Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Heart of Stone by Christine Warren [Review]

Heart of Stone (Gargoyles #1) by Christine Warren
Format: ebook
Source: provided by St. Martin's through NetGalley
Date read: January 5, 2014

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum's terrace suddenly comes to life?

Heart of Stone

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn't a vision; he's a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn't carved in stone…yet.
Thoughts on Heart of Stone: It shouldn't come as a surprise that I have a soft spot for those supernaturals who aren't as mainstream. Clearly, once I saw a series with gargoyles in it, I HAD to pick it up. Because, well, I'm me.

I must say, I wasn't disappointed. This book is chock full of intriguing world building and sex-ay characters. I liked that once Ella got over her initial fright over having a stone statue come to life, she  saw the person under the monster. Kees had to come to terms with waking up in a world that knows next to nothing about him and his kind. Ella's presence -- and her abilities -- gave him something to focus on.

Nefarious plots coupled with a support system for the gargoyles that has been devastated leaves a lot of room for future books. Kees and Ella have a long way to go before the world is safe from those who are looking to destroy it. I'm excited to see the other gargoyles awakened to combat what's coming. *thumbs up*