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Stone's Kiss (The Avatars #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  343 ratings  ·  38 reviews
As a child, a near-drowning accident stole Lillian’s old life. Her new life began the moment she awoke at the foot of a brooding, stone gargoyle.

Years later, Lillian still finds comfort in Gregory, her gargoyle, never guessing he is more than cold stone until demonic creatures called the Riven attack. Gregory senses her terror and wakes from his healing sleep.

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Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published November 25th 2011
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Debra Hawkins
I loved this story was gripped from the beginning...excellent read!!
Cathy Haslam
LOVED IT! Had me hooked fast! When does book 2 come?
Vicky K.
Okay, I admit I’m a sucker for gargoyle heroes and beauty and the beast type stories. (I hereby place all blame of that on a certain Disney cartoon that I used to watch as a kid during the early 90s). And along that theme I’m continuing my quest for great gargoyle reads. LOL.
Stone’s Kiss by Ms. Blackwood caught my attention (actually the gargoyle statue on the cover caught my attention.) And I’m glad it did. This novel length ebook was sweet, a touch humorous and a bit dark at times. A mixed bag
Was an incredibly fast read. It was hard for me to put down. Found it to be a pleasant mix of young adult and fantasy romance.

I loved the premise of a gargoyle being not only a protector, but love interest.

I did have one issue, I either missed how old the main character is in this lifetime or it isn't stated clearly. This leads me to questions about school or a job. It appears that Lillian had neither.

It seems like plot points are not finished by the end of the book, but I think that was intent
I really wanted to give this five stars for its originality of making an actual gargoyle the Hero of the story, but the ending dragged out and became too repetitive for me. Gregory would get mortally wounded, Lillian would save him; Lillian gets mortally wounded, Gregory saves her; Again, Gregory gets mortally wounded and Lillian saves him.... etc! It just kept happening.

Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this book and hope to eventually read the next in the series.
Carrie Felton
Interesting story

This story has an interesting premise but the execution was lacking at times. There is a strange shifting aspect to this story. By this I mean the story draws you and gets you interested then turns around and reduces interest to almost nothing. The just about the time you're ready to give up, another interesting part hits. In combination with that, I had a really hard time following what was happening throughout this entire book. It just seemed to jump around a lot with not a lo
It's as Good as its Cover

Lillian is a Dryad being raised by a witch in the mortal world. After being attacked by monsters, she brings her gargoyle to life, and she learns he has been alive for many years. After a series of events, Lillian learns she is a sorceress and Gregory is her protector, and together they must defeat the Evil in the mortal realm, within herself, and thwart the plans of Lady of Battles.

I felt like I had to trudge through knee deep cement to get through this. I almost gave u
Carla J.
Really Different

Dryads, gargoyles, vampires, dire wolves. Not your same old, same old story. Lillian has no memories before she was eight years old, she certainly had no clue magic was real and she wasn't human or that her stone gargoyle was a living sentient protector, until she needed that protection desperately.
Shoulanda August
Great read

This is my first book I have read by author Lisa Blackwood. I found this tale intriguing and full of surprises. I loved the storyline and the characters. This was very different from any books I have read so far. I look forward to checking out more books by Lisa
Magical love

Loved this book. So unique and caught my interest and held it. I haven't read many gargoyle books but this was a great one. It shows love can endure so much and come out on top.
Wanda Hartzenberg
I liked the book but i did not love it!
Some plot lines that should have been wrapped up never were. The characters on the side were created and pumped up with potential but then against the back drop of the MOST AMAZING love story (the basic plot line) simply never used.

The fight scenes... Well I wouls have preferred a bit more twists and a bit less predictability but they were not bad.

Now I never considered putting the book aside, so that is a major plus. The reason for this is the fact that
I'll have to write a review later, as this book was EXACTLY what I want in a gargoyle romance but don't have the time right now. Lisa, this book freakin ROCKED! #ReadIt
Elly Helcl
This book was a strange cross between YA and romance. Tons of heavy "almost" sexual encounters but the main characters never do get to doing the deed.

As a fantasy author I really enjoyed the diverse characters in this book, as a reader I was annoyed by the fact that not all of the different species are well identified or explained. Too much was left for my imagination to fill in.

