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Thunderstone Paperback – November 12, 2013
"...well-written and entertaining... Jeni makes for a likeable protagonist that readers will identify with." -- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
After years in the corporate world, Barbara Pietron found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer.
Pietron's Book One of the Legacy in Legend series, Thunderstone (Scribe Publishing Company, 2013), was a finalist for Indiefab's 2013 Young Adult Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews, and in 2012 Thunderstone was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. As such, Barbara won a full manuscript review from Publishers Weekly, which called Thunderstone "...well-written and entertaining," adding that "... Jeni makes for a likeable protagonist that readers will identify with."
Also in the Legacy in Legend Series: Veiled Existence, Book Two (Scribe Publishing Company, 2017) and Heart of Ice, Series Prequel (e-book only, Scribe Publishing Company, 2014) Pietron also wrote a stand-alone novel, Soulshifter (Scribe Publishing Company, 2015). She has been a contributing writer for AAA Living and Family Fun. Find out more at barbarapietron.com.
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Bubby: Yes, it does seem like we tend to get in a rut, eh Sissy? I think YA paranormal romance is like candy; really fun and delicious in small doses, but too much makes my tummy hurt. While Thunderstone is still technically in that genre, there are no fairies or witches or vampires. Just Native American legends come to life.
Sissy: I didn't think I would like Thunderstone. Bubby didn't think she'd like it either but we were both wrong.
Bubby: I am never wrong. I was simply too hasty in my judgemental process. Not wrong.
Sissy: You were too wrong, you nerf-herder! Get over it! As I said before, it was a really interesting and engaging story. The only problem I had with it is that Jeni is only 15 and to have a "great love" and such fortitude under duress is way more mature than most 15 year-olds actually are. When I was 15, I was a complete social bumbling idiot who would have run home and cowered under her mother's bed at the sight of a water monster or any sort of supernatural entity. My "great love" was a crush on the neighbor boy, and if he even looked in my direction I would run away and write about it in my journal. Something like "Oh Happiness--"D" looked at me! It must be true love! I can't wait until we get married!" P.S. "D" now looks like a hairy neanderthal and I'm so glad I didn't marry him.
Bubby: I totally agree. I like to pretend that the years between 11 and 19 just didn't exist. No way could I have dealt with any sort of mythical beastie and survived! Heck, I don't think I would survive a mythical beastie now! At any rate, the storyline of Thunderstone moves along at a swift and satisfying pace. I was never bored or felt like things were dragging.
Sissy: Ice, on the other hand, has a bit mroe reason to be mature for his age. He has experienced many tragical things in his life and has been given much responsibility. Plus he's a total teenage dreamboat hunk of burning love olive skinned chisel-cheeked Native American boy. Who can resist that?
Bubby: I am more partial to the Viking-warrior type myself, but I can certainly see the allure. I must say though that my favorite character was cousin Tyler. He and Jeni have a relationship more like siblings than cousins. I felt the need to smack him in the head repeatedly at the beginning of the story but he really turns into something quite wonderful by the end. Reminds me of my brothers, one in particular. Totally annoying and obnoxious during childhood but a pretty awesome human being as an adult.
Sissy: Thunderstone is full of action and adventure, and although there is a love story, you only get it in small bits. The Native American folklore is fascinating and Thunderstone makes me want to learn more about it. Read full review at [...]
Jeni innocently buys a statue in a gas station one night while with her cousin Tyler. She plans to add it to her collection. Of course it is strange when this hot guy with gorgeous blue eyes offers to buy it from her. It’s a bit creepy but she contemplates letting him buy it when Tyler embarrasses her.
Ice is feeling guilty for failing to get the statue back. However he and Nik, the medicine man, believe everything will be fine as long as the statue does not get wet. When a man disappears while fishing and a large thing is seen under the water, Nik and Ice fear the worst. The water lynx has been freed and they need the statue back.
Ice needs to get it back and he decides that Jeni needs to be found. When he finds her, he learns she is more involved than he originally thought and he strives to protect her. His feelings grow for her as she finds herself in dangerous situations. Tyler is her shadow and Ice is her guide as they go after the monster she unleashed.
This is a fascinating story that takes Native American mythology and brings it to the younger generation. The author gave a big responsibility to young adult characters. I like to see them rise to the challenge. The characters were likable and the reader goes along for the ride.
It was a quick read so not as much detail as there could have been. There were a few places that there could have been more information given by the author. However, a good story overall and I give it a 3 out of 5.
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