by Lena Goldfinch

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BN ID: 2940148733829
Publisher: Indigo Road Teen
Publication date: 07/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

LENA GOLDFINCH writes books for teens and historical/inspirational romance for adults. She's always been a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it's a novel or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Lena has been a finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests.

" original fantasy world inhabited by superstitious tribal nations and intriguingly developed characters." SERENA CHASE, USA Today HEA

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Songstone (YA fantasy romance) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
"Songstone" is a heart warming story full of adventure, magic, superstitions, tribal lore and a touching romance. Kita, who was abandoned in the forest as a child, was rescued by Noni and became an adopted sister. Kita with her pale skin, red hair and green eyes never felt like she belonged to the family that took her in or the tribe they were a part of. The evil medicine man takes her as his servant and uses her to perform his secret rituals. Kita longs for her freedom. Freedom may come at the hands of a stranger. Pono is a journeyman from a distant tribe who sees the brutal treatment of Kita. He will risk everything to save her from her evil master. They will have to learn to trust and depend on each other to survive. Kita and Pono are both strong characters. Kita perseveres through the persecution of her tribe and her master. Pono is brave to risk his life for Kita. Through their struggles we see their characters develop. I found this story to be interesting and entertaining. I would definitely recommend it.
M_McRoberts More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars - I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this well-told story of a girl's coming of age and self-discovery. While the conflict and theme are nothing new, the story is unique in its native/tribal feel, which specifically borrows from the mythology and culture of New Zealand's Maori tribe, and in its unique use of magic and fantasy. The main character, Kita, is real. She is hurt teenager struggling to overcome her own feelings and improve her understanding of the world and her position in it. It was a story that drew me in and kept me reading. Kita's internal dialogue, self-doubt, acknowledgement of the changes within her and the resulting confusion those changes can bring are realistic internal dialogue for a young woman trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. Plus, the story is polished, well-written and flowing. No editing issues. I had a difficult time putting this book down, and I found myself thinking about it when I had to put it down to work... I will be checking out more of this author.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
4 Magical Stars!! A Thrilling Adventure with Mystery and Magic! Songstone is a YA Fantasy written by Lena Goldfinch. The Review: Songstone is a dramatic and stunning tale of how bravery, determination and love can withstand prejudice, isolation and self-loathing. As with all the books I've read by Lena Goldfinch, this read was crafted with an exciting story, captivating scenery and delectable characters! Story/Characters... Kita is different. Her too pale skin, green eyes and red hair stand out in the brown skin, eyes and hair of her tribes people. Found as an infant bordering the woods, alone, starving and dirty, young Noni takes her home to her mother but after Kita is cleaned and her pale skin shines through all the dirt, her adoptive parents instantly know she's of the feared and dreaded Huwi, who are rumored to have evil, magical powers and steal people into the mist. Though they keep her and raise her, she is an outcast in the village and she is shunned by her peers. At the age of eight, she's carted away with the village's medicine man, Makito, who claims he needs a servant girl but behind the walls of his hut, evil deeds take place as he uses her heritage to serve his black magic needs. Her life is a tenuous thing and her days are filled with fear and servitude, until one day a journeyman comes to fulfill a promise to her village and Kita forms a plan to leave with him. Her journey takes her on a dangerous path where she discovers her origins, makes fleeting friendships, finds love and even finds herself and what she's made of. But something or someone is always there to take away Kita's happiness and this time is no different. I really enjoyed Kita and her story. I loved that she wasn't this long lost savior of her people but rather a simple girl who just got separated from her family. She was real and her plight was real. I felt a deep well of sympathy for her as she tried to find a place to belong and never quite getting it. She was different and no matter where she wanted to hang her hat, it just didn't fit. I also really liked the sweet, simple romance between Kita and Pono. He was strong and his bravery won out each time. And the idea of weaving a story into stone with song for generations to relive the tales of their predecessors, was romantic and beautiful. Wishlist... I had a few problems with some of the elements in the story. I disliked the way Kaikanu treated Kita. Even after she explained her story and he knew she wasn't the vile person he thought her to be, he never wavered in his hate for her. And at the end, when she finally "proves" she's not after the