Monday, November 5, 2012

Blog Stop: CornerStone (Souls of Stones #1) by Kelly Walker + Giveaway (INT))

Today, Escapism from Reality is the blog stop for CornerStone by Kelly Walker. Read my review below and scroll down for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of the CornerStone. The cover art is so pretty if I wasn't hosting I'd have entered too.

Title: CornerStone  
Author: Kelly Walker
Series: Soul of Stones
Publisher: Self Published
Released: 22 October, 2012
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars.
Emariya Warren has no choice but to end agree to an arranged marriage with the Prince of the enemies, to stop the war that's been going on for century. Apprehensive and a little scared, Emariya sets out on a journey across the land her family rules to meet the Prince. But what if she is late? What if the prince is a fraud and doesn't keep his word? ether are so many things at stake that Emariya didn't have a choice left.

Emariya while having a sheltered bringing was made of stern stuff no matter the problems she faced it with courage and resilience. Even the events and trouble she encounters on her journey she warms people's hearts and wins them along the way. She was self sacrificing and there wasn't much she would not do for her people.

Torian on there other hand seemed a built like a mystery to me. I think I know him yet I'm not sure if I do. I can't tell you much or else I may be giving away spoilers. Yet I thought he was honourable, smart and an amazing swordsman. That alone makes him swoon worthy.

Cornerstone is the first book in the Trilogy, souls of Stones. In this fantasy world there are three rival kingdoms each represented by a Stone. These stones have special properties ties to the land. However Emariya is different. She is a second stone. Having been born out of the merging of two lines she has powers from both stones. Like any other first book, Cornerstone felt like a stepping stone in setting the story and the world. There was a fantasy setting but I think more of it would come into play in the later books into his trilogy.

What I liked about his book was how Walker managed to surprise me. As to my habit I'd try to guess a the plot but she would twist it in a way that I had no idea what would happen next. There was a sense of suspense and I did not know whom to trust and whom not to. Everyone was has their own agenda. I specially liked the twist she put in the last chapter. Cruel, Ms Walker, left me with my jaws hanging with a scrunched up face thinking...I did not see THAT coming.

 My only complaint is that I wish Torian and Emariya and a little more page time. I just felt that the delicious moments of love blossoming could have received a little more time.

When you're reading Cornerstone it you're sure to experience so many emotions. There was suspense, mystery, fantasy and action which made reading his book a breeze. The side characters were written such that each of them represented something special for Emariya. Friendship, love, betrayal,courage and goodness of the heart were all mashed up in this epic fantasy which had me smiling on minute and biting my nails the second.

 Now scroll down and fill in the rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of CornerStone. This giveaway is open Internationally. So, what's stopping you? Click away fro your chance to win.

The Giveaway 

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Kelly Walker, YA Author
Kelly Walker is a part time novelist, full time wife, and an all the time dreamer. Her first promotion was 8 years ago and it came with the job title of 'Mom'. Her second promotion came with no raise in pay but a huge jump in responsibility when she became 'Mom of two'. It's a rewarding career but the retirement plan sucks. She is a huge advocate of animal rescue and adoption and shares her Virginia home (and couch) with three dogs and two cats.

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Unknown on November 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM said...

Thank you so much for hosting this tour stop!

ArtemisG on November 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM said...

I am reading everything. I love the good stories and I don't care what genre is the book.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I also read a lot of subgenres in adult books. :) But mostly YA.

Mary Preston on November 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM said...

I read a lot of YA. More than I used to, but I read of lot of everything.


Unknown on November 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM said...

I read also thrillers and horrors

laurie on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM said...

I read a lot of YA. there are some good YA authors out there

Ileana A. said...

I read everything, YA is one of my favorite genres.

Anonymous said...

I read evreything I never discount a book by genre

Unknown on November 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM said...

I read everything but my faverite genres is YA.

Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa on November 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM said...

Nope I do read a lot of other genres but my fave is YA. :)

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you so much for such an amazing book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading. The blog post was facinating and i just have to add Cornerstone to my to-read list! I do love the YA genre, but as an avid reader i also tend to read all kinds of genre from Fantasy to Dystopian and chick-lit, romance ect. Thank you x

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Unknown on November 11, 2012 at 5:03 PM said...

I don't just read YA

Uncorked Thoughts on November 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM said...

I don't stick to just YA fiction. In all honesty it was 'Hunger Games' which got me reading the genre again and now I can't stop! There is so many amazing books out there and fingers crossed this one will be joining it! :)
Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway.

@_julietearjerky on November 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM said...

Not only YA. I also read Middle-grade, adult, etc..

Leigh on November 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM said...

Yup, YA is my favorite genre.

magic5905 on November 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM said...

No, I read adult books also, especially historical romance.
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Jo kelly on November 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM said...

Not only YA, but I am a huge fan. I'm reading Vampire Diaries atm. I know I'm waaay behind only just reading these now, haha, but it was the series that made me want to have a go... I'm not disappointed, loving the books x


Maria Jane Knight said...

I read any kind of book-to be honest as long as the cover and blurb catch my eye im there and getting lost into it!


Unknown on November 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM said...


Alison on November 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM said...

I read anything that catches my eye

pepicola on November 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM said...

We read anything and everything in our house

HelenA on November 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM said...

I read anything that I like the look/sound of.

Pretenna on November 17, 2012 at 1:25 AM said...

I read everything but YA is one of my favorites.

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