Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by CJ Dushinski

Title: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone
Author: CJ Dushinski
Series: Thorn and Dagger, Book 1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published Date: 10 March 2015
Buy: Amazon

I received this through NetGalley from Entangled Teen for review.

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…
(summary from Goodreads)

I had no idea what to expect when I requested an ARC of The Thorn and the Sinking Stone - I had the opportunity to so and 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. 



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