1. Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1 -eBookeBOOK
    Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1 -eBook
    Bonnie S. Calhoun
    Revell / 2014 / ePub
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    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 13, 2017
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1.
    Characters: One of my favorites from the whole book was Amaryllis ^_^ I know, not who you would probably think, but I just really liked her. She definitely reminded me of Rue from the Hunger Games#1) They are about the same age of course-Rue I think was 11 and Amaryllis was 12. #2) They both were sneaky and good at hiding from bad guys in the forest and trees #3) Kind of a spoiler so skip over the rest of this paragraph if you want (They both got injured-it was in different ways, but I had a feeling that Amaryllis was going to die like Rue...Thankfully that wasnt the case though, because I really liked her! ^_^)

    I really did not like any of the characters that were up in the mountain :/ I meanI guess Stemple was better than Everling and Bethany, but something didnt feel right about him. And EverlingI knew I wouldnt like himHe was a wacko pretty much through the whole book. He was literally a mad scientist lol XD So, yes, I definitely didnt really like him. Out of the people in the mountain, I guess I did like Treva. Ganston was okay, I suppose. I had a feeling early on about something that would happen later to Treva, but I wont spoil it ;) Some other characters that I liked were Cleon, Bodhi, and Selah. I actually think I would have liked this book a little more if Selah and Bodhi were just friends instead of there being a romance with them :/ I felt like it wasnt necessarily needed in the story at that moment. That is probably the first time you have ever heard me say that lol because anyone that knows me, knows I like at least a little romance in a story, but I dont think it was needed in this book. Just my opinion though :)

    Plot: It definitely was giving me some Hunger Games feels in the beginningthe government being corrupted and all and how Selah and her brothers had to go out and hunt in the forest so that their family would not starve. Also, like I said earlier, Amaryllis reminded me of Rue a lot!

    Thunder was very fast-paced and action-packed to me! Dystopian definitely fits this genre better than Christian Fiction in my opinion. It seemed like all it really talked about was quick, brushed-over mentions of the Landers not feeling the Presence anymore, and things like that, but hopefully, if I continue on to read the second book, it will improve in that area.

    It did feel like I went through this pretty quickly though. (Even though it says it took me a week, it was more like 2-3 dayswhich is very quick for me. I just was busy trying to figure out college stuff and did not have as much time to read as I would have liked, but Im sure we have all been there lol)

    Some things I did not like in the book were the scenes when theyre in the mountain. Some of the things Everling did just grossed me out and made me queasy, and other times, it was simply just boringI know that is pretty mean to say, but I am just being honest :P I also was so scared during a scene that happened near the beginningwhen there was a huge pythonI wont say what happened exactly, but lets just say that I was really creeped out! lol I have mentioned before in other reviews that I love animals, but snakes are definitely an exceptionIck! I really despise those things! I remember stepping on one of them in my backyard before with just flip-flops on and it was squirming around everywhere and whew, boy that sure scared me to death! Im so surprised it didnt bite me O.O I screamed so loud my neighbors probably thought I was crazy! XD (Sorry, I know I went waaay off topic :P lol)

    All in all, I would say this was a pretty average read. Although, I did enjoy it, it was not amazing or anythingbut I really hate giving books low ratings lol So, Ill stick with four stars, but probably more of a 3.25-3.5 read for me.

    *I received a copy from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Little Improvement Can Be A Good Thing
    November 7, 2015
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1.
    This is a wonderful storyline with creative and well prepared characters and stellings. However, perhaps just a bit more prewriting could have been helpful. There is much to gain from the opinions of others as well.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good for older teens
    October 29, 2015
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1.
    I really enjoyed this dystopian young adult novel.

    The setting is 150 years in the future. There has been a great disaster including a huge tsunami that destroyed much of the east coast of America. Much of the landscape of the novel contains the rusted ruins of a great city.

    Selah is our heroin. She is about to turn eighteen and is on the shore one day when she sees one of the small boats that come from afar lands. The people that emerge are called Landers and there is a high bounty on their heads. When Landers emerge from the broken boats they are somewhat dazed and can be easily captured. Selah, wanting to prove to her brothers that she can hunt too, captures the man. She touches him and that changes her life forever.

