Anchored in Stone Reviews
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By Jess mallory on May 28, 2016
Brandy Newton, March 24th, 2016 decided to make a book trailer instead of a written review. Wow!
Review by: multitaskingmomma on Goodreads February 29th, 2016
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Anchored in Stone is about a young demigod whose identity was discovered almost accidentally. His father, an Earned, never knew of his existence so was just as surprised as everyone else when Kaleb’s soul was detected.
Alex is a thief with so much potential. He’d been better than good at a young ripe age of 11 or 12 and now that he’s much older, and supposedly wiser, he’s even better. So it was kind of surprising for Alex to realize that his current assignment is not as easy as it first seemed. Especially when the drop off place changed almost overnight.
What brings Alex and Kaleb together? Before you think romance, stop.
Let’s go rewind before we continue.
Anchored is high fantasy full of demigods, the supernatural and humans who work with them in search of something which may or may not be dangerous. It is a story where the plot thickens as more and more characters come into play. In short, although this is categorized as M/M, it is not necessarily so. True, there are hot scenes dropped here and there through the read, but it’s icing on the cake. The cake, is the real story here and that is what I focused on. Unfortunately, spilling the beans on this one would spoil too much of the story.
This is my first read by Meraki P. Lyhne so I was quite unprepared for the style I had in my hands. I am a fatasy/sci-fi nerd and have been unashamedly for decades. This series is one which I would liken to something like Feist would write, but with some (the operative word) gay characters.
If you are looking for something different to read, something beyond the mundane romance and shifter romances, I would honestly recommend this. I dropped half a rating because it took some time for the plot to develop but once it did, the story was fast paced and unbelievably visual. Thrilling too.
Note: eARC received from Pride Promotions for an honest review.
Review January 13th, 2016
I loved this book. Even though it was a fantasy book about demigods it was not so far-fetched as to be almost science fiction. It was very believable and understandable after the 25% mark.
The first 25% of the book I was easily able to understand the story about Alex. The story of the Earned, though, I had trouble understanding until after reading 25% of the book. The first 25% was very confusing.
After the 25% mark the story got so much better. Really fantastical better. I was really able to get into it and it really grabbed me. The individual stories of Kaleb and Alex we’re both awesome. The ending of each chapter was perfect and there were no cliffhangers.
The only other minor problem that I saw in this book was some of the sentences are not worded correctly. For instance, 68% into the book the sentence says:
“Okay, but watch your language, Dad’s gonna pin that in some blonde bombshell who likes Phil had lowered his voice and was in mouth of yours on me!”
Overall, I really liked the book and the story, the plot, the characters, everything. It was easy to overlook the minor problems and enjoy the book. If you like fantasy books that are not too far out there and believable then you will like this book. I do highly recommend it.
I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
(Author note: Notice that apparently files get mucked up when converting the PDF to something like Kindle. A sentence like:
“Okay, but watch your language, Dad’s gonna pin that mouth of yours on me!” (page 260)
“Okay, but watch your language, Dad’s gonna pin that in some blonde bombshell who likes Phil had lowered his voice and was in mouth of yours on me!” (half a sentence from page 268 inserted somehow).)
Review January 8th 2016
Dan Mitton‘s review Love Bytes
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews with a copy provided by the author / publisher for an honest review. Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.)
I really enjoyed this book. The storyline and characters are totally new and refreshing, rather than being a rehashing of the same tired plots and stories I see way too often. Meraki P. Lyhne has done an excellent job with world building.
We meet Alex Rhoden when he is a young boy. His father has trained him to be a pick pocket so that Alex can bring in enough money to keep them both fed, and to provide the father enough money to drink on a regular, and it appears constant, basis. When Alex picks the wrong pocket, stealing a very expensive ancient coin, which Alex’s father then loses in a card game, Alex’s luck as a pick pocket has run out. When the bad guys come looking for the coin, Alex’s drunkard father sells him to the bad guys in return for them leaving him (the father) alone. This sets us up for the continuing story of Alex, and his progression to becoming one of the best art thieves in the world.
