C.J. Dushinski: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone



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O the point where I doubt any interesting scientific information could ever be gleaned from this work yep folksit s lowest common denominator science fiction The Big Bang Theory of Sci Fi novels if you will The Rundown Plot 25 If you ve managed to hold on this far you re in for some good news At it s core this The Thorn and the Sinking Stone has some redeeming alities Particularly in its wanton violence I was A Perfect Evil (Maggie ODell, uite surprised how violent this book actually was and how little remorse any of the characters actually had It s a stark contrast from the rest of the book Normally I m not a fan of senseless blood but it added an interesting element It was almost Kill Billian As for the actual plot the story isn t Star Wars Episodes 1 3 bad but it s certainly nothing you haven t read a thousand times before see flip test from before and as far as tropes and cliches go this novel hits a bunch of them over the wall bases loaded bottom of 9th style Characters 35 If you re on the lookout for a book with a strong female character Valencia Hara won t go down in history as anything memorable but she s a cool girl with mutant powers and a katana She s actually pretty bad ass for the first half of the novel One of my big gripes with this book is idea that we had to have romance here Strong female characters don t need to revolve around a romance plot It just didn t fit the Valencia character at least in book 1 Science 15 There s about as much science in this book as what your mom knows about the X Men Radiation causes mutations Duh If you re looking for anything interesting in the world of science you won t find it here Inderstand that the author probably never had the nerd demographic in mind and was simply trying to cash in on some big pop culture buzzwords and themes but I found the simplicity and cardboard like generalizations to be rather insulting to modern readers Overall Experience 40% In all The Thron I kindly got this ARC via Entangled teen PublisherAH This Book was Freaking awesome So glad I got this ARCRating 45I truly enjoyed it it was action packed and made me reminiscent of the book Young Elites by Marie Lu Finn Lucky Leold was dead My Father was dead Murdered by a Black Rose Rain City is divided by four gangs two of these gangs The Black Roses and the Daggers hate each other and yearn to annihilate one anotherThere is a genetic mutation in Rain city that gives people special abilities however these abilities are outlawed and the government will do anything to eradicate this genetic abnormality The Princess of the Black Roses Valencia has a genetic mutation which makes her invincible in combat she is a warrior and nothing will stand in her way of avenging her father However she never forgot the little boy who had saved her one night years ago So what happens when this little boy Sebastian is now all grown The Wedding in White (The Men of Medicine Ridge, up and also the son of the deceased leader of the Daggers is made to fight the Princess of the Black Thorns to the death Has Valencia found her weakness at last Will Sebastian remember her Why are you being so nice to me I just tried to shove a blade in you There is a love story and oh my what a love story it isIsually hate the Romeo and Julliette type romances but I totally LOVED this one I m already in your head He whispered and you know it I m beating through your pulse I m in the air you breathe because we re the same HOW CAN YOU NOT MELT AT THAT Sebastian is freaking dreamy There s a Masuerade scenethatthat i have no words but the Gif is pretty accurate Everything is against them everyone wants to kill or separate them To love each other is death to be with each other is suicide To be cursedis beyond all that But there is a myth that there are those curse named the gifted few Are they myth or fact Read to find out I love the writing and the st. Or ways with sharpened steel But she is no ordinary Rose She is Cursed tainted with the ability to see seconds into the futureTo avenge his father's death Sebastian Leold of the rival gang Two Daggers must face off against the Black Princess he with his dagger she with her katana

