Review: Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

Review: Heart of Stone by Christine WarrenHeart of Stone by Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on December 31st 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon
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three-half-stars

From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

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.

In general, paranormal romance isn’t a big draw for me. However, when I heard about the Gargoyles series by Christine Warren I had to give to give it a try. Why? Honestly, because I loved the animated TV series Gargoyles as a kid, and had to see what this paranormal romance series would be like. Heart of Stone by Christine Warren was a fun start to this paranormal romance series.

Heart of Stone is about Ella Harrow, who works for a museum in Canada. She’s pretty introverted, and has worked hard to keep her distance from most people. She knows she’s different from regular people, and she doesn’t want anyone to know. After an event at the museum, a favorite Gargoyle statue comes to life. Ella is shocked, the say the least. Kees is a Guardian (his job is to protect the world from evil), and is only woken when the world needs his protection. Soon Ella and Kees are working together to save the world, and while they do that they fall for each other.

I really liked Ella. She totally has her freak out (as anyone who has seen a statue come to life would), but she really does handle it well. Ella is intelligent, sweet, and a bit reserved with people. But she begins to open up to Kees, and then her best friend, and I really liked that. Kees was great too. He was created to protect people, and I sure do love a warrior. It was interesting to see him start caring about Ella specifically, and not just humanity as a whole.

There was a lot I liked about the romance between Kees and Ella, but it wasn’t my favorite either. They did work well together, and they did have chemistry. Although, I really didn’t care for Ella constantly thinking that she was attracted to someone who wasn’t even the same species. I mean, that kind of grosses me out. The action was good, although there were down times too. I found it difficult to believe that Ella would be able to find all this information by just searching the Internet. I didn’t completely buy everything that happened, but overall it was a fun read. Heart of Stone by Christine Warren was a good start to this series. I definitely need to read more. And if you’re a fan of paranormal romance give this a try, but I would borrow it from the library instead of buying it.

three-half-stars

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8 Responses to “Review: Heart of Stone by Christine Warren”

  1. Nick

    I hadn’t heard of this series before today, but it sounds like a really fun book. Gargoyles! I haven’t seen them a lot in books, but I can see why that interested you.

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    Quinn, you have me curious. I mean Gargoyles heck yes. So Ella is attracted to a Gargoyles and you found it gross or something else? Hmm, despite the unbelievability I might try this.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I didn’t find it weird that she was attracted to Kees who was a Gargoyle. So Kees can change forms. He’s often in his human form. But he can’t stay like that forever. And Ella is telling Kees that she likes him in his Gargoyle form too. But I did find it weird that she kept thinking to herself “Oh my gosh, I have a hots of another species.” It was just odd. Like she had the hots for an animal, instead of someone who was like a person (who can make decisions and thinks like a person for the most part). I don’t know if that makes sense.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m not a big fan of paranormal romance either – when the paranormal is part of the main couple. I’m all about a ghost as a side character! The gargoyle thing sounds fun though I get the weirdness of the different species thing. This is part of my many problems with the Doctor/Rose relationship in Doctor Who but that’s a rant that I really don’t need to go on!

  4. Renee (Addicted To Romance)

    I liked this book as well, and I am curious to see what you think of the rest of the series too. But I remember the heroine not being my favorite all the time in the book. But I do love the plot that Warren introduces here.

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