Monday, March 3, 2014

Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron

by Barbara Pietron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Scribe Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781940368917
Genre: YA/NA Fiction
Number of Pages: 190
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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 life.

ThunderstoneMy Review:
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.

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