In the Arms of Stone Angels

In the Arms of Stone Angels

by Jordan Dane
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In the Arms of Stone Angels 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Seriously when I read the synopsis of the novel I knew it would be good! Who doesn’t want to read a good old supernatural murder mystery? As I began to read into the life of my new favorite female main character, Brenna Nash, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued The girl can see dead people after all! She also goes to sleep in the graveyard and she saw her best friend, White Bird leaning over a dead girls body. Kinda creepy… Anyways I constantly found myself thinking, “Poor Brenna” when she moved back to the town where she was accused of being a part of Heather Madsen’s murder. The novel had emotions stirring in me that only a nicely crafted novel can. All of Brenna’s memories from her and White Bird’s childhood had my heart melting, or whenever Brenna was in trouble I found myself hoping that she would be okay. Now I know that some of you are thinking, ‘why would she get in trouble?’ Well, it’s an easy answer…see for some unknown reason (which becomes clear at the end of the novel) all of the popular people have it out for Brenna, hoping that she won’t try to open back up Heather Madsen’s case. How better to keep her quiet than by humiliating her? Something I found interesting was how Jordan Dane described some of the Euchee traditions that White Bird was involved in, and how she described White Bird’s personal hell that he was trapped in. And I absolutely love, love, loved getting to see from Jade Deluca, Derek Logan and Sheriff Logan’s POV, mainly because I found myself wondering, ‘why do I have to know what they’re doing?’, and got the answer during the explosive ending that I did not see coming. At. All. Like, honestly when I came across the ending my heart stopped beating, it was just so unexpected and unpredictable. Reader beware. I recommend this to anybody who wants to read an awesome, paranormal murder mystery mixed in with teen life, with some revenge thrown into a story with such a great ending. Totally unexpected. Totally loved it.
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Ayanna Wright More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was wonderful. I wish i could meet white bird. Soooooo so good.
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OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Brenna Nash sees dead people. Not only does she see them, but she likes sleeping in cemeteries. This is her other "home". Whereas most people would be creeped out by being in a cemetery after dark, Brenna finds comfort there. Brenna spends most of her childhood as an outcast. She never really fits in. While most girls enjoy shopping and playing dress up, Brenna likes playing outdoors and getting muddy. When she meets Isaac Henry, or White Bird as he prefers to be called, she finds the one person who doesn't judge her. White Bird is a half-breed, "part Euchee Indian and part whatever", and he is an outcast like Brenna. He is an orphan, and wants more than anything to be welcomed in to the Euchee tribe, but since he is a half-breed, they won't let him in. White Bird and Brenna understand one another, and eventually her fourteen-year-old self falls in love with him. This sounds like the perfect setup for a nice teen romance, but that all changes when Brenna finds White Bird kneeling over the body of a girl Brenna went to school with, and Brenna turns him in, pegging him as the murderer. Two years later Brenna and her mother are now living in South Carolina, but when her grandmother dies, they are forced to go back to Oklahoma to clean up the house so it can be sold. When they get back to town, Brenna discovers that White Bird had never been tried for the murder. Instead, he has been locked up in a mental institution in a catatonic state. Brenna sneaks off to meet White Bird and is shocked at what she discovers and is even more shocked at what she sees in a vision when she touches him. She knows he is trying to tell her something but she doesn't know what. She decides she owes it to him to try and piece together everything, but there are people in the town that want to leave White Bird just the way he is, and they will do anything to keep Brenna quiet. From the first chapter I immediately knew who Brenna was. Sometimes it takes a while to get a feel for a character, and what makes them tick, but Dane introduces the reader to Brenna so effortlessly and with such pin-point accuracy you feel like you are jumping in to a story with someone you've known for years. Everything about Brenna's character was believable. Her FU attitude, her angst and the thoughts going through her head were all things that made her seem real. The rest of the characters are just as tightly drawn. I never found myself thinking "Wait, that seems totally out of character for that person." The plot was perfectly paced and the resolution hit me like a smack to the head. I totally didn't see it coming. Jordan Dane has written an amazing, breath-taking young adult novel. It has paranormal elements mixed with romance, Indian folklore and murder mystery. This book had everything I could have wanted in a great, suspenseful read. The only problem that I had with it was that it ended, and I wanted it to keep going.