Thursday, March 5, 2015

Gates of Thread & Stone by Lori M. Lee [Joint Review!]


4 out of 5 Robots!
  

Gates of Thread & Stone by Lori M. Lee
Series: Gates of Thread & Stone, #1 
Genre: Young Adult
Release: August 5, 2014
Hardcover:  335 Pages
Publisher: Skyscape
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!


1. Tell us what you thought of Gates of Thread & Stone!
Shannon:  This book was very different than I expected! It took some twists and turns I didn't expect. It started out one way and ended in a completely different way. I was pretty entertained throughout the whole book and there was a lot of fun world building going on.

Julia: Gates of Thread and Stone is super entertaining and the plot is quickly paced. The society is interesting and Kai is likeable. It felt like an adventure for awhile, I like that.

2. Kai, our lovely protagonist, is searching for her brother. Did Kai do the plot justice?
Shannon:  Kai is pretty much your typical fantasy/dystopian heroine: headstrong, "special" in some way that sets her apart from everyone else, fiercely loyal, strong sense of justice and singularity in vision. Oh, and she has a love interest. So while I liked her, I also think she fairly interchangeable with other female protagonists from this same genre. I was much more interested in the side characters.

Julia: Kai does a fine job, she's pretty plain and there isn't anything unique about her that really makes her stand out from other protagonists in similar novels. The side characters are both sweet and fascinating and I think they carry the story. 


3. It looks like we're on the verge of a major love triangle. Team Mason? Team Avan? Reev! Is there plenty of chemistry?
Shannon: To be honest, I don't really want a love triangle just because it would BE. SO. CLICHED. So while there are whispers of it here, I was happy that, at least in this first book, there isn't a love triangle. However, those whispers are pretty strong, so I don't have high hopes going forward. That being said, I really did like both Mason and Avan. But again, they kind of fall into that cookie cutter male side character profile, so in some ways they are a little generic, but in other ways I was comfortable with their characters...like an old fuzzy sweater. Reev plays the typical "big brother" part and I just don't jive with that kind of character. I don't have siblings, so maybe I just don't get the over protective older brother thing. I just find it annoying.

Julia: There is a lot of chemistry between Avan and Kai, but you get the feeling Mason is going to be an obstacle (but not really) at some point. Mason's character is more likeable for me, but Avan and Mason are so similar that I'm not sure I'll really care who she chooses if it does blow up into a love triangle. And I enjoy the closeness of Reev and Kai as siblings, it is refreshing to have a character have a relatively intense relationship with someone that isn't going to be a love interest.


4. Did Gates of Thread & Stone offer anything new to the Young Adult Fantasy genre?
Shannon: I think it is so so hard to offer something completely different in YA fantasy or dystopian. There are a lot of familiar elements here. But there was also some new spins on the old too. I thought the treatment of magic was interesting. I liked the tech - especially the mechanical animals (Grays). I was not expecting the direction the book took so I will definitely give this book props for that. Unfortunately I can't say much without giving anything away!

Julia: No. It's really hard to feel like a book has given a fresh look on such a vast genre, especially after you have read so many. BUT this one didn't really even pull at any of my emotions so I don't feel that way at all. I feel like a five star book may not offer anything new, but it will make me feel like it did! haha

5. The ending!
Shannon:  Right?! Daannnggg! That was quite an ending. I will hand it to this book. I was not expecting it and the ending was probably the best part of the whole book.

Julia: Well, I didn't expect the ending. So that's awesome, I hate when I know the ending long before it happens. Kudos to Lori Lee for not being predictable!! The ending may have been my favorite. 

6. What would you rate this book, why? Who are you recommending it to?
Shannon: I would rate this 4 stars. I really enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away. I liked the characters, but I wasn't incredibly attached to them. But I think this is a strong addition to the YA Fantasy genre and I think fantasy and dystopian fans should give it a try. The book initially reads fantasy, but there are a lot of dystopian elements too that dystopian fans would like.

Julia: 4 Stars for me, it isn't a home run, but it is entertaining. Fantasy fans should give this a try, though it isn't "epic," it's a good quick read.

Gate of Thread & Stone Series:
1. Gate of Thread & Stone
2. The Infinite - March 10, 2015

1 comment :

  1. Glad you guys liked it! And don't worry Shannon; Lori has promised there will be no love triangles in this story. Yay! I had not full on cried reading a book since Harry Potter, but the ending of this book had me grabbing for the tissues. I also liked the sequel The Infinite a lot, but it suffered from some of the usual "middle book" in a trilogy foibles, but it was still four stars for me (I gave GoTaS a five). She introduced a couple of new characters that are super interesting The Infinite. Thanks for the review. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about it. :D

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