Emerald Bound (Altered Stones #1) by Teresa Richards
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Evernight Teen
A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairytale... Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale's true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it's found its next victim in Kate. Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she's letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it's too late. If only Maggie knew her connection to the fairy tale was rooted far deeper than an endangered best friend.
My Review: 4.5 Stars
I love a good fairy tale retelling and I have my favorites, but it's so refreshing to have a story that isn't normally told. I thought the author did a great job of taking The Princess and the Pea and tweaking it to fit a contemporary YA story, while also taking the story back to the roots. The book waffles between modern times and the past, where the reader discovers some of the history of the emerald and the curse. Danger, romance, and time travel abound in this fun adventure.
A game of Truth or Dare gone awry is what sets the stage for the Maggie and her friends. Maggie is so brave and determined to help her friends, both new and old. I love what resulted from her stubborn nature and was completely swept away in this book.
I really enjoyed the secrets and mysteries. I was on the edge of my seat at times, wondering how in the world things would resolve. I'm so glad that I had the next book on hand because it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. So much creativity went into making this a fascinating tale!
Content: mild romance, mild-moderate violence.
*I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion in any way.*