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Mercy, A Gargoyle Story

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  33 reviews
My will to survive is the first thing to drown.
I know, because I hold it under myself.

After facing severe tragedy in life, Madeline assumes her death will be easy.
But the angels do not come to take her to Heaven.
Instead, what retrieves her is something she never expected: a gargoyle.

Delivered to Truce, the King of the Gargoyles, Madeline now has choices she never wanted. S
Published December 1st 2010 by Misty Provencher via Smashwords
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Sharon L
On a second thought: 4 STARS

this is one of those books that delaying the review would only do harm. I'll explain in a bit, but before...

3 stars, and only because I'm really torn in here. I loved this book, I really did. but at the same time there were too many things that didn't quite work for me.

the reason for the urgency to write a review upon finishing the book is, simply put, the emotions I experienced while reading it. the longer I'll wait, the harder it will be to pour it down to words
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say first that I just love gargoyles. I think they are wicked, sinister, unique and intriguing statues. Protectors of their domain sitting high atop of their buildings. They are just plain fascinating to look at.
So, when Misty Provencher started telling us about her new dark fantasy coming with the premise around gargoyles, I admit...EXCITED!!
Then, cover reveal...Oh yeah, I was stoked seeing this cover because it just started to bring to life the thrill of these statues. So, I was eage
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that this book is not for everyone, and I believe the author is aware of that fact. However, it is extremely well written, and very different from anything Misty has done previously. She goes so far outside the box that the box is no longer visible.

Madeline is driven to a dark place, she cannot see past this darkness and it consumes her. She believes that she will find peace by ending her life, but instead she finds that one does not necessarily escape their choices that
Jessica Surgett
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was not at all what I expected. It was SO much more...

"My will to survive is the first thing to drown. I know because I hold it under myself."

Madeline is a tortured girl who has been through hell. Looking to end her torment and finally find some peace, she decides to kill herself. Unfortunately, Madeline cannot catch a freaking break, and ends up becoming a "Slip"- someone who has slipped through the heavenly cracks. No one came to save her, and no Angels came to guide her into that c
Heather Gunter
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am reeling from just finishing this book. My eyes are wet and I want to cry some more. The words are I'm trying to type are having an extremely difficult time coming out to explain how I feel. Please bare with me...

From the very first page I felt as if I was transported to another place and another time. It flowed like a poem. Please be patient as it does give you allot of information that you do not understand at first. However, hang tight, because you do get there and you completely start to
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
This was absolutely astounding! I never thought I'd get spellbound by Gargoyles the instant I read about Madeline's attempts at death. This isn't my first time to encounter gargoyle stories, but this is definitely one of the best I've read so far.

Madeline wasn't an easy character to like. From the moment I read that she chose to dive and die, it definitely had me intrigued. I wanted to smack her in the head and kill her instead. But I reeled. I went into the deep recesses of her soul and spent
Clare dooley
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I was kindly given a copy to include in a feature I'm doing on my blog that are all books given to me to read,review and some of these amazing authors even donated e-copies of their books for blog followers to win!!
I am going to write a review worthy of the beauty in this story,the writing itself was stunning, the book cover,alluring. I would recommend if you haven't read this book yet to RUN to your closet computer and buy it on Amazo
Christy LoveOfBooks
First and foremost, I have to say that Misty Provencher’s mind is a strange and wonderful place. I’ve read a couple of her other books, but Mercy, A Gargoyle Story was very different. I was expecting it to be a little different, but this wasn’t like anything I’ve read before. I loved that!

I’ll be honest, this book is tough to write about. It’s nothing bad against the book, at all. In fact, it’s the opposite. Mercy is not a light, fluffy read. It’s dark, gritty, and I’m sure disturbing for some.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Misty. I really do, however I was a little unsure about this book. I was unsure because I usually don't read dark fantasy books. But, its Misty and I knew that she was not going to disappoint me.

So, let me explain how I felt about this book: good......ok....huh?....confused.....more confusion.......oh, I understand.......WHAT!?.....OMG!!!......ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?!

That is most simplest way I know how to sum it up!!

