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Monday, April 23, 2012

01 Young Adult Novel Reader review: the Acropolis by R.K. Ryals

In fact, I have never met anyone who didn't like Gargoyles. - Keith David

The Acropolis
Conor Reinhardt is a gargoyle who has been demoted for breaking the rules. he is given a new assignment and a new mark to protect. Conor, though, is not expecting it to be Emma Chase. keeping in mind the protection of mankind, Conor must comply at all cost and bring Emma to a school called The Acropolis. 
author R.K. Ryals' first book in the Acropolis series was an unexpected surprise for me and it was a very pleasant one. 
she introduces the reader to a world of gargoyles and demons and i simply loved her take on these creatures. 
the story is told in Conor and Emma's perspectives. their voices alternate throughout the book but it was not difficult nor confusing to follow since each chapter is marked with the name of the person who is speaking. 
i really liked the writer's approach in developing the story and on how she focused more on the characters rather than the eponymous Acropolis. this worked very well for me. through her strong characterization, i was swept into the novel's plot from beginning to end. 
the action scenes were done just right. they were not lame nor did they go overboard. even Conor and Emma's attraction for each other progressed naturally and was not cheesy at all. 
i also liked the surprises and twists especially towards the end. 
overall, i had a great time reading this book. i commend the author's imagination and her unique choice of heroes. it made me look at gargoyles in a different and positive light.
*The Acropolis is available at Amazon. for more information about R.K. Ryals and her work, please visit http://rkryals.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter - @RKRyals and Facebook
my personal rating is:
The Acropolis contains material not suitable for younger readers 15 and under. 

check out the rest of the tour stops HERE for guest posts from author R.K. Ryals, interviews, excerpts and more reviews. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of The Acropolis from the author herself through Young Adult Novel Reader Blog Tours. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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