Book Tour: Gargoyle by Shelley Martin – Quickie Review

December 31, 2012 Book Reviews, Book Tour, Giveaway 1


Elizabeta’s secrets will kill her, but the devotion of a gargoyle can save her. In 1891, seventeen year old Elizabeta 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. Elizabeta takes solace in sculpting and one night, she awakens her gargoyle. Gorgeous and fiercely loyal, Aelius uses his abilities to aid Elizabeta in keeping her secret. He only asks one thing in return- a kiss. As Elizabeta learns confidence from her creation, suspicions rise and the island’s bloody history threaten to bury them. Elizabeta must hide her gender. Aelius must hide his existence. But both of them dream of the impossible- to be together.



It took me several tries to get in the right mood to read this. It is one of those books that drops you right in the middle of someone’s life, in this case Elizabeta’s life, and you have to run with it. No introduction. I have to be in the right mood to jump into one of those, especially after finishing a series. But that is neither here nor there. Once I was able to get into the story, all I could do was hold on for the ride. You keep expecting things to go one way, then BAM, something else totally unrelated happens.I was pretty sure how the story would wind up, but had no clue how it was going to get there. Aelius, as a lead male, drove me banana-sandwich for a while. He was just too … well, you will see. It did get better, or I got used to it. Either way, by the end I was eating out of his … hand. Yup. That is totally what I meant to say. I panicked for Elizabeta almost the whole time. I mean pretending to be your dead twin brother on an island where no girls are allowed in a time where you can be killed for such an offense? Yeah. I was nervous. All in all, a good solid story, with what feels like an ENDING. NO CLIFFHANGER to be seen for miles! What a relief!

4starsCLEAR Shelley 2012


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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