The Stone Guardian

The Stone Guardian

by Theresa McClinton


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When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.

Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they're not nightmares.

When Ashley's mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else--she's no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She's the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk'Ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian--Ashley's mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.

When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it's up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939194787
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Theresa McClinton began writing as a journalist. After discovering the world of fantasy and fiction, she quickly changed her pace to be a YA urban paranormal romance writer. Since then, she’s never looked back. Crafting works both dark and lighthearted, she spends her nights weaving fresh story worlds, and spends her days playing with her three fantastic kids in the suburbs of central Ohio.

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MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
When it comes to mythology in literature, you've got your Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Norse, or something else along the lines of ancient Eurasia. Very, very rarely do you ever see anything from the Western Hemisphere, and usually it's just Native American at that. This is the very first book I've ever read that centers around any sort of Mesoamerican mythology. By choosing a culture that has sparked a lot of interest (recently because of the whole apocalypse ordeal), but still gives you some room to tweak a few details to fit the story, that danger is erased. People that know just a little bit about the Mayans from world history classes will be overjoyed when they see something they recognize. Those that have no clue what's going on will enjoy it for the story and all of the new legends and creatures they discover. But back to the novel because that's actually what I'm supposed to be talking about. I loved it. It was the perfect balance between a slow discovery and action packed, leaving plenty of time for both. Every time it seemed like things were starting to wind down, something interesting would happen to pick it back up. It also wasn't so fast paced that I didn't have time to stop and smell those proverbial roses and get to know the characters as people instead of just pawns to the plotline. And those characters were so awesome. They each had their own unique personality and role in the story without seeming like they were just placeholders to move the story along. I don't think there was a character I didn't like. Tara seemed kind of ditsy at first, but the more I learned about her and her reasons for being in the orphanage, the more I came to like her. She had seemed like a very one sided character in the beginning, but she turned out to be anything but. I feel like I shouldn't like Jared as much as I do, but there's really nothing I can do about that. He seems at first like he only exists in the story as an extension of Ashley's former life, but he refuses to be that simplistic. I'm pretty sure I just tolerated him up until I started reading those passages from him perspective, but after that, there was no turning back. He's hilarious. Who else would name themselves James Bond while time traveling? The only real complaint that I have is so petty that I'm not even sure if I should mention it. It really doesn't matter that much at all, but it was still there nonetheless. It's just that I never thought that Ashley's name fit her very well. In the beginning, when I matched her physical description to the cover model, neither of them really seemed like an Ashley. I know, nit-picky, but what are you gonna do? Then as the story kept going on, because she's the main character, I guess I didn't hear her name matched to her enough because every time someone said "Ashley," I was like "What? Wait. Who?" I know that's pathetic, but it really didn't bother me that much because it didn't come up that often. And the story itself and the characters that live in it are what I'm supposed to fall in love with, not their names. She could have been called Fabiana for all I care. I am really excited to read the next book because of all of the unanswered questions I have, like how Arwan's ancestry is going to affect things, and exactly who Ashley's father is and why he decided to leave her at the orphanage. I guess I'll just have to wait and see! Taylor
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
What if the life you’ve led, as miserable as it was, was a farce and you were meant to save the world from demonic overthrow? Ashley has suffered from nightmares, brutal, terrifying nightmares that even medication couldn’t prevent. Could they be part of her heritage? Taken from her institution/orphanage, Ashley finds the family she never knew existed. They are not your run-of-the-mill family, they are different, very different and powerful…and frightening. She soon discovers she is part of a long line of powerful Mayans whose duty it is to protect a blessed relic from evil. She is a Stone Guardian, a position passed down through the centuries, but the relic has fallen into the hands of evil personified, Sarian, whose lust for power in limitless. He murdered the last Stone Guardian to get it and that guardian was Ashley’s mother. Ashley must figure out whom to trust, who to watch out for and how to keep her heart safe from a young man who is fast becoming far too important for her to lose. But is he all he claims to be, or is there more to him than meets the eye? Ashley has the weight of the world on her shoulders, a world she knows little about. What if she fails?Two dangers are evident, one for the word, one for Ashley's heart, must she betray one to have win the other? Theresa McClinton has put a fresh face on YA paranormal reading and changed up her plot and characters just enough to follow their won path without going too far out of line! she writes with a smooth and steady hand, using fine lines of darkness to add even more depth to her tale. Entertaining, dark, with a touch of romance and overwhelming odds.
