Gates of Thread and Stone (review)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Title: Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)
Author: Lori M. Lee
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal - Dystopian
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2.5-3 stars

“In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.”

*Received a copy for an honest review.*

I saw Gates of Thread and Stone the first time back during YASH (Young Adult Scavenger Hunt) and right away it sounded like something I wanted to read. Manipulating time? Sounded like fun. So when I saw the book on NetGalley, I had to try my luck.

Gates of Thread and Stone started out slow and a bit confusing. Kai was on her way home from work for what felt like several days. A lot of information about the world and characters, even about one we haven't met, was dumped on us all at once as she walked. When we met the best friend/love interest, it felt like I knew everything about him without watching him do anything. I had no idea where the story was going.

Then something happened, and I thought maybe she was going to be a tough character in a world where the powerful survive and the weak perish...if they're lucky. Except she showed mercy to the woman who was going to rob, kill and/or sell her to a brothel. Now, I'm not saying she needed to kill her or nothing, but I do not understand why she would put herself in an even worse financial, and possibly deadly situation to save the life of someone who wanted to harm her. For a girl who doesn't trust and thinks the worst of people, that was pretty stupid. That wasn't the only incident where I didn't understand her actions.

As the book continued along its path and the story deepened, things happened that pulled Kai's world apart. I really, really hoped that things would improve once we started to get to the heart of the story and all the action. Things did improve some, but then Avan became larger part of the story. I didn't hate him, but he was a pretty bland, flat character. It was like the book turned its focus from rescuing Reev (though we were moving in that direction) to this budding romance with Avan.

She was trying to save her brother's life, how does she have time to fall in love? Except, she had nothing but time. I get things move slowly during a search, but time was all they had. Aside from searching from place to place for clues to her brother's location, not a lot happened.

I thought for sure this book was going to be at most a 2 star rating. But as things started to come together, something shifted in the book and I needed to know what was going to happen next. Looking back, I really cannot point my finger at what changed, but it was a subtle shift in where the plot was going.

And yet, I'm not satisfied with the ending. I'm not sure if I buy all the explanations, and I'm not sure the epic, but also sort of predictable, spoiler works at all for me.

Words To Live By

"Reev always said to be polite even if no one else cared."

"My house is a place of forgotten things."
"I didn't need the ID to tell me who I should be. Now, I could be whoever I wanted."


There was a point at towards the end of the novel that I really wanted to read more, but with that big game changer, I'm not sure. I'm still unsure if I liked that move, and I really am unsure if I like the direction it takes things. So I really don't know if I am going to read book two or not.


  1. Ohh, I've been wanting to read this one (if not just for the cover, because I'm in love with it and the second one). I've heard a lot of mixed things about this, and it's disappointing that it didn't connect well with you :( Will you be giving the second book a shot? I'm thinking maybe that it went pretty slow was because she controlled the Threads of Time, so essentially, that was really all she had? I'm just going from the blurb, but it's not always that simple. Great review!

    1. Honestly, I still don't know if I will read book two or not. I think it has enough potential that book two could be much better than number one. But at the same time, there are plenty of other books I know I really want to read first. So I won't say no, just not right now.

      I've heard mixed reviews too. Some people who have similar tastes as me really loved it, so it could just be me.

      Thank you for stopping by.


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