Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review and Giveaway- Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

Cornerstone
by Misty Provencher

Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life and it is the boy...the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she'll ever say...that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.


I was asked by a fellow blogging friend if I wouldn't mind reading this novel and if I liked it help out the author by spreading the word . I read the novel. I'm spreading the word.

Cornerstone at first seems like it's just your average, teenage girl that doesn't fit in and suddenly gets lucky when the popular guy starts to follow her around and ask questions/ Red Flags. She knows she's going to be the brunt of some cruel joke by some girls that don't like her. In fact, no one likes her. They call her the Waste because she lives with her mother in a home filled high with paper. Stacks upon stacks of paper that her mother writes on, stories she starts but never finishes. And once, a long time ago, when she was trying to make friends, a girl came by unannounced and saw all the paper, hence the name. Now Nalena doesn't know why Garrett is asking questions about her or showing up at her library table or defending her. And what's with this crazy stuff happening with her out of body experiences. And the man in the woods with the shovel trying to kill her?  All very good questions that get answered in due time.

A lot of times when I'm reading, I skim books, especially long books because there are times when the character's mind wanders and it doesn't seem pertinent, or there are lengthy descriptions, but in this book, that never happened. Everything seemed to have meaning. The story line was original, though some might call it religious, I thought it more life affirming. There are supernatural powers and there are bad guys. 

Mom and Nalena have been on there own forever, living on welfare and suddenly Nalena finds this whole big family living right under her nose and that there is a purpose to her mother's writing and that there is a community that would pay for her services.  And then there is Garrett. Because of a perceived threat on Nalena and her mother Evangeline's life, the two move into the home of Garrett's parents. This is tough as Nalena is majorly crushing on Garrett and she is getting mixed signals from him. There are highs and lows  for them throughout their time together  But the romance is not rushed at all.  It is slow and even when their feelings for each other are clear, Garrett wants to take things slow. Refreshing for YA!

Many lows come towards the end of the novel and  there is a sneak peak into the second novel. If it's as good as the first it will be bought as soon as it is available. The author has a way with words, that I really enjoyed. Her metaphors like "my thoughts drift like feathers in a fan" and  "but she laughs, a fluttery streamer of a laugh that doesn't float with me."

I really enjoyed the complexity of the novel and the side stories that went along with it. I can't wait to see where it's headed and I hope you'll take my advice and don't pass this one up! It's an awesome read!
Thanks Candace for asking me to help out and thanks Misty for writing such a great novel!

And now for the Giveaway

22 comments:

  1. Everyone is sooo excited about this book!!!! And *shame on me* Candace asked me too, but ... the synopsis sounded so weird and I was overloaded with books already.
    But, between you, Candace and Missie - everyone seems ot love this book so much - I truly need to get some time to read it!!

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    1. Oh Danny! You would love that Garrett in this book! And wrong dang word is really a substantial thing. It could be two different words, but I've never read anything like this in YA. You would absolutely love the romance in this, too. It keeps you on your toes!

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  2. Thanks so much, Heather! I can't tell you how much it makes my day when someone else gets what I hoped they would from the book. You are my blessing!

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    1. That was an unexpected and incredible ending! And the cornerstone was surprising as well. The lore you built around it was really superb. I'd have never understood what her mom was doing. It was really so different and so fascinating the more I learned.

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  3. That Garrett is such a charmer and I don't anyone who couldn't help but crush on him. I'm having Garrett stop by my blog in a few weeks, hope you visit him. :)

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    1. Oh definitely, I will be there Rummanah. I love his little smirks and cute smiles. And how you never quite know what he's thinking! I would love to hear what he has to say!

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  4. I have a tendency to skim too Heather! I find when there are lengthy descriptions or pages of a character pondering their choices, my mind tends to wander and I just sort of ghost my eyes over the page waiting for something to pop out at me. So glad that's not the case with this one! I've heard nothing but good things, and Misty is absolutely adorable, so I'm looking forward to reading this one:)

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    1. It feels like every word is carefully placed in this novel, Jenny! No skimming, you might miss an important look or cue from everyone in the know except Nalena. She is kept in the dark for awhile. And Garrett is one great guy, definitely swoon worthy. He has his faults, even in looks, so he's realistic. Loved it!

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  5. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for being on the tour and spreading the word!

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    1. Remembered this morning, very late that I didn't include the giveaway, so I had to add that! That'll teach me to write my review late at night. But I'm so glad you asked me!

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  6. Yay!

    Heather, I don't know what is wrong with me, but I can't skim. My eyes won't let me. So if I get bored, I end up putting down the book and promising I'll return to it someday.

    But, like you said, everything word in Cornerstone was meaningful. And it packed quite the punch even though it was a short novel. :)

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    1. I luv you to infinity plus infinity, times infinity with infinity on top. Silly girl.

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  7. taking it slow does sound refreshing for ya!

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    1. Yes, isn't that a nice way to do it? I mean there are sparks and chemistry, but no insta love.

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  8. Wow! This sounds like an intense book but not so much you couldn't enjoy it. Plus I like that you say it is refreshing! Garett sounds interesting despite the mixed signals. Usually with characters like that I want to kick them in the arse a bit. ;)

    You have me curious!

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    1. I hope you'll read and let me know, Melissa, if there was any arse kicking necessary! LOL

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    2. No, you never want to kick his arse! He's great! And you just know there's a reason. It isn't until later that you find out why. But, no, Garrett is a sweatheart.

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  9. I haven't heard of this one before, not sure if I would have picked it up on my own - but what really caught my eye - a non-rushed love in the story!!! Isn't that lovely?!?!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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    1. I hope you'll give it a whirl and let me know what you think, Jessica! There are a ton of giveaways going on through out the blog tour- maybe you could even win one free!

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    2. Candace was the one that asked me to read it Jess. I probably wouldn't have picked it up, except I do like the book blurb. "The wrong dang one" really intrigued me! It's definitely worth your time and at 99cents why not?

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