“I enjoyed the book, despite its need for editing. It's a great story with wonderful characters, including many of the secondary characters. I loved the dialogue, plot, and writing style. I will definitely read the next in the series!”Kathryn wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4 stars. I had to stay up late and finish it! This story had great timing. Revealing things steadily over the course of the book is so much more fulfilling and enjoyable. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Although, I have no idea who the main couple will be… ”Oliva wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Twenty-six years ago, the unthinkable happened. Two different dimensions clashed causing what is currently known as The Great Collision. Earth’s human realm merged with a magical world that includes: gargoyles, gryphons, shapeshifters, wizards, zombies, vampires, and more.
Larissa Miller was born during the collision. She never knew what the Earth was like before or met her mother who died during child birth. She is an ordinary history teacher living in the human-only part of the city. For unknown reasons, the supernatural world is suddenly interested in Larissa.
Due to a prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyle, has been watching an unsuspecting human woman for months. Having no idea what makes her so special. Suddenly, on his watch, she is attacked by zombies, and he rescues her. Terak brings the woman to his home, exposing the clan to her human eyes. Now with some help they need to discover why the Necromancers are interested in Larissa.
This is my first gargoyle novel, and I really enjoyed it. Danielle Monsch wrote a wonderful novel that is packed with excitement. Stone Guardian is a well-written creative tale. The characters are well-defined and believable. The story is refreshing and original.
Stone Guardian is a successful first book in the Entwined Realms Series. I look forward to seeing what Danielle Monsch comes up with in the second book.
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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“Twenty-six years ago, her life began...and her world ended.
Larissa Miller grew up in the years following the Great Collision, the day the human realm and the realm of magic slammed into each other and merged. Sheltered by her single father and four elder brothers, all of them cops, she's lived a pretty idyllic life in the human-only city, the dangerous reality of orcs, necromancers, werewolves, and any of the sundry deadly creatures who now share her world a distant concern.
Of course, distant concerns can get a whole lot closer pretty damn fast when you're attacked by a group of zombies, creatures of nightmare who shouldn't even be able to get past the magical wards that protect the city. Larissa's life doesn't seem quite so idyllic after that. She just doesn't know why. Neither why she is being targeted by the baddest of the baddies nor why a gargoyle came to her rescue. But she's going to find out.
For three months Terak has clung to the shadows, watching the human woman whose fate is linked to that of his clan, according to one very inscrutable Oracle. As clan leader, it is his responsibility to protect her. He just didn't know what he was protecting her from until he caught the scent of death and decay on the breeze.
Even after the zombie rescue Terak doesn't know how Larissa's safety will impact his clan but it no longer matters. Given the depth and breadth of the rage that courses through him at the mere thought that anyone would dare attack what was his, he has more than a sneaking suspicion that the little human has become very important to him. And with a necromancer after her, as being set upon by zombies would indicate, his little human's problems are just beginning.
He will end them for her or die trying. He is gargoyle. It's what he does.
I can't even begin to adequately express just how much I loved this book. Reading it was the most fun (with a book) that I've had all year. I loved it. I loved the world, loved the story, loved the characters. It was a trifecta of awesomeness!
There was so much great storytelling going on in this book. Everything from the prologue, which gutted me, to the conclusion, which tantalized me, was a thorough, intriguing, thrilling, emotional journey that captivated me and held me in thrall until the end. Not only were the primary plot threads and story elements woven together well and fully developed, but there was a delicious subtly to elements which were merely introduced. At times it was maddening, but in the very best, "Ohhh, I want more of them/that NOW!" way that left me ravenous for the continuation of the series.
Without doubt, Monsch has a gift for creating exactly the sort of varied, sophisticated narrative and three dimensional plot that I most enjoy. To be honest, though, that gift pales in comparison to her sheer, unmitigated genius for character creation.
Larissa is a solid heroine, and while she isn't my preferred type for the genre (she's a little too innocent for that), I loved her personality and practical attitude. She gets a lot shoved at her at once, and I couldn't help but admire the way she soldiers through some fairly massive paradigm shifts, adapting as she goes. Her growth and evolution throughout the story was appealing, and I was pleased with the ease of her acceptance of Terak.
And positively delighted by his consternation over it.
Terak was a whole other massive dose of fantastic. First: gargoyle. Yay! I think they're sadly underutilized in the genre and I'm a total sucker for them. Second, Terak is my absolute favorite type of romantic hero. He's a big, bad, and totally kick-ass warrior, but when it comes to Larissa, he's befuddled by the strength of his instinctive reaction to her, even as he revels in it. And his confused pleasure every time she does or says something that displays her trust and comfort level with him was so damn endearing. Loved him.
That said, I have to be honest. Though wonderful and fully entertaining, neither Larissa nor Terak, nor their romance, were what pushed this book over the edge of five star reads into that ultra-small group of books I consider favorites. That honor lies exclusively with the few members of the Guild we meet in this book. Secondary characters Fallon and Laire stole every single scene they were in, exploding across the page and into the main characters' lives with a vitality and multihued vibrancy that is absolutely unmatched in recent memory.
I loved Larissa and Tarek, but Fallon and Laire rocked my world. I'm dying to spend more time with them and find out all those devious, delicious little details about their lives and acquaintances, details that were merely hinted at in this book. They were truly spectacular.
