Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine

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Secrets of Skin and StoneSecrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gris is a Watcher, he changes into gargoyle form to protect and defend against fiends and has been sent to Hidden Creek, a small town in Alabama, to investigate a huge fiend problem that has been going on. Once in Hidden Creek Gris finds that something is very very wrong in the sleepy town, not only is there an abundance of fiends but also animal attacks and other very strange occurrences.

Gris comes across Piper just after arriving in Hidden Creek and finds that her dog was brutally murdered so he offers to help find out what happened. Piper is not sure whether she should trust this stranger, she’s already haunted by fiends and nightmares and feels that she’s very dark inside due to her OCD she struggles with but Gris sees something in Piper and is determined to prove to her that she is worth more than she believes.

First I have to warn of the content in this book as Piper is a cutter due to her anxiety and OCD so for those that do not wish to read about self harm then this wouldn’t be for them. But that being said I have to applaud the author for making Piper feel very authentic from the opening pages. I think her character was very well written and I could feel Piper’s anxiety and emotions all throughout the story.

As far as the plot in this book I also thought it seemed original as I’ve not read anything myself containing any type of gargoyle protector. There is a bit of insta-love but not what you would normally find in a young adult read. While Piper did find Gris attractive her personality was more concerned about him being a stranger and refusing to open up to him quickly. It wasn’t too long though the relationship progressed so I would still call it a “insta-love” in regards to that though but done in a way that fit Piper perfectly so I didn’t mind and in the end I rather enjoyed this story.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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