Forged in Stone (The Forged Chronicles #1)

Forged in stone

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy                                                                                                  Published: June 9th, 2015                                                                                                   Pages: 235

1 out of 5 stars


James is a Guardian. He is tasked with protecting the most important person in his world. For eight years he has done his job without complaint, but he has grown tired of living under the shadow of a father who is responsible for the most unimaginable violence and destruction his world has ever known.

Ainsley is at a loss for what to do with her life. She hates her two dead end jobs and the family who betrayed her. She has resigned herself to living one day at a time, but she longs for an escape from her lonely life.

When Ainsley finds James in her bed, their two lives and worlds collide. They may have both found exactly what they need, but the darkness James has been running from his whole life has just caught up.


When you are first introduced to Ainsley, her character seems intriguing in a no nonsense, I’m not taking crap from anyone, kind of way. But the more you read, you realize her character has more of an attitude problem, is immature, and rude rather than strong. Ainsley works two dead end jobs and is house sitting for the Calloways. She is highly paranoid and constantly looks over her shoulder as she walks from her car to her front door. Yet, when she finds herself in her bedroom, clothed only in a towel, with a stranger sleeping in her bed, she’s more worried about being embarrassed with the owners instead of concern this stranger might hurt her. Once the stranger, James, says something she doesn’t like, she kicks him out of her ‘house’. Which he good heartedly does, closing the door quietly behind him. But that’s not good enough for Ainsley because she reopens the door just to slam it shut. Yes, this character appears to have the maturity level of a teen while stuck in the body of 22 year old.

This book is a mixture of uncomfortable events, odd situations, and funny reactions. Ainsley’s date with Brad had me rolling my eyes and laughing as I watched the unfortunate event unfold. Unlike Ainsley’s character, who unfolds and you get to know right away, James takes a while to figure out. And really by the end of the book, I am still a little lost on who he is. James comes from two worlds and it’s kind of funny the language he uses and old fashioned values he holds onto. His character is the strong stoic type. But his reaction to Ainsley is typical to the love at first sight themes.

I really feel like the author did a disservice by writing the book in a dual point of view. If the story was told just through Ainsley’s perspective, it would have provided James with some mystery. Instead, everything is laid out and the reader isn’t left wondering if feelings are reciprocated. Although, I am sure the book would be even more confusing if it was just told through Ainsley’s character.

Overall, the book was difficult to get into and wasn’t my favorite story plot to read. Ainsley’s character wasn’t consistent and her convictions and values inconsistently changed. I felt like the book was building up to something (again, not really sure what) but the end of the book just kind of stopped. I’m really not sure what the plot accomplished. The book left me confused. This book wasn’t for me.

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