Publisher: Entangled Teen on March 10, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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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…
At A Glance
I like that it was twist on Romeo and Juliet but the execution was meh.
Rival gangs, forbidden lovers, paranormal aspects, all set in a dystopia world. Pretty freaking awesome idea, right? I thought so too, that’s what drew me to The Thorn and the Sinking Stone. A twist on Romeo and Juliet. I couldn’t pass it up.
The violence and grit of this world appealed to me. You would have to be a hard person to live in it. There was nothing soft or gentle about it. Except for Sebastian and Valencia. These two are different from their murdering families and rough citizens. Valencia is tough but caring, while Sebastian is brave and kind. And together they really brought out the specialness in each other. They start out fighting each other to a possible death and end up with an uncertain future, but at least they are going into it together. There isn’t flowers and candy, but there is friendship and understanding and that’s a good base for a relationship.
I liked the Cursed aspect. I want to know more about why these gifted humans are hunted. There was a lot of action and suspense. And the mystery at the end still has me intrigued.
Um, background info? Hello? Are you there? No? Well that sucks. This book really needed a better background base because I felt like I was just thrown into this world and it took me the whole book just to understand a quarter of it. I don’t like feeling lost.
I am cool with violence but how cavalier these characters were about it just irked me sometimes.
There was some plot holes and I wanted more character development.
I like that this wasn’t an epic love story, it was more gritty and uncertain. It was a nice change up. But I also missed having a strong feeling about “the couple.” I want more from Valencia and Sebastian next time.
Only kissing, so very YA.
It was a good read with a meh plot and background. I might read the next one, but I am not sure yet. I am still intrigued enough to keep an eye out for the sequel. Somewhat Recommended.
“Why are you being so nice to me? I just tried to shove a blade in you?”
“I’m already in your head,” He whispered, “and you know it, I’m beating through your pulse. I’m in the air you breathe, because we’re the same”
For a long time I’d been consumed by anger. Then Valencia Hara appeared, too wild and beautiful to ignore, and the anger faded into the background. She dulled my sadness, making it easier to think and easier to feel.
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