    This novel has a little bit of everything in the future. There is a huge underground city where people live and work free from the once deadly elements in the air. Also in the mountain are scientists using the Landers for experiments, paying a good price for live ones. The poor people on the coast use wagons while the people of the mountain have futuristic flying machines. The Lander Selah rescued has special powers, such as in healing minor wounds and mentally connecting with others of his kind.

    I found Selah to be an interesting character. She is portrayed as not liked by her family except her mother. As the plot progresses, we find out why her father and one brother have hatred for her. She is a teen heroin who feels she needs to prove herself to her family and the world.

    There is no overt Christianity in this novel, but this is just the first in a series. There is reference to the Presence and I hope that becomes clearer in the next novel.

    While the main character is female, I think teen guys would like the book too. There's lots of fighting and action to keep them entertained. There are some gory parts too, so this book might not be appropriate for very young teens. At the end, we know there is going to be much more to the story. The adventure is just beginning.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Calhoun's writing style. I breezed through the novel quickly and am looking forward to Lightning.
  4. Gender: Female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    October 25, 2015
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1.
    I wanted to like this book, but was extremely disappointed. First of all, I have to wonder what the publishers hoped to accomplish by marketing it as Christian fiction, because it certainly is not - it's New Age (a distinctly anti-Christ movement). I would never have read it had it been correctly marketed. Beyond that, though, it has a number of significant problems.

    The writing is decent, and the dystopian world does have some unique features that add interest to the story. But the author relied too heavily on modern U.S. topography, geography, and culture, rather doing the work of serious world-building. There are inconsistencies and the world is incomplete, as though it was developed only enough to provide a backdrop for the plot, rather than fully developed to seem like a real place. The characters are superficial, trite, and predictable - like paper cutouts with different physical characteristics and abilities to make them distinguishable. They're also flat, failing to develop in any meaningful or significant way.

    There are a couple of "romances" which are just plain unbelievable. Characters who don't like each other and have completely incompatible personalities become extremely attached to one another on the basis of physical attraction alone. Sexual tension is hardly any kind of basis for love, nor is it even a significant connection. There were many eye-roll inducing passages I finally just skimmed until I was past them. I didn't care much about the characters, and I certainly didn't care about their tingles and frissons.

    It is, at least, pretty clean and the society has a strong morality. The plot is also moderately interesting, and the pacing is one thing I can say is quite good, and the only reason I pressed forward to finish the book (along with hope against hope that the book would somehow pull off some kind of amazing turnaround, which it didn't). There's a place for formulaic, plot-driven science fiction - I just don't personally like it much. If you do, you will probably enjoy this book. But if you want 3-dimensional characters with complex relationships, or are looking for genuine Christian dystopian fiction, I recommend The Restorer (Sword of Lyric series) by Sharon Hinck.
  5. Canada
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Promising first book in a new Dystopian series
    January 6, 2015
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Thunder, Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1.
    The promising first book in a new Dystopian series. Calhoun takes us 150 years into a bleak future steeped in mystery. Selah is a captivating heroine, hovering on the cusp of adulthood. Loved the complexities in her character -- part recalcitrant teen, part warrior, part nurturer. And she's one of the biggest mysteries in the book. Her destiny is still unclear at the end -- a cliff hanger that will undoubtedly be dealt with in the rest of the series.

    Thunder contains all the necessary ingredients for a successful YA novel. A complex plot riddled with twists and turns. Conflict -- lots of conflict! That leads to intense action scenes so vivid they made me wince. And, of course, first love at it's gnarliest. Lots of fodder for imagination in this read along with lots of unanswered questions at the end sure to leave eager readers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the sequel.

    My only complaint is the absence of a solid inspirational thread. There are hints that I'm sure will come to fruition as the series progresses, but Thunder reads as a secular YA novel. And there's nothing wrong with that except for the fact that it is published by a major Christian publisher and because of that I expected that inspirational thread. It's why I read Christian fiction exclusively after all.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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