Sunday, July 10, 2011


Two years ago, Brenna did the unthinkable. She witnessed the aftermath of a murder and accused her only true friend--the first boy she ever loved--of being a killer.

Now sixteen, Brenna returns to Oklahoma only to discover that Isaac "White Bird" Henry isn't in juvie. The half-breed outcast is in a mental hospital, frozen in time, locked in his mind at the worst moment of his life. And when Brenna touches him, she's pulled into his hellish vision quest, seeing terrifying demons and illusions she doesn't understand.

Feeling isolated and alone, she's up against the whole town, targeted by bullying former classmates, a bigoted small town sheriff, and a tribe who refuses to help one of their own. But when Brenna realizes she's as trapped by the past as White Bird is, this time she won't turn her back on him. She's the only one who can free them both.

Even if she has to expose her secret--a "gift" she's kept hidden her whole life.

   This book was both a struggle and an enjoyment for me to read. It was confusing and hard to understand half the time, but during the other half, suspenseful and totally engrossing. I really liked it. Even though the first half of the book did a great job of annoying the heck out of me, the second half and the climax really made up for it. Despite the confusion surrounding Brenna and her abilities and the mysterious way her visions were depicted, In the Arms of Stone Angels was a really awesome book. Lots of twists and turns and unexpected surprises, a murder mystery, add in some romance and it was pretty kick-ass. While not a very quick or light read (racism and unfair judgment are two of the tougher subjects confronted), if you're willing to give this novel a try, I think you'll be pleased with your decision.

4/5 stars 

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