Monday, February 25, 2013

Tour: Review Keeper of the Black Stones by P.T. McHugh

Keeper of the Black Stones
By: P.T. McHugh
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: E-book from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review  
 
"Awkward in his own skin, shy around girls and worried about anything and everything, Jason Evans is just like a million other teenage boys in high school, with one very large exception: he has been given a gift that allows him to jump through time. A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place - and any time - that he chooses. But along with that gift comes the responsibility of stopping the man who is using those very stones to travel through time and change history for his own purposes. A man who is now holding Jason's grandfather hostage, and threatening the world's very existence. Jumping through time with his best friend and body guard, Jason must enter the world of Medieval England, learn its customs, navigate unimaginable danger, and help Henry VII win the Battle of Bosworth, in the name of finding his grandfather, rescuing a beautiful girl from the clutches of a corrupt church, and destroying the one man who pledges to turn history inside out" (Summary from goodreads.com)
I really enjoyed Keeper of the Black Stones. The summary of this one really caught my attention because I love history and time travel. Keeper of the Black Stones was great and certainly kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. 
Jason is a typical teenage boy but he has special set of stones that allows him to jump through time. He now must go save his grandfather from a man who can possibly destroy the world. Jason made an excellent protagonist. He was a believable character that I was immediately cheering on. He is also developed really well through the course of the story. There were several other fantastic characters that I enjoyed getting to know, especially Paul who is Jason's best friend.
I loved how this book opened in the past because it instantly hooked me in. As I said earlier, I love history so it was so much fun jumping back in time to England.  I liked that the reader learns about the stones early on and everything is explained clearly. I'm always nervous when I read a book that has time travel involved because it can get kind of confusing, but I definitely didn't need to have any fears reading this book. 
The writing was great and there was a strong voice consistent throughout the book. The plot flowed really well also and there was a great amount of excitement. I just really loved going on this adventure with Jason and there were plenty of twists that I wasn't expecting. I already can't wait to read the sequel! Overall Keeper of the Black Stones is exciting and takes you on an adventure. I strongly recommend this one!   
My Rating:
Guest Post:
Why did I choose YA, and who are my inspirations?
“Dad, don’t embarrass us!” Those words are uttered quite frequently by my two
daughters, who are both my inspiration and my test subjects in regard to how the younger generation thinks and acts.
To be honest, my girls aren’t quite teenagers. Although my twelve year old believes she is in fact going on eighteen, and should have her own apartment and car by
now. Thanks to her, music, movies, texting etiquette, and a refreshed vocabulary for a modern 21st-century teenager are at my fingertips 24/7, providing me with an excellent reference. I just have to look across the table at her to see how a young adult lives and thinks.
Even with all the differences, though – technology, the world, the quicker aging
of young people – I’ve come to realize that teenagers now are a lot like they were twenty, thirty, and even forty years ago. They certainly have more now than I ever did … computers, iPhones, Twitter, Facebook, instant information at your fingertips (remember when you actually had to go to the library to do your research?). But in the end, everybody’s teenage years contain a lot of the same problems and challenges – relationships, fitting in, questioning authority (parents), wondering what they’ll be when the grow up, wondering whether they even want to grow up (I don’t believe I ever did). And many of us never grow out of those questions. In that way, we’re all still teenagers at heart.
That’s why I chose to YA. I can still identify with so many of those questions,
which makes it easier to write. What’s more, I know that those years – the years when you’re so lonely and doubtful about who you are – are also the years when you form yourself. It’s when you have your first love, first heartbreak, dreams, anxiety, fear, euphoria … and all those feelings are compounded by a boatload of testosterone and estrogen. It’s a roller coaster on crack, and we’ve all ridden it. All those ups and downs make for amazing, realistic characters and stories, and I can’t imagine writing about anything else.
Now, I realize that I’m forty years old and a lot of people won’t believe that I can remember those years in my own life. But guess what, I do. In fact, some of the characters, the town, and many of the day-to-day situations in my books come from my own experiences. That means I get to relive my childhood through my characters, and – even better – put them into situations I never had to deal with.

1 comment:

  1. I dont read many time travel books, but this one sounds like it would be a lot of fun! I also loved that guest post! Great review!

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