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
I know so little about South American myths and legends and The Stone Guardian came as a breath of fresh air. Engrossing, original, it took me on a journey through time and place. A magical, fantastical world that I look forward to revisiting when the sequel comes out. Great read!
Heinzypop More than 1 year ago
Before I begin, I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy so I may read it for review and I'm so glad I did. I was truly captivated and riveted for the most part and I really can't wait to read more of this series. At first, when I began reading this book I was captivated and intrigued, wanting to find out more about the story and the characters. Then, it lulled for a bit and I didn't feel as connected as I wanted to, to the characters or the story. And then, BOOM, from half way on it was like I was reading another book and was drawn into this unique world full of time benders, healers, seekers and guardians. So much action and suspense, and not to forget to mention twists and turns that made your head spin. Very interesting indeed. The Stone Guardian is about a teenager named Ashley, who has lived her entire life in an institutionalised orphanage. Abandoned at birth and having nightly terrors consumed by an evil dark figure who wishes to have her at what ever cost. These nightmares, however, are more than just that. No one, except her best friend Tara, believe her when she comes out of them with physical signs of abuse. She is tormented and tortured and forever suffering from anxiety and panic attacks because of them. Then, while out with Tara, they are abducted and Ashley soon begins to discover that her life is not what it seems. That what she is experiencing in her dreams are very true and real. She in fact, comes from an Ancient Mayan bloodline, a Guardian, whose sole purpose is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. At first, she is in disbelief that these myths are real and that she is part of this ancient civilisation. Then, she begins to let her guard down and welcomes the discovery and the fact that there are many like her in this world. She is joined by Arwen, the sexy time bender who has hidden shadows of his own...RAWR. Peter, the healer who has set his sights on Tara. Hawa, her cousin and Renato, her uncle and last but not least, Jayden. He is a seeker, who is the guy that broke her heart. I actually loved Jayden and he's confidence and bravado. The story actually started to pick up more when he entered and loved his POV.  Ashley must make a choice, whether to take on her the role as Guardian and fulfil her destiny, or relinquish her duty and let the stone fall into the hands of the dark figure, Sarian, who will bring evil to the world and destroy it. But, not without making Ashley his Queen of the Underworld.  I really found myself enjoying this story as it took you around the world and back in time, full of action packed adventure and subtle romance. It was a great start to a series I look forward to discovering more about and I actually loved the uniqueness of this story. It truly was a breath of fresh air. 
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. 4.5 stars Ashley ihas lived in an institute orphanage all her life. She has no idea who her family is. All she knows is she has nightmares every night that no one believes her about, and wakes up with bruises or other marks quite often. She has one friend named Tara that she refuses to leave. Then one night after a fire alarm, Ashley and Tara are both taken from the institute by a man named Renato. She soon learns that she is the Guardian of the stone of Muuk'Ich. It is a surviving legacy of the Maya that was blessed by the gods. Renato, Arwan, Jayden, Hawa, Marzena, and Peter have all been searching for her so that she could get the stone back from Sarian since she is the rightful guardian. Sarian is from the middle world, and he is the ultimate villian. He had stolen the stone from Ashley's mother, and now he wants Ashley to be his and rule the underworld. He is the one that has haunted her dreams. He has been working on breaking the obedience spell from the stone so he can possess its powers. Ashley and her new found family must work together with all their abilities to retrieve the stone. What ensues is a story full of action and adventure. There is time travel, dreamwalking, healing abilities, and my favorite, Arwan and his timebender ability. There are creatures from hell, a bit of romance, and a trip back to the Victorian era with the help of a sort of succumbus. I loved Arwan. He is one of the love interests in the story. We do not know enough about him, but a big secret was revealed in the end. And the other love interest was Jayden. He is more childish and quick to act without thinking. He is still fighting for Ashley's affection. I thought this was a stand alone book, but was surprised to find out it is part of a series. I gave 4.5 stars because some of Ashley's decisions bothered me. Especially the one she made in the end that will be the adventure in the sequel. I look forward to reading the sequel and seeing where this goes. I recommend this to young and old adults.
SaraHubbard More than 1 year ago
