Expected Release Date: June 26, 2013
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing
Author’s Website: www.daniellemonsch.com
My Source for This Book: Gift from the author
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Entwined Realms
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Somewhat Emo Hero
Favorite Tropes: Fated To Be Mated (Minor), Opposites Attract
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.
What Worked For Me:
- I’m dying to learn more about the members of the Guild, especially Fallon. There are so many hints dropped as the story progresses, and I can’t wait to see if my theory is correct.
- While I figured out some of the why’s behind Larissa’s status as a target, it was still uncertain enough that it was fun to read and find out more.
- I never thought I’d think a gargoyle was hot. It honestly never once crossed my mind — but Terak certainly had an appeal to him, especially with the closely guarded secret about his species.
- I really enjoyed the whole marry-for-love vs. marry-for-duty. There’s a lot of emotional turmoil in having to choose between the Clan that you owe your life and loyalty to, and the person whose very presence feels as imperative as breathing.
- Even though it was probably a bit overly dramatic, I also enjoyed the frustration that came from the Big Misunderstanding.
- There’s also my deep and abiding love for any winged creature that wraps his wings around someone as a sign of affection. *happy sigh* Stupidly, that’s probably one of my favorite elements of the book, even though it was one of the more minor bits.
- I loved the action — battlemages and direwolves and orcs and zombies and all sorts of shenanigans go down, with plenty of big-screen style action to go with the quieter moments.
- The Oracle is hilarious — I think I want to be her when I grow up, just because I’d get into the very same mischief if I had her powers.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- There is quite a bit of time spent talking about absolutely nothing productive. Or driving somewhere, so that they can then talk about nothing productive. There was a whole conversation midway through between the heroine and her best friend that just dragged, and I was especially frustrated because after the conversation was over, I knew barely more than before the conversation began.
- I liked Terak. Terak was a very badass fighter (which we actually got to witness a time or two), and the whole scrumptious chemistry between him and Larissa as well as the angst of forbidden love that he had going for him. However, he had such low self esteem that at times I felt he needed to maybe start doing daily affirmations in the mirror to commune with his inner gargoyle and maybe love himself a little more or something. I get that he was naturally more vulnerable with Larissa than he’d ever been before, and as such acted differently around his Clan than he did around her, but it was still such a drastic change between powerful kick-ass protector and crippling low self-esteem that it left me reeling at times.
- There’s a bit of a Too Stupid To Live moment that Larissa really needed to be smacked for, but it can be excused by her sheltered upbringing I suppose.
Full of kick-ass action, fun world-building, and fascinating characters, this book was wonderful. I loved not only Larissa and Terak, but also the many side characters, including the members of the Guild as well as Larissa’s own brother.
While I was a little put off by how overly vulnerable Terak could be at times, and the incredible gullibility of Larissa, those minor issues were greatly overshadowed by my love for the intense action and the delicious angst that stemmed from Terak’s being engaged to marry into a marriage of duty rather than love.
Recommended for fans of fun Urban Fantasy, tough-yet-vulnerable heroes, and plenty of action.