Hello, wonderlandians. How are you all doing today? I am doing well. Today I am part of a blog tour for the Of Sea and Stone. This book was sent to my by YA Bound Book Tours to review. All opinions on this book are my own. Now that that is out of the way lets get on with the review.
As always lets talk about this cover.
Of Sea and Stone
by Kate Avery Ellison
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 2014
Aemi lives in a village carved from stones and surrounded by sea. She wins spear-throwing competitions in disguise and earns slaps from her spoiled mistress by talking back. She hates being a slave. She survives by remembering her mother’s tales of home, a paradise called Perilous.
Aemi intends to find it.
But then, black ships rise from the sea in the night. Aemi is captured and taken to Itlantis, an underwater world of cities and gardens encased in glass, dazzling technology. and a centuries-long war.
She is determined to escape, even if it means conspiring with fellow prisoner Nol, who fills her with equal parts anger and desire. Even if it means impersonating her mistress.Even if it means fleeing into the territory of the Dron, the bloodthirsty barbarians of the deep.
But when Aemi witnesses firsthand an attack by the Dron, she realizes not all is as it seems below the sea.
And Perilous might be closer than she thinks.
I really like this cover. It represents this book well. You guys know I love gradient effect on a cover. This one has it all in blue! So pretty. The girl in the white pop against the background.
I have to admit that when I started reading this I was very iffy on my feels. I really enjoyed this book. I found that is this books was mainly world building for most of it. Then it has a nice balance of being world building driven and plot driven. Mostly I like books that character driven. So this was totally out of my zone. It was a nice change. I love that the author that payed so much attention to the every little detail to the world that she was building. Typically, I really don’t read books that are world building driven and plot driven. I love reading books that are more character and plot driven. So I am so glad that I did pick this book up. So I am expecting the second to book to be more character driven. I really want to see more character development.
This book takes you through a lot. It does feel like I was with them on their journey. Not a lot of books make me feel this way. Aemi is a character that you want to root for and fight for. This book did come out 4 years ago. So the whole series is out. Which is a good thing because the ending of this book is going to make you want to pick up the next one right away. To me at least it is a big twist.
Another thing that I found to be amazing is that this book didn’t center around romance. It was all about the need to survive. I teaches you about different status in life and the that they really don’t matter.
I give this book 3/5 and I can’t wait to read the next book.
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About the Author
I’m the author of the Frost Chronicles, an Amazon bestselling series and source material for the adventure app game Frost by Delight Games, as well as numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. I love putting a dash of mystery in everything I write, an ode to a childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes. I can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever I can.
I wish I could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, I make my home in humid Atlanta with my husband, children, and two spoiled cats.
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