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In Stone: A Grotesque Faerie Tale

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Jeremy is stuck, like most young New Yorkers, in a world between adolescence and adulthood. Just when he thought that he was an average, blend-in-with-the-crowd gay kid, he becomes the victim of a terrible act of homophobia. Thankfully, a mysterious something comes to his aid. Garth is a gargoyle, trapped in stone and cursed to live an immortal life. Human and monster must ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books (first published November 1st 2012)
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Christy
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, on-my-kindle, m-m
It has been a long time since I sat down and read a fairy tale. I have always loved them from the Brothers Grimm to the sensationalized tales told by Disney and Warner Brothers. There is a peacefulness to fairy tales, for me, even the ones that are frightening and have a darker story to tell. Although, I will admit, this is the very first time I've read a novel where the author named one of his protagonists after himself. Huh.

Jeremy is having a pretty bad run of luck. Not six months out of
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Experiment BL626
The story started off slowly despite a hate crime scene which thankfully was quick to end and not graphic. It didn’t feel like a faerie tale (of the Grimm’s kind) till one-third of the book. The plot alternated between Jeremy’s perilous present (someone wants to kill him) and Garth’s tragic past (how he came to be cursed and lost his loved ones).

I hate it when the plot is not linear and half of it is in flashback, but the story managed to keep my attention which is a big compliment from me. The
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Sean Miller
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading In Stone, I had to take a few days to really digest the story and think about what kind of experience it provided for me as a reader. Being that I live in New York City, which is were the story takes place, I was naturally pleased by the references to life as a gay twenty-something living in NYC. I found King's portrayal of this to be totally spot on, which allowed for me to really immerse myself into the parts of the story which took place there.

Early on in the book King splits
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Misty Dawn
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is so original. I love all the fantasy involved in the story and the fact that you never knew what was going to happen next all the way to the end. The imagery in this book is amazing. When the author tells of the demon's lair and describes him you can actually feel the hair on your neck stand up and this feeling of dread and doom. It's incredible. I can't wait for the next book. This one was so incredible.
Jennifer Lavoie
I've always loved Faerie Tales (Fairy Tales, however you want to spell it) whether they were the original Grimm stories are watered down Disney versions. I’ve also been on a kick recently with buying retellings of fairy tales for my classroom, as there seems to be a surgence in popularity with them. There is one particular series of books that features amazing stories that takes tales like Sleeping Beauty or The Frog Prince and twists them into other stories.

In Stone: A Grotesque Faerie Tale is
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Megan
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here's how I can tell when I've truly fallen for a book: throughout the next day I will find my mind drifting to the characters, as if I'm wondering what they're doing right now like they're real people. And this book has characters that stick with you like that. Compared to some other series and especially considering the length of the book there are a surprising number of people/creatures to get invested in! You'll want to compare it to other series and that's fine. But just know that this ...more
Valen
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A neatly constructed fairy tale in the lieu of the Grimms themselves. Dark and passionate and rather bittersweet, In Stone was a novel I knew I needed to have and read and I am glad I did. Filled with a beautiful story of what it means to be good and to love, set in a world of parralleling magic and reality, I could not get enough of the story. I adored this novel and will miss Garth and cannot wait to read more about Jeremy. This book was so amazing and I hope everyone who loves a good story ...more
Hpstrangelove
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mp3, m-m, calibre
Interesting fantasy and world building. I liked the back and forth between the past and present. It seemed to drag in a few places in the last quarter of the book, but not so much that I got frustrated with the pace.

This is one of those stories to read a second time to pick up on details that slipped by on the first read.
Damian Serbu
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant and original concept! The story is convincing despite its supernatural characters. Indeed, each character jumps off the page as relatable and captivating. I simply loved reading this novel and will look for future stories from King.
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Jeremy Jordan King grew up in New Jersey, somewhere between the Pine Barrens and the ocean. His debut novel and introduction to the Immortal Testimonies series, In Stone, was published by Bold Strokes Books in 2012 and was listed in Advocate’s “Top 10 Books for Young LGBT Folks and Anyone Who Wants to Understand Them” and recommended by the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table. His ...more