I love the characters in this series so much. With the introduction of Ty's family, even more so!
I said this in my Cut & Run review, but I think the strength of this series is with the characters. The plot of Sticks & Stones is fine but it didn't particularly draw me in especially the treasure hunters and the fact they all died (one by one...), like wtf?
Also, I thought the guy the boys meet in cabin who told them about the treasure myths was going to be one of the bad guys but he just tells them the story and we never see him again...
Despite this, I loved the progress Ty and Zane made in this book. Ty realizing he was in love with Zane, yay!!! Though, I thought Zane would be the one to realize it first, but alas.