Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

Title: Heart of Stone
Author: Christine Warren
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's
Series: Gargoyles #1
Number of Pages: 297
Source: Netgalley

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

I feel a bit guilty with this book because it was a dnf at 20% into the story. It's one of the times where I really think it was more me then the writing. I attempted to read this at least five times, but kept putting it down in the same spot. I just couldn't connect with the heroine at all, and couldn't bring myself to read more.

I always feel bad when I can't finish a book, and this one was no exception. The premise sounded great, I mean gargoyles, hello! However, I just didn't feel the love for this one at all.


  1. I don't think it was just you. I also attempted to read this, and I did finish, but only because I skimmed a large portion of it. I don't know, the characters just seemed like such cliches, and there was nothing fresh about it. Plus, Ella was such a wimp and a TSTL character right at the beginning, then all of a sudden she's this take charge woman who won't be bossed around by anyone? I didn't buy it. I liked the concept of using a gargoyle as the male lead, but just wasn't wild about the execution.

  2. Yeah dunno if it would work for me, the only book I read by her was a DNF too

  3. Glad it just wasn't me! I had such a hard time with Ella...I'd heard such good things about this author too.

  4. I think I've only ever managed to finish one Christine Warren book. Must have been a fluke.

  5. I have a few of her books on my TBR but stil have to read her. But if none of you like her books, I am not going to hurry with this one even though it really does sound good.