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Book Review| The Lebrus Stone by Miriam Khan


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The Lebrus Stone
The Lebrus Stone #1
Miriam Khan

Published November 28th, 2014
by Rogue Phoenix Press
Kindle via Xpresso Book Tour

Young Adult, Fantasy
425 pages
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When eighteen-year-old orphan, Crystal Valdez, accepts an invitation to the small town of Blacksville, West Virginia, she hopes to have a summer to remember and a chance to learn more about her parents, to also get to know the family she never knew existed.
But the Lockes begin to act strange and erratic; eerie movements in the night fuel her vivid and gruesome nightmares. To complicate her summer further, she becomes attracted to the menacing yet handsome Cray Locke: her none blood-related cousin.
He seems determined to keep his distance. The only bonus to her trip seems to be the housekeeper and gardener.
And when a local informs Crystal of the secrets buried at Thorncrest Manor, the kind consisting of a forbidden relationship and a war between hidden worlds, and witchcraft, she must decide whom to trust. Even if it means leaving behind those she has come to love.

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I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. If you want to review it, you can request it here.

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Summary

Crystal is an orphan and she grew up in the foster care system. Her parents died when she was a baby, and her adoptive mom (her aunt) died in a house fire when she was only 1 year old. However, she meets Jared who becomes a father figure for her.

Out of the blue, a women named Isobel comes looking for Crys. Isobel claims she is a long last great aunt and she has information about Crys’s parents. They spend some time togheter, and before she leaves, Isobel asks Crys to go and spend the summer with her and her family. This way they will have more time to talk about Crys’s parents, and Crys can finally meet some family members.

Understandably, Crys eventually accepts Isobel’s invitation and she goes to Thorncrest Manor, Isobel’s mansion. Crystal is eager to find out more about her heritage, and figure out who she really is.

However, Thorncrest Manor is not the place Crys imagined. It is dark, cold and creepy. Isobel starts to distance herself from Crys and acts all kinds of bizarre. The other family members do not seem to like Crys either, especially Cray. The only warm people are the house help – the gardener and the cook/maid.

Crystal stays at the manor and tries to figure out what is going on and the comedy begins.

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Now, the book has an interesting plot. It made me curious and I kept reading so I can find out what happens and what are the explanations for the bizarre events.

I think the author did good job with the descriptions. The Thorncrest Manor is very easy to imagine, and the same goes for the town, places, objects etc.

I also like the fact that the supernatural is implied, rather than dumped on the reader. Sure, as the story progresses, things start to get revealed. However, the author managed to keep me in suspense when it comes to the fantasy part of the novel.

There are also some things I didn’t like.

The plot is slow, especially in the first part of the book. The end, however, seems to be rushed mostly because there are a lot of things happening – stuff are revealed, some fights, event after event.

The book needs a little bit of structure. The ideas and the plot are good, but they are unorganized in some chapters.

 The narrative is in the first person, so the reader is in Crys’s head. I  noticed that Crystal tends to repeat ideas/thoughts. She thinks the same things in different chapters – gives the impression that sometimes she runs in circles sometimes.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Lebrus Stone. I plan on continuing with the story.

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Crystal – strong, independent, guarded, complex. Crys has a lot of baggage, which is understandable.  I liked her strong  nature and her ambition to find out more about her parents. I also loved the fact that Crys is kind and compassionate.

Sometimes she can be unstable, thou. Maybe unstable is not the right word…Crys tends to feel strong emotions that keep changing too fast – from cold to jealous, from hatred to love etc.

I also expected Crys to be more determined to find out what happened with her parents. Do some detective work, ask people questions and not relay solely on Isobel. She was treated poorly, and for some reason that didn’t make her eager to leave. I don’t say she should’ve leave without answers, but at least pick up the pace.

Cray – he is hot and cold, mysterious, hard to understand. 

Isobel – crazy, creepy, bizarre, fascinating

romance

I don’t get the romance. Cray treats Crys poorly and for some reason that makes Crys fall in love with him? At some point, Crys ends up being more preoccupied with Cray than finding out stuff about her heritage.

I say Crys and Cray love each other – everything happens too fast, no proper communication, bizarre behaviors.

Luckily, the romance is not the main focused of this novel. There is enough action towards the end to make up for it.

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I do hope that the new guy will be Crys’s real love interest. Red Hair seems to be very interesting.

final-thoughts

Overall, it was a good beginning to a new series.I will read the next book in the series – I want to know what happens next, that’s for sure. I just hope it will come out this year.

To summarize:

Pros

ツGreat descriptions
ツInteresting plot
ツ Creepy
ツFantasy elements
ツThe complexity
of the main character
ツEntertaining

Cons

☹ Slow plot
☹ Organized chapters
☹ Ideas/thoughts being
repeated

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Yes, I do recommend this book. Despite its flaws, this book is entertaining and enjoyable. Young adult lovers will enjoy it, as well as those who like fantasy & romance.

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