The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor

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The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia BujorThe Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor
Published by Miramax on May 1st 2005
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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five-stars

In a magical realm, three teenage girls--Jade, Opal, and Amber--are chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy. On the day of their fourteenth birthdays, they set out on a quest that will require them to leave their homes and families face fierce enemies in a land called Fairytale, where magic reigns and evil is unknown. Although they meet as strangers, they must learn to trust one another with their lives as they embark on this epic journey, armed only with magical stones.

At the same time, in a parallel world, a young girl named Joa fights for her life in a hospital in Paris. While she is dreaming, she is transported to the magical realm where the three young heroines fight a spectacular battle. Their success or failure will determine the fate of Fairytale ...

Main Points
Writing Style:
 The writing is kinda simple but it is well-written. I think a lot can be attributed to the fact that it was translated.
Plot:
 I loved this! It was the quintessential fantasy adventure. Three girls, a quest, a prophecy, love interests….it had it all. Including a real-world element that tied it all together. It was really cool and well-thought-out. I learned to like the girls, even if I identified with Amber first and it was a while before I was used to the other two. But I feel like that was to be expected. There are a few cases of insta-love, but in this simple story it was all right. I didn’t expect anything deeper, and it wasn’t a love story after all. Nor was it a fairytale, really.
The details were amazing and there was a lot more depth and world building than I expected for a short novel, and written by one so young. Well, I say short even though it was almost 400 pages, because it felt short. Probably because it was written for a younger audience. Reading this a second time, being older, I couldn’t help but be impressed. I didn’t enjoy it any less now than I did before.
This book gets a lot of criticism and mixed reviews, but those didn’t in any way sway my opinion on this book. It’s fantastic and I love it.
A lot of things seem to magically work out in one way or another, sometimes ridiculously or unexpectedly, but I kind of feel like that’s the point of a fantasy. It’s magic. Anything can happen.
Setting
 Both realms were described really well! They weren’t all that different physically but the way of life was described for each one in depth.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • story
  • characters
  • setting
  • writing
  • length
  • everything

less than perfect:

  • things working out a little too well  
Bottom Line
This an amazingly entertaining fantasy adventure for all ages. The setting and world building are amazing and the characters are 3D. The story is pretty cookie-cutter but it has a lot of really unique elements. Would I read more by this author? Definitely! Would I recommend this to others? Without a doubt!

About Flavia Bujor

Flavia Bujor (born August 8, 1988) is a French novelist of Romanian origin. Her first book was the children’s story The Prophecy of the Stones or The Prophecy of The Gems (original title: “La Prophétie des Pierres”). She began writing this novel at the age of 12 and it became phenomanally successful and is being published in at least 24 different countries. She lived in Romania until the age of two, when she moved to France. Her parents taught her to read before she started school and told her Shakespeare’s plays and Romanian fairy tales. Bujor is currently working on her second novel in France with her parents (her father is a sculptor, her mother is a psychoanalyst who works with young adults and teenagers). She currently lives in Paris, where she has resided since the age of two.

Rating
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
two-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: five-stars
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