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The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham
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bookshelves: 2018, age-middlegrade

Penhallow is a Grotesque - NOT a gargoyle, which are just glorified water spouts. As a Grotesque, he must protect his building from the Netherkin, evil spirits that can harm the living. When his two friends are destroyed, he begins to worry that there is something bigger out there with the power to destroy him. With the help of Viola, a strange girl who can see his wisp form, he investigates one of the families in his building and a mysterious creature called the Boneless King.

I picked this up from the library because I really loved the cover and gargoyles are pretty cool. I loved that these particular gargoyles live in Boston. Some of the scenes were actually super creepy - the Netherkin come in all different forms, including a giant evil black rabbit, and the Boneless King has more than a few similarities to Slender Man. There were a few moments where I had a hard time suspending disbelief, like can wisps - which are the form the gargoyles can take outside of their stone forms - digest and all that? But overall the world-building was solid. I'll definitely be looking at gargoyles a little differently from now on...

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Reading Progress

February 15, 2018 – Started Reading
February 16, 2018 – Shelved
February 18, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 19, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
February 19, 2018 – Shelved as: age-middlegrade

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