The Thorn and the Sinking Stone

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone

by CJ Dushinski

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ISBN-13: 9781508524700
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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The Thorn and the Sinking Stone (Entangled Teen) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Cristian_at_TheBookishGod More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining and incredibly well-written, this debut novel from C.J. Dushinski brings to life a romantic urban-fantasy tale that’s worth reading to the last word. The story is a creative twist to Romeo and Juliet along with a potentially monster world that I can’t wait to read more about! I do hope this gets a sequel or a companion novel because the world created throughout the story has SO MUCH potential! Plus, it has an awesome cover. Premise taken off GoodReads: “Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape… Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future… To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know. But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…” First of all, this book sucked me in from the first chapter. It kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time and I loved the atmosphere/setting the author developed. I loved the writing, the male lead and all the characters, the plot, and everything in this book! I gave it 4 stars because there are some things I would’ve changed but overall it’s a really good read. Valencia, the female lead character, had such a strong personality and I felt that all throughout the book. She is revengeful, strong-minded, and willing to do the impossible in order to save the ones she cares about. Other than having an epic name, she is a very likable main character and I just want a little more from her. I’m curious as to how this character evolves and where life takes her. AND SHE FIGHTS WITH A KATANA, how cool is that?! Sebastian, the male main character, was just pure love! I loved how loyal he was. Even though Valencia and him were rivals he always tried to satisfy both Valencia and the Daggers showing himself selfless. The love story was romantic excellence and delivered a lot of swoon-worthy moments. I found it was the perfect mixture of action, romance and urban-fantasy. Maaaybe a little bit of dystopian? I like when I can’t tell the exact genre of a book; that means it’s not boring! One of the concepts I was most interested in was the city being rule by four different gangs. We got to know a lot of the Roses and the Daggers but not of the other two gangs. I would’ve like a little more back story but who knows? Maybe the author is writing a companion or a sequel revolving the rest of the gangs? There might be a reason for everything! The Thorn and the Sinking Stone came out around a week ago so make sure you grab a copy because it really is worth the money! I seriously ate it up. Being a debut novel, makes me think of how far this author will get if she keeps at it. Flawlessness at its finest!
bookishbaggins More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what to expect when I first started The Thorn and the Sinking Stone - the summary sounded good and I figured "why not?". So glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked from page one, wanting more and more. I still want more! The Thorn and the Sinking Stone has a little of everything - paranormal, dystopia, romance, adventure. It's a captivating read with interesting characters and a fascinating world. Set in an unspecified future, in a world destroyed by war, The Thorn and the Sinking Stone has a dark edge to it. I liked the idea of the rival gangs and their connections to the world we know - Japanese Samurai as the Black Roses, and Americans as Cowboys, for example. Mutated genes that cause supernatural abilities - such as seeing the future and telekinesis - and the shady troops known as Watchmen, who round up the Cursed for unknown but obviously devious purposes, add to the overall effect. Feuding families, an anonymous Government, and mutant genes make for an action packed read. I like the premise and I think it has a lot of potential that I hope Dushinski is able to develop successfully. A lot is introduced in this book, but little of it is explained or fully expanded into a complete story...yet. Consider The Thorn and the Sinking Stone a bit of a teaser. Dushinski's characters make The Thorn and the Sinking Stone a winner for me. Valencia is deadly but vulnerable, and Sebastian has a beautiful soul. Their history and connection is sigh worthy, and I'm looking forward to where their relationship takes them. I adored Callum, Sebastian's younger brother. He is feisty and adorable and definitely my favourite of them all. Then there's Val's brother, Garrett, bloodthirsty leader of the Roses. Psychopath is too kind a word. I'm eager to see which path Dushinski sets him on. She may surprise me, so finger's crossed the next books are just as - or even more - enthralling. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone is a fantastic start to what is sure to be a wild series.
