Monday, August 4, 2014

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Amazon Publishing/SkyScape on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Gates of Thread and Stone
Author: Lori M. Lee
Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Synopsis: In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Why?: Well first of all, that cover! Secondly, magic, a city of walls and secrets, a girl who can manipulate the threads of time, and a Labyrinth are all things that I believe make up the beginnings of a fantastic book. The whole thing just sounds like an epic adventure and like my type of book. I really just want to skip the other books that I need to read first and jump right into this one!

Expectations: I love the concept of this book so much that I have pretty high expectations for it. Probably unreasonably high, considering this is Lori's debut and that I haven't read any reviews for the book. I've been so excited to read this book since I first heard about it and I just hope that it's as good as I think it will be!

Judging a book by its cover: I could stare at this cover all day. Seriously. It's just so pretty! I love the way the light goes across the front and merges with the words, I love how the girl looks and how you can't tell what her face looks like, and I love the colors. The cover is what drew me to this book in the first place and I can't wait to have a physical copy for my shelves.


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