Candace Selph

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  • Mercy, A Gargoyle Story on Jan. 08, 2013

    Let me start by saying that this book is not for everyone, and I believe the author is aware of that fact. However, it is extremely well written, and very different from anything Misty has done previously. She goes so far outside the box that the box is no longer visible. Madeline is driven to a dark place, she cannot see past this darkness and it consumes her. She believes that she will find peace by ending her life, but instead she finds that one does not necessarily escape their choices that easily. We watch Madeline go through the painful process of facing who she was, the choices she made bringing her to the desperate place causing her to take her own life. She has to come to terms with what she has become, and figure out how to fly. Learning to see past what she could not in life will be the key to moving forward. Misty writes about such raw pain, and it makes me wonder if some of the "ugliness" of the gargoyles isn't representation of the ugliness and pain that was in their previous lives. I do believe that the book shows that there is hope, even when there does not appear to be any, and that the seed of hope can come from the most unlikely of events. As always, I'm not going to go too much deeper into my thoughts because I believe that a reader should experience the book fresh and feel what the author intends you to feel. What I enjoyed about the book was how I could relate to the story. Not so much as I've been where Madeline has been, but everyone goes through heartbreak, and at a young age it can be devastating. What I didn't like is that it ended where it did. I wanted it to go on just a bit longer, but then I'm greedy like that. All-in-all, this book made me think, and I love it when books do that! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who can deal with such depths of pain. Misty - I will never look at a Gargoyle the same way again!