Genre: Paranormal | Teen Romance
CORNERSTONE is the story of Nalena Maxwell, a girl who's been dubbed The Waste at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately needs something to change in her life. But when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) that invites her into an ancient community, EVERYTHING changes- what she knew of her family and her life and her future. While seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life, it is the boy...the one with eyes as clean as Jesus...that steps up to help Nalena figure out what he already knows about her...
Misty Provencher is an amazing writer with a captivating writing style. Her characters are well rounded and her plot is well developed. Cornerstone was another suggestion I received from Globug and I admit that I was immediately hooked. The story is fast-paced and has so many details that I can see myself discovering something new each time I read it. In regard to the characters, I really appreciate how Nalena and Garrett do not immediately fall in love and everything is happily ever after 30 pages into the book. Nalena struggles when she discovers her blood connection to a mysterious community of beings charged with the task of protecting and recording the history of mankind. Her low self-esteem and hesitant attitude is both painful and endearing. Despite the supernatural elements, the characters' vulnerabilities and flaws add a realness that keeps the reader engaged and provides a connection that allows the reader to bond with them. There is humor, romance, mystery, and tragedy--a perfect combination in my opinion.
Cornerstone is a must read.
Check out my review on the sequel Keystone.