Briar Cliff Township might look like any other picturesque New England town, but it harbors a dark secret. For much of the year it is indeed like so many of the little towns tucked away among the forests of the New England coast. But when the winds change old stirrings arise from forgotten misdeeds and a thirst for vengeance.
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About the Author
Lorraine Beaumont is a #1 International Bestselling, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author and an Award-Winning Poet. All of her books are written with an ensemble cast of characters, filled with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. She has four different series to date written in multiple genre'. Ravenhurst, Briarcliff, Edenbrooke Hollow, Lost in the Highlands. She loves hearing from her readers - Connect with her online anytime: Website: www.lorrainebeaumont.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Lbeaumont_
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Evie and her friends gather at the abandoned Briar Cliff Manor on Halloween, which also happens to be Evie's birthday. A fun night of music and drinking quickly turns into a nightmare as, under a full blue moon, the Gargoyles start coming to life. First come the Centurions Alistair, Simon, and Adriane, who are the good guys. Their mission is to protect the humans from the evil Degare', who will feast upon human flesh if given the chance. When Evie is attacked she is saved by Adriane, a beautiful and mysterious stranger. As soon as Adriane meets Evie, he knows she is special. What is Evie's role in all of this? Will she be the one to finally break the curse of the Gargoyles? The Prologue uses beautiful poetic language and led me to think this would be a wonderful book. Unfortunately, things go downhill from there. There were numerous editing errors, including the incorrect use of apostrophes, commas, and hyphens, and incorrect word usage. The narrative is repetitive, the action is confusing and progresses too slowly, the characters' motivations are not clear, and nothing is explained or resolved. In addition, the omniscient point-of-view changes too frequently, often from sentence to sentence within the same paragraph. It really isn't necessary to know what every single minor character is thinking at every single moment. Too much unnecessary information is provided. For example, characters are introduced in detail and then never heard from again (they may appear later in the series, but who knows?); characters' backgrounds are revealed for no apparent reason (it may become apparent later in the series, but I'm not convinced); and clothing and music are described in detail. On this latter point, the Kindle version contains clickable links to the music and other pop references, which may be why the details are provided in the first place. I think this is a fantastic idea because I had never heard of any of the indie bands mentioned. I believe this feature is the future of ebooks, and I'm surprised I haven't seen it used sooner. I do think, however, that the author needs to be judicious in the use of these interactive links, rather than just using them because she can. The story ends abruptly. It's not even a cliff-hanger ending, enticing us to read more, as nothing of any significance has yet happened. In fact, the end isn't even the end. This book includes the beginning of the next book, Degare', which actually explains more in the first few pages than the whole book that precedes it. Warnings: sexual references, coarse language, violence, gore. I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Dumb assed book. I received a copy exchange for a review on Goodreads. I don't mind reading young adult paranormal fiction, in fact, some of it is very good. This was not. Frankly, if I was a teenager I would be personally offended. The characters are shallow, vapid and seriously lacking in vocabulary. If I had to read the phrase "his ass" one more time, I believe that my head would implode. Not to mention grammatical errors, dismal editing and poor world building. I really feel that I am dumber for having read this... "book."
Hmmm... What do I say about Gargoyle? I would give this book a 2.5 so I rounded it up to a 3. This was a quick easy read that has a good idea behind it. I was not a fan of actual book. The things that I did NOT like: 1. One of my biggest pet peeves is when an author consistently starts their sentences with "he, she, they, it, and/or the person's name." I wanted to scream for the first half of the novel. 2. The constant switching between perspectives was a little confusing. It wasn't very consistent and I felt that it could have been set up better. 3. The sex scenes... really? The sex scenes read like a 16 year old's wet dream. The things that I did like: 1. The idea behind the books. It reminded me a lot of the old cartoon. I love the thought of using a supernatural creature that isn't a vampire or lycanthrope. 2. It was a quick read. 3. It had me intrigued and made me want to know the story. All in all, I liked the idea of the book just not the actual book
A group of college students host a party in a creepy Gothic manor house and inadvertently awaken Gargoyles in the process. From there the story builds with the interaction between the Gargoyles and humans, except the humans don't know they are Gargoyles...yet. Which really makes it interesting, because as the reader you know, but the characters don't. Which is a lot of fun to read. of the humans with the Gargoyles, except they don't know they are mingling with Gargoyles. This book reads like a television series. Be warned though, it will leave you hanging. There are subtleties in this story that I really enjoyed. I loved the ensemble cast of characters which makes this more of a character driven story. Which I love. It's makes it more interesting. There is quite a bit of humor too, and some creepy parts and my favorite, the steamy scenes. A perfect mix. I can't wait to read more of this series.
