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Monday, March 28

In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

Releases today!*

  March 28th 2011 , Harlequin Teen
384 pgs., E-galley
Young Adult Fiction

From Goodreads:

Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.

Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again.

No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.

I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend.

Even if I get lost, as well…

Before I get to the review I want to tell you an Oklahoman legend that we open up into in the very beginning of this book although it is altered.

There is a bridge in a town not far from where I grew up that is very eerie. As you drive over it you feel a sense of not being alone. Of great sadness.

You see on this bridge something terrible happened when Oklahoma was a wee baby of a state. A man had a daughter; when she was old enough to bear children he got her pregnant again and again.

Each of these children would die in their infancy, some say it was simply still born babes due to genetics, but if you ask some of the older generation they’ll tell you that she murdered each and every one of her babies as she saw them as abominations.

After the baby was dead she would scurry off to this bridge and drop the baby over the side. They named this bridge Cry Baby Bridge.

Some say her presence still lingers here and you can hear a babies cries coming from below the bridge and woman in white standing on the edge crying.

Jordan Dane’s writing brought me back to home. Her imagery is great. The hot summer sun, the dusty plains, the small antiquated towns. And then she had the people be complete racists. Native Americans are a part of life in Oklahoma. It’s not like Nevada or New Mexico where reservations are these beaten up towns with serious problems.

Brenna is a dark and twisty teen. One that I could understand quickly. She’s brave unlike many her age. Her selfless acts bring her friend back to her in more ways than one.

Her and her mother’s relationship get repaired with trust and truths. Joe is a needed in so many ways and until he appears fear is rampant for Brenna.

There is so much more to say about this book, but it would all be spoilers. So I'll say this, the villians are dynamic, the protag is heartfelt, and the land is home. 

If you liked Speak, you’d love this book.


Worth the mission.
Aspects could be better, but it was a good book overall.

* Disclaimer: Three different sources say 3 different release dates, but I'm going by what netgalley says.

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