Alchemystic by Anton Strout
Series: The Spellmason Chronicles, #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
AN OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY…
Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…
Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.
Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…
A fun YA/NA Urban Fantasy…
“I lifted my knife, ignoring how it shook in my hand. Whether I could use it was another story, but I’d be damned if I was going to play the victim again. Something dark was rising up in me.”
The story had several elements which generally appeal to me:
hidden family histories,
a full-on paranormal/urban fantasy thing going on,
not to mention a funny and strong main character.
However, I had a hard time latching on to this book.
This was more than likely a case of me, not the author…
I doubt I am the target audience, so keep that in mind, please.
It simply wasn’t a story which grabbed me from the beginning. Quite frankly, it didn’t grab me until the 14th Chapter. I muscled through the first thirteen chapters because I was interested in the premise:
a gargoyle created by a spell mason to protect future generations of his family from a mysterious evil.
I also continued reading because I was intrigued by Alexandra, the female lead – emotional but not helpless – she’s overwhelmed with the consequences following the death of her brother, but she retains a backbone and a sense of humor that I appreciate in a female main character. How could I NOT have a soft spot for an artist who speaks in pop culture references?
“We’re in the twenty-first century now,” I said. “Women don’t need protectors. Besides, I’m so a Hermione, not a Bella.”
As adorable as it was, something about this book just didn’t click with me. It had some great elements, humorous dialogue, and some action and suspense befitting the overall plot line… I just wasn’t blown away by it.
I’m sure this book is perfect for someone, because it really was a good read. However, I doubt I’ll continue the series.
***I won this book through a “first reads” giveaway on GoodReads***