Title: Silver and Stone
Author: J.D. Thompson
Page Count: 132 pages (pdf format)
Genre: YA, paranormal
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review
Welcome to high school high society hell.
As if senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School wasn’t hard enough, sixteen year old Alexis Bardolph had to add school outcast to the curriculum.
A new found notoriety following a family scandal, her lacrosse star boy-friend dumping her for a former BFF and a string of perpetually bad hair days were among the many things going wrong in her already turbulent teenage life.
But when the haunting nightmares that have plagued her since childhood begin to take an eerily tangible form and several Holler Creek residents are reported missing, Alexis can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to her hellish dreams than meets the eye.
The unexpected arrival of a mysterious and dangerously handsome new student ultimately leads Alexis to troubling truths that not even her wildest imagination could have conjured.
Silver and Stone is the kind of book where you have to be willing to read to the end to get the full effect. Particularly since I started book blogging, I tend to discard books pretty quickly if they don't stand up and shout hooray and grab my interest- if I had done that here I would have certainly missed out.
I'll be honest, though- I think I finally have to face the music and admit that I may be outside the target demographic for the ritzy private school (or boarding school) filled with bubbleheaded rich twits, all of whom are out to get the main character as a focal point in a YA story. Is there anything wrong with this admittedly tried and true story element per se? No, not at all. I just have to be real and admit that I find myself rolling my eyes when characters worry about their lunchroom standing or their Prada or whatever a lot more than I used to.
To that end, I have to say that the mystery elements of this story were way more interesting to me and that I did have to wait awhile for them to be revealed. Alexis is dealing with all kinds of drama, and most of it seems pretty superficial, but it's certainly important to her, and she spends a lot of time talking about or alluding to things. I admit I wasn't terribly interested in what happened to her mom, or in her blossoming relationship with Lucas, the darkly handsome new kid who just moved next door to her.
That was my mistake, because these two elements are critical to the conclusion of the story, which comes out of the darkness and hits like a ton of bricks. I absolutely did not see the twists in this book coming, which is funny considering I just got done griping about predictable story elements. I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't be fooled by stuff that sounds familiar! The unfamiliar elements are coming, and when they arrive, you will want to stand up and pay attention.
Lucas and Alexis have a very unconventional love story, and it's only just getting started in this first installment in the series. Normally the story element that best describes their situation (and I won't name it here, because that would be a spoiler) kind of makes me itch, but coupled with the supernatural element it totally grabbed my interest and worked for me in a way I didn't expect.
What else is there to say? This story went from (in my opinion) utterly predictable to totally unexpected, and did so in such a precise way that I caught myself kind of chuckling- the author had me right where she wanted me the whole time. Well played, well played indeed.
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