magic, he still can't find it in his heart to actually love her. It was his fault she didn't grow up with the people she was supposed to, so maybe his dislike came from guilt, but that was never explained and his dislike of her seemed cruel and petty. I also wanted to know more about Pono. Where did his gift come from and why could he do what he does? There were also some other things that didn't feel resolved in this story but I don't want to give too much away and spoil it. I'm just left with a big wish list of things I wanted that I didn't get and since this is a stand alone, I'm left to guess and wonder. The Wrap Up: I love this author's writing style. She can create fantastical worlds with amazing characters and a wondrous story that will thrill and enchant the imagination. Even though this was a fictional tale, I could easily imagine this way of life back when indigenous people ruled the land with their enigmatical beliefs and rich mythology. And all that is due to this authors creative words. Though I was left with too many questions and not enough resolve to the story, I still loved this read and all its beauty and charm! NOTE: I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
Hate2beLate More than 1 year ago
~Author exchange for review~ Ok, I'm not great at writing reviews, I mostly savor books and am stingy :) This was a unique read. The story was similar to many, yet written in a different setting. I was drawn in and took the journey with this 'special' girl. Kita was tough, but believable. I felt her pain at being different and her struggle to want to be accepted. I rooted for her when Pono showed up. I just KNEW she was due some good things! I enjoyed her journey mentally and thought it was well written.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
I loved how unique and surprising this book was for me. Kita is an amazing heroine, the kind you dream of reading about. I didn't know what to think about her at first. She seems stuck in an impossible situation, and the way she copes with it is by hardening herself against caring about anyone or anything. The gift she has of melding song into stone is exactly why I had to read her story - the idea of having an ability like this was mesmerizing to me. I wanted to know how it works and how she uses it. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed at all. Kita lives a hard life as a social outcast. Found as a baby, she is brought to a village where she doesn't look like anyone else, and so the other villagers believe she belongs to a group of people who live up north - a group whom the villagers fear. Kita is raised by the family who found her until she's eight, when the village "medicine man" takes her to live with him as his slave, even physically harming her. Everyone is tricked by his magic into thinking he's a medicine man while Kita really knows he's practicing black magic. The moment comes when she sees a way to leave the village when a journeyman named Pono arrives, and she grabs it. This story is beautifully and emotionally told. I couldn't imagine being someone's slave and not knowing who I really am or where I came from. I wanted Kita to have a normal life where she was free to come and go as she wants and no longer has to worry about whether or not her master is going to kill her. Almost more than that, I wanted her "master" to suffer the consequences of his actions. Lena Goldfinch's skill in weaving a tale is tenfold - not only do you have the pleasure of reading a magical story, you also realize she has cleverly infused lessons about life and love underneath it all; for example, the fact that Kita is seen as an outsider because she looks different from everyone else even though she has lived among them since she was a baby. If you're looking for magic, romance, and adventure with a spunky heroine, this is the story for you. This is the first book by Lena Goldfinch that I've read and will definitely not be the last! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one big gulp! (borrowed description) I couldn't put it down. Lena Goldfinch has such a way with words and weaves her story telling magic from beginning to end. I loved this story. It was a beautiful fantasy story that reminded me very much of the magic Shannon Hale and Juliette Marillier create in there stories, using animals, nature, and the special gifts each of us are born with, to make a beautiful, believable fantasy world to escape in. I loved Kita and her struggle to find her place and purpose. She very much reminded me of Sorcha in Daughter of the Forest, even though the stories are very different. I loved her coming of age tale and her relationship with Pono. Can I just say that Pono is now one of my all time favorite leading men! He is the perfect character with all the strengths and weaknesses to make him believable and endearing. Well done Ms. Goldfinch. It's a joy and pleasure to read books like this and feel like the world of reading is a better place because stories like this exist! Thanks you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Due to Kita being different she is segregated from the rest of the people in her village and was left at the mercy of a healer who secretly practices black magic. However Pono, a journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island to escort a storyteller back to his village a storyteller who'll be chosen at the great assembly and finally Kita sees a chance of freedom. Songstone by Lena Goldfinch is a wonderful and imaginative story about a lonely and misunderstood girl finding acceptance. Goldfinch manages to instantly draw you into Kita's struggle and has you wishing you could do something to help her and although her situation is devastating Kita still manages to continue on and keep her heart from becoming to hard and cold and to stay hopeful that she will find acceptance and happiness. With helpful animals and the special gifts each of the characters have, a beautiful fantasy world is created and in the end Kita finds her place in this world. The pace of the tale is perfect never moving to fast or to slow when following KIta's journey. I loved Kita and her struggle to find her place and purpose. I would recommend this book to any teenager and adult interested in fantasy, it's a great read with amazing characters with new and wonderful magical powers in an Enchanting and mesmerising world.