Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto

23557252Release Date: February 24th 2015

Publisher: Skyscape 

Genres: New Adult/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Format: eARC 

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.

When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also to Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.

As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?

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*Actual Rating 3.5*

 I’m not sure how to really rate this one. Since I actually liked it, but then again it racked my nerves some; I’m gonna stay between 3 & 4. I only wished that this story could have been told solely from Kate’s POV.

It starts off pretty normal, as far as paranormal goes; with vampires, gargoyles, wolves, and talk of sentinels. Basically, paranormal-politics; discussing changes and the next chosen sentinel. Then we meet Kate, superstar actress extraordinaire. She’s wrapping up filming her latest movie, and is nursing a broken heart. While going through that, she’s also been having these vivid dreams of where she is inside of an old castle. Only, it’s not a dream and she soon finds out why.I like the Urban fantasy feel of this book. It gives a sense of danger to oblivious humans; unlike what just your basic paranormal stories give. With her destiny already chosen for her, Kate has no choice but to follow through because her life and others are in grave danger.

This is a book that needs a sequel, or two. There’s not enough character development and world building for all of these secrets that are coming to light. I want to be so caught up in this world that I never want to leave. I like how Declan has this plan of getting Kate to fulfill her destiny, by using Ian as bait. He knows all about her life and what she’s been through. Ian is the perfect guy to make her think about things but it’s really not a hard decision, as Ian is drawn to her. However, Ian made a choice and I’m not sure that it fit the plot too well. It’s like, there’s too much going on in this book, and then there’s not enough. Some things are not descriptive enough, especially the characters. You don’t really know what kind of being someone is unless they outright say it. And therein lies the problem. Definitely need a sequel that has more to give about Shadow Wood and all of it’s secrets.

This is not a bad read, nor is it great. I’d recommend if you like paranormal, in any fashion. The ending left more questions than answers, so beware. *3 1/2 Stars*

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