Teaser Book Review: “Redemption” by Veronique Launier

Redemption (Hearts of Stone #1) by Veronique Launier (Click for Goodreads)

Expected Publication Date Sept 8, 2012

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  question-about my heritage, a native  Mohawk prophecy . . . and an unearthly  magic threatening our city…

MY READING JOURNEY

Page 11: “Gargoyles come to life because a girl speaks a Native American chant in Montreal Canada. Well color me interested.”

Page 14: “I just realized I have no idea how to pronounce either of the MCs names. Oh this could get awkward.”

Page 92: “Do you know how refreshing it is where you don’t know EVERY which way they can twist the mythology? Because sometimes I just have these moments with original books and I just want to cry with happiness.”

Page 119: “Clunk-ety-clunk goes the dialogue. Let’s get things MOVING people!”

Page 178: “Aude. You so stupid.”

Page 230: “Saw that coming. Now might something happen?”

Page 276: “Now I’m on my knees. CEASE THE EXPOSITION.”

Page 335: “AHA! There is the action that just won’t stop. Theeere we go.”

Page 355: “FINITO! …finished. I mean finished.”

NOW AT 100% COMPLETE: 3 stars

This, you guys, is a fantastically refreshing world. Gargoyles? French witches? Native American shamans? When was the last time you read about those all together? The world building in this gets an A+, even if that did seem to be the focus of the book. Very little happened until that last fourth that wasn’t exposition. Some people like that; that’s just not for me. I’m an action girl, and BOY did I get my action in the end! If you’re looking for something NEW and DIFFERENT to read, this is the book for you. Just don’t expect the pacing to fly at high speeds. When my real review goes up, we’ll talk more about that ending and the characterization!

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