Blog Tour: The Thorn and The Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski [Review + Giveaway]

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Title: The Thorn and The Sinking Stone
Authors: C.J. Dushinski
Published Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 247
Source: provided for review
Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth's Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…

To avenge his father's death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…

That was literally me after reading this book. I started and I just couldn't stop! I read through this whole thing straight. In the first few pages I was a bit confused because we're just shoved into the this scary world. But as it went along everything was explained in such a smooth and clear way.

In this kind of world violence and fights are the norm. There were a lot of tense moments and of course, lots of action filled moments. Both were handled with such care, and you could clearly envision it like a movie. The world was so detailed and quite chilling in it's ferocity of "eat or be eaten". I liked the diversity of the people and even though there was violence, they did get along.

There was also a double POV, which I love! Because we got to see everything through two perspectives SEBASTIAN'S and VALENCIA'S. A TWO DAGGERS AND A BLACK ROSE. Both of whom were on warring "gangs". I loved them both instantly, Sebastian is fierce but doesn't like killing, sarcastic, swoony, and very thoughtful (in his own way). Valencia was a strong a** bi***, honestly I wouldn't get on her bad side. Yet she had moments where she wasn't a fierce warrior but just a normal girl who got hurt and cried. Both had less than perfect families and had a lot to deal with.

I wasn't sure what their connection would be but as the story went along everything clicked into place. OMGERD, I loved every moment they were together, weather it was through fighting or fleeing, you could just feel there connection and chemistry on every word. They both warred with the hate they had to feel for each other and yet they alike in so many ways. I was such an impossible and deadly romance, that you want it to all go right!

I could ramble on and on about this book but I really don't want to spoil ANY of it for you guys! Just read it because this is honestly one the best books about forbidden love that incorporates so many other wonderful aspects besides romance. So overall for me 5 STARS!


While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world. Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories.

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.



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