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Friday, September 19, 2014

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Blog Tour: Stone of Destiny - Review + Giveaway

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Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard

Danaan #2
Author:
Laura Howard
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published

Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?
Note: This Review appeared back in August for the Blog Tour.

A few confessions regarding Stone of Destiny:
  • I called this "Souls of Destiny" for quite a while. Good thing no one actually heard me say it...
  • Coincidently, I finished the prequel to Stone of Destiny, The Forgotten Ones, a few days before I got a tour invite. How could I not sign up? Oh, and no mind reading was involved. If that's the case, it's ALWAYS a coincidence. But I do love how some people think I have some sort of psychic ability and start asking about their future. *ominous voice – crystal ball and all* "The future holds the unknown...."
Stone of Destiny starts right off from where The Forgotten Ones ended – in fact, the last sentence in the previous book? It's the very first sentence in the sequel. If that's not starting straight off from where the last book ended, then please, feel free to correct me. But I'm pretty sure I'm in a sensible mindset.

To my delight, the pronunciation guide has been a tad bit updated. I say tad because Gaelic (Irish?) – or any language really, but those with funny symbols like Chinese isn't as easy as the romantic languages – is funny and there are a few terms that appear... yet they're not in the guide. One of them I was pretty much too lazy to redownload the first book just to check the pronunciation again. But hey, for those who weren't as fortunate as me – aka, you recently read the book not too long ago so the terms are happily fresh in your brain – and haven't read the Danaan trilogy for awhile, the pronunciation guide will be a big help!

Meanwhile, Ethan's acting strangely around Allison for awhile – to which I'm not exactly happy about, but I'm sort of happy since it doesn't last too long. Plus, while Allison continues to play the "I'm going to avoid Ethan Magliaro forever" game, it's a lot less than it was back in book one even though Ethan pops out in almost every scene of the book. It's a nice change to see those pointy fences coming down – to which I'm doing a happy dance. (What? Don't tell me you like pointy fences – I'm sure you don't. Unless you like bleeding. Profoundly. Bad idea if you're a hemophiliac.)

Stone of Destiny focuses more on the characters – in fact, a few new characters, particularly one that was mentioned back in The Forgotten Ones, make an appearance as well – unraveling Aoife's plan/ritual/ceremony/whatchamacallit in Ireland. There's no particularly plot aside from continuing to add building blocks to book one, and while there's no fancy schmancy plot, it was definitely a delight to read Stone of Destiny and to go back to the world of Tir Na Nog. Thing is, Howard sort of has expectations of epic proportions to meet in the last book of the trilogy.

I'm kidding about epic proportions. That's probably reserved for someone like Stephen King, who I actually haven't read.

4.5 Owls


Author Bio

Laura Howard
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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