If you are a writer, this book is inspiring - if Bujor can get published, so can you!
Oh joy! Another horrible book written by a teen!
Some teens are talented writers: Mary Shelly wrote FRANKENSTEIN when she was only 19, and Stefan Bachmann published THE PECULIAR when he was 18. They're both great books, and they both have 4 stars on Common Sense Media.
Then, there are those writers who only get published because of their age. Yes, Christopher Paolini's ERAGON and ELDEST are engaging, but so was the plot of Star Wars (which he rewrote.) Also, I know she was only 12 when she got published, but Nancy Yi Fan's SWORDBIRD had a simplistic plot, 1-dimentional characters, and a world deried from Redwall.
And what about this book? Sadly, this book is in the latter category.
Flavia Bujor's THE PROPHECY OF THE STONES is one of the downright worst books that have seen print. It ranks right up there with other infamously terrible books like THE EYE OF ARGON (which is so bad that its funny) and THE MARADONIA SAGA by Gloria Tesch (which is so godawfully retarted that it's not funny anymore. Tesch f**king plagarizes the Bible.) But what is so bad about this book? Let's see, shall we?
Plot: Full of cliches. I mean, FULL!!! The original idea was mediocre, but OK, many ideas suck but yeild reletively good books (think Shiver. Unoriginal idea, great exection.) The plot follows the three girls as the try to fulfill the prophecy, and it is filled with Deus ex Machina (a girl almost o dies, but she doesn't because Death is on strike. WTF!?!) It lacks propulsive motion, is unpredictable, (in a bad way. We don't know what to predict because the world building sucks, but more on that later) and sometimes makes no sense. Joa, the girl dying in Paris, has no point in the story, and her lines are as cheesy. Speaking of cheese, this book has more plot holes than Swiss cheese.
Characters: These characters had the personality of a wallpaper. Decorated, slightly different from each other, but flat. Flat as graphine (which is 1 atom or so thick.) They behaved unbeleivably (some characters had random hatreds for each other, like Jade for Opal. Yes, people hate each other, and Flavia Bujor was trying to make her story seem realistic. She failed miserably, partly because her characters lack motivation.) Also, this story suffers from insta-love. Even more, love at first sight, and not once, but twice! At least there was no love triangle. OMG I JUST FOUND SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT THIS BOOK! Yeah, no love triangle.
World-Building: Unbeleivable. Yes, it's a fantasy, but fantasy worlds have rules, too! Even ERAGON looks like a good book compared to this! For example, in Eragon, you have the Empire (evil!) the Varden (resistance!) and other cities (Teirm, harbor city. Palancar Valley, a small valley with small towns where Eragon was born.) You have a clear sense of what is where, even thought the prose that described it was hackneyed and long-winded. You even got a map. But here? Nothing. In TPotS, you have no idea where the hell everything is. The world has no rules either. In ERAGON, there are some basic laws, which are somewhat consistent. In TPotS, the world has no rules, and makes no sense.
Prose: Suck SO BAD! A good writing activity for writiers who want to practice editing is to go and re-write some sections. Now, this can be blamed on the translator, who should be fired and then put in a fire (as our society does not need such failures.) The dialuoge is akward, the prose clunky, and this and all the elements combined will want to make you burn this demon-spawn of a book.
Do I Recommend It: No! 50 times, no! Well, with one exeption: if you are a writer with writer's block and think, "Oh, my writing is terrible, I'll never get published!" then read this book! If she can get published...
Recommended alternatives: For an exiting fantasy: His Dark Materials (so good!), Lyonesse: Well Between the Worlds (a blast!), or The Demon King (EPIC!)
For a unique fairy-tale world: The Wee Free Men (so funny!), Abarat (so beautifully weird!), or Goose Girl (so poetic!).
If you want to spare your brain cells from destruction, please, skip this book.