Sunday, February 10, 2013

{REVIEW} MERCY, A GARGOYLE STORY by MISTY PROVENCHER

Mercy, A Gargoyle StoryGenre: New Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Misty Provencher
Publication Date: 12/12
Format: ebook 
Source: Received from author for review.

CATEGORY: NEW ADULT, may not be suitable for young adult readers
GENRE: DARK FANTASY

My will to survive is the first thing to drown.
I know, because I hold it under myself.

After facing severe tragedy in life, Madeline assumes her death will be easy.
But the angels do not come to take her to Heaven.
Instead, what retrieves her is something she never expected: a gargoyle.

Delivered to Truce, the King of the Gargoyles, Madeline now has choices she never wanted. She has the ability to take over the entire Gargoyle Kingdom, if she is willing to kill the king. However, looking to prevent takeover, Truce transforms Madeline, thereby granting her the ability to achieve the thing she wants most—death—if she can just find the human recipient for the Gargoyle Gift that she now has to give. It should be easy.

But lives, whether they are lived or not, are seldom simple, and Madeline’s past still stands in her way. Now, only a voyeur in the life of The Boy with the Golden Rod Voice, Madeline’s must reconcile her own life and death, if she ever hopes to have free reign of her soul.

I want to start by saying that I absolutely adore Misty Provencher's writing. She is a truly gifted author whose words keep me in awe. That holds true for Mercy, A Gargoyle Story, though this one was a bit of a challenge for me.

I almost feel as if Mercy was two separate stories, and in a way it was. The book begins with the suicide of the main character, Madeline. This opening was extremely gripping, and difficult to read, which I think is a testament to Provencher's writing. The despair, the agony of death, and the helplessness that followed was well done.

But then, the Gargoyle aspect comes into play, and I never truly got on board with that aspect. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but I wanted to give this book a try. And I'm still glad I read it, the story was unique and I am positive that many fans of fantasy will love that.



So Madeline becomes a Gargoyle, and has the option of becoming the Queen. Like I said, I had a hard time following that storyline. Along the way, though, Madeline gets to see what happened to the boy who broke her heart, and her best friend. This part of the story broke my heart and was what kept me invested in Mercy. It was heartbreaking.

I feel as if my review is all over the place. I know it is. There are parts of Mercy that I completely loved and others that just didn't work for me. Either way, it's a gorgeously written book and there is no denying Provencher's talent.


Favorite Quote:


   I remember the boy's voice, like a Swiss Army Knife, useful, quick, and serrated. It was used for hunting, for trapping, for feeding me. He could slide his whisper right along my skin and separate me from my clothing with three clean words.  ~13%


You can purchase Mercy at:
Barnes & Noble  | Amazon  |   Smashwords

Books by Misty Provencher


The CORNERSTONE Series (Young Adult)

HALE MAREE (Adult)

MERCY, A GARGOYLE STORY (New Adult)

Connect with Misty Provencher at:
Her Blog | Twitter | GoodReads

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11 comments:

  1. This definitely has me curious. I do enjoy fantasy, so I am sure I will check this out. I haven't read her Cornerstone series yet, and I am really dying to read it and Hale Maree.

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  2. Oh laws! That cover kind of scares me lol

    I've never read about Gargoyle's before. That sounds so cool.

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  3. I have Cornerstone on my Kindle but I haven't had the chance to get to it. I'll have to check this one out too, I've only read one Gargoyle related book so I'd like to see how she goes about it.

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  4. I really need to read Misty's books. I own a few but never cracked them open yet. I think I may be able to enjoy this one, because I do love fantasy! Great review!

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  5. SOunds interesting! Glad you liked it!

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  6. This sounds very interesting and I am genuinely intrigued by the dark and unique storyline. I'm glad you liked it. I can't wait to check this out. Although, I really find that cover creepy looking. :s

    Fabulous review, Andrea!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  7. I won a copy of this and I am looking forward to it. Gargoyles are something unique. I'm not a big fantasy fan but I was thinking this was paranormal? Didn't think it would be so sad!!!! I'm glad I'm prepared for when I read it!! LOL

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  8. Thank you for the review and feedback, Babe! And I completely understand and felt like this review is very fair. This book is so dark and different from all the others I've released so far. I think it has some of my best writing in it, but it's also a story that I wrote about a very depressed girl. I hope you were able to find the burst of light at the very end- I never want to leave people in the 'dark'. Thank you again for the lovely review!

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  9. I am totally intrigued by the whole gargoyle thing. This series sounds really interesting. I will have to try to check it out sometime!

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  10. Thanks for sharing a quote for this one. You're right, that is very beautiful and descriptive writing. I don't think I've ever heard of a gargoyle story before, so the concept definitely intrigues me.

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  11. I really loved Cornerstone and Keystone by Misty, so I'll probably check this one out eventually. I do love the cover. I wish that it had worked better for you. It has a great concept and Gargoyles need more fiction loving!

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