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Cornerstone (The Cornerstone Series, Book One 1) [Kindle Edition]

Misty Provencher
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Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Nalena Maxwell, known as The Waste at her school, has received a sign to join an ancient community. She’d know that, if it wasn’t the wrong dang sign. But Garrett Reese, one of the school’s most popular athletes and a boy with eyes as clean as Jesus, knows exactly what Nalena is and he knows about all the family skeletons that are about to come crashing into her life…


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Seventeen-year-old Nalena Maxwell, known as The Waste at her school, has received a sign to join an ancient community. She'd know that, if it wasn't the wrong dang sign. But Garrett Reese, one of the school's most popular athletes and a boy with eyes as clean as Jesus, knows exactly what Nalena is and he knows about all the family skeletons that are about to come crashing into her life...

About the Author

Misty Provencher lost her literary agent in 2011. Rather than jumping back onto the publishing merry-go-round, Misty followed her gut desire to connect with her readers. She decided to release her debut novel, CORNERSTONE, week by week, in chapters, on her blog.  The outpouring of support and positive response to the book was astounding. Pushed to safeguard the ownership of her work, Misty released the book digitally and in paperback. However, the first five chapters of the novel can still be found on her blog.CORNERSTONE is the first book in her young adult, paranormal fantasy, Cornerstone Series. Misty can be reached through her Nothing Cannot Happen Today blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and through email at: misty_pro@msn.com.

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  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467943401
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064SVZKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,804 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nali & Garrett= swoon worthy November 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm always a bit peeved when books jump straight into the action without letting me fall in love with the main character first (the exception being mysteries, of course ;). Misty Provencher obviously knew what she was doing when she wrote the first chapters of Cornerstone. I couldn't help but sympathize with Nalena because of her house filled with paper, the questions Nali's mother refuses to answer and the strange powers that begin to surface in her mind and body.

Nali's life is thrown out of whack and I was left flipping pages as fast as I could to find out the answers as Nali did. The action was fast-paced, intense and so well written that I couldn't help but be immersed in the story.

And my-oh-my, Ms. Provencher outdid her self with her male lead- Garrett. The scenes between Nali and Garrett had my heart turning to goop and hoping so badly they would end up together. Garrett is strong, self-assured and above all, truly dedicated to Nali. Plus, he's hot and so dreamy! Does it get better than that??

I must admit, I'm hooked and am eagerly awaiting the next installment!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on this series! August 23, 2012
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Misty Provencher's writing style and the pacing of this novel really drew me into the story. Nalena surprised me by not being the usual whiny or snarky main character found in most YA books. It was refreshing to read something that felt unique in this saturated market. It was funny, romantic, action-packed, heartbreaking and I loved every page. Looking forward to reading more in this series!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, original story June 6, 2012
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Nalena is known as The Waste at school, because of her mother's bizarre obsession with paper. But Nalena's life gets a whole lot more bizarre when she receives a sign that she isn't who she thinks she is. Neither is her mother. And that knowledge is going to change everything.

I loved Cornerstone. Seriously. Why? 1) While there are familiar elements in common with many other teen paranormal romance stories, there are also a lot of original ideas and unique characters. 2) Nalena is no wallflower. While she is head over heels for Garrett, she won't take any nonsense and gives as good as she gets. 3) Misty Provencher writes beautifully, and the editing is pretty good too. The pace was great. There was a good balance between budding romance, mystery, tension and adrenalin filled scenes. 4) I like the message that fear weakens us. As Nalena is instructed: Don't bring fear into the fight. Overall: highly recommend this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just do it for mankind December 20, 2012
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For the most part, I liked this book. I thought the author did a good job of world building, and I especially liked the way the story drew me in with its portrait of a young girl dealing with a situation that she thinks is one thing--her mother's hoarding problem--that turns out to be something quite different. I also liked the relationship between Nali and Garrett and enjoyed watching it develop. The author does a good job of describing the changes Nali undergoes and makes the reader care about the decisions that she has to make.

