Elizabeth’s secrets will kill her, but the devotion of a gargoyle can save her.
In 1894, seventeen year old Elizabeth Riemma pulls the clothes from her dead twin’s body and assumes his identity. To avoid her murderous uncle, she attends her brother’s school on Marettimo Island, which is forbidden to women. Elizabeth takes solace in sculpting and one night, she awakens her gargoyle.
Gorgeous and fiercely loyal, Aelius uses his abilities to aid Elizabeth in keeping her secret. He only asks one thing in return- a kiss. As Elizabeth learns confidence from her creation, suspicions rise and the island’s bloody history threaten to bury them.
Elizabeth must hide her gender. Aelius must hide his existence. But both of them dream of the impossible- to be together.
Erro or Elizabeta had to pretend to be her brother to get away from her awful uncle. She took his place at an all boys school. Elizabeta’s gargoyle comes alive at night, and because of this I enjoyed the parts of the book that were at night the most. I caught myself reading the bits that took place in the day faster so I could get to sunset and hangout with Aelius some more. I got a kick out of his “payment” requests and I thought his powers were beyond cool. I got such a kick out of the pranks the two of them played. I thought they were hilarious.
The storyline of Gargoyle kept surprising me. I thought it was going in one direction and then it would change. The story kind of morphed into something bigger and better without me even realizing it. I loved how it all turned out.
I felt kind of bad for Elizabeta. She was so used to hiding her true self and pretending to be her brother that I think she almost lost sight of herself. She thought she was just her lies and I think she thought the only thing she was good at was lying. And that just made me feel so bad for her. Aelius really helped her come out of her shell. That was really rewarding to see.
If you are like me and you haven’t had the pleasure of reading a gargoyle book, start with Gargoyle. The magic and lore wrapped around a really nice love story will warm your heart. (if you have read a gargoyle book, please give me some recommendations. I want to read more!)