Friday, September 9, 2011

Silver and Stone by J.D. Thompson

Publisher: Smashwords
Age: Young Adult
Species: Angel/Werewolf/Human
Rating: 3.5/5
Interest: Requested Review
Format: Ebook

Welcome to high school high society hell, where last season’s slingbacks can warrant a lunch table demotion, the wrong date will knock you off the it-list and behind every pair of oversized Chanel sunglasses lies a secret people are dying to keep.

As if senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School wasn’t hard enough, sixteen year old Alexis Bardolph had to add school outcast to the curriculum.

A new found notoriety following a family scandal, her lacrosse star boy-friend dumping her for a former BFF and a string of perpetually bad hair days were among the many things going wrong in her already turbulent teenage life.

But when the haunting nightmares that have plagued her since childhood begin to take an eerily tangible form and several Holler Creek residents are reported missing, Alexis can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to her hellish dreams than meets the eye.

The unexpected arrival of a mysterious and dangerously handsome new student ultimately leads Alexis to troubling truths that not even her wildest imagination could have conjured. (Summary from

It was very difficult for me to put a rating on this book. I wavered between a 3.5 and 4 for a long time, ultimately deciding to go with the lower grade, as you can see. Silver and Stone is one of those books like many others I keep running across that easily could be published by a reputable publisher. If only, if only, if only the author had put in a little more time and effort. (This is not saying that Thompson did not work hard on her novel, I'm positive she did.) I simply wish more editing and revising had occurred. I ultimately sided on the lower rating because of simple grammatical and spelling errors. The main character's last name was misspelled, then, than and that were sometimes confused, simple words were typed incorrectly, all of these things ultimately annoyed and took me out of the story.

Silver and Stone's beginning almost didn't pull me in since a scene was almost a mirror image of something I had written before. However, once I got more into the story, the general surprises and twists kept me interested. I never expected for Alexis to have had something so scandalous to happen to her. I wanted to go deeper into the issues and heartbreak the tragedy caused for her. It was touched upon at several points and had a lasting impact on her social life. For something so big and so horrible to have occurred though, there wasn't as much pain and nostalgia as I thought there'd be.

Alexis was a pretty solid female character. She had personality and depth, like her love interest Lucas. Both of them were fully developed characters with many layers. The naturally shallow atmosphere at a place like Weatherford could be the culprit for some of the character's pettiness and oblivious attitudes. Still, I wished I had seen more growth or character in Alexis' sister and friends. I got a good grasp of the girl's personalities, but not what they were about. I feel like Marcus and Gwen Alexander are a prime example of underutilized characters. They could have been a huge imposing force brimming with conflict and ulterior motives had they just been featured more.

Thompson certainly knows how to set a scene. I could practically feel the chill of fall walking around Weatherford with Alexis. (Which is a hard feat to accomplish when the current weather is in the 90's.) Her dreams were frightening but realistic. Alexis' hallucinations were gruesome and theatrical. Almost every paragraph was set up to provide the most potent visual impact. As a very visual person, this really appealed to me. At certain points it felt like a movie script was playing out inside my head.

There is one major thing I fault Silver and Stone for, Insta-love. Boy, oh boy, is there insta-love. It can be argued that Thompson tried to make it more of an intense attraction than love at first site, but I don't think it would be a strong argument. I admit that by the end Lucas and Alexis' love felt genuine and appropriate, but at the beginning it just seemed rushed.

I, cautiously, am getting excited about Silver and Stone's mythology. I love angels and I love werewolves so I am extremely, extremely interested in seeing which way the story will go. I mean, I, a dedicated werewolf fanatic didn't even piece together who was the wolf till the end. I mean the title pretty much gives it away along with a very obvious allergy and I still didn't get it.

Overall Silver and Stone was a very enjoyable read. I can't help thinking of it as Gossip Girl meets the paranormal. It's a wacky description, but fitting in my opinion. I'd recommend this to anyone who's just getting into the paranormal scene who isn't as familiar with traditional myths. Silver and Stone is now available to purchase in ebook form on Smashwords and the sequel Blood and Champagne will be coming out sometime next year.

Teaser Lines: "The nightmare is always the same. I’m running through the woods, certain something is chasing me."

Series Order:
1. Silver and Stone
2. Blood and Champagne

Happy Reading,

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