Best part of the book: As always, I am going to be honest here. The bes
 Just Denise
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, paperbacks
I did like this book. It felt like it was all over the place sometimes. (Like the girl was crazy) Sometimes it was so very poetic in its pain. Yeah, I definitely liked it.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Three and half stars: A unique and different story featuring gargoyles.

Madeline plunges into the cold, dark water. Her heart is shattered. She wants nothing more than to sink into the murky depths and let go of her broken life. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for her. Madeline doesn't exactly die. She is rescued by Moag a large, hideous gargoyle and taken to the gargoyle kingdom. Here she meets Truce the king of the gargoyles. Madeline is transformed into a monstrous gargoyle and perched up
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't label this one because it's New Adult, and has a warning on it, but I feel that many YA readers would enjoy it and it wouldn't be too dark for them. Actually, I have read MUCH worse in YA, but be warned that there's a bit of gory grossness, but it's just in the beginning. Later the story is dark in that so much of Madeline's past plays a role. We learn about the things she went through that led her to her suicide.

I believe that this book is the best written of all of Misty's books. She'
CD Scott
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book intrigued me from its very first lines. The opening sequence has a dream like quality and is beautifully written, simply poetic in form. Death pervades the pages of this book, in one form or another, and yet Madeline’s journey seems to be an unconscious, and sometimes unwilling, struggle toward hope.
Provencher gambles with this book and its subject matter. Not only does she weave fantastical elements in with highly sensitive contemporary issues, she challenges the usual stereotypes
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I can't help it, I really liked how this one started out. So sad and forlorn, so mysterious and dark. It fit the cover beautifully.

This was one of those stories that completely took me by surprise. I learned to expect the unexpected.

I haven't read a lot of books about gargoyles, in fact this is only my second but I am really liking the different-ness of it. That it is something new in the YA genre.

This was definitely darker feeling, not goth, just dark. A little depressing at times as the main c
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one heck of a dark read. I started reading this book a few days before Christmas. Not a good idea. I put it down because it just isn’t a happy story. This is one viciously dark, disturbing tale. But I have to tell you first: I’m not a big fan of dystopian novels because of the depressing nature of the setting. I like my books full of fast action, happiness, love, hot men, smart chicks…. basically a Michael Bay film on ‘roids. But this story really grabbed me in, took my soul and squeezed ...more
Kaitlyn Hoyt
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Misty Provencher is seriously an amazing author. Her talent transcends genres. I loved her Cornerstone series and was excited to read this book. I knew that it would be different from anything I had previously read.

When I first started reading it, I was really confused, but I continued to read. I'm so glad that I did. This story is so much more than I was expecting. I've never read anything about gargoyles before, so I honestly had no idea what was going to happen when I started reading that fir
Keren Hughes
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can honestly say I have never read another book like this.
Mercy is no fairy tale, that's for sure.
Madeline is a girl who has suffered much in her life and part of that suffering was inflicted by loving a boy more than he loved her.
I felt so sorry for her, I just wanted to reach in and take her pain away.
Madeline died and the angels didn't come for her, she was a Slip because she fell through the cracks.
Now she's faced with choosing a suitor but all of them have secrets and lies, ulterior
Starla Huchton
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
Ms. Provencher is easily one of my favorite authors. This book did not disappoint.

I was a little surprised by the book as it wasn't a sweeping urban fantasy spanning many locations with lots of action, but instead was much more like an in-depth character study. I found it to be a beautiful, heartbreaking tale of love, loss, and death and how everything, no matter how painful to live through, balances out in the end. Life is defined by our choices, but sometimes, when we make mistakes, we are gr
United Indie Book Blog
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

