guilt because she is the one who accused her best friend of murder when she found him with the knife in his hand over the corpse of one of the local mean girls. She and her mother moved away because of the pressures but now they are back to settle up her grandmother's estate. Brenna learns that her friend White Bird has been catatonic and in a psychiatric hospital since the murder. ...more
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Avon/HarperCollins launched Jordan Dane's debut suspense novels in a back to back publishing event in Spring 2008 after buying the 3-book series in auction. Pursuing publication since 2003, Jordan had received awards in 33 national writing competitions and was an energy sales manager in the oil and gas industry prior to selling. Now she is following her passion and writes full time.

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“In the stillness of headstones,
Darkness is my blanket.
And forever is my song.
In the arms if stone angels, I'm not afraid.
Because finally and completely,
I belong.”
“A journey takes time. And the lessons we learn best, they come from the journey, not the destination.” 13 likes
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