11 October 2017

Tour: Topaz Reign (Altered Stones, #2) by Teresa Richards

Emerald Bound (Altered Stones, #1) by Teresa Richards.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings.
Publication: September 29th 2015 by Evernight Teen.
A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairytale... Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale's true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it's found its next victim in Kate. Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she's letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it's too late. If only Maggie knew her connection to the fairy tale was rooted far deeper than an endangered best friend.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Fast paced, action and adventure, a story retelling with chemistry too!!!

I was very intrigued when I started this book. I had so many questions and there was a lot of action and adventure! I was all in! I was hooked!

I liked Maggie. Her family dynamics are like many families. Her friends are the best and most loyal to her and it gave me a glimpse of how if one friend is gone how much it may affect you!

The time travel and magic mixed with someone from the 1600's and today make for a very interesting story! The writing is amazing too!!

Sorry, I am not writing a lot about this book. I need to jump right into Topaz Reign to see what happens next! And it has to do with another gem! Sorry, this one is about an emerald as the book says. I'm in a hurry to get to the next book........

Topaz Reign (Altered Stones, #2) by Teresa Richards.
Publication: September 29th 2017 by Evernight Teen.
Fairy tales are simply tales, told and re-told, but changed over time.

It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker.

Except … she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.

One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long.

Or at all.

Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is an action packed fairytale retelling with adventure and romance! Your mind is constantly trying to figure out what will happen next. And although it takes place mostly in the 1600’s, it also houses advanced physics so it makes it harder to guess what will happen. That hooked me in because I couldn’t guess! I was captivated!

Maggie and Tanner (Maggie’s brother) end up going to visit where their dead mother grew up. Only to find her very much alive. She is a shell of her former self. When they confront their grandmother about it and Maggie does what she normally does best, snooping, they find some very strange things. Then Garon (Maggie’s sort of boyfriend) shows up with more pieces to a puzzle and then, Maggie and Tanner go back into time with Garon to try and fix things. Their adventure is like a rollercoaster with so many ups and downs, that I almost got sick trying to keep up with it. Ha! There is action, adventure, love found, allegiances lost, dark magic, physics, fighting, climbing, genealogy, actions that changed the future and more.

I was a little sad at the end. I didn’t like how it ended but there really wasn’t a better way. I get it, but it was still sad for me!

Teresa Richards writes YA, but loves anything that can be given a unique twist. Her zombie stories 'Are You My Mombie?' and 'The Zombie Code' can be found in Z Tales: Stories from the Zombieverse by The Fairfield Scribes. When Teresa’s not writing, she can be found either chasing after one of her five kids, or hiding someplace in the house with a treat her children overlooked. Emerald Bound is her debut novel. You can connect with her on twitter @BYUtm33 or at authorteresarichards.com.

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