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 ha ...more
I went into this book thinking straight PR. I was expecting constant sexual tension, a little bit of a plot line and some light world building because, for the most part, that’s what I expect from PR. Imagine my surprise when the book started off with the chaos and the carnage of WORLDS COLLIDING.
So there I was just innocently reading when BAM earthquake. And then WOAH Orcs. And then GASP, werewolves? And then...no. No it can’t be. That’ ...more
Stone Guardian is book one in the Entwined Realms series by Danielle Monsch.
Twenty-six years ago the world as we knew it stopped. When the earth began to rumble and shake, it somehow caused the realms to collide, later to be called the Great Collision. Suddenly beings only ever seen in fairy tales roamed the earth, zombies, dragons, werewolves, and the list goes on. Jack Miller, a cop, was at work, trying to get to the hospital where his wife was giving birth. But, he didn’t arri ...more
12 February 2014: If you haven't gotten this already, I just saw that it's $0.99 on Kindle!!! GO BUY IT!!!
I requested this book because - Gargoyles, I mean c'mon! I love gargoyles. Granted, my love may have something to do with the cartoon that I loved to watch as a kid, but whatever. Still, Gargoyles, made me request this instantly.
I'm really glad I did. I expected smexy time ...more
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Not Bad, But Not Great*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
Strangely this one reminded me a lot of Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross , which was probably why I confused the two. The premisses is a bit alike, and the characters aren't all that different; the females human and the males another dominant species. However, there are two very different things about it: the heroine in Waking the Dragon tries to find danger, while the heroine in this one is who's been quite sheltered. The hero in WtD is ...more
4 1/2 Stars!
Danielle Monsch, were you reading my mind when you decided to write this?! You must have been because this book has everything I need to make me love a story! Badass characters, humor, shmexy men, shmexy women, intelligent main characters, sex (wink wink), and a world that I want more and more from.
The story starts with the human realm and magic realm colliding, and suddenly there are mythical creatures running amok in the streets! Orcs, werewolves (view spoiler)[was Wulver t ...more
Twenty six years later the oracle approaches a few factions of the supernatural community, telling them that Larissa will be a key person to the future including that of the Gargoyles. Not willing to blow off an oracle vision, Terak, the leader of the Gargoyle, starts to protectively watch Larissa.
Three months of watching Larissa has bestowed Terak with nothing ...more
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 t ...more
Stone, big, Alpha, protective, and loyal.
Larissa is thrust head long into a world she was kept sheltered from since the walls came down and the magic realm and the human realm were crushed and forced to exist together.
This story could have gone horribly wrong. But it didn’t. This story did everything so totally right I couldn’t put it down. Takes a lot to get me to stay up ...more
This book is so trope-y and cliche-filled that it's ridiculous. It's honestly just a standard fare YA Paranormal Romance, pretty much a carbon copy, trying to pass itself off as an Adult Urban Fantasy. You've got the instalove, love triangle, evil interloper girlfriend, damsel-in-distress-y virgin heroine, near-death experience, abandoning of one's people for TRUE LOVE...just...so ridiculous. The concept was interesting but it's so shallowly explored and it probably would've benefited in another ...more
Because the paranormal romance market has been so popular for a long while now, there are a great deal of books available to us to read. This means there are lot of good books, some bad books, some very bad books and that great books are hard to find but definitely there. Originality of plots, worlds, and characters tends to be a problem.
Not every element is original in this book but when combine with strong plot ...more
Buddy read with Jenny, Tandie, Athena, Annette, and Catherine starting 3/15.
3 stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.
So I participated in this group read, right? Well, I thin ...more
I have a theory (it could be demons... Dancing demons, no, something isn't right there...) about some of the other characters that I'm DYING to discover the truth about.
Full review to follow shortly, but for now, 4.5/5 Stars will have to do. ...more
I wanted to read Stone Guardian purely because it was a paranormal romance with a gargoyle hero, come on how could I possibly resist that? I was expecting a story that would be heavy on the romance and hopefully have a little world building to go along with it but I wasn't expecting the fantastic world full of so many wonderful supernatural creatures that Danielle Monsch has created. The book starts with a bang ...more
I grew up watching Gargoyles, remember the cartoon?