GloriousBooks More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. I have a feeling a lot of people will read this and think the same. There's two clashing families and a forbidden romance, it's just set apart by the more paranormal aspect of 'Curses' - an extraordinary ability - and the more dystopian, futuristic feel to the settings of the story.  I liked this read. It was very quick, simple and enjoyable. The plot wasn't as complicated as I might have liked and it was a little predictable, but it was full of great action, and that's always a plus for me. There was no chance for me to get bored with all that was going on - something was always happening and it was always something relevant and important to the plot. It was a very, in your face, here's what happens sort of read. And sometimes, that's just what I need. What stood out to me most though, was Sebastian. I loved his simplicity as a character, and I don't mean simple in the sense that he had nothing to him aside from his backstory. He was still a well rounded character in a way, it's just he wore his heart and thoughts on his sleeve. I think the novel being written in first person helps, but I loved knowing what he was thinking every step of the way. He never lied to himself or kidded himself about his identity as a huge member of the Daggers and I really appreciated that. He stood up - at the very least in his own mind - and decided to be different to the rest and try and change as many minds, and protect as many people as possible. In my eyes, that makes a very strong, unwavering, hero to the story. Loved him. So I liked the plot, the action, one of the main characters and I also liked the rival families and gang aspect of the story. What really let me down was Valencia. She was basically the polar opposite to Sebastian. Everything I loved about him, Valencia had all the same attributes but it just didn't work for her. What happened in the plot went against her thoughts and feelings she was displaying throughout the read.    Val was very confident in the beginning of the read and I loved it. She was this fierce warrior for her family, ready for her calling and looking forward to it. But throughout the read she fell incredibly flat. Instead of a warrior and protector, she became a damsel in distress, even though she had this awesome ability to see seconds into the future and she'd worked so hard to become this bad girl fighter. It became really annoying.    I do have a feeling that Val will feature more in the second read and grow into a better character and I'm interested to see where it goes from here.
LauraZReads More than 1 year ago
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The first time that I read the summary for this book; I realized that it was one that I wanted a copy of ASAP. My first thoughts were that it was a futuristic, dystopian re-telling of Romeo and Juliet - which I see lots of other reviewers saying they thought the same thing - even though this book isn't marketed as such. Personally, I feel that I'd have picked this one up without a second thought if it had been marketed as such. Romeo and Juliet is one of my fave stories of all time! The world-building in this story was pretty remarkable. I think that the author had a clearly defined world in her imagination and was able to perfectly portray her visions onto the pages. I liked the characters too. Each was 3d and able to stand out from the rest. There was such an array of different types of characters too - apart from the main characters that really made this book stand out in its genre. The writing style was just okay - I don't think that there was anything that would make it stand out or have me remember it as being incredible. Would I recommend this book? Yes, if you love sci-fi/dystopian/paranormal/tragedies. Will I continue this series? Yes, I anticipate finishing the series.
Mary-Gooty More than 1 year ago
Garbage. I couldn't even understand it through the first quarter of the book and I did not finish it. How this is a published book is beyond me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My review can really be summed up in two words. 'World Building'. The opening scene drew me straight away into a world of blood and death and vengeance. I could actually see each little detail in my mind, throughout the entire book. Rain City is bleak, dark and dreary, without a single hint of sunshine being able to penetrate the cloying grey clouds. But despite this lack of colour, the world was filled with life and the characters really bring this story to a whole other level. The viciousness of their world turned both Valencia and Sebastian into warriors, not just fighters. But despite the brutality of their gangs, neither are killers, and neither are heartless. Their story is very Romeo and Juliet, but these two characters aren't infatuated pre-teens who just discovered the opposite sex. Even if rival gangs and star-crossed lovers aren't your thing, there is still the magical aspect of it! Seriously, katanas, blood, magic, love, betrayal and vengeance are only the surface aspects of this beautifully written new series. I loved every moment and still wish for more.
