Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In The Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

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In the Arms of Stone Angels
Author: Jordan Dane
Genre: YA Mystery/Paranormal
Release: March 22, 2011
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN-10: 0373210299
ISBN-13: 978-0373210299
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Blurb:
Two years ago, Brenna did the unthinkable. She witnessed the aftermath of a murder and accused her only true friend--the first boy she ever loved--of being a killer. 

Now sixteen, Brenna returns to Oklahoma only to discover that Isaac "White Bird" Henry isn't in juvie. The half-breed outcast is in a mental hospital, frozen in time, locked in his mind at the worst moment of his life. And when Brenna touches him, she's pulled into his hellish vision quest, seeing terrifying demons and illusions she doesn't understand. 

Feeling isolated and alone, she's up against the whole town, targeted by bullying former classmates, a bigoted small town sheriff, and a tribe who refuses to help one of their own. But when Brenna realizes she's as trapped by the past as White Bird is, this time she won't turn her back on him. She's the only one who can free them both.

My Review:

This book is really interesting.  I read it very quickly because I kept wanting to see what would happen next and where it was going.  The story is fast paced and really makes you empathize with Brenna.  I generally don't enjoy "sulky" characters, but her pain and reaction to it seemed real.  Brenna and her mother are both a little insufferable at the beginning but as I began to learn all that had happened in the past two years, I began to understand why she is so angry.  I also enjoyed her sarcastic sense of humor.  The girl has some real wit about her.  I also enjoyed seeing the relationship between her and her mom heal and improve.  I think this is one of the strongest parts of the book.  It should be noted that the book has some real darkness to it and deals with some heavy topics.  Brenna has a history of cutting herself and the bullying is pretty intense.  It is definitely a book for older readers. 

There are a few incongruous parts of the book though.  The blurb makes it sound like a paranormal book, but it is more in the background to solving the murder.  Brenna sees ghosts, but it is mostly mentioned in passing and doesn't have a whole lot to do with the actual plot.  I actually wish the author went into more detail or made it a bigger part of the plot.  I found it pretty interesting and wished it was explored more.  Also, the "bad" kids are really really awful.  To the point where you wondering why they are so awful.  And why are there so many awful - TRULY awful - kids living in Shawano, Oklahoma?  

All in all though, I feel In the Arms of Stone Angels is a good read and would recommend it.


  1. I've been reading a lot of buzz about this book, and I'm really looking forward to reading it. It looks like a really interesting premise. Thanks for the rec!


  2. Hope you enjoy it, Lori!! Thanks for stopping by:)



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