Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
(The Cornerstone Series #1)
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.
Book Review – ‘Cornerstone (Cornerstone #1)’ by Misty Provencher ~ 5 Stars!
This is one of those indie books that you just fall in love with from the word go! It was the perfect start to the ‘Cornerstone’ series that brilliantly portrays both the painful reality of everyday school life that some young people have to live through, and the importance of family. I was drawn into this novel from the first page, especially with the subtle Psychology running through the story.
I loved how the story started by introducing Nalena’s home life and, despite her mother being a paper hoarder which greatly disrupts their life, the emphasis on how strong relationship with her mother. It really helped me warm to Nalena and understand and sympathise with her inner turmoil at her mother’s behaviour, feeling sad that being so devoted to her mother causes her so much pain at school, but feeling guilty at her thoughts knowing it is not her mother’s fault.
Garrett’s introduction was simply superb! Garrett is the kind of guy that every girl wishes to be with and every guy wishes they could be. And Nalena meets him in a library!! Enough said, he is perfect (This has nothing to do with my fantasy about meeting my soul mate in a library…of course not…) I loved how without even knowing her well, Garrett stood up to Nalena to bitchy cheerleader Jen, and to everyone at the school who calls Nalena ‘The Waste’ due to her mother’s hoarding of paper. He was the perfect example of a saviour that all girls who are bullied wish would swoop in and defend them, and I really sympathised with Nalena for thinking that Garrett’s interest in her was because of a cruel joke with their classmates.
The storyline was so cleverly written that, having bought the book a while ago, I had forgotten that it was a fantasy story. This was great for me as a reader because I was gradually exposed to the different fantasy elements which had me squealing excitedly. This is one of the best things about not reading the blurb before you read a book, as you become involved in the different storylines at the same time as the main characters and you can more closely connect with the characters feelings and behaviours. I won’t go into detail about the fantasy storyline as it was so imaginative and cleverly written that I don’t want to spoil the great reading experience for potential readers by giving anything away, but we are introduced to some amazing, unusual, comic and creepy characters that help make this book the gem that it is.
Also I have to say “MOVE OVER CULLENS”, there is a new paranormal family in town and they are the Reeces.’ The Reeces are a family that stick together and help each other no matter what. Some of my favourite scenes were those that involved all the Reece brothers, especially Sean, who I love and hope to see more of in the future books.
Overall this was an amazing book! 5 stars easily and such an imaginative well thought out storyline.