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Enchanting, magical and mesmerizing! Songstone by Lena Goldfinch is the emotionally moving tale of a young girl, outcast and betrayed by the world around her. Left in the hands of a brutal healer who secretly practiced black magic, Kita was different than those around her, feared and looked down upon. Yet she held a secret gift, the ability to tell stories through song that would be woven into a stone to be re-told. Her fondest dream is to be free, to find her own people, to fit in and find happiness. Will she ever be able to escape the clutches of her evil master? A messenger from another tribe arrives at her village, and there is a connection between them. Will Pono be Kita’s chance for salvation? His mission was to bring a storyteller back to his people, and Kita tries to win favor with her queen so she may go. Will they escape together? Where will their journey take them? Will there ever be happiness and acceptance in Kita’s life? Lena Goldfinch has, once again, created her own brand of magic with Songstone. The world she has made is beautiful, yet mysterious. The pace of this character-driven tale is smooth, not over-powering, making the magic come alive. Kita is a strong personality, well-defined and filled with emotion. Her view of the world around her is rightfully and believably painful, yet her will and determination to rise above her current situation are a testament to the author’s ability to wrap her tale around the reader’s heart. I was completely caught up in Kita’s story, and her world! I highly recommend this and all of Ms. Goldfinch’s colorfully creative books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kita is a beautiful, powerful young woman who is a storyteller – she can magically impress song into stone. In a world with no written words she is honored for this gift, but at the same time she is not trusted. For she is not from her village, in fact she was found as a baby in the forest, and the villagers suspect that she is really from the tribe that lives near the volcano, feared for the mystical powers.  Desperate to be free from her evil master, the tribe medicine man, and discover who she really is and where she comes from, she sees her chance when Pono arrives from the other side of the island, to escort a storyteller back to his village.  A delightful dark tale of magic and sorcery, I could not put Songstone down.  A story filled with romance, mystery and adventure set in a richly painted fantasy word inspired by the folklore of New Zealand's M¿ori pe.  I highly recommend it. 
LisaGailGreen More than 1 year ago
Songstone sings with characters who come to life, a story full of magic, heart and adventure, and a world that lets you smell the sea air and feel the tropical sun on your back.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
SongStone is an enchanting and touching tale of the never-ending struggle of self-worth, the beauty of overcoming one’s fear, and the transforming wonder of true love. These and many other themes are carefully explored throughout this story, and each of them touched my heart in a profound way. This story is relevant to both young and old, and as a result, I highly recommend it those who are in need of some encouragement and hope. Viewing the world through the eyes of a girl who is an outsider in her village is something that hit too close to home for me. It was an eye-opening journey and yet a familiar one that made me uncomfortable. My heart went out to her with each struggle and battle that she had to overcome. I felt like I was walking with her on this adventure, and I longed for her world to turn around and brighten with each step she took. This story brought with it a fresh dose of loneliness, the horror of being misunderstood, and the desperate need to be seen and known. The fragile strength and tender hope that grew in her heart with the help of others had me cheering her on. I was immediately and completely taken in by her beautiful heart. She kept her heart from hardening too much, so that when the time was right, she was able to transform from her worthless and ugly existence to one of true and honest belonging. She finally found her true home, and in the process found her heart. I was easily and completely swept up into this foreign and mysterious world written into existence by Lena Goldfinch. I loved her easy and effortless writing style that flowed so gracefully from the pages of this book and into my heart. I couldn’t get enough of this story and devoured it as quickly as I could. I recommend this book to anyone whose heart is weary with pain and desperate for hope. This is a story that will lighten your spirit and bring a smile to your lips.