Stepping Stones (The Stone Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 24, 2015
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"Just wow. What a unique and original idea. I was floored how quickly the story sucked me in and I enjoyed every moment!" -Part Time Book Nerd Review Blog
"With mystery and fantasy elements, Stepping Stones is an intensely emotional story that will make you look at life with a renewed point of view." -Behind Closed Covers Review Blog
"This story was special and different." -Reader Girls Review Blog
About the Author
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1511973064
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511973069
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (August 24, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,062,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everett is her Comforter. He's creepy. He knows things he shouldn't know, and he seems to be able to read her mind (which makes him even creepier); but he makes her feel better, so I can't really begrudge her him. Plus, his life is made much harder by his "employers" and their plans for Onna (which we, frustratingly, do not learn enough about in this book. Fingers crossed we do in the sequel.).
Hunter is my favorite character in the book, and she's the comic relief the story is begging for. It's a joy to watch her mature by helping Onna through her struggles.
The plot moves very quickly. It doesn't take long for the story to take off, and once it does there are few opportunities for you to come up for air. It flows really well and Vanderkarr's prose is beautiful. By the end of this novel, I had a much greater appreciationg for the amazing people in my life, and for how short life really is.
I have read and loved Kacey Vanderkarr's Reflection Pond Trilogy, but I could not get into this book. I finished it, but it took me while. I just could not get into the story. I wanted to love the characters, but I don't. It lacked excitement and was dragged out longer than it should have been. I felt like Everett and Onna were way too bland with each other. I didn't feel the chemistry between them.
I feel heartbroken writing this review. Kacey's writing is wonderful and I plan to continue reading her books. This story was just not for me.
Quotes and Clips
“it’s about the journey, not the destination.”
“I’m not ready for you to look at me like that...with hope. I can’t accept it. I’m not the mirror or the reflection. I’m the sharp edges of the shards. Once I’m in your life, I won’t stop cutting until there’s nothing left.”
I know I'm going to sound like a broken record, but characters who deal with crippling grief draw me in like a moth to a flame. And good lord, that synopsis! What fate could be worse than death?? What's the plan? STEPPING STONES sounds like a contemporary with possibly a supernatural element in there somewhere. I knew I NEEDED to read this book!
I like that Onna was weirded out by Everett knowing her name before they officially met. That was so realistic to me, and I'd wonder how some guy knew my name, too. Sure, I'd think he was cute, but I'd still think, okay, that's weird. So there's no instalove, but there's an attraction that Onna denies and kind of fights because so many other things are going on in her life right now.
Onna just doesn't have time for it. Her parents are divorcing and her brother just died, so these two major life changes are what she has to focus on working through. I loved it when Onna brought her friend Hunter back to the topic of her parents divorcing when Hunter veered off course to discussing Everett. Hunter is a great friend, though. She's a lot of fun and there for Onna through thick and thin. You need a friend who's fun to be around whether you're going through a lot of crap or not.
I liked Everett quite a bit, too. He honestly didn't strike me as creepy as you might think since he somehow knew Onna's name before they met. It's almost like he can read her mind and knew what she needed when she needed it. Wouldn't that be a great to have someone like him around? Not a mind reader, but someone who senses what you need the most, especially your emotional needs, I mean, wow.
The car accident that took the life of Onna's brother about killed me. So. Many. Feels. I couldn't believe the way it happened, and wait until you read that scene! It was even sadder than I thought it could possibly be. As a mother of two young children, I already think about how fragile life is, and you never know when it's your time to go. STEPPING STONES explores this truth in depth, and you'll want to hug your friends and family and tell them how much you love them after reading this. Five stars all the way!