Published by Midnight Ink on Jan 8, 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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When Zoe Faust--herbalist, alchemist, and recent transplant to Portland, Oregon--begins unpacking her bags, she can't help but notice she's picked up a stow away: a living, breathing, three-and-half-foot gargoyle. Dorian Robert-Houdin is no simple automaton, nor is he a homunculus; in fact, he needs Zoe's help to decipher a centuries-old text that explains exactly what he is. Zoe, who's trying to put her alchemical life behind her, isn't so sure she can help. But after a murder victim is discovered on her front porch, Zoe realized she's tangled up in ancient intrigue that can't be ignored.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was such a cute and fun story! The addition of a living gargoyle sidekick was definitely the best part. Can I please have a French expert chef gargoyle with a dry sense of humour? I promise to prioritize the need to find his missing property much higher than Zoe did.
Without a doubt, Dorian was my favourite part of the book. When I went into it, I didn’t know it was the first in a series, but as soon as I was finished, I went looking to see if it was because I want more Dorian! Luckily, it is the first of a series, so I can have more Dorian whenever the next book comes out.
While I totally loved Dorian, I did have a few issues with the rest of the book. Primarily the repetition. Zoe’s food habits, sleeping habits, and her avoidance of alchemy for the past several years are details that are repeated way too often. I get that she’s a vegan and has a smoothie every time she turns around. I don’t need to know the ingredients in every one. Plus, talking about sleep patterns was really only relevant a few times, and the same with her issues with alchemy.
But even with those issues, I still really loved the story. It was quick and fun and made for a great weekend read. Even if it did leave me hungry and wanting a meal far beyond my cooking capabilities. This was just an overall great book.