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Secrets of Skin and Stone

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had
ebook, 318 pages
Published June 5th 2017 by Entangled Teen
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Wendy Sparrow There are two completed books following this one that will tie up what might have seemed like red herrings in this book, but this was written to stand…moreThere are two completed books following this one that will tie up what might have seemed like red herrings in this book, but this was written to standalone and there is no cliffhanger. Whether the remainder of the trilogy will be published depends on the reception of this first book--quite honestly, so if you like this book, please spread the word so you'll see the other two books. The final book closes with Piper's graduation and going to college so if you want to see her graduate and not let it be a HUGE mystery if she does.... ;-)(less)

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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

This was a YA paranormal romance story about a gargoyle.

Gris was an interesting character and I liked how he tried to look after Piper.

The storyline in this was about Gris being sent to the small town where Piper lived to fight Fiends. Piper’s dog was then killed, and Piper and Gris spent time trying to work out who could have done it, and who was targeting Piper as well. This was an okay story,
Eve (Between The Bookends)


descriptionVery cool cover on this one. Grat use of graphics. Great composition. Great title work.description


descriptionThis was a pretty decent read. A young adult or (maybe it's considered teen) story about a hero that is a gargoyle and the quirky, troubled girl he falls for. I found this one fairly well written. The pace of the first half was excellent then I found it dragged a bit over the second half. The plot was interesting and unique. There were some twists and turns. A little romance (kissing). Both main characters we
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Gris is a Watcher, he changes into gargoyle form to protect and defend against fiends and has been sent to Hidden Creek, a small town in Alabama, to investigate a huge fiend problem that has been going on. Once in Hidden Creek Gris finds that something is very very wrong in the sleepy town, not only is there an abundance of fiends but also animal attacks and other very strange occurrences.

Gris comes across Piper just after arriving in Hidden Creek and finds that her dog was brutally murdered so
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Secrets of Skin and Stone” was the perfect palate cleanser and fun read after a series of lackluster novels that almost sent me into a reading slump. I would describe it as a young adult “Southern Ghost Hunters.”

It’s a fun supernatural romance with witty dialogue and a plot that flows quickly. There are some scary parts, but they are evened out by the humor. It’s also original. I know they exist in literature, but a gargoyle shapeshifter has never come across my reading material before. One cav
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, to tell the truth, I wasn't expecting much from this novel. It seemed intriguing, I had never read a gargoyle novel, and the cover was pretty cool. But did I expecting to really enjoy it? Nooooo, but it's exactly what happened!

First and foremost, I want to say that this book deals with self-harm. It can be a very triggering topic, and it does get pretty detailed. I wanted to let you know up front that it does include cutting. This book also deals with mental illness - OCD in particular as
TRIGGER WARNING: Self harm was done explicitly. It was from author’s very own experience.

It’s a strange, weird and creepy read. If you are 100 percent okay with that stuff, you will enjoy it. Of course, if you are obsessed with Supernatural as I am, then you wouldn’t find this as creepy as everyone says. Well, we have seen everything. And most importantly, it will give a major Supernatural vibe specifically younger Dean Winchester. Curse bags, learning dark arts, carving hearts out, ritual on a
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
* I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Ello folks! Things have been so hectic around here with getting ready to move to London in less than 2 weeks! Which is why i haven't really been able to keep up with all the blogging and reading :/  And the worst part is i have the joy to pick and choose which books i get to bring with me to Uni while the rest stay here...anyways on to the review :P

Piper is a haunted teenager.
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
* I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Gris- a watcher who can shift into his protector form of a gargoyle. New in town trying to help solve a paranormal problem they seem to be having.

Piper- trying to get the best score on her ACTs so she can leave her town. But she has a few secrets of her own.
Together they meet and realize they can both help each other.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I've ever read with gargoyles! I
b. t.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diverse-reads, dnf
I got to 40% with this book - skimming much of that - and had to DNF, so I can't give it more than 2 stars. What we have here is a very cool premise wasted on a dull plot and even duller characters. My status updates are pretty thorough, so I'll try to keep this review brief.

