The Lebrus Stone

The Lebrus Stone

by Miriam Khan

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ISBN-13: 9781624202063
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Miriam was born and raised in Cheshire, England. She comes from a family of six siblings. Her love for creativity led to trying her hand at acting at her local theatre before being a lead vocalist in various rock bands that gigged in bars and recorded demos. Writing, however, was at the forefront of her interests, and she often found solace penning her thoughts and feelings; either as lyrics or poetry. She gave up on singing in 2006. Two years later she woke up with the idea for The Lebrus Stone and began writing. She didn't stop revising and rewriting the book for six years, and she is now eager to see what readers will think.

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The Lebrus Stone 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Mystery, creepy moments and a constant fog of tension combine with a sense of the paranormal to make for an engaging read. Crystal's an orphan but gets along fine until a long-lost great aunt suddenly appears at her door. Crystal agrees to join her wealthy relatives in the Thorncrest mansion, where she meets cold shoulders and a dark mystery. Crystal is an independent girl and despite her obvious heavy baggage, comes across pretty strong. She's kind but guarded and an easy character to connect to. She has a couple of 'friends', which support her. There's a bit of a mystery around especially two of these, her boss and best friend, but these backgrounds don't really show up until the last pages--something I would have liked to see woven into the story earlier. Crystal also finds some allies at the mansion, which offer just the right amount of support and heart. The setting is creepy and well down. The mansion is dark, shadowy, full of bumps in the night and keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. Crystal's new family is aloof with a rude and unkind attitude toward her, which raises the stakes and creates a spine-prickling atmosphere. With Crystal's independent nature, it wasn't quite clear why she put up with the treatment and, at times, her decisions lacked a little foundation. But the story stays thrilling and holds up the mystery and suspense nicely to keep those pages turning. There's a bit of a romance, although it's more distanced and doesn't hit a real, emotional bond. So I'd shove this book more into the paranormal thriller direction than a romantic one. The writing is well done. It's easy to get lost in the creepy world and wonder what might happen next. The pacing was a bit slow in the beginning, but earns full marks in this area once things get going about half-way into the book. The ending wraps up some ends, but many things are still unclear. So it appears that a book two is on the way. Summed up, this is a goose bump raising story with lovely touches into the paranormal world. Friends of suspense and thrillers are sure to enjoy the read. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to leave my thoughts.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
THE LEBRUS STONE is about Crystal Valdez, a girl who had been orphaned twice. Crystal lives and works in Cedar City, Utah until the day her “aunt”, her mother’s best friend, comes to visit. She’s there to invite Crystal to Thorncrest Manor – her family home – in Blacksville, West Virginia. Crystal decides to visit for the summer, but she’s in for more than she ever bargained. THE LEBRUS STONE seems to be two stories in one book. Most of the book is about Crystal’s adjusting to Thorncrest Manor and her pseudo-family. She’s attracted to her non-blood cousin, Cray, but he and the rest of them have some very nasty secrets. Crystal had seemed at first to be a down-to-earth girl, but the way she kept coming back to Cray after he treats her like dirt was very disconcerting. Then over halfway through THE LEBRUS STONE, it gets overtly paranormal. I think if there had been a “flashback” in the beginning, it would give readers an idea of the hidden world the author would take Crystal into later. I didn’t feel any kind of emotional connection with any of the characters and spent most of the time mildly annoyed with Crystal. I do think THE LEBRUS STONE may hold appeal for older teen readers who enjoy suspense, romance, and the paranormal.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
**Gifted in exchange for an honest review, By Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog** Story line - Excellent Characters - Complex and mysterious Cliffhanger? - the story ends leaving you wondering if there is a book 2. Pace - Slow going at first - got more interesting past the 69% mark Romance - to be honest I would not say this was a Romance book its a Paranormal Suspense. FMC - Crystal is an 18 year old orphan who has spent her lifetime being distant and just trying to get along in the world, she has her boss whom she holds most dearest, and TJ who she works with but has no romantic affection for. There is mysterious best friend who is no longer on the scene due to a fall out but you do not find any of that out until the very end. When a mysterious Aunt arrives at her workplace she learns that there is a chance to find out about her past. She is however cautious and doesn't rush off to the wilds of West Virginia straight away, and her new Aunt seems to be on the level and so finally she agrees to visit. To meet the distant cousins and find out about her family. But things get a bit strange when she arrives, the Lockes are acting strange and the house is extremely spooky. Crystal is beginning to suspect she was brought here on false pretenses. Now one of the Supporting characters is Cray, Crystals Non blood related cousin, and Crystal is attracted to him (god knows why, as I didn't find him at all romantic he spent most of the book being standoffish and abrupt to Crystal). The only ones who seem to have any kindness for Crystal are the housekeeper and the gardener and when Crystal begins to have powerful nightmares and the locals inform Crystal of the mysterious past and supposed curse on the family does she come to realise she is not safe there. Crystal is stuck with wanting to know more about her past and the impending feeling that she is not safe at Thorncrest Manor. With things going bump in the dark, and the weird ways that the Locke's have, she tries to find out more by going to see a local mystic. That's when things start to really get interesting. But that I will leave you to find out yourself. The writing is well done, the mystery keeps you guessing until about 50% on what paranormal happenings are going on at Thorncrest, But I found that the relationship between Crystal and Cray was too vague and it made me really wonder what Crystal saw in Cray. But there wasn't much given about Crystals past and her Boss until very late on. Yes, they are introduced, and there is interaction, but I would have liked a little bit more. There was a lot of mystery with the Locke family, but I did wonder why Crystal would put up with their attitudes when she had been quite independent her whole life. But the suspense and mystery kept me turning the pages, and you are really kept guessing for a long while which was great, we finally start to understand who the Lockes really are, but not completely, so I am assuming that there will be a Book 2, well I hope so. Cray did redeem himself partly by the end of the book, but I feel that their relationship was more a case of manipulation rather than soul mates. But I guess that is in the hands of Miriam Khan.