Mercy, A Gargoyle Story by Misty Provencher is a New-Adult Urban Fantasy, heavier on the fantasy side. This is the story of Madeline, fairly forgotten by her family, sought love where none was to be found. Kicked out of her home and dumped by her boyfriend, Madeline leaves this world only to be resurrected as a gargoyle. A lonely and confused gargoyle. Still among those she left behind, but unacknowledged, Madeline sees the world in a new light and tries to right some of the wrongs as she can. T
Jo Dawson
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mercy, A Gargoyle Story by Misty Provencher is a New-Adult Urban Fantasy, heavier on the fantasy side. This is the story of Madeline, fairly forgotten by her family, sought love where none was to be found. Kicked out of her home and dumped by her boyfriend, Madeline leaves this world only to be resurrected as a gargoyle. A lonely and confused gargoyle. Still among those she left behind, but unacknowledged, Madeline sees the world in a new light and tries to right some of the wrongs as she can. T ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after reading Misty Provencher's Cornerstone series. I found the description of this book intriguing and it didn't disappoint.

Although at times a bit confusing, this book was worth reading every page. It is original, bizarre, heart-breaking, dark and thoughtful. It might not be a story for everyone. But the ones that give it a chance won't be disappointed.

Centered around the main character Madeline who tries to kill herself after experiencing tragedy and ends up not being al
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mercy is like nothing I have ever read before. Going into it, I was thinking , gargoyles...hmmmm, I wonder how this is going to play is not something I would normally read. I did so because Misty Provenchr is one of my most favorite authors. Everything she has written, I absolutely love. Back to Mercy- I am going to be honest, the first 5 chapters were a bit confusing and I was thinking, wtf...whoa. It was so bizarre, but had me so pulled into the story,. I grew to love and have some comp ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique and fascinating examination of a young girl's self-discovery as she finds herself in the dark world of the gargoyle after taking her own life after a regretted abortion.

Although the theme is dark, there is much to be admired in the way this author has handled the difficult subjects of love, loss, guilt, resentment, and the path to forgiveness with such tenderness and insight.

I'm used to Ms. Provencher's wonderful mix of romance, adventure, humor and great dramatic moments in her other b
Ashley Wallace
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay this was seriously just too cool. At first I wasn't sure about this book but quickly my opinion changed! It was so different, so interesting, so full of emotion and mystery and wasn't filled with a bunch of nonsense to increase the number of pages in the book.

It's so wonderful knowing their are authors out there that push past what is common and huge right now and make something as awesome and as one of a kind as this story. Granted its not for everyone but I sure was in love with these ch
Sydney Hopke
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Do you wonder about the gargoyle's on buildings, are they real? I know my kids wonder and now I know. I started this book knowing it was different and it was but good different. It took hold of me and didn't let go, once I started reading I didn't want to put it down because I needed to know what would happen next. You feel for all the characters not just the main ones and they appear so real that how well written the story is. The ending pulled it all together and was not what I expected but it ...more
Kelly Young

This book... Where to begin? It's a very dark story dealing with choices, consequences, and regrets. Touching on topics of suicide, abortion, love, and hate. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think it is an incredible book older teens and above should read. With the heartbreak of unreturned love and regretted decisions... Learning that letting someone else make your decisions or influence your choices is not the way to go and will leave you with heartache in the end.
Kristy McRae
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this concept! I read a lot of paranormal fiction, but this is the first time I've encountered gargoyles as the main characters. A great story, and a great main character in Madeline. Only one thing...I wanted MORE! I'd love to read more about the mythos of the gargoyles, about their traditions & rules. Very fascinating! ...more
A Book Vacation
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very well written. The beginning draws the reader in quickly and I was glued to the pages. When the gargoyle Moag first appeared, I admit I was confused, same with the first conversation with Truce, but as time went on, everything became clearer and this turned out to be a lovely story of love and redemption.

Full review to come.
Shelley (Bella)
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where did my review go? Ugh! This is an A-MAZ-ING story. I'll re-add my review soon. In the meantime, just GET THE DAMN BOOK for yourself. It's BRILL! <3 ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. Just couldn't get into this one. Sorry
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Misty Provencher offers readers a shelf full of stories to enjoy.

Writing under Misty Provencher, her young adult genres include stories dealing in fantasy, including magic, sci-fi, vampires, shifters, and dark fantasy.

Writing under Misty Paquette, adult readers will enjoy contemporary beach-read romances, based-on-true event stories, a romantic 80s mystery, and even a sci-fantasy.

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