Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison | Book Review + Giveaway

February 12, 2015 Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway, Young Adult 5 ★★★★★

Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison | Book Review + Giveaway

Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison | Book Review + GiveawayOf Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison
Series: Secrets of Itlantis #1
Published by Self on February 2, 2014
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: From the author
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All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving...

I love everything Kate has written, so I was very eager and excited to read Of Sea and Stone. I’m happy to report that I’m still a Kate Avery Ellison fangirl, and absolutely loved Of Sea and Stone! As always, my main points are bolded. :)

1. I love the world of Itlantis. It’s beautiful! There are different underwater cities spread across the ocean, each one special in its own way. Aemi has been captured from her village at the surface and taken to the city of Celestrus. This city has, what I can only describe to be, glass spheres that are suspended in the water. Each sphere is a library dedicated to each of the different cities of Itlantis. You can see sea life swimming by and light from the surface dancing. The libraries are filled with books, foliage, sculpture, fountains, and walkways. I’d LOVE to visit!

2. Kate’s writing is so beautiful. She describes things as if you were right there! I kept wanting to highlight all the descriptive passages because I loved them so much.

3. I really liked Aemi. She’s strong, versatile, brave, smart, and level-headed. She takes her kidnapping very well. Haha. She adapts well to her new home, but she’s got plans to escape. She’s assertive and makes people fall for her, whether it be in love or in friendship.

4. Nol is pretty swoony. In the beginning he was a very cocky, jerky guy who Aemi loved to hate. But they are the only survivors (that we know of) from their village, so they learn to work together. And I loved watching him grow from such a jerk to such a caring, selfless person.

5. There’s a little mystery, a little romance, and even some action! It’s the perfect blend of everything I love.

6. Holy cliffhanger. I can’t WAIT to buy the second book!

All in all, Of Sea and Stone pulled me out of a deep reading slump. I loved everything about it, and I love Kate’s storytelling and writing style. This is a wonderful fantasy/dystopia, and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone!


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5 Responses to “Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison | Book Review + Giveaway”

  1. Brianna

    You sold me on this one with your review. Then, the fact it’s only 99 cents further sold me. Then, I have an Amazon gift card, so I bought myself a little Valentine’s Day treat.
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    • Jana

      Oh great! I’m so glad you got it! You’re in for a real treat. :) Let me know what you think of it!

  2. Holly J

    I really enjoyed this book! I loved the world-building and thought the author did a wonderful job with that (though there is still more I would like to know, hopefully it all comes out in the sequel). I thought Aemi was a strong and brave character, too. She does what she has to do in a world that she doesn’t know. I admire that in a heroine. For me, I wish there’d been just a *bit* more with the romance. I’m hoping it will develop more in the sequel. Speaking of sequel, after that HORRIBLE CLIFFHANGER, I need it!

    Great review, Jana!
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