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Brenna Nash is in trouble. Her mother has just moved them back to Shawano, Oklahoma, the site where two years ago she was all but accused (but not convicted) of a terrible deed. It's hard enough for Brenna to live with what she saw her then-boyfriend White Bird do, but the residents of Shawano certainly aren't going to cut her any slack. However, with strength she wasn't sure she possessed, Brenna go to visit White Bird, re-living that horrible night and the days leading up to it. But if bringing so much pain to the surface reveals the truth, it may be worth it after all. This is a rather dark book. Really. Brenna is very moody and her angst spills off every page. It pained me to watch Brenna go through such torture from the other kids without being able to stand up for herself. But it was nice to read scenes from her mother's POV as well, because the reader saw how Brenna's mom really was trying to help. There is a light paranormal element throughout the story, but for the most part it is all reality. Jordan Dane has thought closely about her characters and their actions, and it shows through in the dialog especially. I must admit that the first half of the book was pretty intense, even for me. Readers who stick it out past the brutal scenes will be rewarded with a much more mellow second half, as well as answers to all of their questions. A surprising read and a worthy journey.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Shawano, Oklahoma when Brenna Nash was fourteen years old, she came upon her best friend Isaac (White Bird) Henry rocking over the corpse of Heather Madsen in his hands and mumbling insanely. She called 911. Fearing retaliation from the townsfolk for her daughter doing the responsible thing, Mom takes Brenna with her as she moves to North Carolina leaving behind their family. Two years later, Brenna's maternal grandmother dies. Mom accompanied by a reluctant Brenna returns home to fix up the house in order to sell it. Unable to ignore White Bird, Brenna learns he is in a catatonic state in an asylum. Although she believes her Brenna was involved in the Madsen murder, Mom proves right about the town; Sheriff Logan also thinks Brenna was involved in the homicide and teens vandalize their home. However, though warned to stay away from White Bird, Brenna somehow communicates with him when she touches him at the mental hospital. The horror she "sees' is the hell he resides in filled with demons and worse. Her only recourse is to turn to Joe "Spirit Walker" Sunne who does not trust her. In the Arms of Stone Angels is an engaging teen rural fantasy starring a strong cast who evolve as events happen, especially the young lead. Brenna at first is overwhelmingly filled with remorse for turning in her BFF, but knows she did the right thing though her emotional regret supersedes her defense mechanism logic. Although too many threads are left unanswered, readers will enjoy a stop at "A Town Without Pity" (Gene Pitney) as Native American mythos blends with a whodunit in Jordan Dane's entertaining tale. Harriet Klausner
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Lately, I have been reading so many book about sacrifice. And if one thing I learn is that sacrifice means a lot. It means you love the person enough to do anything. Brenna accused her friend of the imaginable. She never thought he could ever do anything like murder. Hurt by the revelations, Brenna moves away and comes back. Little did she know that she find out exactly what happened. This book touched a lot of issues. There was racism, sexist, and plain old meanness. Brenna was sought out by people because she was a white woman dating Indian boy. Their love was forbidden and the town frown upon it big time. So much that they hurt Brenna just to send a message. I was appalled by their actions and desperately wanted it all to stop. Nevertheless, Brenna never got their message and did what she could to clear her best friends name no matter what it took. You go girl!! White Bird is a good young man. His reasons and his ties behind the murder were not what I thought. You know how you read a book or watch a movie and you think you know whats going to happen but in the end it was the exact opposite? Well I thought I knew, but Ms. Dane kept everything in the book really suspenseful and on my toes. The research and information on the Indian tribe I loved learning. If one thing I love is to learn new things from a book. I learned a lot about the Indian tribe and the traditions that they have.