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review 2017-06-15 18:02
Book Review of Stone Guardian: Gargoyle Urban Fantasy Romance (Entwined Realms Book 1) by Danielle Monsch
Stone Guardian - Danielle Monsch

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 4*


This is the first book in the Entwined Realms Urban Fantasy/Romance series. I really enjoyed the story.


Larissa Miller is an interesting character. I liked her a lot. She is a normal human living in a world that changed twenty-six years ago when the Great Collision (a merging of the human and supernatural world) happened. She is the only daughter of an overprotective policeman father, and sister to four overprotective policemen brothers. When she is attacked by a group of zombies on the way to a poker game hosted by her father, she finds herself thrust into a world she knows nothing about when she is rescued by a gargoyle sent to protect her.


Terak is the leader of his clan of gargoyles. I really liked this character a lot. He is an impressive warrior and fiercely protective of his clan. When a prophecy is disclosed to him, he finds himself guarding a human woman who intrigues him. As he and Larissa work together to uncover the mystery surrounding the prophecy, their undeniable attraction sparks.


I purchased this book last year due to my interest in urban fantasy romance. Unfortunately, due to my large reading list, I have not able to read it sooner.


I started to read this book and was instantly hooked. I loved the way the characters came to life. However, I felt, even though the world building was good, it was far too 'human' at times. I would have liked to have known more about the world of the Gargoyles and more of the inner workings of their society, as well as the other supernatural beings. Perhaps this will be revealed as the series progresses.


There are some interesting characters introduced that I liked. They are: Fallon (she's a type of warrior called a Dragon Slayer), Laire (she's a mage), Aislynn (she's an elf) and Wulver (he's a werewolf leader). They are members of the Guild and act as protectors to the humans from supernatural beings (like police but more mercenary).


The story is a little formulaic when it comes to the romance, but the plot is interesting. The story is told through the eyes of Terak and Larissa, though Fallon has a few scenes from her point of view too. There is action, danger and mystery mixed in such a way that I found myself becoming emersed in the tale. Unfortunately, as I got closer to the end I felt the story began to fizzle slightly. The energy and excitement I felt in the beginning began to wane about two-thirds into the story, and this made me feel sad. The ending was also not to my liking. I'm all for setting the scene for the next book in the series but, I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers and this felt a little anti-climatic and boring. It didn't end in a bang, but a whimper and didn't grab me enough to want to keep reading the series. Other readers may have a different reading experience to me, so I will urge you to make up your own minds.


Danielle Monsch has written a fantastic start to a unique urban fantasy romance series. I enjoyed her fast paced writing style and the flow was good. This is the first book I have read written by this author. At this moment in time, I am not sure if I will read more of her books, but I am not ruling it out as it depends on my mood and I may give her books another try in the future.


Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic paranormal romances full of gargoyles, werewolves, vampires, fae, druids etc. - Lynn Worton

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text 2017-03-20 15:29
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Stone Guardian - Danielle Monsch

This book has a really great opening get that really grabbed my attention. Twenty some years before this book is set the world we know colides with a magical realm. The prologue tells what happens when it first began. Almost made me a bit teary.


Pluses so far:


Lots of different types of beings.

Awesome world 

Great writing




None as of yet.

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review 2016-01-21 16:08
The Acropolis by R.K. Ryals
The Acropolis - R.K. Ryals

I need to begin this review with some rather strong feelings regarding the cover.  This is not the cover for the book that I have.  Normally, I don't mind all that much that booklikes doesn't give you an option to switch covers.  But when I looked up this book to add to my reading list on here, and saw this was the only cover available, I tried to update it.  This is the first time it's really annoyed me that the reader can't select the actual cover image for their particular edition.  It's not that I consider myself a cover snob... Well... maybe a LITTLE.  But this actually happens to be a novel that I chose primarily based on the cover at the time of download.  Which was this one:

I love this cover.  Dark and brooding.  Clearly Paranormal.  I think it accurately portrays the novel inside.  The original cover?  Not so much.  I don't know that I would've picked up the novel based off the original cover without someone suggesting it to me personally.  I'm still kind of new to booklikes, so maybe I just haven't discovered the right way to change covers.  If this is the case, please feel free to give me step-by-step.


As far as the novel itself, I loved it!  The gargoyle spin isn't something you see a lot of, and I found it refreshing.  Conor, one of many gargoyles tasked with protecting humans and, at times, other creatures is assigned to Emma's protection.  Emma has no idea she's a half-demon and has a myriad of powers just waiting to be unleashed.  Cute characters, lovely fantasy world, and great writing.  Can't wait to follow the rest of the series.

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text 2015-11-08 16:58
Giving this a try...
Stone Guardian - Danielle Monsch



Dear God…


The rookie behind him plowed hard into his back. It didn’t knock him over, but it shook him out of the daze.


Training took over, and as he drew his gun and began firing, he catalogued the monsters descriptions. Humanoid features, heights 6’5” to 7’5”, built like weightlifters. Grey-green skin, with overlarge heads and features misshapen like they’d been pummeled thirteen rounds in the ring. Jaws shoved forward with tusks protruding upwards like ivory knives.


They were every nightmare had by every little boy made flesh.

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text 2015-11-06 17:22
Stone Guardian - Danielle Monsch

I'm sure when I requested this from netgalley I saw something in the blurb that sparked my interest. Unfortunately, I can't find that something now and that makes me sad.

*DNF so no rating

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