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About the Book: Two sisters get drawn into the world of gargoyles and vampires when one speaks an oath of devotion without realizing what she is doing. Through this oath she has placed her and all those she loves in harms way. There is a war brewing and she is right in the middle of it.
The use of Gargoyles in this story is a good choice. One of the problems I have with the Twilight series is the main male character is almost 100 years old. What could he possibly see in a teenage girl? No matter what his body looks like, his experiences would have made him older and much wiser than nineteen. Braden avoids this pitfall successfully since her main character, though quite old, hasn't had the experiences because he has been asleep as a stone gargoyle. It also explains his old world charm, grace and sensibilities. I loved the idea that the Gargoyles sleep as stone for long periods of time.
This story is relayed to the reader through the voices of both sisters. There was no confusion between the two as the voices were completely different. I was much more invested in Carrie, I suppose because she seems more like me. I loved her best friend Kevin. Luc, however, never really came through for me. He was distant but he is distant within the story as well, as if his life requires him to keep everything and everyone at arms length, even the girl he loves. Braden does a good job of giving her characters differences that keeps them separate within the mind of the reader. It makes for a more realistic story.
Some will find the setup too long. Still, even with the long setup, I enjoyed the story itself.
The only other thing keeping this book in the middle range is the lack of consistency when it came to the rules of the pact. When can a gargoyle take action and when could they not take action? There seemed to be a lot of crossing the line and a lot more of refusing to even approach the line. In one scene, the gargoyles kill vampires, in another scene they won't even touch them to save Sara from being kidnapped. This was quite confusing, leading me to ponder their reasons instead of enjoying the story.
I wouldn't read it a second time.
I love that this book focuses on a different type of paranormal creature. I've read some adult paranormal books that featured this same type of creature but not young adult; so I applaud Mrs. Braden for thinking outside of the box. ((clap, clap))
The story begins by introducing us to two of the main characters: sisters, Carrie and Sarah. I will admit that at first the sister's attitudes rubbed me the wrong way. They are total opposites of each other and initially came across as bratty and spoiled but in completely different ways. I am happy to say I was wrong and grew to love Carrie and really like Sarah...I guess you can tell which one is my favorite. Smile
Carrie is sixteen, soon to be a sophomore in high school, and a soccer jock. She is smart, witty, and outspoken. As you read the story you will learn she is fiercely loyal and is willing to do whatever is needed to protect and support her family and friends.
Sarah is eighteen, a senior in high school, and a flute prodigy with a princess complex. She comes across as snobbish and superior but the way that Marijon tells the story helps you to see that there is more to Sarah than meets the eye.
The story is broken into parts/Seasons with alternating points of view between Carrie and Sarah. (Another clap here) I loved getting to hear the story from different perspectives and getting to know each of the characters inner dialogue helped me to understand them better.
Part 1-Summer: Carrie / Part 2-Spring: Sarah / Part 3-Fall: Carrie / Part 4-Winter: Sarah
The story has action, drama, and romance. Several characters begin to fall in love and start to establish themselves as couples. There is a hint of a love triangle in one of the romances but only a hint and I am curious to see where that goes in Book 2. Around page 35 the action and drama kick in and from that point on I was lost in the world of Smoke, Wings, and Stone.
I would feel completely comfortable recommending this book to my 15 year old niece or to my older young adult paranormal book friends. It is a great start to what promises to be a fantastic series.
*I won this book in a giveaway. It is great. *