ARC Review | The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by CJ Dushinski

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ARC Review | The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by CJ DushinskiThe Thorn and the Sinking Stone
by CJ Dushinski
Series: Thorn & Dagger #1
Published by Entangled Teen
Release date : March 10th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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…

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“O Romeo Sebastian, Romeo Sebastian, wherefore art thou Romeo Sebastian?”

Looking at the blurb now, it’s so obvious The Thorn and the Sinking Stone has a Romeo and Juliet vibe. I obviously didn’t pick up on that. Had I, I might have gone into this book with different expectations. Never the less; The Thorn and the Sinking Stone had such an interesting premise, because HI families at war = organized crime. YES.

Plus, if a book starts off at a funeral, you know things are going to be bleak.

We have 4 rival families, all struggling to gain the upper hand in the Rain City. Then there are the Watchmen, a makeshift police force that work for.. the government? Add in a paranormal twist… and you have yourself a pretty good set up, yeah? However much I enjoyed the world (of what I know of it), the build up was seriously lacking and I was left with more questions about the world than facts I know about it.

What little we do know about the world was dumped on us en masse. Is there room later to find out? Yes, but so much more would have made sense had I know about it now. This “war” has been going on for generations, but why did it start? And what happened to the Cowboys and the Boat Men? We hit about 40% and they were just GONE. Never to be mentioned again.

My biggest issue was with the curses. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it. It was actually my favorite aspect of the book. But I wanted more about itI have a theory on how they came about, but it was never really elaborated on. Why do they have these powers? How do they have these powers? Why are the Watchmen so set to destroy anyone with these powers? (because obviously, something happened,right?)

Valencia was raised more or less in a bubble; trained to fight but never knew how things really worked within the gangs. Sure, she was “informed” but she was kept in the dark for ages. She is tough, smart and has it in her to truly think about the repercussions on their actions. She’s loyal too and not always siding with her family. More or less, she’s a rebel. Sebastian and her were very similar. However, Sebastian had more insight to the raging war between the families but was tired of it all.

Their romance was subtle at first – but slowly moved into insta love territory. They had few encounters with each other, but both went to extremes to help and save one another. It’s almost as if their relationship is purely a plot device. I mean, it is because forbidden love but I didn’t have that connection to it that I felt like I should have. Make sense?

Overall though, I did enjoy The Thorn and the Sinking Stone. I loved the setting and the what I do know of the world is fascinating. The set up for book 2 was great – with only a slight cliff hanger.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 3.4
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