Melissa_Robles More than 1 year ago
Actual rating: 3.5 stars First off, I must say that I'm absolutely in love with this book's cover and title. I love the black rose and the blood red font, as well as the dagger in the word "Stone". It's so dark and beautiful, yet simple, which I think fits perfectly to the book. Also, the title has an intriguing ring to it that it's what caught my eye in the first place, even before seeing the stunning cover. Both of these promise a good story, a mysterious tale of love, revenge and magic. I was pretty excited about The Thorn and the Sinking Stone and after reading through it, I can say it is a good read, but not as great as I expected. I liked the characters and I liked how it faintly reminded me of Romeo & Juliet, what with the rival families and falling in love with the enemy, but I got a bit confused with the setting and I feel that the book lost its way and forgot to focus on a few key elements that I thought were the strong points of this book. I wanted this book to show off how amazing Valencia is and to see her kick-ass left and right. I wanted everyone to fear her and think twice before crossing her path, and to develop her ability to the point of truly being the invisible person she was trained to be. With that said, I still liked her a lot. I admired that she was a strong person, one who didn't let herself be poisoned by her brother's anger towards the daggers. I loved that she never gives up without a fight, and when things get ugly, she still tries to help, even if it means helping the enemy and sacrificing her safety. Sebastian, whose point of view we also get in this book, is the kind of book boyfriend everyone is waiting to meet. He's handsome, mysterious, kind-hearted and loyal. He was the best developed character in this book and I fell in love with him. His curse (and his brother, Callan's) is impressive and something I didn't see coming. With it, he certainly took the spotlight off of Valencia as a deadly weapon for the moment, but I still expect great things from her curse. As a couple, Sebastian & Valencia are great and I totally ship them, though it did bug me at first that they have a love-at-first-sight thing. However, I got over it quickly and I was desperately flipping pages so I could get to the part where they finally kiss. I almost finished the book waiting for it *LOL*. Not enough kisses! Still, that one first kiss was worth it. I hope that in the next book there's more world building and we come to learn more about Rain City and the other rival gangs. These aspects were forgotten to give space to the watchmen and Valencia's struggle to not be captured and taken into a cursed prison, and though I know it was bound to happen, I wish it could have waited a bit longer. I have a million questions that need to be answered. Even though it wasn't a perfect book, I still feel drawn to The Stone and the Sinking Stone. I liked it and I want to fall in love with the series, so there should better be a sequel. Just a dash more of dangerous romance (not mindless) and fiery strength in a few characters, and I think it will make the Thorn and Dagger one heck of a series.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars! Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was both unique and surprising. I wasn't expecting a lot from this if I'm being honest. I was worried that my impulsive ARC request would end up being a mistake and I even put off picking it up to the last minute. So imagine my delighted surprise when I did eventually start reading it that not only was I really enjoying the story but I was sucked in to the point where I didn't want to put it down! Now that I'm finished I'm glad I had that little impulsive moment and I really need to tell that annoying pessimist that rattles around in my head from time to time just to shove off. I was trying to think of a good way to explain this story and with rival families, rival gangs and forbidden love it's very Romeo and Juliet or even better... West Side Story. Similar and yet still very different and unique. I mean, there were katana wielding biker samurais for crying out loud! From the opening chapters you get immersed into the worlds of two of these rival families/gangs and get a good what they're all about and what brought these families to war. I'm highly intrigued! The first chapter opens with Sebastian we get to learn very briefly about him, mostly the fact that he's of the Two Daggers gang and the tremendous amount of grief he's under, the why of it and how it had happened. This really sad opening pulled me in instantly and though I knew next to nothing about him there was something about Sebastian I liked initially which just grew even more as the story progressed. He, like everyone in this book, has lived a very hard life. Born into a war that started generations before he was even born, he struggles between what he feels is right in his heart and head and to the loyalty he has to his family and the Two Daggers. When it comes down to it though, he's loyal and protective...to those he cares about. In the second chapter we get to meet Valencia and it's there that you can really see the stark differences between the two families and their gangs. Valencia is training with her katana and you get way more information on the Hara family and the Black Roses as their history is drilled into her through her training. Like Bast I liked Val instantly. She's this badass, disciplined warrior but even with all her skills and steely surface underneath she's still just a teenage girl. A girl from a very crazy and scary family. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book. So much has happened in such a short amount of time. There's already been revenge, violence, betrayal and death filling me with anger and sadness. And there is still so much left unfinished. Things that we've only barely begun to scratch the surface on and I can't wait to crack them open and find out what's inside. You really can't judge the characters based on what you think you know either. Quite a few of them ended up surprising me with their actions. I'm hoping that maybe the other two families and gangs in this 4 way feud and rivalry will have a bigger impact on the future books. As it is right now I'm not even really sure what their purpose is to being in the story. They haven't added anything to the storyline except for the fact that they even exist. But I'm curious all the same. It wasn't perfect and I wasn't completely blown away. But I did really enjoy it and won't hesitate to get the next book in the series right away when it comes out. Nor would I hesitate on recommending it to someone. It's fun. It's fast paced. It's different. The romance and connection between Bast and Val, while verging on the edge of insta-love, is still very sweet and what can I say I'm a sucker for a forbidden romance. The characters are complex and the story pulls you in. All of those things are pretty great in my book! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!