Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kathy Reviews - Stone Bearers: The Gift by R. E. Washington

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Format: Kindle Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

"My name is Constance and this story starts the day I was ripped apart."

Caught in a battle between two supernatural forces, five junior high students are killed. But Constance, Jonathan, Avery, Maria, and Danielle return from the dead -- and they've changed.

They each carry a piece of a soul stone and with it they have extraordinary powers. Now they can summon weapons from thin air and even start fires with their minds. With these powers comes a connection they never wanted, and coming back from the dead hasn't wiped away the grudges between them. When one of them loses their mind to the power, they are soon caught in a battle against themselves and an enemy that wants to make sure that this time they stay dead.

Kathy's Review:

Short but sweet, the young adult fiction novella Stone Bearers: The Gift brings a group of high school students into the forefront of a war they didn't even know was being waged on Earth. Each with distinct personalities that don't necessarily mesh well together, the group of students must learn to work together to protect their school against an enemy attack. Within this story, the author deals with the issue of bullying in high school, which is a current hot button topic. Maria, one of the Stone Bearers, has been suffering at the hands of a group of cheerleaders. When she gains a power, she doesn't necessarily do the right thing in retaliation. But that's what is refreshing about these characters - they're young, they're going to make mistakes.

I think this is a great start to an appealing series. Since there are some tensions within the group, I think the story could take some interesting turns as it progresses. I think young adults will really enjoy this as a series and will eagerly await the next installment after reading this one.

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