Overall, it was a good book and worth the read. I probably won't be reading more in this series but then again, maybe
*****this book was given to the Book Hookup by the author but did not influence the review*****

Celeste’s review: I enjoyed this book as it was a new paranormal read for me: gargoyles! Lillian, the heroine, had a near drowning accident when she was 8 years old and awoke at the foot of a gargoyle statue, but with no memories. Since then she has always found comfort in her statue. One day, Lillian is attacked by the Riven, and Gregory, the gargoyle, is brought out of stone to save her. She had no i
I would almost say this book was for teens, except for the blatant sexuality throughout it. Now, the characters don't actually do the deed, but it's a very close call many times. Almost like this was written to sell the book, not to tell an interesting story. I was hoping for an in depth urban fantasy, but the magic in the book wasn't well explained or used. It was like the author expected the reader to already know how the magic worked. If this is the first or only book in this series, it was v ...more
*****this book was given to the Book Hookup by the author but did not influence the review*****

I enjoyed this book as it was a new paranormal read for me: gargoyles! Lillian, the heroine, had a near drowning accident when she was 8 years old and awoke at the foot of a gargoyle statue, but with no memories. Since then she has always found comfort in her statue. One day, Lillian is attacked by the Riven, and Gregory, the gargoyle, is brought out of stone to save her. She had no idea she could summ
I liked this book enough to want to read the sequel. It has its problems, there seems to be repetitive scenes of either the girl or the gargoyle getting wounded and almost dying. The other one comes to their rescue and gives them blood to save them, rinse, repeat.
I did find the characters interesting and the story line compelling. I am hopeful that the sequels will add detail into the world building and develop more of the characters.
Shadowstorm Norwicca
Lillian has spent her days trying to remember her past and an accident as a young girl robbed her those memories. Everyday she sits in her maze courtyard next the one thing that comforts her a Gargoyle statue. In a instant things change when a group of otherworldly creatures threatens to destroy her and the only one who she can run to is made of stone. Gregory has been in a healing sleep encased in stone for years until the blood of his beloved sorceress awakens him. Lillian will found out that ...more
Gaylin Walli
I liked this story quite a bit and was pleasantly surprised by it. The characters and the overall story were engaging and kept me reading far longer than I should have with the other things I had to do today. I'm a sucker for gargoyle stories apparently, as that's what drew me in first. But then I discovered the dryad angle and I was hooked. Incredibly unlikely pairing but it worked tremendously well. Overall the story was smooth, though with a few bobbles (demon possession and split personaliti ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Marva rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans
The writing is good, the fantasy idea of gargoyles and dryads is interesting. I couldn't finish the book because I grew tired of the angsty love between Gregory and Lillian.

I'm not a romance reader, so if there isn't some action going on (the fights with the Riven are very good), I get restless and skip ahead. I found more of the same with two jumps ahead, so I had to quit reading.

Here's the deal. This is simply not my cuppa tea. I think paranormal romance readers will be quite happy. I'm sorry
Mary Ann
A well told story that evolves around the eternal struggle of who will be in charge of an individual's life, the individual or someone else.
This isn't the romance I typically read but it was an entertaining story. It's fairly well written and is engaging.
The beginning of the book grabbed my attention and kept it for most of the time. I liked Lillian and Gregory as characters. I would have liked more back story as to past versions of them being the "Avatars" of the Divine Ones and such. I would have liked more insight into the battles going on and such. The ending was alittle to abrupt for me, I would have liked for there to be concrete resolution with the Lady of Battles, because it seems like she has a more vested interest in Lillian. Overall t ...more
A solid first novel in the paranormal romance genre. I found both of the main characters very likable, though I wouldn't have minded a little bit more character depth.

The book was very fast paced and exciting and it kept me turning the pages. The battles were well thought out and described.

Occasionally the dialog seemed a little stilted to me, but for the most part it was well done as well.

I'd recommend this book to any readers of paranormal romance. A Gargoyle main character is certainly a gre
Lynelle Clark
Received the book as a freebie back in May 2012 and only got around it now.
The story line was creative. The author's imagination running wild. Romance is the center of the story as two souls came together at last after years of separation. Although not a big fan of gargoyles the writer brought a new human element to the story so that you could experience the closeness between the two main characters. The story was entertaining.
Sheila Martinez
Currently reading..... I love everything about this book so far.... Just wish there was more intensity between Gregory and Lilian... I hope they finally engage in sex because this back and forth is driving me insane.... Lisa I really like your work but please put a little more sexual heat into the story...
Catching up my reviews.. Another freebie I got off Amazon.

I'd rate this one a 3.5 star

It was a solid enjoyable read but lacked a certain spark to really motivate me to buy the next one. Though if I see it I'd probably go ahead and get it.. KWIM??
Enjoyed the read. Nice urban fantasy/Paranormal. This is the first one I have read were gargoyles we're the main characters. Good characters and interesting world. The author did a good job helping bring the world into view.
Jenna Storm

Great job Lisa Blackwood! I like your writing style and you have such creativity to come up with this world of magical beings.
Lisa Blackwood
Nov 09, 2015 Lisa Blackwood added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hope everyone enjoys Stone's Kiss as much as I enjoyed writing it. And thanks for all the reviews.

Bye for Now,

Lisa Blackwood.
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Lisa Blackwood is a writer of fantasy romance, gardener, lover of music and all things book related. She grudgingly lives in a small town in Southern Ontario, though she would much rather live deep in a dark forest, surrounded by majestic old-growth trees. Since she cannot live her fantasy, she decided to write fantasy instead. An abundance of pets, named after various Viking gods, helps to keep t ...more
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