Author: Joss Stirling
Published by: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 6th February 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Romance/Suspense
Source: Review copy from the publisher
This is the first book I've read by Joss Stirling and to say that I'm impressed would be an understatement. I really wasn't sure what to think when I received this for review, but when I realised it's set in a boarding school I knew I was probably going to like it. When I was little I was obsessed with books set in boarding schools and I wanted to go to one (not now though. Not a chance.) This book was like going back to my childhood except with a YA book and I devoured it!
Raven Stone's parents died and so she had to move to England to live with her grandfather, the lowly caretaker (janitor) at the prestigious boarding school Westron. At the school with a scholarship, Raven is seen as inferior to the other students - royalty, celebrities or the children of famous people - who paid to get in. Because of this, they bully Raven. She can't help but feel exposed without her best friend Gina by her side, who mysteriously went missing in half-term. But then Joe and Kieran turn up and that is when things start to get really interesting.
Raven seriously reminded me of Maia from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare; they were almost exactly the same. Raven has trust issues, she's sassy and she isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Generally she's just really cool! I also liked Joe and Kieran. They both bought lots of humour to the book but in different ways; Joe with his charm and Kieran with his awkward but endearing personality.
'Storm and Stone' (what an awesome title, by the way) is fast-paced and action-packed. It's sure to be a hit when it's published! I was hooked until the very end but I would have loved to see more Raven and Kieran time! This is a fantastic book that will keep you guessing and you won't want to put it down.