Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.
Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.
Just when I thought the worse is over, this book gave me the middle finger and screw my feels all over again.
"You never think about goodbye, you know? You say bye and I love you and I'll see you later, but we never know if it's the last time, if it's the final one that has to last forever. We take time for granted because we don't know the concept of finality until it happens to us."
Onna's life is slowly turning into ruins. She has been blinded with a happy and simple family she grew up with that the divorce news of her parents has been a huge blow for her. She thought she already got it hard, little did she know that it's just the beginning.
"The gauze, she thought, was just like her house. You could cover the wounds, make them hide behind cloth, but they still hurt."
I could have finished this book in one sitting, but I didn't. I don't think my heart could've handle how poignant this book is. The emotions conveyed in this book were real and very heartfelt. I ache and cried with Onna. I don't think anyone should experience what happened with Onna's life. It's unimaginable.
One of the reason I love this book a lot was because of the amazing portrayal of the characters. Onna's a strong and brave young girl. A weak person who have experience what she is going through would probably crumble, but not her. She made it a lesson to get better and be strong enough to face further the obstacle that may come her way. Sure, there has been a moment when she almost crumble herself, but there were great people around her that help her get over with what she's going through.
"Honey, it's real whether you get up or not. You can live in denial, or you can live."
Hunter. Onna's bestfriend. Her life isn't great too, maybe that was one of the reason they clicked together. Hunter grew up alone, her parents are too busy with work to live with her. She and Onna are like sister. I love their relationship a lot. I'am so freaking tired of YA books turning the bestfriend into a bitch to highlight the MC. Their relationship is refreshing, I was in fact jealous.
"You are so lucky that I love you more than life itself," She said, scraping a greasy strand of hair off Onna's forehead. "I know it's hard, O, but you gotta get up today."
"I can't," Onna whispered.
"You can and you will. I'll be right here the entire time."
You know you've found a great friend when she/he was there in your worst moment.
Stepping Stone isn't just about lost. There's a mix of paranormal, fantasy and romance included in the book that will soothe the pain that this book made us feel.
This book will will make you think how fragile life is. That death is just around the corner. Life or pretty much everything can be taken away from us in just a blink of an eye and we can do nothing about it.
Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. Along with her novels, Reflection ond and Antithesis, Kacey's short fiction can be found in Sucker Literary Vol 3, and the upcoming Spark Vol 7, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.
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