Summary: Gris is a Watcher, which means he can transform into a gargoyle and his job is to hunt fiends (kind of like demons). He travels to a small town because it's infested with fiends, and he has to figure out what's
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Gris has come to the small town of Hidden Creek to hunt fiends. He is a watcher and he also shape shifts into a gargoyle. Piper's dog has been killed when she decides to investigate the new renters at the farm near them. When Gris hears about Piper's dog he decides to help her.

Gris is also trying to figure out why this town is so haunted by fiends, after facing nine of them at the old mill. The deeper
An interesting twist on gargoyle mythology, with wonderfully complex heroine and hero!

Check out the full review on my blog.
Brenda Drake
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, I couldn't put this book down. The shadows have never been so deliciously dark with Gris, a shifting gargoyle, protecting innocents from whatever goes bump in the night. He meets his match in the obsessive-compulsive Piper and sparks fly between them. The relationship between Gris and Piper is so sweet, both accepting and loving to each other. Swoon! The mystery and evil that comes out at night had me sitting at the edge of my seat, and I couldn't put the book down. I hope t ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book!

The cover is what intrigued me to check out the book!

I’m not sure if this will be a series, but right now it is just a standalone book! It is Young Adult, but it does have some sensitive topics like OCD and cutting. There is some kissing and hand holding, but there is murder
2.5 stars

This had too strong of a YA vibe to really enjoy it. The focus of it was more on the romance than the paranormal plot. The first time Piper and Gris kissed it specifically mentioned they did not use tongues. They were 17 and 18. Most teens that age would do far more than an innocent kiss like that. The romance wasn't exciting when the best thing I could hope was for them to hold hands or maybe a french kiss. From the start it was mentioned that Gris would not be staying in town, so ther
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a early copy courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

I was excited to get my hands on a early of this book because well look at that cover. I mean it is just gorgeous and unusual. I found myself just staring at it a couple of times. I read the blurb and knew it was something that I would be interesting in. I found it to be rather addicting. I loved the characters and the plot. I really enjoyed the small town filled with secrets. It added an extra layer to an unforgettab
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Secrets of Skin and Stone” is an enthralling YA fantasy that wraps the reader in mysteries that aren’t solved until the end! Grisham (Gris) is a Watcher, meaning he turns into a gargoyle and kills fiends. He is coming to Hidden Creek at his uncle’s request and at no cost (usually he gets paid to take care of fiends) to take care of their fiend problem. Pretty much upon arrival, he learns there is a lot more to Hidden Creek than one would suspect, and they have a fiend disaster. To complicate ma ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the unique world and characters in Secrets of Skin and Stone. It's nice to have a book take a different approach to mental health and it's characters. Piper's OCD is not a plot device, but a piece of who she is. So the notes of behaviors and thoughts feel natural and not over wrought.

A quirky and nicely dark paranormal romance. Out-of-towner Gris meets cute Piper. Both are more than they seem, both live in the dark, and both have something to offer that the other needs.

I feel lik
Katherine Paschal
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 Stars**

Gris has been given his first solo assignment, a simple fiend removal from the small town his aunt and uncle live in. Simple and quick. Well, at least that is what he expected. But he may be in over his head with mysteries and secrets piling up, as well as the danger one teenage girl seems to be in. Piper has a darkness living inside her and the only way she knows to calm it is to cut. When she meets Gris she instinctually doesn't trust him, but he worms his way past her defenses to
Eva Scalzo
when i read books about supernatural creatures, i tend to read ones about vampires or angels or fairies or demons. i tend to avoid animal shifters because the idea weirds me out. it never occurred to me that you could write stories about gargoyles. but secrets of skin and stone proved to me that you can write a compelling story about a gargoyle.

grisham "gris" caso is a watcher, the youngest in his bloodline he's sent to the town of hidden creek on his first solo assignment. he expects it to be a
Pragati Chaudhari
For full review - Secret of Skin and Stones on The Inked In Book Blog

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Okay, first things first. I LOVE THE COVER. IT IS SO DARK AND GRITTY. Gah! I love it! The cover drew me into the book in the first place and it is definitely one of those cover buy spurts we book mongers tend to have. I really adore the cover! :D

