Friday, September 23, 2016

The Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens | A Book Review

The djinni in a bottle who gives you one wish a day, not the usually three wishes like Aladdin. A djinni who tells you that you can't say a particular wish instead, tells you what you can do about it to make it true. No need to wish for it. What kind of djinni is that?

Ashira is a fifteen-year old who wants to meet a prince and go on adventures. She refuses to accept that her prophecy would be to live a life of no renown. She can't have that. Then, she came upon a bottle and a djinni who grants wishes. At the same time, a bearer from the temples of Kalum arrived in their town. Intent on changing and designing her own fate, she volunteered to study at the temple of the bearers to learn magic and make something of herself. 

The Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens A Book Review

This book is about wishes and making them come true. It is also about making your own destiny instead of allowing it to be shaped by a prophecy. This is about breaking norms, of refusing to conform to expectations. I think we are all like Ashira. Who wants to follow a life that is pre-set? No one, right? I, for one would like to live a life that I want, not because it is what society expects of me. Like Ashira, just because her father is a skilled potter, doesn't mean she wants to spend making pots for the rest of her life. We all want to have our own adventures and grow our own roots. We all want to have a choice, to make our choices. We all want to be something, to be somebody.

True to Ashira's aspirations, she meet new friends, learn new things, visited places and went on adventures. She experienced all these things without having to wish for them. She encountered them because she looked for them. She seized the opportunities, just so she can avoid that doomed no renown life. And just like in real life, if we try hard enough and look hard enough, we will also find the adventures and opportunities that we seek.

I took pleasure in this book. It was indeed an adventure. An adventure that makes you wonder how far would you go to be the person you want to be. How much are you willing to lose to get to where you want to go? Would you set aside the people you care about? Would you cross the line separating right from wrong just to be someone? This book surprisingly delves into the workings of a person's need to create a name and a life of her own. I didn't expect to ponder upon these thoughts until I started writing this review. I enjoyed the book and the story but I didn't expect that this is the impact it will give me. I would like to recommend this book to teenagers and those that are trying to prove themselves. This is an enlightening story. I didn't realize that this message was embedded in the story. I am not even sure it was what the author intended. 

I give it three and a half gemstones. It ended well, at the same time it felt like there could be more. I felt like the ending holds a promise that Ashira could have more adventures. That in some way, it's not over yet. I would not be surprised if another book will follow this one. It would be nice.

Cheers, to a life we gladly choose and to the adventures we are brave enough to take.

I got this from in exchange for an honest review.