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Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…
Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…
To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.
But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…
"Our reality was this: we were enemies caught in our parents' war, trapped in a desperate situation where desperate people did desperate things. I wanted to trust him. I wanted him to trust me. But neither of us can do it blindly"
I kindly got this ARC via Entangled teen Publisher
AH, This Book was Freaking awesome!!!! So glad I got this ARC!
I truly enjoyed it, it was action packed and made me reminiscent of the book 'Young Elites' by Marie Lu.
"Finn 'Lucky' Leold was dead. My Father was dead. Murdered by a Bla... ...more
*eARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley*
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was not at all what I was expecting, which was such a pleasant surprise. It was fun and engaging and had an excellent Romeo and Juliet vibe with the main characters.
*I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
After the war, four families have risen to power and taken control over the lands of Rain City. The east bank was taken over by the Hara house-known as the black roses or thorns. The west bank by the Daggers, the sout... ...more
Confession time! I was ensnared by the dramatic cover right away. Black, red, that grim rose behind the intriguing title. As I read the synopsis, it looked like my cup of tea, a remake of Rome and Juliette, wow. I assumed it would be set in the past, but to my surprise the story has a modern sett... ...more
~A kind thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of The Thorn and the Sinking
Stone in exchange for an honest review. ~
Romeo and Juliet develop powers and meet a dystopian society. That is probably the simplest way that I can explain this one to you dear rea... ...more
And the surprise of the month goes to this book because if NetGalley had not proposed it, I think Iwould have missed this nugget.
This book is clearly a mix of several gender and classic, the war between the family make me think of clearly Romeo and Juliet, there is a bit of dystopia with the watc... ...more
I had a hard time following the book at the beginning but thank goodness it got better! This book is very much like Romeo and Juliet except for the deaths, so it's not a huge tear jerker but it is set in the future where people who have been born into abilities are captured and mostly killed by t... ...more
Oh, such a great book! I enjoyed it so much, such great characters! And everything came together so well! ...more
The Thorn and Sinking Stone is CJ Dushinski’s debut novel and what a novel it was. When I read this synopsis was got me was the forbidden love. The rest just added to the mystery. To be honest I haven’t really heard this book talked about in the blogging world and that is disappointing. This book... ...more
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone is the first book in CJ Dushinski's Thorn and Dagger series and reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet with its rival families, only it's set in a futuristic dystopian world and has a surprising touch of the paranormal in the mix.
I enjoyed the atmosphere of Rain Cit... ...more
* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Thank you Entangled Teen and Ms. Dushinski!
It’s been a while since I’ve had a novel pull me in quite like this one. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone, I kind of imagine, would be like if The Gangs of New York and Romeo and Juliet had a baby.... ...more
Words Fueled by Love
A Romeo-Juliet-esque story: warring families, forbidden love, danger? That's all I had to read on the summary to know this was one story right up my alley. Add in cowboys too - yeehaw! And the cover - gorgeous! It really drew me in, despite it's dark colors.
I found the beginni... ...more
Cowboys? Katanas? Forbidden love?
The moment I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. And boy, was my instinct right. I really enjoyed The Thorn and the Sinking Stone.
This book is a really intriguing blend of dystopian, romance, fantasy, fairy tale, scifi,... ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish Date: 10th March 2015
Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog
Honestly, I mostly picked this book for the black rose, I LIKE black roses... but I'm glad I did.... ...more
In Rain City there are four gangs - the Two Daggers (Stones), Black Roses (Thorns), Cowboys and Boatmen -striving for dominance and revenge, policed by the watchmen, in a dystopian city after the Earth’s last war. In an effort to stop some of the revenge killings, Sebastian Leold, son of the murd... ...more
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was overall, an elegant and imaginative read. The world, the people, were all unique and believable. The powers of the cursed ranged and were well thought out. Dushinski left me craving the next book, armed with dozens of questions and demanding the answers.
I loved... ...more
You can find my reviews at: The Titan's Tomb
*ARC received for an honest review, thank you!
My review can really be summed up in two words. 'World Building'. The opening scene drew me straight away into a world of blood and death and vengeance. I could actually see each little detail in my mind, th... ...more
Received from: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Received Via: NetGalley.com
Why this book?
It sounded like a book for me
What I thought
I really enjoyed this book it reminded me of a modern Romeo an Juliet with a supernatural element and without all the suicide stuff. I really liked the characters... ...more
Recieved an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the mix of science fiction and the cowboys! It reminded me steampunk for a reason alhough the dystopian element wasn't my favorite. The romance was fruitful heartbreking and all consuming! A great read of which I hope to see... ...more
Copy provided by Entangled Teen and NetGalley - this did not affect my opinion in anyway
Valencia Hara is the Black Princess is cursed. She has the ability to see seconds into the future which makes her nearly invincible in fights. This ability has kept her alive and now it's time to test her sk... ...more
Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books
I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was both unique and surprising. I wasn't ex... ...more
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was a pleasantly surprising read for me. I saw a whole lot of it being compared to Romeo and Juliet so I was expecting insta-love and both characters killing each other off etc luckily that wasn't the case. This book had to do with warring family gangs, in this one... ...more
I'm not entirely sure where to place this, it is YA, it is dystopian, it has romance and it has action, it will however definitely be placed in my 4 star reads folder!
Set in the future metropolis of Rain City, the area is split in to four warring factions, two of these factions are truly fighting... ...more
I received this through NetGalley from Entangled Teen for review.
I had no idea what to expect when I requested an ARC of The Thorn and the Sinking Stone - I had the opportunity to so and figured "why not?". So glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked from page one, wanting more an... ...more