Author: Veronique Launier
Series: Book One in the Hearts of Stone Series
Published By: Flux (September 8, 2012)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5-4 Stars
Guillaume: For five hundred years I've existed as a gargoyle. Perched atop an old Montreal church, I've watched idly as humanity wanders by. With the witch Marguerite gone, there is no one left to protect, nothing to care about. I never planned to feel again. But then a girl released me from my stone restraints, allowing me to return as a seventeen-year-old human boy. I must find out all I can about this girl's power . . .
Aude: Getting attacked twice in as many days is strange in itself, but even stranger is the intriguing guy I keep running into. There's something so familiar about him, like a primal drum rhythm from my dreams. But spending time together only raises more questions--about my heritage, a native Mohawk prophecy . . . and an unearthly magic threatening our city..
The synopsis of this book piqued my interest right away, I mean, gargoyles that come to life? Pretty darn different and I am always looking for something different in the YA genre. So of course I had to give this one a try to see what it was all about.
It started off pretty well, we jump right into the story and right away I could tell this was going to be something fun and something definitely different.
I really enjoyed how the narrative jumped back and forth between the two main characters, Aude (aka Odd) and Guillaume. It doesn't always work in some books but it was handled pretty nicely in this one and seemed to work. And strangely enough, I found myself really liking reading from Guillaume's POV more than Aude's. His character was pretty mysterious and charming and I just wanted more of his story. I wanted to know why he was a gargoyle and I knew he hadn't always been one and I just knew there was a really great story behind it all.
I will admit though, that after those first few pages, the story got a little slow for me but I kept reading on hoping that it would pick back up again. Thankfully by about chapter 16 things did start to pick up again. In fact, a lot of the story started to finally really unfold.
We start to learn more about Guil, about the curse, about Aude and her heritage, about the strange drumming and chanting and very slowly Guil's past starts to be revealed as well.
After learning more about Guil's past, I have to say, I liked him even more. He was so tortured and broken and yet, he learned to really care about someone and to even learn what love really is. He was a great character.
I really love the take on witches and essence in this and about how the gargoyles came about, I don't want to give anything away but it really was a creative concept, very original.
All of the brother were loveable, I really enjoyed Garnier's character as well and I hope we get more of him in the next book because I would really love to learn more about him and to see him get a happily ever after too.
This really does promise to be a great series. I can't wait to see what the author does with the next book.