Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book, as well as the seemingly strong heroin that was portrayed in the description of the book. With multi-POV, some dark and shadowy characters, all topped with a semi-predictable plot – I can say that it was an entertaining story, but I would have loved some more depth to the main characters. Possibly some more back story and reasons as to why – for me anyway, it left me with an odd combination of unexpected little effects here and there, but a large part was quite foreseeable – which therefore left little to the imagination.
With all of that said, I will restate that I did actually enjoy the story. It was a new and fresh take on the somewhat overdone angels/ demons – it was a refreshing change that the main female character, Kate Mercer, was for all intensive purposes an average “Jane”. She wasn’t born under the second to late partial full-moon, while her mother chanted and stood on her head – just to yield a special child that would “change the world”. She’s a recently well-known actress that scored the lead female role in a “Twilight-esque” trilogy…only her main co-star is her EX-boyfriend that she has to pretend to love…even after he cheated on her…but claims he still loves her (can you say soap-opera!!). But across the country in Scotland, Declan an old as heck…hmmmm, don’t know what he is exactly…but he certainly isn’t human – and apparently he created the gargoyles to protect humans. Only problem is they need a human sentinel to keep them calm and at peace; reenter Kate…and enter writer Ian McGuire who has befriended Declan some time ago and has been getting ideas for his top selling books from the darkness that Declan lives in. Ian is just what Kate needs to get her mind off of her career, ex-boyfriend, crazy stalker(s), etc…
To fast forward through some stuff as I felt it a little monotonous: Kate visits Shadow Wood in “ghost” form and comes into contact with Ian, she finally visits Scotland, realizes she’s supposed to be there, falls for Ian, some more of the crazy stalker, something unfortunate happens to Ian (not death, but no spoilers there), and Kate contemplates her future some more. Hmph…to end this tirade, liked, but didn’t love – I really wanted to like it more than I did, but it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.