3/7/13

Review of The Gemstone by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

Sarena and Sasha Nanua
·         “The Gemstone”
YA paranormal/suspense/adventure

Why has the world suddenly gone totally strange? 
From the moment Arica Miller finds an odd necklace in a box stored in her basement, nothing is ever as it was before.  Moving to another house and a new school was hard enough.  Now she is getting visions, her cousins speak of sorcery, and the headmistress at her new school is eyeing her with more interest than Arica is comfortable with.
Then there’s Ash, Arica’s roommate, and her friends.  They seem friendly and harmless enough, but there are times...
As Arica delves deeper into what she has learned from her cousins, and her own magical abilities heighten and mature, she is pulled into a world, and a destiny, much greater than anything she ever dreamed possible.
Stars:  3, with a real possibility of 4 or 5
This was a fantastic book.  The plot was well thought-out, the action segued from one scene to another with absolutely effortless movement.  I got caught up in the adventure, and found myself really caring about the characters and what happened to them.  The only thing keeping this book from a rating of four or even five stars was the need for editing.

I would like to start my critique by saying I do not envy anyone who has to learn English.  This is very daunting, because, just like Chinese, it changes from area to area.  Indeed, British English and American English are so different in terms and colloquialisms that you almost need a translator to understand what each is saying.

I highly recommend editing by someone who is a native-born English speaker, so that this wonderful story is readily understandable by all English-speaking readers.  This is a treasure; I would love to see it really take off.

K.R. Morrison
Author, Be Not Afraid, UnHoly Trinity, and Resurgence:  The Rise of Judas
Blog address:  kathyree.wordpress.com

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