"When going back to your childhood home, there is that one perfect moment. It's the moment where, as you grab the door knob and start turning, memories jumble across your mind like the spill of photographs from a box...
No, it wasn't like that at all. But it was like my childhood fascination grew up and got hotter ;)
(while looking for pictures for this review I found that the ...more
How I loved this book! I don’t know what I was expecting when I started it, but it wasn’t what I got. Right from the start the author had me totally engaged in the new world she was building, and the characters she placed in them. I was laughing when they laughed, rolled my eyes in annoyance when they did, will even admit sheepishly finding myself yelling back at the characters a time or two based on the actions they took. I was just that engrossed in the story.
I really enjoyed the mai ...more
A unique story about the world as we know it opening up to a realm of different species. But on the very day the world changes, a girl is born. This girl soon becomes the most coveted woman for many races. But she has a guardian to protect her.
I didn't enjoy the beginning of this novel half as much as I enjoyed the second half. I understand that the heroine did not know much about the other species, but I found her lack of knowledge a hard pill to swallow. And the first time ...more
This is a wonderful story filled with creatures of myth, r ...more
March 15th with JennyJen & Shandra.
Okay, who's idea was this buddy read? I need someone to blame. ...more
But zombies pulling knives in a fight...wtf, man!?!? That's just wrong.
Thankfully I persevered through that bit of zombie heresy (comparable to vampires drinking cherry kool aid), and made it to the good parts.
The damn good parts! And I think I feel in love, a little, with this book and the characters. Paranormal romance series are hard to do right anymore, simply because they have been done so wel ...more
Stone Guardian pulled me in from the first page. It opens with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, then barely gives you time to breathe as the story unfolded. It was great!
Terak is a gargoyle. He's the leader of the gargoyle clan. All alpha male...with wings, a tail and a profile to ...more
I used to watch the Gargoyles animated series on TV with my older son, back when we lived in Arizona. I developed a huge character-crush on Goliath. I then went on to study how gargoyles were used in historical architecture and how fascinating the creations were during thunderstorms and the like. It was pretty cool!
When I saw a book cover with a hunky gargoyle guy on it, I was not, though, compelled to buy it. However, since the author was donating proceeds to charity for a limit ...more
Larissa lives within a protected city and has no contact and very little knowledge of these creatures until the day she's attacked by zombies and saved by a gargoyle, Terak. Terak isn't the only one watching her, and the zombies aren't the only ones attacking.
What a great bo ...more
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 dis ...more
Let's start with the good, as it's only fair. World-building and side characters were absolutely great. Moreover, for once you actually have a prologue where you (literally) see the worlds collide. In most UF you are at times told about the accident that started all. It's often very important, but not that often shown ...more
Buddy read with these ladies... Shandra, Annette, Jenny, Tandie, Catherine
Paranormal Creature Check list:
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Recipe for Awesomeness?? Ehhh...not quite.
26 years ago, the world was changed FOREVER! The Magic Realm and Human Realm collided, *BAM* creating the new world that Larissa lives in ...more
The characters are just as fabulous as the world. As the only girl in her family Larissa's father and brothers go out of their way to make sure she is always safe. She is finally out on her and although she lives in a human-only c ...more
I have to admit that I thought that Ms. Monsch couldn’t pull it off and I’m glad that I am wrong. The world created in the Entwined Realms is so in-depth that you can actually get l ...more
**Received ebook for free from CrushStar Multimedia LLC via NetGalley for an honest review
Cover is absolutely beautiful and attracted me to this book. I think I want a Gargoyle of my own :) Also my dad always called my sisters and I his gargoyles (silly yes, but in my mind when I read the blurb)!
Okay the book, I can’t even put into words how much I loved it. This book even though it is the first in the series was attention grabbing from the get go. ...more
Born to the pothole ridden streets of Pittsburgh, PA, USA Today Bestselling author Danielle Monsch started writing in a time long ago, a time when there were not enough vampire stories to read and she had to write her own to fill the void. Yes, such a time of darkness did indeed exist.
Danielle writes stories full of fantastical goodness and plenty of action, but always with lots of romance (and a ...more