Wednesday, July 03, 2013

review: IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS by Jordan Dane

Harlequin: HarlequinTeen
Released: March 22, 2011
Source: NetGalley
Page Count: 320

Rating: It was okay

Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.

Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again..

No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.

I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend.

Even if I get lost, as well . .

My Thoughts
I was a little unsure about this one going in, but I ultimately decided to read it because Harlequin Teen has yet to disappoint. And though this will probably never be my favorite book, it was much more interesting than I had anticipated (as evidenced by my exhaustion after staying up until 1:45 to finish it).

After two years of a "normal" life in North Carolina, Brenna is being forced to confront the town back in Oklahoma that hates her when her grandmother dies and they need to go pack up her belongings and get the house ready for sale. Her mother is a little more optimistic about the trip, but Brenna knows that going back is a mistake. Brenna's right, of course - after being implicated in the murder investigation of a popular local girl, no one wants her around. When she discovers that White Bird, the boy she turned in for the murder, is still unresponsive after two years in a mental institution, she begins to question what she really saw that night.

There were parts of this book that I liked and others that just did nothing for me. For the most part, I think everything that I didn't like boiled down to the fact that I had a very difficult time connecting with the narrator, Brenna. Sure, she had a good reason for being depressed, but it's not something I can easily relate to. I also really didn't like the way she didn't talk to people - not her mother, not the sympathetic policeman, no one - about what happened to her at the party at Chloe's house. Not talking about something doesn't make it go away - it just lets the wound fester. What I did like, though, was a storyline in which one person knowingly faces essentially a mob of angry townspeople because they want justice to prevail. What Brenna does for White Bird is loving and selfless, and there aren't too many people like that left these days.

As stated before, this isn't my favorite book, but it does have quite an interesting storyline. Those interested in white/Native American relations and/or a dash of Native American mythology may enjoy this book.

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