Author: Wendy Laine
Title: Secrets of Skin and Stone
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Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.
Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.
To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.
Secrets of Skin and Stone is a typical angsty teen paranormal write short on plot and character development but has potential to be more.
Readers get the usual boy meets girl circumstance that bring them together and the usual love at first sight thing while their lives which are mentioned to be difficult seem to take a back seat to the love story that the author struggles to weave together in order to provide a reason to keep waiting for the supernatural half of the story to catch up.
I’m not big on the mentality of the characters which I think was my fault because I couldn’t really slip into their mind space which was more than a little depressing while at the same time was emotionally vague.
I think the story itself has potential and I think there were plenty of interesting places in the supernatural half that could have been expanded on and explored, but what I felt the book really needed was more emotion. I didn’t really feel any of that at all or at least very little.
There is some content trigger in the book about self mutilation in case there are readers who are sensitive to that.
I’m not a big fan of including subjects like that in teen books because I don’t think that all the young minds that read these kind of books that include those topics are mature enough or of sound mind to not be influenced by those topics however on the same side of the coin I do believe its better to be discussed than ignored I just feel its a delicate thing to bring up when it comes to young minds and influencing them so I have mixed feelings about it.
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