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Stone Cold
YA supernatural thriller.

Billy has been a target of bullying through her years of schooling. Exams are over but stress leads her to thoughts of suicide. It's her counselor that suggests she volunteers to assist in an archaeological dig in Scotland.

A secluded hostel. The residents start dropping like flies.

Billy knows who the murderer is.

Shane knows he's next to die.
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I won this book in a competition and as I have quite a few on my To Read pile, I noticed that it wasn’t very long. So I picked it up and am glad I did. It was good and it told of Billy who had spent her school years being bullied. After leaving education she is given the chance to go on an archaeological dig in Scotland. Without giving too much away, Billy digs up more than she bargained for. When members of her group begin dying, can Billy find out what is happening before its too late?
By the time I had reached the end, which took me a couple of evening in total, I thought I knew how it was going to end, but I didn’t. Nice work by the author to have a little twist of misunderstanding to finish off!

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Submitted by Karen Moss

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Tags: Anky Singh, Blue Bookworm, Green Bookworm, Tracy Miller, Veronique Poirier
Length: 92
ASIN: B005YBJNM6
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Short Blurb:

Billy has been a target of bulling throughout her schooling. Exams are over but the stress she's feeling leads her to thoughts of suicide. It's her counselor that suggests she volunteers to assist in an archaeological dig in Scotland.

A secluded hostel. The residents start dropping like flies.

Billy knows who the murderer is.

Shane knows he's next to die.

Cover Review:

The cover depicts two green eyes, staring out of the dark. It's just the right amount of creepy and intriguing to interest me.

Book Review:

The first thing that drew me towards this book was without doubt the blurb I read about it on the RRR website. YA is my favorite genre, as is paranormal. And so I had to read the combo of them, didn't I?

I can't say much about the characters because there wasn't much to begin with. Being such a short novel, there were very few details about individual characters. There wasn't a real character building for me to like or dislike any of them.

My favorite part was, in fact the murders. The book seemed to be too rushed, one scene melting into the other without so much as a pause. Only the murder scenes took their time (I wonder why?) and that's why that was my favorite.

And as for the least favorite part, that would be the ending. I hate when novels end at cliffhangers (and there are no sequels!) Who was possessing Billy? Will Shane be safe? These and many more questions would haunt me till I read another such book.

I enjoyed the fast pace, some scenes were pretty sweet, all in all, an enjoyable read.

I wish there was more to this story!

This story was so unique. I haven’t read anything like this and it kept me hooked at every page.

My favorite character was Billy because I enjoyed watching her come into her own a person and learn to stand up for herself. Shane was another interesting character, though I wish both he and Billy had been developed a bit more to help me connect to them more deeply. And it would have made the final chapters more interesting and offered more of a surprise.r

But as far as overall likability, this story had some wicked paranormal elements that I enjoyed. I would recommend this quick read to anyone. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!
Stone Cold by Karina Kantas succeeds as both a psychological thriller and supernatural mystery.

At the outset, readers meet Belinda Chandis (Billy), a young teen who is a victim of intense bullying her entire life. Moving from different schools does little to help Billy's plight. Always being the new student sadly only serves to further the bullying narrative. She longs to fit in, but with her self-esteem constantly battered, she is unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Fortunately, when she goes to speak to a counselor, Billy is given the opportunity to volunteer on an archaeological excavation in Scotland. She is elated and soon bonds with her fellow volunteers. During the excavation, Billy uncovers a mysterious stone that changes her life forever. As Kantas writes about the stone, "Where did it come from? Who did it belong to?" These questions, along with many others, builds the dramatic tension of this story. In addition, Billy's memory lapses and increasingly bizarre behavior causes a disconnect between Billy and her new friends leading to tragic consequences.

I enjoyed the suspense that permeated the book. Billy is a likeable protagonist. We sympathize with her even as the story progresses in an unexpected direction. The suspense hooks unfold at a comfortable pace. Despite the relatively short length of this book, there is character development. Each supporting character harbors a secret. The revelation of these secrets blossoms at the precise moment that is necessary to achieve the fullest dramatic potential.

While Stone Cold is a YA novel, Kantas marvelously incorporates mystery and suspense. The result is a book that will appeal to all audiences.

My only complaint was that there were some stylistic errors throughout the book, including typographical errors and omitted words. While these problems didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book, it did preclude me from giving Stone Cold the highest rating. Still, it is a book that I would recommend to readers.
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