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The Thorn and the Sinking Stone

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski
on March 10th 2015
Pages: 247
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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…


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Entangled Teen has some amazing books coming up this year, and ‘The Thorn and the Sinking Stone’ is on that list of amazing. It has a very ‘Romeo and Juilet’ feel to it, with lots of action, family drama, and rivalry.  It is very fast-paced, with lots of romance and action to keep you wanting to read more.

Sebastian Leold, who is the sinking stone, and Valencia, who is the thorn, met when they were younger. Even though they come from different families, they had a run in when they were smaller. Now, their lives have crossed passed, and not for a good reason. We see these two struggling with who they are, and who their family wants them to be. Both are ‘cursed’ with different abilities that make them unique, but also fearing for their lives when it comes to the city watch. These two characters, and the others around them are fantastic.

My only upset about this lovely book, was I wish there was more history into the war that took place, and also the world. Sometimes I found myself with questions, or not completely understanding what had happened in the past.

Over all, this book was great. I’ve been really enjoying some books coming from Entangled Teen and their authors, and I look forward to the books coming up in the future.

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About The Author:

cj d authorWhile attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world.  Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories.

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.

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