Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review - Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms #1) by Danielle Monsch @Danielle_Monsch

Stone Guardian
Entwined Realms #1
by Danielle Monsch

Goodreads blurb:  Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.

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 has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to. Her life is as ordinary as it gets - that is, until one day she walks out of her apartment and is attacked by a mob of Zombies, only to be saved by a Gargoyle.

Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but due to a cryptic prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyles, has been watching over the human woman for months. While he can find no reason why the woman has been singled out, something about her stirs every protective instinct within him. When the attack confirms that the threats against her exist and are real, he convinces Larissa that though their races have never been allies, the best chance of discovering why she has been brought into his world is by working together.

In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this New Realm as well.

About the Author:  Born to the pothole ridden streets of Pittsburgh, PA, Danielle 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 bit of woo-hoo!) mixed in. Vampires and Werewolves and Demons and Angels, Sword & Sorcery, Fairy Tales, Updated Mythologies and the like - if it's out of the ordinary, it's fair game for her stories.

When not writing, Danielle reads comic books and watches cartoons (though she says she reads manga and watches anime, because saying it in a different language makes all the difference.) She listens to music, plays D&D, follows XKCD, watches movies with the Rifftrax on, and is mom to two amazing little girls and wife to her favorite guy in the world.

She is also the host of Romantic Geek Girl, a Podcast & Blog dedicated to those two great tastes that taste great together - Geekness and Romance.

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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
**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.  There was no trying to get into this book because I was sucked in from the start.  It started with awesome action immediately with the Great Collision and with Larissa’s birth.  This is my first experience reading Danielle’s work, and I loved it and will have to read more.  This adventure was awesome.  Larissa is an outstanding heroine because she has strength and never gives up.  I don’t want someone who sits around waiting to be saved.  Yes, she makes mistakes, but she owns them and won’t take lip from anyone trying to tell her what to do.  If it isn’t what she wants, she makes sure you know it.  Terak is just as awesome with his resolve that no one takes what is his.  He is a strong take charge kind of guy, but he thinks and doesn’t bulldoze Larissa by forcing his will which I find sexy.  The world created by Danielle is fabulous, and I can’t wait to take my next book vacation there.  There are a few typos here and there, but I definitely didn’t care because it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of this fabulous world.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal action packed books with romance.  I can’t wait for the next book.

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