Stone Keeper Review

Title: Stone Keeper
Author: June Wilson
Series: Middengard Sagas #1
Publisher: Amazon
Publication Date: 02 March 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: E-book
Pages: 225
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 18 June 2017










Goodreads Synopsis:

The day Alice met the twins her life changed forever. Not like the day she cut her hair off and hated it. Or even the day her father told her she had to spend six months in Australia. No, this was a big change, a huge change - almost, you could say, an impossible one. Because it was the day she got mixed up in Middengard. The day she stepped into the prophecy. Not that she knew that. Not then.

Fifteen-year-old Alice Morgan is homesick and miserable, out of place with her rich relatives in Melbourne. All she wants to do is return to England and solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance.

But you should be careful what you wish for. When Alice is unwittingly lured to Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, she finds herself in Middengard, a realm hidden from the world of men and peopled by an ancient warrior race, the Hilderinc. To make matters worse, her cousin Toby and her annoying friend Jess have followed her, putting their own lives in jeopardy.

Place her trust in the aloof girl-warrior Iris and Iris's father Stanor, Alice is astonished to learnt that the pendant life to her by her mother is one of the Doom Stone, powerful stones needed to protect both Middengard and the world of men from destructive forces.

Soon Alice, Toby and Jess become embroiled in a battle to help the Hilderinc defeat on of their own, a rebel intent on upsetting the balance of power. But how does Alice's mother fit in? As Alice learns more about Middengard and her part in it, she has to make the hardest choice of her life: rescue her mother or save Toby and Jess

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This book sounds super interesting and it's set in AUSTRALIA!!! How cool is that? I am super excited to jump right into this book! I got this book by signing up for a review opportunity hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Thank you so so so much Xpresso Book Tours for sending this book my way! I am so grateful for this opportunity! Just a quick thing to note; I have received this book at no costs of my own in exchange for an honest review. With that being said, please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinions. All thoughts are my own. 

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was plain but it didn't necessary mean that it was a bad thing. The author tended not to rely on dialogue to increase the pacing of the novel. I didn't like the writing nor did I hate it. In fact if I am honest, it didn't even faze me in this book. All I thought was meh.

Plot Thoughts:

I might be looking at this book incredibly critically because the last two books I read were a DNF, so just keep that in mind.The plot took a while to start. I'm not going to lie. The pacing was slow and whilst things did happen in the beginning it wasn't like a woah what just happened moment. When the plot did get going I just couldn't find myself interested in it. I thought it was good but personally I just didn't connect with the story nor was I really involved in it.

Character Thoughts:

I didn't connect with the characters in this book. It took them at face value and just moved on. Yes they all had their quirks but they didn't quite stand out for me. They mostly felt like side characters that added to the story of the protagonist.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I didn't find the story to be bad. I just didn't find that one thing that grabbed my attention. This was just one of those books that felt like it flew under the radar for me. But I do think this series has potential. I just don't think that I will be continuing with it. Maybe one day. I guess we will have to see. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book and for hosting the review opportunity!

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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