December 18, 2012

Gargoyle Tour - Review & Giveaway

Hey everyone welcome to my stop on the Gargoyle tour. Be sure to check out my review and enter the giveaway!

Gargoyle Blurb
Elizabeth's secrets will kill her, but the devotion of a gargoyle can save her.

In 1894, seventeen year old Elizabeth Riemma pulls the clothes from her dead twin's body and assumes his identity. To avoid her murderous uncle, she attends her brother’s school on Marettimo Island, which is forbidden to women. Elizabeth takes solace in sculpting and one night, she awakens her gargoyle.

Gorgeous and fiercely loyal, Aelius uses his abilities to aid Elizabeth in keeping her secret. He only asks one thing in return- a kiss. As Elizabeth learns confidence from her creation, suspicions rise and the island’s bloody history threaten to bury them. 

Elizabeth must hide her gender. Aelius must hide his existence. But both of them dream of the impossible- to be together. 
My Review
Elizabeta has a secret she has to keep or her life and her family inheritance is gone. The secret is she is a girl. She has been living her life passing as her dead twin brother Erro. Living at an all boys school it is extremely important for her to keep it a secret.As she is picked on daily she only has one thing helping her cope. That is working on the Gargoyle outside her room. She kisses it one night bringing it to life. Aelius now calls her master and every night he helps her become a boy and pass as one. It isn't free she must give him kisses as payment ever night. Life is easier with Aelius. He is helping her at the school but the only problem is she seems to be thinking more of herself as a girl instead of the boy she is supposed to be disguised as. Then things really change as her evil uncle lets it be known she may be a girl after all. There is also a deeper secret to the school and Elizabeta finds herself in the middle of it.

Elizabeta is a unique character. I have read books where a character hides themselves as a different gender for many reasons. Elizabeta manages to do this for years to keep her uncle from getting what should have been hers if she wasn't a girl that is. She really grows as a girl in this book. You can see her from being like a boy to realizing she is a girl with growing feelings for Aelius. Aelius is a hotty. Yes he has horns and wings but hello he is still great. He does everything he can to protect Elizabeta.

I really enjoyed this book. I really don't think I have ever read a book were one of the main characters is a gargoyle. It was a nice change. I like the plot of the book very much. My only downside to it is I wanted more and that is not a bad thing. You have love, fighting and secrets all wrapped in this book. It was a quick read for me but I am sure you will enjoy it. It is new and refreshing to read about a different creature and there is a turn in the book I never seen coming. Be sure to check it out.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

Author Bio:

Shelley Martin taught kindergarten and rustled cattle; once upon a time. She’s now a mother and wife, and loves living in North Idaho. Her imagination has always plagued her, the characters jumping into her head at some random song or thought. She started writing when she was ten, finishing her first short story when she was eleven. The paranormal has always fascinated her, and nothing draws her to the page more than the whisperings of fantastical creatures. 


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  1. Thank you so much for checking out Gargoyle! I'm very excited for the give away :D

  2. Thanks for the interview and excerpt of the book, I am new to your work but I have to say that I think Gargoyle's are really unrated and I'm glad that you are writing about them! I can't wait to read the book, I hope I win! Either way it's on my TBR pile! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like an interesting read. Haven't read any books about gargoyles but i like the sounds of this one.

  4. Thank you for the Giveaway and a Chance to win,Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to enter for this giveaway. If I win I would feature your book on my blog. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

  6. Why gargoyles? I love it, but why?

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  7. Merry Christmas to you all as well :) Gargoyle started out as a story entered in a state contest, and the assigned title was "The Silent Roar." A friend said the title made her think of a screaming statue. That was all I needed to fuel my imagination :) I grabbed a hold of gargoyles and am now working on the second in the series.

  8. Was it hard to research for your book?

  9. Reasearchig for Gargoyle was more time consuming than difficult... I'd be writing away then realized I wasn't sure if they even had shampoo or soap in Italy 1894, so I ended up researching the history of shampoo. That was unexpected. Also the original story of Gargoyles are they are fallen angels that were turned to stone and forced to watch over humanity from the rooftops. Lots of little things like that... But I was happy knowing I got the little things right for the time period!