Stones and Finger Bones Review and Giveaway!



sfbTitle: Stones and Finger Bones

Author: Jessica Minyard
Publisher: Centurion Books

Format: eBooks
Publication Date: February 12, 2015

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Xpresso Book Tours


Aurelia Barone, Jewel of Starry Stone, harbors no illusions about the purpose of her life as heir to the throne. But after two failed betrothals, she starts to feel like nothing more than a pawn being moved aimlessly about a game board.

Until the night she loses everything.

Kidnapped by a wise-cracking mercenary with more than one identity, Aurelia embarks on a mission across land and sea to avenge her father’s death.

But an evil is rising from the ashes of memory. Insidious magic is stirring. The dregs of a once-powerful nation are thirsty for blood and revenge.

They seek to harness Aurelia. To tempt her. To manipulate her.

And if necessary, to destroy her




This was a book that I didn’t really have any expectations for. I hadn’t even read the synopsis since I requested to be part of the blog tour. So I was pleasantly surprised that it ended up so different than what I expected. There were even a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I’m not sure that I really liked Aurelia. She wasn’t very likeable, although she wasn’t cruel or mean. She was just like a normal person with good parts and bad parts.

There were many twists and turns in this book that surprised me. It’s pretty hard to surprise me because I read so much, I can usually spot a twist a mile away, and this book was enjoyable because I didn’t see them coming. However, I was not surprised by Aurelia’s mother being kind of a shady individual. The minute she showed up as alive, I knew that she was going to cause problems. She didn’t seem overly maternal, and far more interested in power and what Aurelia could do for her.

I feel like Aurelia is going to be much darker and harder in the next book. I can’t even be upset or not understand why. This girl has been through so much, and she has every right to be angry and want to destroy things. I hope she doesn’t, but I can see it happening.

The writing in places was stilted and choppy. It didn’t always flow together, but the plot and characters were well rounded. The few places where it didn’t flow right were pretty minimal considering all of the great things that this book has in it. It was pretty clear that this was a first novel, however it is a GREAT first novel! I was only going to give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, but after writing the review I think it really deserves 4 stars. Recommended for people who love fantasy, romance, and surprises!




3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

Jessica wrote and illustrated her first story in the fourth grade. “The Dragon of Grindley Grun” was about an evil wizard, a princess, and a dragon who was actually a prince. She likes to think her writing has evolved since that very first story, even though she still writes about magic and evil wizards…sometimes.

She likes to sing loudly and dance on occasion without being particularly talented at either. Her interests include reading, writing, procrastinating, animal advocacy, musicals, accessories, memes, Harry Potter, and sweet tea.

Jessica lives in Kentucky with a spoiled pitbull.


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