Title: Silver and Stone
* Series: Bloodlines Series #1
Author: J.D. Thompson
Pages: Paperback; 142
Release Date: August 3, 2011
Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Mild Language
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy star-crossed lovers and a good amount of suspense.
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Welcome to high school high society hell, where last season’s slingbacks can warrant a lunch table demotion, the wrong date will knock you off the it-list and behind every pair of oversized Chanel sunglasses lies a secret people are dying to keep.
As if senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School wasn’t hard enough, sixteen year old Alexis Bardolph had to add school outcast to the curriculum.
A new found notoriety following a family scandal, her lacrosse star boy-friend dumping her for a former BFF and a string of perpetually bad hair days were among the many things going wrong in her already turbulent teenage life.
But when the haunting nightmares that have plagued her since childhood begin to take an eerily tangible form and several Holler Creek residents are reported missing, Alexis can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to her hellish dreams than meets the eye.
The unexpected arrival of a mysterious and dangerously handsome new student ultimately leads Alexis to troubling truths that not even her wildest imagination could have conjured.
First off, let's talk characters. I really enjoyed all the characters in Silver and Stone right off the bat. Alexis, the main character, is strong and easy to relate to. Lucas, the love interest, is just the right amount of sexy and mysterious mixed together. When you bring these two together, things get interesting. I loved their dynamic relationship, and the other characters nicely round out the overall story. It doesn't matter how much they are actually in the plot, J.D. Thompson shows an equal amount of descriptive love to all her characters.
The story moves at a really nice pace, just quickly enough to keep you on the edge of your seat while you read. There were never really any parts that dragged. The best part though was the suspense that is peppered in throughout everything else. This is an author who knows how to hold out to the last minute, and then throw a twist in right at the perfect moment. Plus, Silver and Stone intrigues by bringing together two very different paranormal creatures. No spoilers here, but I will say that they are both amazing! I knew something was coming around the bend, the suspense was there, and then it hits. You find out why Alexis' life just seems to be getting crazier by the minute.
There is a lot of Romeo and Juliet type love in this story. Star-crossed lovers. Conflict that seems to have no end. It's done really nicely though, and doesn't overshadow the rest of the story. As I mentioned above, the relationship between Alexis and Luke is sweet all on its own. Everything else just adds that extra bit of mystery. J.D. Thompson's writing is on par as well. Perfectly descriptive without overdoing it, and very easy to get into.
This looks like it will be a fun series, and I cannot wait for more! I definitely recommend this to readers who love a good twisted romance. Between the writing and the characters, Thompson has something great brewing here. Further proof that self-published can be just as fabulous as traditionally published. Go ahead, give Silver and Stone a shot!
|Ms. K did the reading.|
Jessica turned it into a review.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.