Cornerstone by Kelly Walker


Cornerstone (Souls Of The Stones)

Synopsis:

Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she'll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian's foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother's killers--and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift passed down through each of her families, the prince she's promised to marry possesses a third, and an ominous prophecy has warned the three gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won't be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won't be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn't want to share her mother's fate, she'll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Discover the heartbreaking betrayals, fascinating magic and fated love of Cornerstone.

Review:

Cornerstone was an alright book. It wasn't my favorite book I have read, the heroine was way too stupid at times for that, but I didn't hate it either. The heroine's stupidity didn't annoy me as much as it usually does either. Not sure why that is, but somehow it was alright.

Emariya's father has been missing for some time. No one seems to know what happened to him. It is just Emariya and her brother now. They used to be close, but recently they have been having more conflict that normal. When news that her father has been captured by those who want to wage war with her people and she needs help to get him out, an alliance with the neighbors, she finally accepts the Prince's marriage proposal to help her people. She has always wanted to marry for love, but she can't just let her people suffer.

Most of the book is the journey to the foreign castle. Emariya doesn't know that she has special powers, something she eventually finds out along the way. She started off saying how strong she was and how level headed. She would make decisions and then stick with them. She seemed to think through things instead of acting rashly. That all changed pretty quick which was annoying.

*some spoilers ahead*
Emariya was kidnapped multiple times by different people on her journey. She was shot at, almost killed, etc. So there is definite danger to her being out there as she finds there is a group of people who do not want her to marry the prince. The prince has special powers as well and there is an ominous prophecy as to what will happen if her powers and his merge. She finds that these people also killed her mother when she was younger. So lots of not so good things happen to her on her journey. The Prince comes to her rescue, when she has found out someone has betrayed her, so she doesn't trust him. Or doesn't want to. He keeps showing that he is sincere, and her bff trusts him, but she just doesn't want to. She wants to cling to her stubbornness and start making incredibly stupid decisions. She tries to run away one night. Run. Without her horse. By herself. Through this land that she does not know that seems to be full of people who want to kill/harm her. Yeah that seems like a great plan...just things like that. She almost walks off a cliff since she runs away in the middle of the night. Great plan! I mean I don't get what she thought she would accomplish. She just kept making stupid decision after stupid decision like this and I just thought what happened to the strong level headed girl I thought you were? When did you get so stupid?

The other issue? She wants to marry for love, and she is so drawn to the Prince. When he is away for a short amount of time it drives her crazy. She needs him. But she doesn't want to be with him just because of that. Just because their powers drawn them to each other. So she tries to push him away, even though she does care for him. She wants to be in love just to be in love. She doesn't want to be drawn to him. At one point her handmaiden says something like is being drawn to him like this really so different from being drawn to someone because of who they are or what they look like? I thought exactly! If you fall in love you will feel drawn to that person. You will miss them when they are gone. Maybe not to the extent that you have with your powers, but I for one miss my husband terribly when we are apart (which is almost never for more than a day). The last part of the book was just her fighting loving the Prince and wanting to be with him and complaining about being drawn to him. It was just...I just wanted to tell her to grow up and accept that you have something special. Stop complaining that you like a nice guy. Do something about it. It just started to annoy me her constant complaining.

Then, when she finds out her brother lied to her, she still thinks he is innocent of anything else. There is no way he would really do anything really evil. I mean sure he was playing her, but...yeah. I don't know. It was another point where I was like maybe you should start questioning his actions? Maybe you should start looking at it not from he is my brother and yes we haven't been getting along lately, but he could do no wrong, but in a what is he capable of if he was not telling me the truth kind of way. It was obvious what he did all along, but we shall have to see if played out in the next books. I will probably read them to see how the story continues, but this book didn't make me need to go read the next one to see what happens. A good read, but not amazing.

Rating: 3/5

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