I'm not saying there weren't any critical elements. There were one or two things that didn't work for me nearly as well as the rest, or things that I would have liked to see evolve a bit differently. Most notably was a moment late in the book where Larissa hops on the Stupid Train for a short jaunt to Hapless-Victimtown despite spending every preceding moment in the book being exceedingly cautious and pragmatic. And I think I pulled an eye muscle with the severity of the eye roll that her moment of doubt about Tarek's motives caused. That was pretty heavy-handed and awkward.
All of that is usually exactly the sort of stuff that dims my enthusiasm for a read, but it just didn't in this case. There was way too much awesome going on before and after it all. The minor quibbles I had didn't do much more than flash on my radar before being overshadowed by my overwhelming pleasure in everything else. So very much pleasure, so much reading entertainment, so much fun. Absolutely the best time I've had while reading in a very long time. I'm so incredibly bummed that the next book won't be around until 2014. So long to wait!!
"Before Laire comes up with a reason why we should start removing clothes to prove some theory, I got a question." Fallon said. "Can we teleport out of here if this turns ugly?"
"Nope, our only hope will be for you to swing your sword, Wulver to fang out, and me to set everything on fire... Ooh! Liquor," And Laire turned way, walking to the bar.
"Laire, get back here! You do not drink before we meet with our mortal enemy."
"I don't think you belong here."
Laire plopped down on the barstool. "And I'm supposed to care about the opinion of someone who drools over corpses? Your implants have more sense than you do."
"Please tell me you recognize the most in-demand mercenary in the business?"
"Why, did we have a drunken one-night stand you forgot to tell me about?"
"Who do they think I am, sending a pansy-a*s like that against me?"
Fallon patted Laire's shoulder, a there-there motion. "I don't think they knew we'd be waiting when they prepared this trap. But for you, we'll send his head back to them with a note to not insult you again. Does that make you feel better?"
Laire gave a long, theatrical sigh. "I don't know, maybe."
Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Romantic Geek Publishing via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.
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“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;)”
“Loved it. Larissa was living a quiet, safe, non-magical and protected life until she was attacked by zombies one Friday night and saved by a gargoyle. What happens next is a well plotted story about the collision of two worlds. 26 years ago, on Larissa's birthday, the human and magical dimensions came together. The love story is romantic. The secondary characters are compelling without stealing the show, but intriguing enough that it would be fun to explore more about them. The "bad" guys are terrifically menacing. I would love to read more by this author. Well done.”Roxhill wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"4 out of 5 stars, this intensely suspenseful romance will keep you on your toes while it keeps you hoping for more. I enjoyed reading about how these two worlds came together and how some of the "typical" creatures that you read about in other books have other nuances in this one that you wouldn't expect but were intriguing to learn."
Read more of this review and a teaser here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2013/07/feasted-on-entwined-realms-series-book-1.html”
“This is Book 1 in this author's "Entwined Realms" series. The heroine in this story is a human while the hero is a gargoyle. Part of me couldn't help but picture the gargoyles from the old cartoon while reading this. The gargoyle on the cover of this book, however, is much more attractive. In addition to the paranormal romance, there were also strong fantasy/action elements. I'm not usually a big fan of stories with a lot of fantasy/action, but I enjoyed this story and it kept me interested throughout. The gargoyle hero, Terak, was watching Larissa because of some hazy prophecy. I liked how their relationship slowly evolved. Terak was a strong alpha leader but was very sweet to Larissa and always treated her with respect. I liked that the heroine was practical and was able to realize that some stuff she could handle on her own, but that she needed help from others in some circumstances. This story also had me interested in the secondary characters like the mysterious mercenary Merc, Larissa's best bud Olivia, and others. I loved what a strong female character Fallon was. She seemed like a super cool ninja warrior right out of an anime. And what about Reign's obsession with Fallon? Is it blood lust or just regular lust? I look forward to next book in this series to see what happens with some of these characters.”Miranda O wrote this review Tuesday, July 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Twenty six years ago, realms collided and the human world filled with all manner of supernatural creatures. This event is now referred to as The Great Collision.
Terak is the leader of the Gargoyles, a race that keeps to themselves and trusts no other. Three months earlier he was approached by the Oracle who recommended that he keeps an eye on and protect a human named Larissa Miller.
On the day of the Great Collision, Dt. Miller lost his wife in childbirth and gained his only daughter, Larissa. Now Larissa is a teacher who puts up with her matchmaking father and four over-protective brothers, who are all police officers. She lives in a human city, that's supposed to be free of supernatural creatures. Then one day out of the blue, she's attacked by zombies and saved by a hottie with wings followed by an Amazon-like woman with a flaming sword.
Thus begins the tale of Stone Guardian. Terak must figure out why the zombies have targeted Larissa and what this human means to the future of his race. Larissa doesn't know what to do or who to trust, but her gut tells her to trust Terak. Plus she's attracted to him and the feeling is mutual. Unfortunately Terak is engaged, sort of, to another gargoyle.
I really enjoyed Stone Guardian. I thought it was very well thought out and interesting. I liked the new world the author created and found everything creative and facinating. Who would have thought a gargoyle would make a good, sexy hero? I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ”
“This was an amazing paranormal read!!!! Very refreshing and unlike anything I've read before. I love the world that the author has created and cannot wait to see what she has in store for us with this series. I enjoyed all the characters, even Fallon, who is slightly (okay very) rough around the edges. This is definitely a book for all paranormal/fantasy lovers. I will definitely be telling everyone about this book and highly recommend you give it a chance!!!! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.”Holly C wrote this review Saturday, July 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No