Sunday, November 24, 2013

Indie Book of the Week: Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

It has been way too long since I have had an Indie Book of the Week featured on my blog. I have decided that in November I am holding off on the blog tours, the guest posts and even on the ARCs (with a few exceptions of course) and instead finally concentrating on that stubborn TBR pile I have. The one with all my favorite series and authors that has been long neglected. And while I realize that I won't get them all read, I am hoping to put a big happy dent into it nonetheless. 

So what better way to do that than to start with a series I have been dying to read since...well, sadly, years. really now, how pathetic is that?

So what series am I talking about, why Misty Provencher's Cornerstone Series of course. I have heard nothing but great things about this series and since I have talked to Misty several times and have loved her other books, I just knew this was something I needed to finally make time for. 

Title: Cornerstone
Author: Misty Provencher
Series: Book One in the Cornerstone Series
Published: november 7, 2011
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:

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 What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable.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.

About the Author:
Author of Cornerstone and Keystone, from The Cornerstone Series. Oh, and I like mustard on my eggs.

My Thoughts and Review:
Oh Misty let me count the ways I love thee.
1. Writing a totally kick butt book with an original storyline and  fantastic characters.
2. Writing something that flows so nicely together that before you know it you are done with the whole thing and left wanting more.
3. Writing this wonderful series that isn't only action packed but also has an edge of romance that will put a smile on your face.
Honestly, I could go on but I won't because I don't want Misty to get a big head (although, she deserves too). It is so nice to run into something in this genre that isn't only original but hello everyone, it is an indie! A well written kick butt indie at that.

I wish I could say picking up this and reading it was all my idea but the fact is that it wasn't. I picked this up with the urging of several very well liked and respected blogger friends and you know what? I love that they pushed me so hard to read it because I really did love it. Not that I am surprised because Misty is pretty awesome and I have loved her other books so why not this one too? Why in the world did it take me so long to read it? Why?!

My only regret truly  is that it took me so very long to pick it up and sink into the pages. Shame on me because this is one read, one series and one author that you don't want to miss out on. 

This was fun, imaginative and truly unique in ever sense of the word. I can not wait to read the second book and get even more. I am so not done with this series and I am sort of glad I did wait as long as I did to read it so that I can pick up the next book without hesitation or having to wait for it to be released. 

I really loved getting to know Nalena and the world that she was thrust into. Oh and have I mentioned Garrett yet? No? Well let me tell you, he is one boy you don't want to miss out on. One boy that I can quickly seeing others labeling as a great “book boyfriend”. He is everything that Nalena needs and everything that she could ask for. 

I really look forward to seeing where Misty takes them both in the future installments. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. *shuffles foot from side to side and hangs head in shame* I won this almost two years ago and so many peeps have said it is crazy good, and yet it still sits on my shelf. I need to dig it out and get busy. I am glad you enjoyed this so much!

  2. Thank you so much for reading, Kindlemom! YOU MADE MY WEEK with your review! <3

  3. Thank you so much for reading, Kindlemom! YOU MADE MY WEEK with your review! <3

  4. YAY! I TOLD you it was good! LOL. I'm glad you were able to fit it in and totally loved it. Now I hope you can continue the series soon!

  5. Yaaaay! This makes me so happy, Ali! You're absolutely right, Misty is awesome, and I adored Cornerstone just as much as you did. In fact, I practically inhaled the first three books in a matter of days!
    Glad to see you joined the party. :)

  6. This book has definitely been doing well among blogger friends. I'm certainly curious about it! I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it, Ali. And I've been reading more of my own books (as opposed to review copies) lately and it's been GREAT. Enjoy! :)

  7. What a great review! I cannot wait to read it!

  8. I am sad to say that I have the first few books in the series and have yet to read them, even though they are books I want to read for me. I admire you for holding off the blog tours, etc. I am trying to cut way back for the next few months and catch up also. I have tons of books I want to read and others I need to read. Great review. Now I want to start this so bad.

  9. I do love me some Proventcher. :D I need to read the 2nd book still. Ugh, so many dame books to read.

  10. I know what you mean girls!! I love reviewing ARC and doing blog tours but sometimes that means missing out on great books and series like this one and that is just sad.

  11. Good for you for tackling your TBR pile instead of blog tours and ARCs. I need to do that too! And this is EXACTLY why, I have this book in my TBR pile and every time I read a beautiful review of it like yours, I am kicking myself for not having started it sooner. Lovely review!

  12. wonderful review hon! I keep seeing this book pop up on the reviews I follow, seems like a lot of people love it :D I think I have book 1 somewhere, just need to make some time