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Posted July 4, 2013
Casting Stones was a totally different book to what I expected, It was well written and gripping with a brilliant story line that kept you reading. I did find the beginning of the book confusing as I felt too many characters where introduced too quickly and I struggled to take in who everyone was but it soon became clear as the book continued. The dynamics between the characters were brilliant, especially the relationship between Avery and Simone, and the telling of the story through Avery's video diary camera clips was great!
The werewolf element of the story was an interesting twist, and this didn't feel like your normal paranormal story. Although it was an interesting branch to the story I didn't feel it was necessary as the story would have held well without it.
Overall it was a great story and a good read, with a very emotional twist.
Posted April 11, 2013
An emotional gripping read.
Oh man where to begin …
Laurencia Hoffman has done it! Forget about the whole book, she was able to have me feeling all sort of raw emotions, all in one page! I had to constantly stop, take a deep breath, before I was able to continue reading on. Not to mention, her way of introducing the secondary characters was smooth and most fitting with the book’s overall concept.
Avery is a man who meant nothing to his family – well a majority of them anyway. The only people, who have ever truly cared for him, are his parents, brother Chance, and fiancé Simone. The rest of his siblings detest him, or worst, they pretend as though he does not exist. Dramatic right? Well that’s only the beginning … Avery was murdered, and this is how Laurencia starts off the book, and at a prompt rate she tells the events of Avery’s life from before and until his death – the deep emotions he felt during that time.
Geez, I know I keep emphasizing this, but really I am actually stuck right now, how to write in words the explosive amount of emotions I felt. Being inside Avery’s mind was scary. It’s the closest to reality as a fictional character’s mind can get. As I was reading I felt I was also slowly losing it, the only thing to pull me out was the change of POVs (thank you Laurencia! I might have gone mad!); this how different POVs should be used. Getting a snippet of everyone’s mind, this allowed us to understand the other characters better. It was also the perfect break, when one character is draining you too much. Exceptional!
Afar from Chance and Simone, I do not care for the other siblings, as they did not for Avery. Therefore, I will try my best to mention them as little as possible. What would Avery do without Chance? He was there for Avery through his worst times, really actually taking the time to get to know and cherish him. He was really the definition of ‘mortal support’! And Simone … the only girl that will ever have a big part of Avery’s heart. The both of them together were a mix of problematic and lovable – as much as they loved each other, they abuse one another. Both were in need of some help, and I admire them for later on resolving that side that was leaning towards dangerous and making things work.
Finally, the part where I wept as a newborn (this is hard to admit) has come. Avery… it pained me that on his road to redemption, he was robbed of his chance to ‘live’ the life he was mending himself for. I am not going to mention a whom or a what, but he was so close to being able to define ‘living life’ with his own definition, and at the very last minute, it was taken from him… by those who has never even given him a chance. Just unfair! Out of everyone he seemed the most ‘troubled’ and ‘insane’, yet in the end, he had the strongest heart and mind … closing behind Chance of course.
A 3.5 out of 5 rating.
I recommend it for those who are in need of a step away from YA, and those who are in need for some real drama and action. But I warn you … be prepared to be emotionally and mentally sucked in!
Thank you to both Jolene Poole and Laurencia Hoffman for providing me the copy of Casting Stones.
Posted September 15, 2012
Casting Stones seems like your average story of a dysfunctional family with a bit of a romantic twist thrown in. That is, until you realize there are werewolves involved! Usually, books involving werewolves, vampires, and other creatures are not my reading material of choice. So I figured that my opinion on this book would be a good one to have.
Avery Stone is a cast out from most of his family except his parents and his brother Chance. He never really had a stable relationship with his lover, Simone. His life was a mess, but no one took the time to get to know him. When clans of werewolves started getting murdered, everything got worse. His family blamed him, but little did they know, they were completely wrong and onto the wrong person.
What I really liked about how Hoffman told this story is that the fact that the family is made up of werewolves is not the main story line. It is sort of a subtle detail, except when they transform of course. It is sort of a new way of writing these types of stories. I haven’t read many things in this fashion before. I really liked that.
Another thing I liked about this book was the characters. Okay, I didn’t like all of the characters. But, I liked how they were developed. They all had separate story lines tied into the main story, Avery Stone being the main character. The interesting thing about the character development is that this book is relatively short – under 100 pages on the Nook version. So, the fact that she was able to develop the characters in this short of a story, while actually have the story progress is something that some well-known authors can’t even do with 300+ pages.
So for me, this book fully earns 5/5 stars. It was a really great read.