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Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Tour Book Review: Thunderstone + Giveaway



Release Date: November 12, 2013
Author: Barbara Pietron
Publisher: Scribe Publishing
Length: 262 pages


Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota with her family. The guy, Ice, turns out to be the local medicine man’s apprentice, and when he tells Jeni she’s connected to the spirit world, her first instinct is to run. But after Ice’s stories of a mythical underwater monster—that Jeni allegedly released—prove true, she realizes it’s up to her to contain the beast. Jeni must first convince herself that she’s able, and then save the locals, Ice, and ultimately herself.

“…well-written and entertaining…Jeni makes for a likeable protagonist that readers will identify with,” – Publishers Weekly



Review:

Protagonists: Jeni is a very well-rounded character, and she's probably the most realistic character I've read in a while. The way she reacts to certain things, and the way she handles herself is just amazing. It's said early on that she doesn't trust boys, however other than a few mentions and an explanation as to why that is, it's not touched on very much and I feel that really driving that point home could have really made things a bit more interesting. Ice is also a fairly realistic character, although I wish there was a bit more character development from him. He was so involved in stopping the monster that I felt it was hard to really get to know him as a character rather than just a love interest and key player in the plot.

Romance: This, this is my favorite kind of romance. This romance didn't drive the plot and was a wonderful and rather slow growing sub-plot. While Jeni and Ice have an instant connection, the romance proceeds at a slower pace and gratefully the "L" word isn't even used in the entire book to define how they feel about each other. While there isn't a love triangle there are a few obstacles in their way which make the romance more enjoyable to read.

World-Building: Being the mythology junkie I am, I loved learning more about various Native American myths. However, with there being so many different tribes under the Native American identifier, each with their own myths and legends, I wish the author had been a bit more specific as to which tribe these myths come from. Even though it would be fairly easy to Google, or Bing I don't judge, which tribes reside in that region, I wish I didn't have to do research to better understand the world. As for the combonation of myths in the modern world, I felt like it was done really well I liked how things were explained and how everything ran... fairly smoothly.

Predictability: I felt as though the predictability was a bit flat. There wasn't very much foreshadowing to help me understand where the book was headed. On top of that there was a mystery character working against our heroes who is never revealed, and the whole time I was trying to guess who it was and was let down when it not only was never revealed but also seemed to be someone our heroes had never really met. There weren't too many twists and the ones that were there were never really huge, other than that the book seemed to have a flow about it. It kept me interested but it never really took big twists and turns.

Ending: This book ended well, and while there is a sequel in the works the ending could almost be one for a stand-alone as well. There's a good opening for the series to continue, though I'm not entirely sure how exactly it will, there are some clues throughout the ending and earlier parts of the book that give a good indication as to what future installments could explore. The ending was great, although this may be a bit knit picky there was one moment that disturbed me a bit.

Rating:


While I really enjoyed reading this book and it's mythology ties, there were a few things that could have been better. It's a great book for anyone interested in mythology and paranormal monster hunting.

About the Author



After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer. Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication. Her success encouraged her to complete a novel. She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs. In 2012, her novel Thunderstone, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and won a critique by Publisher's Weekly. A few months later, she was offered publication by Scribe Publishing Company.


Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstone sequel. If she's not reading or writing, Barbara likes to walk, garden, and sew. She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat – who often acts like a dog.



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