Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

Book Review


Heart of StoneBook Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Audio Book

Book Series: Gargoyles #1

Released: 12/31/13 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 297 Price:$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this as an audio book from my library.



Book Synopsis:

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

Heart of Stone

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone…yet.

My Review:

I’ve only read one book by Ms. Warren and while I liked it I wasn’t crazy about it and haven’t picked up another by her…until this one.  I was looking for another audio book to listen to while I work around the property and decided to give this one a shot.  Sometimes I like to venture out into other creatures in the paranormal genre, after all it can’t just be vamps and angels all the time.  I have to say I quite liked this one and have already put the next one on hold.

This was a lot of fun to listen to, although I’m not really a fan of the narrator, but she wasn’t so awful as to turn me off the book.  This is a fairly typical plot line for a paranormal even though it features gargoyles instead of other creatures it is a fairly standard story line of guy meets mate and together they need to help save the world from evil.  This one starts off with a pretty serious attack on our heroine Ella that leads to Kees waking.  I liked both of the leads in the story and OMG I swear I was quite scandalized as I listed to these two hooking up.  Talk about steam!  The sex in this book is a bit on the more graphic and edgier side, not quite erotica but perhaps one or two steps down.

There was some great world building and we got to learn most of the rules of this world along with Ella who learns about her hidden powers that were not developed properly.  There is some eye-rolling, give-me-a-break moments in this regards.  The stereotypical heroine doesn’t know a thing about her magic but suddenly is one of the most powerful mages around and is performing spells like a master.  I mean really. But if you are able to extend disbelief and just go with it it is still a fun story.

I was able to connect with Ella over her history with her parents and how it affects one’s life.  I also appreciated how awkward she felt and how it was difficult for her to make friends.

It was a good listen and I look forward to the next book. I might also have to go back and give the next book in her other series a try to see if that one works for me now too.

My Rating:4 Stars


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