At A Glance I like that it was twist on Romeo and Juliet but the execution was meh The Good Rival gangs forbidden lovers paranormal aspects all set in a dystopia world Pretty freaking awesome idea right I thought so too that s what drew me to The Thorn and the Sinking Stone A twist on Romeo and Juliet I couldn t pass it The Executives Vengeful Seduction (Australian Millionaires, upThe violence and grit of this world appealed to me You would have to be a hard person to live in it There was nothing soft or gentle about it Except for Sebastian and Valencia These two are different from their murdering families and rough citizens Valencia is tough but caring while Sebastian is brave and kind And together they really brought out the specialness in each other They start out fighting each other to a possible death and endp with an ncertain future but at least they are going into it together There isn t flowers and candy but there is friendship and nderstanding and that s a good base for a relationshipI liked the Cursed aspect I want to know about why these gifted humans are hunted There was a lot of action and suspense And the mystery at the end still has me intrigued The Bad Um background info Hello Are you there No Well that sucks This book really needed a better background base because I felt like I was just thrown into this world and it took me the whole book just to nderstand a arter of it I don t like feeling lostI am cool with violence but how cavalier these characters were about it just irked me sometimesThere was some plot holes and I wanted character development The Snuggly I like that this wasn t an epic love story it was gritty and The Kings Sister uncertain It was a nice changep But I also missed having a strong feeling about the couple I want from Valencia and Sebastian next timeOnly kissing so very YA Final Thoughts It was a good read with a meh plot and background I might read the next one but I am not sure yet I am still intrigued enough to keep an eye out for the seuel Somewhat Recommended The Cattlemans Ready-Made Family uotes Why are you being so nice to me I just tried to shove a blade in you I m already in your head He whispered and you know it I m beating through your pulse I m in the air you breathe because we re the same For a long time I d been consumed by anger Then Valencia Hara appeared too wild and beautiful to ignore and the anger faded into the background She dulled my sadness making it easier to think and easier to feel Science Fantasy Kings Review Your Kings for what s cool in the world of nerds Pirates boatmen Cowboys Samurai s Black roses and a post apocalyptic world with a section of the population slowly becoming mutants What could be better How about a good story When I received this book for review I had high hopes Really high hopes It sounded fantastic but each page I trekked the and I wanted to throw things Because it had potential but the author threw it all away for low hanging fruit Perhaps frustrating than the over overarching story was the fact that by the halfway point of the book the differences between the Rain City gangs were pretty much non existent You could have flipped open this book at any page in the 200 s and thought it was something else completely The hook Cowboys Ninjas and Pirates was completely forgotten about in favor of a love story and a really weak sort of Lord of the Rings Wraith side plot Besides a massive information dump of almostseless proportions nothing you want to know is actually explained or even commented on Why was this Rain City a dystopian wasteland Why Katanas besides the fact that the Roses come from old Asia fans of the SF Kings will find the plot devices in this novel to be ite infuriating and little bit insulting the main character is OP as hell with her mutant powers and she can even see a little bit into the future and as stated before nothing is actually explained Warring families Forbidden love And danger they can’t escapeDaggers Roses Cowboys Boat Men Survivors of Earth's Last War four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood Valencia Hara Princess of the wealthy Black Roses is raised in warri.

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Ory and the characters While reading I was so shocked when I realised I finished it I wanted It s safe to say I can t wait to have the next book especially considering where it finished off Stay awesome and read this book The Book Herald Find me on Twitter thebookherald 25 stars It was okay I bumped it p to 3 stars because it was the authors first novel Nice jobShort version An inventive world and an interesting concept washed down with a horrible plot terrible character attributes and dialogue and a forced love storyLong version First off I absolutely loved the concept of this story It reminded me of a gritty modern version of Romeo and Juliet meets The 100 in fact Valencia our main character here is strikingly similar to a character from The 100 Despite post apocalyptic worlds and their stories being a bit passe and overdone I liked what the author did here Some parts felt fresh However some parts also felt very familiar almost like rehashed version of some of the recent best sellers Where this book The Year of the Beast ultimately failed was the plot It was not only predictable but it was very poorly planned and filled with plot holes left and right It started offite well and it was interesting enough to hold my attention well into the meat of the book but it fell apart The Billionaires Bidding uiteickly after that which is often the case with first time authors and their debut novels I m going by the goodreads author page if this is wrong let me know The characters weren t particularly strong either Valencia just like this book had potential but she was so lacking I really struggled to like her and empathize with her and her cause I almost didn t care Almost There were a few book saving moments it was the The Bride In Law uiet points in the story that I really started to feel like there was a real character there that I cared about in her POV diatribes but those parts were few and far between the bike scenes were great The dialogue and to some degree even the writing wasn t very strong and there were times when I simply rolled my eyes because it felt way over the top like the author was trying to do and be than she was capable of This is not intended to be mean many first time authors make this mistake of trying to write better than they are capable of It s still good writing but it s painful to have to read 6 lines about Garrett smoking cigarettes That kind of detail is nice if it has to do with plot or character development but it was mostly just filler and that was frustrating As much as this tries to be a love story this is not a book you ll remember for it s romance or love there s no Bella and Edward here or much of anything to be honest Which is a shame because this book had tremendous potential but itltimately fell flat and is easily forgettable I would encourage the author to continue because she seems like a good story teller who needs to work on a few things like plot development but having written her first book she ll no doubt have improved Great first effort and while I think there are great points to this book it s not a recommend from me as it was okay as per my scale Our reality was this we were enemies caught in our parents war trapped in a desperate situation where desperate people did desperate things I wanted to trust him I wanted him to trust me But neither of Lhéritier des Drakos us can do it blindly That was a surprise I didn t expect to love the book so so much After the last page of my eArc I was so ready to make a huge fandom for this book and I already asked the author if there s gonna be a seuel and thank the book gods that there will be because my FANGIRL HEART CAN T TAKE IT if there ll be nothing to follow that breathtaking ending I was drawn instantly from the first chapter I was intrigued and excited because the atmosphere of this book isnbelievable You can really FEEL everything that Word Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him nable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him For they once knew each other beyond their blood feudand they have secrets in common than they knowBut in a world filled with vengeance and violence there can be no room for love.