Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Happy Book Birthday Secret of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain!




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Secret of the Gargoyles: Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles Book 3 
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I place the lives of all gargoyles into your hands with what I am about to tell you…

In her brief career as a gargoyle healer, Mika Stillwater has faced some daunting challenges, but none have stumped her—until now. A strange sickness infects a handful of gargoyles in Terra Haven, rendering them comatose and paralyzed. Worse, the cure she seeks is shrouded in the gargoyles’ mysterious culture and the secret they guard with their lives.
Gaining the gargoyles’ trust is only the first step. To save the sick gargoyles, Mika must embark on a perilous mission into the heart of deadly wild magic to a place no human has ever survived...

The captivating conclusion to the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles trilogy, Secret of the Gargoyles will charm readers of all ages, especially those who love extraordinary magic and endearing gargoyles.






My Review

I got to beta read this one (and book two) for Ms Chastain and let me tell you this.... Book three is so spectacular, I begged her to give me just one more chapter... and Guess what... SHE DID!!! LOL Yes, I am being serious. It was so good, I wanted just a little bit more. As a beta reader, I normally fill out this little form I made for myself to keep track of things as I read. I think she took to heart me begging for more Marcus and Mika. 

Now, this one still is full of action, but this one is definitely more emotional. We open with Mika still trying to save those gargoyles harmed from the last book. I can't explain without too much spoiler problems, but she is trying to save them from dying from that horrible contraption that crazy lady made. It's not just one or two gargoyles in trouble either. It's several. She's willing to sacrifice a lot to save them. And at the end, we learn maybe Marcus has a little interest in Mika and it's not just on her end. So, Mika goes to find Captain Grant to get him to help her save all the gargoyles when she finds Marcus. Marcus is not happy with her request but refuses to let her do this on her own, so he goes on a little adventure with her. By Adventure I mean everyone almost dies, more than once. I won't lie, this one has definitely been one of the most suspenseful books I've read in a while. At one point, I didn't know if I wanted to cry, yell, smile, cheer, or just let go. When the Tiger gargoyle broke my heart, I seriously cried for Mika. She took it so hard. And Marcus... we he stayed by her side the WHOLE time. He fought for her when she almost gave up. And Oliver, he's not a kid anymore. He may only be an adolescent gargoyle, but he's matured so well. I adore him! And seriously, I CHEERED out loud, like a crazy person in those last chapters. 

Now here's the great part about what I am about to tell you. When I said I asked for more, Ms Rebecca gave it to me. So those who will read this won't understand just how awesome those last chapters are because of the changes. Dear sweet baby Jesus, THANK YOU, because not only did I see exactly how Mika and Marcus have a future, but I see how great they are as a team, with Oliver to boot. Especially since Oliver made friends with a cerberus. HA! Great part. And that first kiss. I won't lie, I normally avoid all the romance parts, but this book, I BEGGED! I emailed Ms Rebecca and groveled BEFORE I beta read this one, I believe I called her evil and horrible, because I NEEDED Marcus and Mika to work out. There needed to something to work for, not just being a guardian for Mika. Hell, I'll fight for Marcus hahahaha! I was actually mad at Marcus throughout most of this book, until I realized his deal. When he finally asked Mika point blank "what happened after the park?" I was totally cheering for him all over again. I may have punched Mika if she woulda screwed this one up. :) 

Anyways. The whole point of the story is gargoyles, and their stories, but I loved how Ms Rebecca made a little romance mean so much in so little words. The romance is really a background and not introduced until this book. And I will BEG, like on my knees in some painful place, that Ms Rebecca continue this series in some way. I want to see Captain Grant and Mika's BFF go at it. Oh my god, it will be epic to see all that attitude. I want more from this world that has been magnificently created. It's a wonderful world to lose yourself in. I want to live there. I would also love to see something happen with the rest of the Team. Oliver has siblings and I loved them. See, I just don't want to let this go, so I am very willing to compromise with a little spin off in some way. :) So if I need to say something short and simple, I will say this-
This book is what made Ms Chastain's "magic of the gargoyles" so magical. It may have signified an ending, but it's a beautiful ride on the way, and I absolutely LOVE every page and every word that was leading up to these moments. I am a fan for life! And I will gladly pay for more books in this world!! This one earned my RARE 6 PAWS!! Because it's too good to get your normal 5 great stars, it's worth so much more!!   




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Magic of the Gargoyles: Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles Book 1
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To help a baby gargoyle, Mika will risk everything.

Mika Stillwater is a mid-level earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person she’ll trust with her desperate mission, Mika’s carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.

Swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven, Mika must jeopardize everything she’s worked so hard for to save the baby gargoyle from the machinations of a monster—and to stay alive…

Magic of the Gargoyles is a spellbinding adventure set in a world full of elemental magic and adorable gargoyles that is sure to enchant young adult and adult readers alike.

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“I freaking love this book! …All I can say is I think you should read this.” (Happy Tails and Tales ★★★★★) **to see my full review go here-- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1663897507
 
Curse of the Gargoyles: Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles Book 2
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Mika was trying to save a gargoyle, not doom the world...

Mika Stillwater isn’t known for her skills with combat magic. As a gargoyle healer, she spends her days mending broken appendages and curing illnesses in the living-quartz bodies of Terra Haven’s gargoyles. But when a squad of the city’s elite Federal Pentagon Defense warriors requests her assistance in freeing a gargoyle ensnared in a vicious invention, Mika jumps into the fray.

No one could have predicted that her involvement would ignite a chain reaction set to destroy the city, the world, and magic itself.

Brimming with epic magic and loveable gargoyles, Curse of the Gargoyles is the second story in the mesmerizing Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles trilogy. Fantasy fans young and old will delight in this highly original world and exciting, action-packed adventure.

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“Take a deep breath and get ready to “rock” and roll with our heroine.” (Tome Tender ★★★★★)
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Praise for the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles
“I was absolutely blown away by MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES and blown away by Rebecca Chastain. The descriptions of the world that Mika resides in immediately caught my attention. From the very beginning, I was hooked! The book weaves together a tale with magic in a way that reminds me of why I love fantasy. . . . You cannot go wrong with MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES if you’re looking for a quick fantasy read!”
Pretty Little Pages
 
“The cast of characters that populate MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES, are a charming delight. . . . Fans of urban fantasy, the steampunk genre, or fans of gargoyles (they are neat)—this read is well worth the temporal investment. MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES is a charming light, short read that well deserves its 5 stars. It leaves an almost magical mark on you when you finish.”
Open Book Society (★★★★★)

“A cracking good story with a great premise and an intriguing world. . . . I enjoyed this novella immensely.”
Trawling the Amazon
“You will love this!”
Lovely Reads (★★★★★)


Rebecca Chastain’s bio:
 
Rebecca Chastain is the international bestselling author of the Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles, among others works. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in Northern California with her wonderful husband and three bossy cats.
 
Here are a few places you can find Rebecca on the Internet:
 
Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca