The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.
Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.
Probably because they’re not nightmares.
When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.
When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…
(Blurb taken from Goodreads.com)
My thoughts: Lately, it seems I keep coming across these highly original books. The Stone Guardian was no exception. I can't say I've read a book with a similar plot or concept before. I won't go over the plot because the blurb is great and I don't think I would do it justice. Plus, I think readers want to know whether it was a good read or not which I can say, without a doubt, it is.
It is a young adult paranormal romance, but it is also so much more. It also has mystery and a touch of humour as well. It was very well written and the opening scenes really hooked me. When I began reading it, I had no idea where the plot would take me. I love it when this happens. I absolutely hate predictable story lines, although I'm usually pretty slow on the uptake so I'm often surprised. So you know a book is SUPER predictable if I predict something is coming. I did, however, find it lagged a touch in the middle and this is the only reason I'm not giving it five stars.
All and all The Stone Guardian was a wonderful debut by a super sweet author. The book and the teaser of an epilogue ensures I will be reading the next one in the series.
This was gifted to my by Theresa in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, Theresa, for the chance to read your wonderful novel!
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