A girl with a sword and a conflicted loyalty makes for a surprising adventure in The Thorn And The Sinking Stone 

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A girl with a sword and a conflicted loyalty makes for a surprising adventure in The Thorn And The Sinking Stone 

I really don’t like the whole Romeo and Juliet thing, so I was hesitant to request this book. It looked like another revamp of a tired storyline. I’m so glad I put my misgivings aside. The Thorn and The Sinking Stone has a lot more to offer than star-crossed romance. As a matter of fact, this didn’t read like a romance, but more like an action adventure. These characters find that the ties that bind are sometimes the ones that form when you find someone who knows what it feels like to be you. If you’ve liked any of the newest books featuring girls with swords and conflicted loyalties, you should consider giving this one a try.

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 Valencia has a special and forbidden gift that is going to put her family ahead in the street war that they have been fighting for a hundred years, but when she recognizes the man she is meant kill is the boy who’s kindness saved her as a child, family loyalty and her warrior’s training may not be enough. Feuding families, forbidden attraction, and a future society thriving in the ashes of humanity’s mistakes make for a nice reboot on an old theme. The plot is fast paced and action-packed. I was expecting more romance, but I’m not really disappointed that these characters were motivated by personal responsibility rather than love at first sight. There is attraction, but the book takes a more believable approach, especially considering the values instilled in the characters by their families. While it began with a hint of Romeo and Juliet, it turned in to something much more engaging and surprising. I enjoyed this book and I think it will be a big hit with many of my readers. The dual narratives and action sequences make it a read I can recommend to both genders. The language and situations are appropriate for middle and high school readers. The violence inherent in a book about dueling street gangs is not graphic, and there is a clear message about the uselessness of mindless violence and revenge . I wouldn’t hesitate to put it in my high school classroom library. 

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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