The Pariah Child and the Ever-Giving Stone Review

Title: The Pariah Child and the Ever-Giving Stone
Author: Natasha D. Lane
Series: The Pariah Child
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 22 March 2018
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Pages: 278
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 21 April 2018 - 23 April 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Sarah was four, she promised her mother she would be a good girl — a proper young lady in their small country town — and that she would ignore the creatures who appeared to her and whispered in her ear of things unknown. But like all creatures of myth and legend, they won’t be ignored forever.

Now thirteen, Sarah is attacked by a wolf with poisonous black fur and strange, human-looking eyes. With the help of a few unexpected friends, she manages to survive the attack but soon discovers the creatures have returned. They want Sarah to find a powerful gemstone and bring it to them in Lyrica, their magical homeworld.

Her new friends urge caution, however. There may be more monsters like the black wolf. And the creatures themselves are frightening. Can Sarah trust them? Stuck between reality and imagination, her mother’s wishes and her own desires, Sarah faces an impossible choice – break her promise or do nothing to save a world in peril.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

The author contacted me a while back asking if I would join in on her release tour for this book. Unfortunately I couldn't review the book in time for the actual tour but with that being said, I cannot wait to get started with this book!

Thank you so much to the author, Natasha Lane, for sending me a copy of her book to review. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in thus book was okay. It seemed to all the technical aspects but it lacked flow for me. I also would have liked to see a bit more world building and detail. There was never a clear image in my head as to what Sarah's surroundings looked like. The dialogue in the book also made this seem like a middle grade book as it was simple sentences and words.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was good. It started off slow bit it worked its way up to a faster pace. There were some holes in story line where we would be told of an event that just happened to the main character but we never see this event happened. It confused me a little. However, the overall premise of the story was well done.

Character Thoughts:

I found that the characters acted quite young which contributed to the overall middle grade tone of the novel. I also felt as though the characters could have been developed a bit more. They lacked some dimension which made it difficult to connect with them.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I thought that thus was a good start to a series. The introduction to the characters was well done. However, I hope that in the next book we get a little more world building. The plot minus a hole here and there was good. It did start off slow but the pacing at the end was really good. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book to review!

Yours in Reading,

Melleny Smith


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