Friday, March 20, 2015

[Book Tour] Review & Giveaway: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski


The Thorn and the Sinking Stone
Release Date: March 2015
Entangled Teen
313 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
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…

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I do love forbidden romance and this also has some little action.

The world building was very interesting but I wished there was more information about Rain City.

There are 4 gangs in Rain City but the main focus were te Two Daggers and Black Roses. They've been at war like forever but how it came to be wasn't explained. It got worst when both heads were murderd by one another and it became the cycle of revenge. Blood for blood.

This also has sort of paranormal genre to it because there are those who are born with gifts but Cursed at the same time. Valencia is one of those people. In a roundabout a way, she meets Sebastian once again but now they are enemies and both their older brothers ordered them to fight each other to death, the only question is could they? i won't spoil more than that because that would take the surprise away. All ai can say is that their romance was very sweet.  The author knows how to set the pacing well.

I loved both Valencia and Sebastian. They are both strong, loyal, and true. I'm not saying it isn't true for the other characters except for Garret that is. I hate him especially when he uses Valenica for his own means. They also have something in common that they can relate to each other very well. I also liked Callan despite his tendency to being an over protective brother at times. But he's sweet in his own way.

What I want to know is why Bowler Hat killed Valenicia's father. That wasn't explained clearly. What provoke the Two Daggers killing him?

There's more to this story than rivalry of the gangs and I'm looking forward to read more especially when Valencia, Sebastian, and Callan joined a new side which is probably the start of a new war.

About the Author
While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world.  Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.
After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories. 

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.

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