06 December 2012

Ashley Reviews: In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

Pages: 320
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback

Synopsis

Two years ago I did a terrible thing.

I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me. Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again.

No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.

I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend. Even if I get lost, as well.


Cover Talk: I adore this cover. I do have to admit, I'm a little bit confused by it and by the title. I can see the connection to the story, but there are several other things that I would have done instead. That being said. I bought this book because the cover caught my eye, so clearly it did it's job.

First Impressions: I had never heard of this book until I picked it up in the bookstore. I saw the hot pink spine, pulled it off the shelf, and after loving the cover, read the back. The second I saw the name White Bird, I knew I had to buy it. I have a fascination with Native American tribes, myths, lore, names, etc.

First Few Chapters: I am one of those readers who actually like prologues and this prologue hooked me. I read this book in two days. I read the first few chapters in one sitting and read the rest of the book the next day. I loved the mix of the past and the present.

Characters: Brenna thinks she's crazy. She can see dead people, sense things most people can't, and and I loved seeing her embrace her gift and use it for good. I felt terribly for Brenna too, as she is a victim through most of this novel. People beat her, the sheriff doesn't trust her, and her mom doesn't know what to do with her. She is one of those characters who is tough even though she remains silent.

Kate, Brenna's mom, went through the most character development that I have ever seen. At least when it pertains to the parents. In most YA novels, the parents are thrown to the side and make the occasonal witty comment or give bits of advice. But Kate was a mom slowly discovering more about herself and her daughter. It was really emotional to watch unfold.

White Bird, also known as Isaac, is one of the main character of this story even though he spends most of the time in the mental hospital. But through Brenna's memories and dreams, we are able to fall in love with him the way she is. He is one of those genuine souls that you can't help but love.

Jade, Derek, and Chloe are some very interesting characters. For reasons that are never fully explained, except in Chloe's case, they are all terrible people in their own way. I seriously wanted to throat punch Jade and Derek and shake the snot out of Chloe. I just can't comprehend how some people can treat another human being so terribly.

Joe, a Shaman of the Euchee tribe, is my favorite character. I don't know if it's a requirement for the Native Shaman to be quiet, but intimidating, but if so, Joe definitely nailed it. I absolutely love his insight and was so excited when he decided to help Brenna and White Bird.

Plot: What made this book so wonderful to me was the characters. Everyone was so distinct and I had no problem keeping them all separate during the POV switches. I also loved seeing everyone change over the course of this novel. Even characters such as Jade and Derek changed. I really hope that after the events unfold in the end, that they all learn their lesson.

I also love the Euchee tribe and lore that was mixed in. And really, mixed in seems wrong. This story is about a murder, yes, but the Euchee tribe, myths, and symbols pervade this entire novel. Especially when it comes to White Bird and Brenna.

The best part of this novel was the end. It was so intense, complex, and well done. I cannot praise this book enough.

Final Thoughts: This book is wonderful and kept me guessing until the end. I had an idea of who the murderer would be, but I was completely wrong. I am rarely wrong and I usually see the twists coming a million miles away. But I was definitely excited by this book. If you are looking for a unique YA mystery with some supernatural elements, this book is for you.

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10 comments:

  1. I really like the cover for this one! The hot pink would definitely get me to pull it off the shelf too! I like the format of this review too by the way. It sounds like this book had some great characters and I always love a good mystery. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you get a chance to read this book. It's definitely on my list as one of my favorites.

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  2. I've found a few rare gems based on the cover alone and it's always a welcomed surprise. I really dig learning about new myths/legends/lure so you definitely have me intrigued, especially because I haven't really touched on Native American legend before. This sounds like it's got it all: murder, mystery, intrigue and compelling characters. I can't wait to check it out! Great review!

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! Native American culture and myths are some of my favorite books to read. This is definitely a good way to get introduced to it.

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  3. Your review of my book is one of the best I've ever read. You nailed so many deliberate elements I wrote into it & the throat punch made me laugh.

    Thanks so much for trying my book. I'm thrilled you liked it.

    Jordan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jordan. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of yours.

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  4. Oh wow, this wasn't on my radar, but I guess I should look into it!

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    1. You should definitely look into it. It will knock your socks off.

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