by Jordan Scott
Publication Date: May 4th 2013
Publisher: Ravendahl Publications, Inc.
Find This Book: Stone Secrets
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely adored the concept of this book when it was offered to me, and unfortunately I suck at focusing on ebooks which is why this review has come a couple years after I was originally given I copy. I apologize profusely! When I got an ereader for my birthday this Wednesday, I easily finished the book in a couple days! The writing was a little awkward in some parts, mostly with the family talking to each other, but over all there were not too many errors. I personally wouldn’t call my siblings “Brother” or “Sister”. I’d probably call Kaia ‘Kai’ and Aiden “Addi” or something like that. Cute nicknames! I also thought calling their father by his first name was a little weird? And there were a couple times in the beginning of the book when the father called Kaia sister when she is his daughter (though this is an older version of the book and perhaps has been edited since 2013).
So this book is about a Celtic family (Kaia and Aiden who share POV’s) and their fantasy adventure in Ireland. I don’t know too much about Celtic culture or the Druids, so it was super cool to read about it. I feel like it’s not a popular topic. This was certainly the first time I had encountered it in my readings. I do wish there had been more world/mythology build/explaining in that regard because I didn’t know too much about it. Seers, Bards, Finn and Aiden’s weird ‘force’ abilities, Kendra’s ability to travel to the underworld, the feud between the druids and the knights- all that could have been better explained I think. The action-packed approach was cool, but left me with too many unanswered questions in my opinion.
It was also not quite clear why the bad guy was the bad guy in my opinion. He was part of the druids and his ‘turning to the dark side’ wasn’t really shown or explained? Kaia (the main character) just magically knew that this person wasn’t on their side anymore? I was totally confused why she was running away from them for awhile until they later clearly chose the Knights side of the fight.
There was a lot of magic and island-hopping in this book which was pretty cool. It just felt a bit rushed and underdeveloped. Again, not a lot of world building in the description area which I think would have been a nice touch. All in all, this had a lot of potential- but I was a bit disappointed with the end result. The book could have gone so much deeper (and maybe the other books in the series do) but this just left me wishing for what it could have been!