November 30th, 2011

Silver and Stone

by J.D. Thompson

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Welcome to high school high society hell.

As if senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School wasn’t hard enough, sixteen year old Alexis Bardolph had to add school outcast to the curriculum.

A new found notoriety following a family scandal, her lacrosse star boy-friend dumping her for a former BFF and a string of perpetually bad hair days were among the many things going wrong in her already turbulent teenage life.

But when the haunting nightmares that have plagued her since childhood begin to take an eerily tangible form and several Holler Creek residents are reported missing, Alexis can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to her hellish dreams than meets the eye.

The unexpected arrival of a mysterious and dangerously handsome new student ultimately leads Alexis to troubling truths that not even her wildest imagination could have conjured.


Meet Alexis. She’s a teenage girl with a helluva lot of issues: her younger sister hates her guts, her father is a workaholic, she’s the outcast of her high school… and, oh yeah, she killed her mother (accidentally). Oops.

Meet Lucas. He’s the tall, dark and handsome new kid who decides to ignore Alexis’s questionable past and get to know her. But it’s hard to balance a relationship with disapproving parents and a boatload of secrets.

Meet the first installment of the Bloodlines series. Full of mysterious twists and turns, creepy hallucinations in blood-stained white dresses, and an ending that is exciting and completely unforeseeable, it will have you hooked from the first chapter.

Before I get to the praise, I’m going to talk about the few negatives, just to get them out of the way.

Lucas and Alexis fell in love way to quickly. I felt like one second they were meeting each other, the next they were kissing passionately, and the next they were whispering ‘I love you’ s under the stars. Their sudden attraction is explained during the last bit of the book, but their relationship really bothered me for a while. Well, maybe that’s because Alexis’s whole life was focused solely on that: their relationship. As soon as Lucas came into the picture, he was all Alexis could think about. I understand that he brought her out of her Oops-I-killed-my-mother depression, but Alexis’s obsession with him is kind of overdone.

At some point during their hot relationship, Alexis and Lucas have a… fight. This really upset me. After claiming that they love each other, I was very bothered by what Lucas said to Alexis. It reminds me of when Edward left Bella in New Moon, which placed me permanently on Team Jacob. If Edward had really loved Bella, he would never have left. Same goes for Lucas and Alexis. After reading the ending of Silver and Stone and discovering why Lucas did what he did, I don’t question his love for Alexis, but I thought that this fight was an inconsistency.

Also, it infuriated me that although Alexis’s sister was going through a horrible time as well, Alexis completely forgot about her after a couple of chapters. Sure, Madison hated her older sister’s guts, but… she killed her mother! Did Alexis really expect her to forget about it and volunteer to do Alexis’s chores? I understand that Madison messed some things up for Alexis, but it sounded to me like Madison really needed some TLC. It doesn’t matter if she wanted to freaking hit me on the head with a frying pan, if my sister went from cheerleader to goth over the course of one summer, I would be banging on her door and asking some questions. Or screaming them. Whatever works, really.

Anyway, I’m going to stop complaining now and start gushing dramatically.

I love that Lucas is such a nice guy! He’s not the typical YA bad boy, but an actual smart male character. I’ve read so many teenage books littered with hot cocky assholes, and I am proud to say that Silver and Stone is not one of them. Lucas is hot, what with his chiseled features and sculpted abbs, but he’s a Greek mythology lover and spouts Shakespeare. He takes nerdy classes and talks about the composition of stars. He’s not just some pretty face. Now that, ladies, is swoon-worthy.

Alexis has bad dreams. Okay, try horrible dreams. Horrible, horrible dreams involving her death murder.  She’s been having these dreams since she was a child, and she doesn’t think much of them anymore. But paired with hallucinations of a beautiful woman dying a terrible, bloody, death, and the telling of a morbid little history by the owner of a costume shop, these nightmares amount to nothing less than a mystery. Very well thought out, creepy and riveting, this mystery composes a wonderful plot that leads to an action-packed ending.

Don’t even get me started on the ending! The action scenes were well written, and the part that Lucas played was unexpected and lovely. And we finally discover who–what– in the world Alexis really is! I never saw that coming at all! We finally realize what silver and stone have to do with everything and we find out why Alexis and Lucas’s relationship has such serious depth and magnetic attraction. The ending is also jam-packed with mythological history and world-building, which I loved. Especially the past of Alexis’s boodline.

I’m hoping for more answers in the second book of the series, Blood and Champagne, and can’t wait to read it. Silver and Stone merits 3.5/5 stars, and I recommend for lovers of smart guys and paranormal romance.


I’ll keep you posted,

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