McKinley's Jewel review by ReesaOnFire
McKinley's Jewel
by Marissa St. James
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fantasy

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Age at time of review - 16
Reviewer's Location - Lorton Station, VA, United States
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Set in a mysterious family castle passed on for generations, McKinley’s Jewel takes David, owner of McKinley castle, and Boonie-Jean, his assistant, on a freighting journey. It all begins and ends in the castle which holds what we all want most.

The castle hides a jewel, one that contains power, history, betrayal, intrigue, hope, and magic. Everything bundled up in most sought out finery for a people in desperation. In present day, worried assistant Bonnie-Jean explores to save the castle and the man she loves most. In the past, a lady tears everything apart searches for the one thing which will buy her freedom to be with the one she loves. They both need the jewel.

Who will find it first: the lady of the past or of the present? Not only do the two ladies from different times have to compete with each other, but also with bigger villains on each end, all vying for the same thing. With so much for each side to lose, the tensions are high, and only one thing can save everyone...McKinley’s Jewel.


I enjoyed this book very much. It had an interesting plot and great characters.  The link between the future and the past was intriguing. The entrance of David’s great-great-grandfather was most humorous.  St. James does a wonderful job of connecting the past to the present, making believable motivations for villains and realistic reactions of time-travel. I enjoyed it.

However, there were a few holes in the book and a few things weren’t explained clearly, which left me a little upset. The biggest ‘hole’ I had an issue with was the lack of closure with Bonnie-Jean about her ex-husband’s death. It was the biggest problem that caused me to frown, because Bonnie-Jean’s character herself deserves the closure.

I recommend this book to time-traveling lovers who want a dash of romance.  

Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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It is suggestive at certain points but nothing too mature...merely suggestive content about the relationship between David and Bonnie-Jean.




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