Author Theresa McClinton’s (and book trailer maker extraordinaire) debut novel, THE STONE GUARDIAN, has to be one of the most unique reads I’ve come across, like, EVER.
I’d classify it as YA paranormal romance, but it’s not your typical pararom. Instead of the “usual” vamps, werewolves, ghosts, reapers, and witches, we see time benders, mind readers, warriors, healers, and yes, as the title explains, a stone guardian. Based in Mayan folklore, The Stone Guardian takes us on a whirlwind tour of South America, and the WORLD–past and present.
In addition to the action and weaving in of fascinating legend, Theresa gives us a brilliant story of humanity. We start with a broken main character, Ashley, who was raised in a mental institution. She’s plagued by nightmares that her clinicians believe are psychosis. In a flash of horror an panic, she and her best friend, Tara, are whisked away to a beach-side mansion in South America. When she’s rescued by a man who knows her special power, her life takes a twist she never saw coming. With no warning and no reason to trust, she’s forced to decide whether or not to run away or find out what exactly is going on. I love rooting for the underdog. Especially when they are thrust into an epic battle and they are the one whom everyone else is depending on. And Ashley shows us a glimpse of her true colors when she agrees to stay and meet her destiny.
Then you add in the yummy hottie–a smokin hot guy who’s sensitive to her while being a total alpha male. Talk about a winning combination!
There’s lots of action and mystery in this book. There’s lots of Mayan folklore. There’s a sweet romance.
It all adds up to a fun, quick read, with a unique story line and epic characters.
As a matter of personal preference, I’d like to see emotions build and change over time and I think they happen a little too fast for Ashley at moments, but she makes solid decisions and chooses loyalty rather than the easy way out. And when she grows into her role, she’s a powerhouse! Therefore, I’d give The Stone Guardian 4 out of 5 stars.
I can’t wait for the sequel!!!!