Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones

Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones

by Sorchia DuBois

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Granny's dying, but Zoraida can save her with a magic crystal of smoky quartz. Too bad the crystal is in Scotland--in a haunted castle--guarded by mind-reading, psychopathic sorcerers.

Getting inside Castle Logan is easy. Getting out––not so much. Before she can snatch the stone, Zoraida stumbles into a family feud, uncovers a wicked ancient curse, and finds herself ensorcelled by not one but two handsome Scottish witches.

Up to their necks in family intrigue and smack-dab in the middle of a simmering clan war, Zoraida and her best friend Zhu discover Granny hasn't told them everything.
Not by a long shot.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156722846
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Series: Zoraida Grey Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
File size: 350 KB

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Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones starts out slow but, for those who persevere, a thrilling and magical adventure awaits! I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review. I agree with some of the reviewers who say that the book starts out slow because it does; however, "slow" and "boring" aren't always synonymous with each other in the literary world. Since this is the first book of the series, I think it was appropriate for DuBois to take some time to develop the characters; especially since what Granny taught Zoraida about magic and Zoraida's self-doubt are crucial elements in the plot later on. Besides, Zoraida and Granny are interesting characters and the magic they practice is an interesting mix of herbalism, respect for nature, backwoods folklore, and old-fashioned common sense. In contrast to Granny's and Zoraida's down-home styles is Zoraida's best friend, Zhu. Zhu is a completely non-magical character who is surrounded by a certain mystique because she seems virtually impervious to Zoraida's magic. Her calm exterior is often punctuated by witty remarks and a penchant for finding mischief. Her confidence and brightness are a perfect foil to Zoraida's cautious and insecure personality. While the character development is amazing, it wouldn't make any sense without an equally compelling backdrop. From the backcountry in Arkansas to the rarefied air of the Scottish relatives in their castle, one gets the impression that Zoraida is in way over her head. I could almost feel the warmth of the Arkansas countryside in contrast to the damp, dank, and dismal atmosphere in the Scottish castle. The contrasts in the two settings really help set the tone for the task that Zoraida and Zhu are undertaking. I found myself captivated by Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. The plot ends with a cliffhanger, so I am eager to see what DuBois has in store for the next book.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving a complimentary copy of this ebook via ReadingAlley. This book is pure escapist fiction at its finest. If you can't let your imagination fly, this book is NOT for you. But if you are looking to kick back with a glass of wine or a tumbler of whiskey and sit by the fire and simply enjoy a good story without insisting on strict adherence to the tenets of realism, then Zoraida's saga will entertain from start to finish. Zoraida's sassy personality and her strong friendship (better described as a sisterhood) with Zhu drew me in from the start and made me like her right from the beginning. While the mystery and intrigue shrouding all the inhabitants of the Logan's castle keeps the reader wondering about all of them throughout the entire book, Zoraida and Zhu's bond is solid and enduring. The plot is fast-paced and lively enough to inspire the suspension of belief required to make the novel work. Readers should be forewarned, however, that this book is a paranormal mystery novel and not a run-of-the-mill who-done-it. Elements of the paranormal run deep and are critical to the plot progression, as well as the character development of the book. While the novel does come to a resolution, it does leave unanswered questions that presumably will be the focus of the next book in the series. I enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next one, and would recommend this book to lovers of paranormal fiction, particularly those with an interest in witches or Scotland.
hng More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!!! I have read so many books over the years, it is very hard to surprise me in a story. This story had surprises every few chapters. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, bam! something occurs that changes your mind completely. I loved the characters, they bring you right into the story. The magic, old family feuds, mystery and intrigue draws you in from the start of the story, keeps you interested during and wanting more by the end. I can't wait for the next book in this story, I just have to see what happens next. What is Zhu up to? What is granny up to? Who, if anyone can Zoraida trust? So many more questions, can't wait to find out the answers!