Melting Stones ~ Tamora Pierce

  • Title: Melting Stones
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • Series: Circle Reforged #2
  • Genre: Fantasy, YA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: This new novel from New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the world of the Circle Opens quartet. This time, Evvy, a street urchin turned stone mage, must save an island nation.

Four years have passed since Evvy left the streets of Chammur to begin her training as a stone mage. At fourteen, she’s unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying. Evvy’s job is to listen and learn, but she can’t keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the living stone heart of a mountain, Evvy uncovers an important clue. Now, with the island on the brink of disaster, it’s up to Evvy to avert the destruction that looms ahead.

Review:   Impetuous, quick tempered Evvy is a snarly bramble patch girl that loves her rocks and a small handful of meat bodies & Luvo, the heart of a mountain. Shhhhh! Don’t say meat bodies. It’s not nice. In fact, it’s rude to call people meat bodies. How does everyone, everyone remember all the rules about what’s right and wrong all the time?!?!

Evvy’s attention is absorbed by a wide variety of stones, the element of her magic, but her temper is more like whipping flames and always getting her into trouble. You know, forgetting her manners and the never ending rules. It’s not her fault that other people can’t use the strength of stones like she can.

As punishment and a traveling lesson, Evvy sails to the islands with Rosethorne, Luvo & Myrrhtide. She can’t stand being on a ship, traveling over endless water and not being able to touch the earth. Soon enough, Evvy finds herself in more than enough trouble & adventure with a pair of lively melting stones and helping troublesome meat bodies-er island people. Come on! Read the book and follow Evvy’s adventures.

Alanna – The First Adventure ~ Tamora Pierce

  • Title: Alanna – The First Adventure 
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • Series: Song of the Lioness #1
  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description – Alan of Trebond, the best warrior in the palace, is harboring a big secret: he is really a she–Alanna. But when her prince is felled by an illness, Alanna has no choice but to use her healing magic–even if it means ruining her career.

Review – I have several books that I love from my childhood, but this one will always hold a dear place in my heart for being the book that created a bright desire to write.

The story begins with a pair of twins named Alanna and Thom. They’re as different from each other as night and day but that doesn’t stop them from being thick as thieves. Thom’s suppose to go off to the castle and learn how to be a knight. Alanna is suppose to go off and be taught how to be a young lady. Instead, the twins make a pack to take the other’s place and follow their dreams no matter what! There’s just one catch. Alanna becomes Alan, and she must hide her true identity as she tackles numerous challenges to make her dreams come true.

Read the book to find out what happens and, perhaps, you will fall in love with the characters as much as I do.