Sunday, January 05, 2014
Review: Storm and Stone
Author: Joss Stirling
Publisher: Oxford University Press Children's
Date of Publication: February 14th 2014
Source: Review proof copy from the publisher
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I received a free proof copy of this book from OUP Children's in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you!
Unputdownable. In one word, that sums up Storm and Stone entirely (well. I had to put it down for dinner, but apart from that...). In a phenomenal setting with clear-cut characters, I found it flawless and I absolutely adored it.
The first few pages of the book are made up of character history and foregrounding, but unlike in many other books, it doesn't overwhelm you and there is stuff going on in the background. I loved Raven's character by page seven- she said what she thought and didn't regret it. The introductions to the characters were intricate, but there was an element of secrecy that made it all the more interesting.
The relationships- in family, friends and romantically- were impeccably described and developed. The romance between Kieran and Raven was just purely beautiful. One of my favourite quotes from the book was " 'You're still Kieran.' My Kieran, she added to herself.". I also loved the brotherly (they aren't brothers but they acted like it!) relationship of Joe and Kieran. They were basically bipolar in personality, but they had an amazing friendship. Another favourite quote of mine was "Kieran gave Joe a 'do-I-look-like-someone-who-relies-on-second-hand-information?' stare."
It's been quite hard not for this review to be a gushy mess! Me and my blogger friend Amber were fangirling over Kieran on Twitter for about an hour, as you can see in these tweets...
So, as you can tell, I absolutely loved Storm and Stone and I can't find a fault. I couldn't put it down and I'd recommend it to everyone!