 Lately, it seems I keep coming across these highly original books. The Stone Guardian was no exception. I can't say I've read a book with a similar plot or concept before. I won't go over the plot because the blurb is great and I don't think I would do it justice. Plus, I think readers want to know whether it was a good read or not which I can say, without a doubt, it is. It is a young adult paranormal romance, but it is also so much more. It also has mystery and a touch of humour as well. It was very well written and the opening scenes really hooked me. When I began reading it, I had no idea where the plot would take me. I love it when this happens. I absolutely hate predictable story lines, although I'm usually pretty slow on the uptake so I'm often surprised. So you know a book is SUPER predictable if I predict something is coming. I did, however, find it lagged a touch in the middle and this is the only reason I'm not giving it five stars.  All and all The Stone Guardian was a wonderful debut by a super sweet author. The book and the teaser of an epilogue ensures I will be reading the next one in the series. 
BookShelfReviews More than 1 year ago
Ashley is a girl plagued by dreams that are all too real–if she’s injured in the dream, it manifests itself quite painfully in real life. It’s unfortunate that the doctors in the mental hospital where she lives don’t believe her stories. But luckily for Ashley, her best friend, Tara, has her back. Suddenly, Ashley and Tara are whisked away to Belize by mysterious people who claim that Ashley is destined for great and terrifying things… What I really liked about this book is that it started out carefully, introducing us to the main character in an effective way that makes us care about her long before the big action goes down. She’s no invincible Mary Sue; Ashley has panic attacks, terrifying nightmares, and trust issues like no other. These qualities make her a palpable, realistic character. The author also manages to leave enough unanswered questions up in the air at the start of the book that you keep turning the pages to try and figure them out. Who is Ashley’s mother? Why is she having such realistic dreams? I kept asking these questions as I turned the pages and before I knew it, I was halfway through the book and breathless at the twists and turns. The way in which the fantasy elements are introduced in the book felt really organic, and instead of reading hokey, the plotline really rang true. I liked that the book kept feet firmly planted in both Mayan myth and reality, making the plot a nice hybrid of the two. Speaking of the Mayans–can I just say that I absolutely love that the author chose this particular culture around which to revolve her book? Whereas YA authors and readers seem fixated on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods and mythology, The Stone Guardian chose a less-trod path, to great success. That gave this book a distinct newness that was refreshing to read about, and kept me turning the pages–I felt like I was learning about the Mayan culture along with Ashley. While there isn’t exactly an information dump on the Mayans, I still got a good snapshot that was relevant to the book’s plot while also making me curious enough to do some digging online about the Mayans (which I thought interesting, since supposedly the Mayan calendar predicted the world would end on the 21st of this month!). My only complaint about this book might be how quickly the leads seemed to fall for each other. It kind of took me out of the story a bit because out of everything else, this seemed to be the most artificial and a bit hasty on the author’s part. But then again, maybe that works for some readers–but as for me, I’m more of the slow burn type. I found The Stone Guardian to be very well-written, with a realistic heroine and a fascinating cultural backdrop that I’ve never read about before. I’d recommend it to lovers of mythological fantasy, or just someone who appreciates a good adventure. I hope to see more from this author soon.
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LBDiamond More than 1 year ago
Author Theresa McClinton's (and book trailer maker extraordinaire) debut novel, THE STONE GUARDIAN, has to be one of the most unique reads I've come across, like, EVER.  I'd classify it as YA paranormal romance, but it's not your typical pararom. Instead of the "usual" vamps, werewolves, ghosts, reapers, and witches, we see time benders, mind readers, warriors, healers, and yes, as the title explains, a stone guardian. Based in Mayan folklore, The Stone Guardian takes us on a whirlwind tour of South America, and the WORLD--past and present. In addition to the action and weaving in of fascinating legend, Theresa gives us a brilliant story of humanity. We start with a broken main character, Ashley, who was raised in a mental institution. She's plagued by nightmares that her clinicians believe are psychosis. In a flash of horror an panic, she and her best friend, Tara, are whisked away to a beach-side mansion in South America.When she's rescued by a man who knows her special power, her life takes a twist she never saw coming. With no warning and no reason to trust, she's forced to decide whether or not to run away or find out what exactly is going on. I love rooting for the underdog. Especially when they are thrust into an epic battle and they are the one whom everyone else is depending on. And Ashley shows us a glimpse of her true colors when she agrees to stay and meet her destiny.  Then you add in the yummy hottie--a smokin hot guy who's sensitive to her while being a total alpha male. Talk about a winning combination! There's lots of action and mystery in this book. There's lots of Mayan folklore. There's a sweet romance.  It all adds up to a fun, quick read, with a unique story line and epic characters. As a matter of personal preference, I'd like to see emotions build and change over time and I think they happen a little too fast for Ashley at moments, but she makes solid decisions and chooses loyalty rather than the easy way out. And when she grows into her role, she's a powerhouse! Therefore, I'd give The Stone Guardian 4 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique story line based on Mayan Myth not Greek or Egyptian so commonly used, love the progression of main character, along with a Good Romance and ACTION PACKED, I really enjoyed reading this book "CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 2"!!! I'm looking forward to future books by this author!