Alex’s latest theft was just a little too easy, and it appears that someone else wants the artifact he stole. What will happen when Alex runs into the Earned, a race of demigods, who are also intent on gaining the artifact?
What will happen…is a really great read. I really enjoyed getting to know Alex, Kaleb, Dominic and the rest of the cast. The author did a great job pulling me into the story and making me keep wanting more. Speaking of more, the book doesn’t actually reach a fixed conclusion. It isn’t a total cliffhanger ending with one of those cheesy lines like “his life would never be the same”, but it is still a cliffhanger of sorts. We will need to continue into the next book to find out what happens with Alex and the crew. I’m willing to forgive the author though. It was already quite long at 372 pages…so it had to break somewhere!
I recommend this book to anyone who likes something different. Humans and demigods intermixing, with some fairly hot sex in spots, and a plausible interesting storyline. It did it for me, and now I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, Two Sides of a Coin, which already shows in the “Coming Soon” section over at eXtasy Books.
Review January 5th 2016
“It was clumsy, it was frantic, it was hot, and Kaleb couldn’t get enough. He moaned and stretched to make as much physical contact as possible and bucked in shock of the sudden pleasure as Mickey sneaked his hand between them and grabbed his erection.”
I don’t normally read fantasy books, so I was a little put off when this book landed on my kindle. But let me just say I’m so glad I read this book!! I loved every single page!!! It was sexy and so much fun!! This book was such an exciting read, with each turn of the page I was sucked deeper and deeper into the story!! Definitely worth the read!!
By Melissa Mendoza
Review November 6th 2015
“Read it” someone demanded, and passed me this brick of a book, that she herself had just finished in record time. I mostly read Fantasy, but at the dinner table as a child, I was told “you can’t say you don’t like it, before you taste it”. So I tasted the book. And I devoured it in a day. No dishes that day were taken care of.
At first it was the promise of demigods (also called Earned in this universe) that lured me it, but I got so much more than that on the menu: A well written and well paced three course dinner with action, demigods and magic! And I just found out that it’s a series!
Anchored in Stone is about young Alex, who is an art thief. He steals an old artifact, that has greater value than he could imagine. The artifact, a stone, contains an anchored demigod. And the other Earned wants their pack member back.
After witnessing the process of drawing out the demigod, called Kaleb, Alex has no other choice than to deal with the facts that are glaring into his face. He has to accept that Earned live beside Mortals to help them.
But now Alex got a bigger problem on his hands, as he has to lie to his employers about why the stone is now broken to pieces and in its stead, there is now a young demigod.
Luckily for Alex the Earned willing to help him by making up the story, that the stone was stolen…but to make this happen Alex has to be beaten up by an Earned called Dominic, known as Revenge, who Alex might or might not have a sexual attraction to. At least he hasn’t figured out his own weird sexual attractions yet.
This was my first time reading an M/M story, and I have to be honest, that it is not my favorite paring. I never imagined I would read the genre as I thought it to be PWP (Porn Without Plot for the not so acronym savvy people) stories with a lot of sex and sickly sweet romance. I was surprised that I like this plate, and it was subtle enough that it wasn’t stealing the story, or the plot!
My friend, who coaxed me into reading the book told me that I was missing out huge character development, by leafing past the sex scenes, but I still feel like the characters are developing in a trustworthy way, that actually makes me believe that they are real people, out there that live and breathe. It makes the whole book so much more enjoyable and realistic.
The mythology behind the Earned is new and refreshing, even for a Fantasy nerd like me. It makes sense, and after finishing the book, I was left wondering, if it was actually all real, because it feels real! While reading, I stumbled across words in their mythology, that I was sure I had heard or read somewhere before, so of course, I Googled it. And you know what? Huge parts of the Earned mythology are actually out there! So I’m left with the question, is the Earned real, and the few cultural leftovers of the old Sumerian mythology, is that just a mistranslation?
I am hooked and I want to see what this author has for me next time. If she has more new creations. One thing is for sure, I have learned to read M/M (still skipping the sex), but I really misjudged this genre!
Meraki P. Lyhne…you should be writing! Like, right now! You know you want to!