What detracted from the book, though, were the grammatical errors, the punctuation problems around dialog, the occasional misused words, and stray typos throughout. It's a shame really, because the story has a great deal of potential, and the author has created characters the reader cares about. But the errors were a big distraction. I certainly understand the temptation for authors to self-publish these days, but a professional copy editor can make all the difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romantically Fanciful Journey November 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the author's enthusiastic tweets about "Cornerstone," I couldn't wait to read the actual story. Misty Provencher has a wonderful way with words, and she has created characters that draw you in and make you care.

I enjoyed reading this book, and I would love to catch up with Nalena in Misty's next novel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk.)
17-year-old Nali lives with her mom who is a paper hoarder. Every few days Nali has to stop at the office supply shop to pick up 1500 sheets of paper, which her mother then fills with random sentences, and stacks up in their house. There’s hardly any space to even walk around their home now, and everyone at school makes fun of Nali for this.

When Nali is attacked near the library one night, and ends up with a broken arm, she is rescued by Garrett, a popular boy at school, but one who seems to have an interest in her. It seems that the attack wasn’t random though, and Nali is soon about to find out that there is more to her life, and Garrett’s life than she ever realised.
What has Nali’s mother been hiding from her her entire life? Why does she scribble random things on pieces of paper? What do Garrett and his family have to do with it? And who was the man who attacked her in the woods?

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got.

I know people may think me nuts for doing this, but sometimes when I’ve been recommended a book loads, I don’t read the blurb, because I don’t want to spoil a book that so many people have recommended to me because they loved it.
Cornerstone was one of these books. So many people have recommended this to me, I’ve seen people tweeting about it, it’s turned up in ‘best of 2012’ lists, it was one of my book club’s monthly reads, and it was even free on kindle. Looking at the cover of this one I thought it was an adult book, and that it probably has something to do with sand, hieroglyphics, ancient powers, a bit of mystery, something along those lines, but it wasn’t any of those things. Time for a cover change? Maybe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to have in the hands of students to enjoy learning!
I’m excited after reading Cornerstone! The book is well written and from a teacher’s perspective, a book I would love to see in the hands of students. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Wenger
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
This book was such a fun read! I could not put it down. I loved the story and there were so many great lines that I am going to go back and read it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Busy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this series!!!
I LOVE this series. The authors descriptions and the way the characters develop is incredible. I downloaded the first book for free and had to buy the next three books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristie
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is going to be riddled with “happy” words like fantastic,...
Misty Provencher has earned my “I immediately bought book 2″ endorsement and I’m sure this review is going to be riddled with “happy” words like fantastic, wonderful, amazing, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ginny - Gin's Book Notes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Awesome read! Enjoyed the character development and the story line. Looking forward to the other books in the series. Thank you misty for sharing this world with us!
Published 2 months ago by bv
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornerstone Book One
I really liked this book! It kept me guessing. I loved Nali and Garrett's relationship. The ending was a shocker for me. Definitely will read the next one!
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars No stone unturned
I really enjoyed this book. I don't think I have had the pleasure of one so far that is quite as unique as this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable YA story
This book followed the typical YA paranormal story. A teenaged girl who is insecure and not popular. She unknowingly has a supernatural destiny and undeveloped skills. Read more
Published 3 months ago by phoenix2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Misty Provencher wrote a good fast paced book. Cornerstone drags you in and keeps you flipping the pages. I recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by Tawnya Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornerstone
I am so late reading this! I had heard over and over how amazing these books were, and I don't know what m problem was,,,,but wow. I was seriously missing out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Misty Provencher is a long-term wife, mama, and author. The first two are a bit more recent, but Provencher's writing roots date back to the hieroglyphics she left in her mother's womb.

While Provencher can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is actually just the ruse she uses to connect with people. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquets of her muses into words.

Misty Provencher lives in the Mitten. Knock on her internet blog door at: Misty Provencher's Books, http://mistypro.blogspot.com/ or find her on Facebook and Twitter as Misty Provencher.

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