Stones and Finger Bones by Jessica Minyard ~ Blog Tour Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!

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By Jessica Minyard
Published on February 10, 2015
Fantasy, Young Adult
Aurelia Barone, Jewel of Starry Stone, harbors no illusions about the purpose of her life as heir to the throne. But after two failed betrothals, she starts to feel like nothing more than a pawn being moved aimlessly about a game board.

Until the night she loses everything.

Kidnapped by a wise-cracking mercenary with more than one identity, Aurelia embarks on a mission across land and sea to avenge her father’s death.

But an evil is rising from the ashes of memory. Insidious magic is stirring. The dregs of a once-powerful nation are thirsty for blood and revenge.

They seek to harness Aurelia. To tempt her. To manipulate her.

And if necessary, to destroy her.

My Thoughts

  I started Stones and Finger Bones a little wary, a little excited. I am so happy that the excitement quickly took over, and left the wariness far, far behind! It was a great fantasy novel, with a fantastic world. The world-building alone was a huge part of my excitement, and the magic made it even better. Magic pretty much makes everything better! The writing was a little shaky at times, but I was so involved in the plot, the characters lives, that I can forgive it! 

  Stones and Finger Bones was a dark, magical story with an MC who has not had an easy go of things. Some people will probably not like Aurelia, and I will admit that she grated on my nerves at times, but I appreciated her as an MC, and I understood a lot of her actions. She had some seriously tough decisions to make, but in the end she became a much stronger character. That type of growth is a huge plus for me personally, as a reader. The romance between Aurelia and Rycen was a decent one. I never really got fully involved in THEM, as a story, but the rest of the story was so good that the romance was a backseater for me anyway. 

  If you like stories full of adventure, darker in nature, with characters who struggle and fight, grow and learn, Stones and Finger Bones is for you. If you like magic, and awesomely nasty villains, this is a book for you. Fast-paced and thrilling, Stones and Finger Bones was an unexpectedly juicy read. I am looking forward to where Jessica Minyard takes Aurelia and this world in another book! 

About the Author

Jessica wrote and illustrated her first story in the fourth grade. “The Dragon of Grindley Grun” was about an evil wizard, a princess, and a dragon who was actually a prince. She likes to think her writing has evolved since that very first story, even though she still writes about magic and evil wizards...sometimes.

She likes to sing loudly and dance on occasion without being particularly talented at either. Her interests include reading, writing, procrastinating, animal advocacy, musicals, accessories, memes, Harry Potter, and sweet tea.

Jessica lives in Kentucky with a spoiled pitbull.


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