by Barbara Pietron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Scribe Publishing Company
Genre: YA/NA Fiction
Number of Pages: 190
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Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy
weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake
Itasca, Minnesota. Then she meets Ice, the local medicine man's
apprentice. Suddenly, her simple family gathering becomes an exciting –
and terrifying – week of self-discovery. At first Jeni doesn't believe
Ice's claim that she can touch the spirit world and has somehow
released a mythical underwater monster. However, she's forced to
reconsider when a teen swears a monster killed his father while fishing
on the lake. Just as she comes to accept truth, Jeni finds she is the
only one who can imprison the monster, making her the creature's next
target. She'll need immense faith in her newfound ability to put
herself in harm's way and face down the monster. And even if she
succeeds in delivering the local population – and Ice – from the
creature's wrath, there is no guarantee Jeni will escape with her own
Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron
A unique souvenir purchased while on a family trip to scattered a loved one’s ashes turns into a life-changing event for 15-year-old Jeni. Shattered Ice, a teenaged Native American boy approaches Jeni, desperate to buy the scaled cat from her. Ice tells her a tale of an evil monster that lives underwater, warning her that the figurine she has purchased is more than a mere souvenir, that it contains the power to release the monster, threatening the lives of innocent people. Too late, Jeni realizes she has set the monster free and it is up to Jeni to put the monster back where he belongs.
Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron is filled with the mystical beliefs of the Native American culture, and with her sense of style and skill she has brought each character to life, as well as each scene spread out before the reader. While she adds a touch of a budding romance between Jeni and Ice, this happily does not become the main thrust of the story, which is low on angst, but rich in detail and realism. Tossing Jeni’s cousin, Tyler into the mix provides enough humor to liven things up perfectly. The information she sprinkles in among the story adds a rich undertone that illuminates a culture filled with history that few of us truly know much about.
A wonderful tale that moves at a fast pace as it follows the twists and turns of the unknown. The audience appeal definitely runs from YA to adults!
I received this copy from IBPA/Scribe Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review.