Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Review - Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Title: Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone, #1)
Author: Lori M. Lee
Pages: 349
Pubisher: Skyscape
Release date: 5th August 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Amazon Publishing/Skyscape*

2.5/5 stars

Kai lives in a world that was ravaged by an explosion made by the combination of magic and science. Her home is the Labyrinth - a maze of old containers stacked on top if each other.
Kai has a secret. She was found on a riverbank when she was eight by Reev, who took Kai in and raised her like a sister, and has no memory of her life before. Kai also has a special ability - she can manipulate time.
Then Reev goes missing. Determined to do whatever it takes to get her 'brother' back, Kai enlists the help of her only friend Avan.
Will Kai find Reev?
What she learns about her past could change everything.

Gates of Thread and Stone started out well, hooking my attention. The world that Lee has created is an intriguing one and I enjoyed learning more about it. I did, however, find myself losing interest after a while which didn't change until the end of the book when there were some twists.
Kai was a likeable protagonist. She was determined, loyal and asked questions.
The romance was quite sweet and it wasn't over the top.

Overall this was a mixed read but I enjoyed it for the most part.