Thursday, August 16, 2018

Soul of Stone by Traci McDonald

Author: Traci McDonald

Narrator: Amanda Stribling

Length: 9 hours and 49 minutes


Series: Ice and Stone, Book 1

Released: June 20, 2018

Genre: Romance

Danielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books.

Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother.

The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him.

Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever.

Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?

Traci McDonald is a blind author of clean romance novels, including Burning Bridger (Muse It Up, 2015), Killing Casanova (Crimson Romance, 2012) and the forthcoming Soul of Stone. She believes that falling in-love is the greatest risk of all, and her non-explicit romances are about hurting, healing and finding true love. Traci has been blind for 20 years. When she isn’t writing she is an editor for Ink and Quill Press and the co-host for a blogtalk radio show on The World of Ink Network. Traci is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, on the board of her local writer’s guild, and a speaker for various writing conferences and book fairs. She is a full time wife and mother of three boys, an avid reader, and loves living in a small town on the fringes of Nevada's Mojave Desert.


This really was a good book I just had a few problems with it. When the book first start it went right into the story which is fine if you are further into the series then book 1. I prefer to know a bit of background when I start out. I would of liked to have known about the bookstore and its history, as well as an introduction to the main character Danielle and her family. I had to pick up pieces along the way. That is just my preferences, so you may like not knowing what is going on. To it just felt like the book took off already in the middle. I don't mind a cliffhanger ending but when it is what seems to me as a major cliffhanger I tend to decide to skip the rest of the series, especially a new series as now I have to wait an indeterminate amount of time before I get to see how it turns out. I am a avid reader and do not always remember to keep an eye on a series. Yes there are some Authors and series that jump out and I am constantly looking for the next book, this sadly was not one of those series for me.

With that all being said the book was actually pretty. The blurb and story line for Soul of Stone sounded very intriguing, so I am not unhappy that I chose to review this book.

The book features a sweet romance, a lot of mystery, some paranormal, and a thriller aspect. The book is very fast paced, but does not bounce around to the point of being distracting.

Danielle meets Aaron when he comes looking for his sister who is after one of the books in Danielle's store. The books are ancient texts from all over the world and the bookstore is more or less a safe house for the books.

Aaron is too late as his sister has already broken into the store and was run off by Danielle and her stapler (read the book to find out what this means). Danielle decides to help Aaron find his sister and is brought into a world of human trafficking and black magic. The more the 2 try to unfold the mystery of his missing sister the closer the 2 become.

Amanda Stribling narrates the audiobook and I really enjoyed listening to her. She has what I believe to be a true southern accent, this book takes place in Greenville Alabama, the deep southern twang was spot on.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Traci McDonald. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the book description and the opportunity to learn about another great book. I appreciate the giveaway as well.