This book started out really slow for me. I am a big fan of anything Gothic or Paranormal, so I was very ready to dive right into this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with how disconnected I felt towards the main characters right off of the bat. This book tries to be a New Age, or even straight up Adult Gothic/Paranormal, but the dialogue and actions of the characters (Evie, Moriah, Barnaby, etc.) scream Young Adult (except for the sex scenes). The dialogue sounds like middle school/high school kids trying to sound cool. In fact, I think that's mostly the problem I had with the dialogue - it was just TRYING too hard instead of naturally flowing. For example, in one of the first scenes of the book (small spoiler - but it's not a major part of the story) Evie is messing around with a boy that she has the hots for. He reveals what a douchebag he is and she changes her mind about having sex with him. Here is an excerpt of that scene: “Come on; take your clothes off so we can get to this.” “Get to this?” Evie squeaked, stalling. “Yeah, you know… doin’ the nasty,” he said, swinging his hips back and forth as he walked back to her. He reached her and leaned down to kiss her neck. She leaned her head back, not sure, if she was trying to give him better access or get away. He nuzzled her ear, whispering… “Come on, just let me poke you, baby.” Her entire body tensed. Eww, did he just say poke me? What the hell? Gross. “What?” she asked, hoping against hope she had heard him wrong. “You know, what you been begging for… me- to- poke- you.” He was completely serious, his voice growing husky. “Poke me,” she mouthed quietly, cringing all over; she was beyond grossed out. He laughed and grabbed onto both cheeks of her ass and pulled her against him, making her move back and forth. “Don’t worry. I’ll show you how it’s done.” And another thing that bothered me is also illustrated in the excerpt above - the many punctuation and grammar errors in this book. I know that usually on a blog tour we are provided with an unedited ARC of the book, so mistakes like these are common, and I never hold that against the author or factor that into my review. However, sometimes I prefer to go ahead and purchase the book from Barnes and Noble because the format looks better on my Nook. This was one of those times. So all of the errors that bothered me were actually still in the edited version that I paid for. Not only is it annoying to be correcting punctuation and grammar errors in my head while I read, it also rips me right out of the story and keeps me from enjoying what's going on. Another thing I couldn't really go with was how Evie reacted upon meeting her first ever gargoyle. First of all, she had no clue that gargoyles were anything more than stone statues, so when one turns into a real, live. man in front of her I would have expected a few more hysterics. She did freak out a little, but then before you know it they are kissing. And to top it all off, they are alone together in the middle of the night in an abandoned mansion. Yeah, I'm having a hard time believing that. Then, when she runs in to Adrienne (the gargoyle) a second time at a party, instead of being scared or maybe asking him a question or two, she jumps right back in to kissing him. I'm all for suspending belief and "going" with the story, but his just wasn't working for me. “Hey,” She replied nervously. “I have been looking for you.” “You were looking for me?” She squealed out excitedly in a pitch too high, feeling totally lame. “Yes.” “Wh-why?” she asked expectantly. “Because, I, um… wanted to finish what um, we... started.” He wet his lips, leaning closer, lifting his hand to the back of her neck. His hand was shaking. It had been so long since he felt the emotions he was feeling now. He felt awkward, not quite himself. Evie followed his lead and wet her own lips, leaning forward, so happy she had just taken a drink, chasing any other funk from her mouth with the alcohol. She felt his hand on the back of her neck, the simple act making her warm and tingly all over. Evie stood on her tiptoes, trying to get closer, keeping her eyes open slightly; afraid he would disappear if she shut them, like he did before. Her body hummed from his nearness as she breathed in his scent; it was so familiar, taking her from the here and now, whisking her away to another place and time. Adriane couldn’t believe she was there in front of him, his pulse raced, his body reacted. He felt like he had been waiting a lifetime for this… He lowered his mouth onto hers, tasting her sweetness. He lashed out his tongue, delving deeper as her body melded into his own. He ran his hands into her long hair, wrapping it in his hand, holding on. Plus, I would like to believe that a centuries old gargoyle would have a little bit better game than to be stuttering "um" when he's trying to make a play for a girl. ;) Overall, I would say that if you have a fascination with gargoyles, or if Gothic/Paranormal is your thing to read, you might want to check this one out. I ended up liking it okay, but not as much as I wanted to.