Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Songstone Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he's secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.

Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn't brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita's unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.

Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He's come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village—a storyteller who'll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she'll risk her life to take it.

A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand's Māori people.


Lena Goldfinch’s Songstone is a rare book. With beautiful words she describes an island adventure filled with misty mountains and crashing waves saddled with mystical shadows and the darkest of evils. I was enchanted with her tale.

I much enjoyed Kita and her almost “coming of age” style story. Becoming the woman she was born to be, embracing all the facets of herself, learning her story. Kita’s heart-cry is like every young girl’s – a longing and desire to be welcomed into friendship. But, her strange features and the legends that accompany them keep her acceptance at bay.

Then enters Pono, Kita’s ticket to escape the evil that entangles her. And, with that thought set in to motion, we see that Pono becomes her hero. At this moment, Lena could have easily played out the “knight in shining armor” fairytale. But, what I love about Songstone and Kita’s character is that, instead of seeking her identity in this mysterious journeyman, in Pono, she fights to find her place in the world alongside him.

A magical read filled with romance and adventure, Lena’s writing sing-songs like that of a true storyteller – told and retold, passing on tales of faraway lands, brave journeys, and bits wisdom as she goes.

A note about Songstone:
I very much enjoyed this read... it is magical and enchanting - just as I said above. 
But, it is MAGICAL. Keep that in mind when choosing this book. 
As a Christian, I struggled with a few of the fantasy elements and the darkness of the magic. 
From a faith perspective, young readers (and older alike) should mindfully consider these tales. 
That said, Songstone has not been claimed as Christian Fiction and I didn't read it thinking it was such.

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Want to know more about Lena??

Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at www.lenagoldfinch.blogspot.com.

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4 comments:

  1. Samantha, I love your review!! So thoughtful and well-put. :) Appreciate your perspective on the story!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the blog tour!

    ~Amber

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    1. Thanks Amber - glad to be a part of the blogtour :)

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  2. Thanks so much for your review, Samantha! I appreciate you taking part in the blog tour.

    All the best,
    Lena

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    1. Thanks Lena - Songstone is beautiful... and, from what I'm reading in interviews and such seems like a very personal story. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Wonderful read :)

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