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Friday, January 22, 2016

Review: Alchemystic

Title: Alchemystic
Author: Anton Strout
Series: The Spellmason Chronicles #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Length: Novel (290 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Gifted, thanks, Debi Murray!
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Alchemystic is book one in The Spellmason Chronicles. Alexandra (aka Lexi) Belarus, an artist from New York City is greaving after losing her brother. With no one else to take the reigns of the family company, Alexandra must quit her artwork and learn the family business that she has no interest in, real estate.

Walking home in NYC by herself, Lexi is attacked and barely gets away with her life. She was saved by a gargoyle named Stanis. Lexi never knew that magic existed, or that her great-great-grandfather managed to craft grotesques (gargoyles) and made one into a living being. The whole reason Stanis was created was to protect the Belarus family. That's all he cares about, and I'll be interested to see where this series goes. Once Lexi finds all of that out she's determined to hone her newfound magic abilities while figuring out why random tattooed men are coming out of the woodwork intent to kill her. She has two BFFs that help her along her journey, as well as Stanis.

I can't say I've read all that many gargoyle stories, and I rather enjoyed this one! Lexi and the team really got into some situations that had me wondering if they were going to survive. I enjoyed Lexi's BFF's, Rory and Marshall. Rory was there for Lexi whenever she needed it, and I wound up really liking her character. I hope to see more of her in book two. Though there wasn't romance tossed in this installment, I believe there will be some later in the series. I recommend this book if you're looking for a gargoyle read.


18 comments:

  1. I remember hearing great things about this one and I confess that I also have a weakness for gargoyles

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    1. I'm just wondering why there aren't many gargoyle books out there! :)

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    1. I enjoyed it! Need to grab book two :D

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  3. I've never read about gargoyles either, though I think I have one book with them on my list. I'm adding this one, it looks good :)

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    1. There really needs to be more gargoyle books, I don't see them around that often. I can't remember the other series, but I remember reading one way back in the day and enjoying it.

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  4. oh this one sounds very intersting!! I love gargoyles but haven't read many yet. But this one sounds right up my alley! Great review.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it if you read it! I need to look up more gargoyle books asap ;) Thanks <3

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  5. I don't think I've ever read one with a gargoyle as a main character. How fun!

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    1. I have a feeling he's going to be a love interest later in the series, can't wait ;)

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  6. I haven't read many gargoyle books either. Christine Warren has a series. I read the first one and was disappointed and didn't continue. There is one in the Sin City books by Kristen Painter. I think there is one in the Elder Races, but he hasn't gotten his own book yet. The Hollows has them, but they are minor secondary characters mostly. I agree we need more. **Authors -- Get on that** LOL

    Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Uh huh I was like I know there's another I read that had one as a main character. I knew about The Hollows one but not the others, so thanks! I *think* I found the one I enjoyed back in the day. Not sure if I read and now if I'd enjoy it though. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1240131.Heart_of_Stone

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  7. I haven't read a gargoyle story too! I wanted to check out Armentrout but I don't like it too romancey. This sounds tepid in that department, maybe this will work for me better.

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    1. No romance in this one, so you should enjoy it!

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  8. I was just thinking the other day I want another UF series, even an old one ;)

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    1. hehe that worked out perfect then ;) Enjoy!

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  9. Oh I'd love to read this series. I haven't read much of gargoyles either, but it so sounds good. :)

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    1. Authors need to write more gargoyle books!

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