What I liked about this book was the mystery. It was intriguing and kept up till t
Taylor Fenner
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75/5 Stars! Review Originally Posted on Taylor Fenner's Bookish World

Grisham "Gris" Caso has been sent on his first solo fiend-hunting mission to the small town of Hidden Creek, Alabama, the home of his aunt, uncle, cousin, and his crazy former Watcher uncle, Critch. He figures it will be some easy task foisted upon him to test him. Until he reaches Hidden Creek and realizes this will not be a simple get-rid-of-the-fiends mission. There are way more fiends in this small town than Gris has seen
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
There aren't nearly enough gargoyle stories in the YA world, so when I heard about Secrets of Skin and Stone, I knew I had to read it and am so glad I did. Grisham (Gris) and Piper are now two of my favorite characters for this year, and the storytelling was fab.    

Told from the alternating POVs of Gris and Piper, Secrets of Skin and Stone is about Gris, who's a Watcher by birthright and transforms into a gargoyle to fight off monsters called fiends. Gris is called by family members to investig
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine! Gris is a shape-shifting gargoyle called a Watcher. He travels to Hidden creek to reside in his relatives' extra house. He meets Piper while she is searching for what attacked and killed her dog, Jester. For some reason, Hidden Creek is full of fiends and that's why Gris has been called to live there. Gris becomes intrig
Heather Eagar
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of paranormal novel I want to read more of.

Piper, our main heroine, is strong, and yet she doesn't see how awesome she is. Based on Wendy Sparrow's own experiences, Piper struggles with OCD, which manifests itself in the form of cutting. It was intriguing to be inside Piper's head as she fought these demons. She would keep tabs of mistakes she made during the day, and then punish herself for them that night. But she isn't just dealing with her own inner struggles, there are also
Josie Shinkfield
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book - it gave me major Supernatural (Sam and Dean anyone <3) vibes, but was still unique in its own way.

Gris is a Watcher, and has been sent to Hidden Creek to rid the town of Fiends.

Piper is a girl with darkness inside, who seems to attract trouble - and the towns people distrust her.

There is more to the both Piper and Hidden Creek than there first appears - and this book kept me guessing righ
Lisa Richards
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first genre love was paranormal romance so I was tickled to get the chance to read this awesome story. I got to admit while the cutting made me a bit uncomfortable, I throughly loved the sassy OCD Piper. I've only read a few books that featured gargoyles so it was pretty neat getting to learn the rules of this new world. The mystery was pretty satisfying as I was never 100% sure who was behind the bedeviling of the townspeople. I love being able to accurately figure out this character but I d ...more
Randi Perrin
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's so much about this book to love. I love the realness of Piper's OCD (which was written from the author's own experiences, which I adored because it gave such a breath of fresh air into the behaviors that are often glamorized into something they are not in movies and books), and I absolutely adore Gris.

Wendy will have you on the edge of your seat guessing what's going to happen, and then she'll throw you for a loop--she always does. But rest assured, Hidden Creek is full of secrets and y
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. A fantastic #ownvoices YA novel with an OCD main character and fascinating paranormal bits. I highly recommend it. I really hope there will be more!
Kay Carson
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of Secrets of Skin and Stone by the author in exchange for an honest review.

As soon as Gris Caso rolls into Hidden Creek, things get interesting, and it’s not the crazy number of fiends in town—demonic creatures invisible to most people. It’s Piper, the beautiful and neurotic girl living next door whom he can’t keep his eyes off of. After her dog is murdered the day he arrives, he discovers curse bags in her room and an army of fiends swarming over her each night. It doesn’t
Andy N
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published on NetGalley.

Addictive, new and unforgettable. This novel is just as promising as its mysterious cover and I couldn’t put it down.

Grisham is Watcher, he turns into a gargoyle to get ride of fiends. When his uncle requests his help in Hidden Creek, Gris slowly begins to realise that there is more to the town than meets the eye. Piper is the exemplary teenage girl: perfect grades, popular with the boys and she is more than ready to leave Hidden Creek to go the
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