Monday, June 24, 2013

Souls of the Stones Series Review + Featured Freebie

Souls of the Stones Omnibus

Souls of the Stones follows Emariya Warren as she navigates the three divided lands of her world, as well as the three families striving for control. The series incorporates traditional fantasy elements such as prophecy and magic with a love story that transcends genre and time. Books 1-3 are included. 

My Series Rating: 5 Roses

The Souls of the Stones series was absolutely brilliant! It was one of those series that started off good and just got better from there. I absolutely adored this series!

The world building of this series as a whole was perfect. There weren't any holes in the magic or the world of the books in general. Nicely done by the author.

The characters grew so well throughout the series. They started off as flawed characters that were uncertain in the face of the odds. But, they grew into strong leaders that were admirable in their determination to make things right.

Emariya was a great heroine. She was tough and determined to right the wrongs of her family. She was very likable and an absolutely brilliant character.

Torian was wonderful. So sweet and just absolutely amazing. I loved how devoted he was to Emariya. I adored this prince.

The romance was sweet and full of deep emotion. Perfectly done.

This series was full of thrills and surprises. I was hooked throughout each book. And the ending was the series was a perfect conclusion.

If you want a brilliant YA fantasy romance, you have to read this series. It's just amazing. So good that it's officially on my list of all time favorite series.

*I received free copies in exchange for honest reviews
The Breakdown:
Cornerstone (Souls of the Stones, #1)When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she'll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian's foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother's killers--and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift. So does the prince she's promised to marry, and an ominous prophecy has warned their gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won't be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won't be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn't want to share her mother's fate, she'll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

My Rating: 4 Roses

This book started off slow. I didn't really get into it at first. But, at about halfway through, things picked up and I was hooked. Cornerstone was a lovely read and I truly enjoyed it.

Emariya took a while to grow on me. At first, she came across as a nice, but somewhat sheltered girl. But, over the course of the book, she became stronger and stepped up to the circumstances. By the end, I really liked her.

Torian didn't show up much until about halfway through the book. But, once he did, it didn't take long for me to fall for him. He was so sweet and adorable. And a wonderful hero.

The romance was slow to starts since the couple didn't meet until later in the book. But, once they did meet, their connection was immediate and their relationship developed quickly (and realistically). Loved them together.

The plot, again, didn't have a perfect start. I was confused for a while and I wasn't to into it. But, once it picked up, I was completely hooked. By the end, I was invested in the story and the characters. And the ending left me hungry for more.

Great start to a new series. I really liked this book.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Second Stone:
Second Stone (Souls of the Stones #2)

In the second installment in Souls of the Stones, the stakes are higher, the romance is hotter, and Emariya's power as a Cornerstone is growing. 

Determined to make sense of the betrayals, lies, and her undeniable attraction to Torian, Emariya and her prince begin the journey to Sheas to confront her uncle and bring her father home.

My Rating: 5 Roses

The stakes were upped in Second Stone. Everything that was good in book 1 was ten times better in book 2. Higher stakes, deeper romance, and more betrayals. This book was a wonderful continuation of the Souls of the Stones series.

Emariya was a much stronger heroine in this book. She finally found her place at the end of book 1 and, in this book, she thrives in it. She meets her potential as a leader and makes the preparations for a war. She went from a good heroine to a great heroine.

Torian was as lovable as ever. Like Emariya, he was a strong leader who was devoted to his people (and to the woman he loved). He, too, became a stronger character as he faced ever tougher odds. Still adored him.

The romance deepened. Emariya and Torian really came in sync as a couple. They were so perfect together.

The plot was thrilling. There were surprises in store and thrills as Emariya and Torian prepared for a war. I was hooked the entire way through and the ending had me anxious to find out what happens next.

Second Stone was a brilliant sequel in this series. Loved it!

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Broken Stone:
Broken Stone (Souls of the Stones, #3)

Unable to avoid her destiny any longer, Emariya has become the leader her mother always envisioned. Before she can focus on embracing her gifts to unify her three lands, she must first stop her own land from dissolving into civil war.

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely magnificent conclusion to this series! Broken Stone was an epic read and a satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite series!

Everything was perfect in this book.

Emariya realized her full potential and became a formidable heroine. She was awesome, a truly wonderful character.

Torian was as sweet as ever and a strong leader to his people. He was a brilliant hero, a perfect match to Emariya.

The romance was wonderful. These two were so sweet together. And talk about a power couple! You would not want to go against these two. They were lovely together.

The plot had me riveted. There were thrills with the war in full swing, surprises as new truths were revealed, and an epic conclusion to the war. The ending was brilliant. I loved that the epilogue gave us a look to how Emariya and Torian fixed up their world.

Broken Stone was a perfect conclusion to this series! I loved it. Seriously, YA lovers, you have to read this series. Full of fantasy, magic, romance, thrills, and surprises, this series was epic!

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Featured Freebie:
It just so happens that Cornerstone, the first book in the Souls of the Stone trilogy, is up for free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So, go forth, get it for free, and get started on this fantastic series!

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