NetGalley Review: Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron

        Scribe Publishing  Published Nov. 12, 2013             262 Pages
Scribe Publishing
Published Nov. 12, 2013
262 Pages

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

15 year-old Jeni is visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota with her family when she meets Ice after buying a bird like sculptor at a gas station. Trying to get the sculptor back, Ice who is the medicine man’s apprentice, follows Jeni to her cabin and in hopes of convincing her to give him the sculptor, ends up telling her Native American myths including the one about the sculptor. 

Not believing him one second but knowing that there is a connection between her and Ice, she indulges in the story and gets caught in the truth that she released a monster at the lake. Not only does she have to believe in her fate but she must believe she is capable of saving Ice and those in danger of the monster. 

This book is a very quick read and it is because the author gets right into the action once you open the book. I loved that about the book but it also was its downfall. I liked Jeni but I did believe she was too gullible. It didn’t take much for Ice to convince Jeni of anything. I thought it was too easy and I am not sure if the author did that on purpose to keep the fast pace of the book but I didn’t really enjoy it.

Ice was alright. He was the cute boy that was dying to do things right for his people as well as for Jeni. Jeni’s and Ice’s relationship was boring. Although you read about the spark, you really couldn’t feel any spark between them. Jeni acted as if that was the first boy to show her attention so she jumped at the chance and Ice acted as if she is the only girl he has ever got in contact with. I think their relationship didn’t have enough build up.

Throughout the book, all I could think about was how fast the book was going. There was no real dramatic build up; within the first three chapters the monster was already killing people in the lake and Jeni was already accepting her visions. I feel that the author should have took more time to develop the story more.

However, with what was written I thought it was a wonderful story that needs a second book. Overall it gets 3.5 Pickles

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