Review: Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch ★★★★1/2

18158475Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch 
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Series: Entwined Realms #1
Publication Date: July 3rd 2013
ISBN: 9781938593109
Page Count: 380
Rating: ★★★★1/2
Review Copy: ARC
Excerpt: Here
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.

Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to. Her life is as ordinary as it gets - that is, until one day she walks out of her apartment and is attacked by a mob of Zombies, only to be saved by a Gargoyle.

Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but due to a cryptic prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyles, has been watching over the human woman for months. While he can find no reason why the woman has been singled out, something about her stirs every protective instinct within him. When the attack confirms that the threats against her exist and are real, he convinces Larissa that though their races have never been allies, the best chance of discovering why she has been brought into his world is by working together.

In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this New Realm as well.

REVIEW


Stone Cold and Hot as Hell

What a thoroughly enjoyable read! Walking the razor's edge between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, STONE GUARDIAN has a love story that simmers and action scenes that will knock your block off. Full of colourful characters, interesting supernats and dangerous adversaries, as well as many tertiary characters that are just screaming for further exploration, I'm really excited to see where Monsch will take the Entwined Realms series.

Here in STONE GUARDIAN I had the absolute delight of meeting Terak, our gargoyle main character. Such an underused, fascinating and pretty freakin' sexy (if Terak is any indication) supernatural class to explore. Monsch brings us a version that's dignified, steeped in tradition and in many ways, held apart from the rest of society. Humans included. That is until the Oracle tells Terak he must watch one particular human - school teacher Larissa Miller. Why? Well, that's what Terak would like to know. But like most Oracles, clear and concise answers are not her forte and she's being very vague about what makes Larissa so darn special.

But let me tell you, Larissa is special, as a main character. Hurrah for non-stupid heroines! Heroines that know their limitations, that don't run headlong into danger or try to commit suicide by stubborn! She was wonderful, charming, engaging, and very likeable. Born on the day the worlds collided, Larissa's family (Dad + four older bothers, all cops) all lost something precious that day - Larissa's mother. For that reason they have no love for any of the supernatural races and live in the human only area. This makes Larissa understandably a little ignorant when it comes to supes, so imagine being thrown into their world head first with EVERYONE trying to kill you, and only a stern-looking gargoyle for protection.

I loved the romance in STONE GUARDIAN. It was sweet, unhurried, tender. Just gorgeous. I hope to see more of Larissa and Terak in future books even if they're not the main characters next time. I also enjoyed several other characters, including some feisty female members of The Guild who brought some comedic relief.

All together a wonderful addition to the paranormal playing field

4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Incidentally, another author who does this UF/PNR mashup brilliantly is Kate SeRine. You should check her out, too, if you haven't already;)

4 comments:

  1. Oooh I hadn't heard of this series yet and it sounds pretty great. You're right, gargoyles aren't a supernatural creature we get a lot of, so i think it sounds pretty refreshing. And this prophecy already has me speculating. A definite addition to my TBR. Great Review!

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  2. Thanks Berls! It was really fun. I can't wait for news about the sequel.

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  3. Hmm, a sexy gargoyle?!? Sign me up! This book sounds fantastic! I like the idea of a sexy gargoyle and I love strong, yet smart, heroines! I'm definitely going to give this one a shot! Thanks for sharing a great review.

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  4. Thanks Brandee! You can stop by any time:)

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