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Peek Inside Secrets of Skin and Stone

Hidden Creek is more haunted than any town fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen, and it could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says smart-mouthed Piper Devon knows why. To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other.

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Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. And behind all the unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood is something that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says smart-mouthed Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be the only way for her to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.


"From the first page, I couldn't put this book down. The shadows have never been so deliciously dark with Gris, a shifting gargoyle, protecting innocents from whatever goes bump in the night.  He meets his match in the obsessive-compulsive Piper and sparks fly between them. The relationship between Gris and Piper is so sweet, both accepting and loving to each other. Swoon! The mystery and evil that comes out at night had me sitting at the edge of my seat, and I couldn't put the book down. I hope there is a second book, because I'm so needing more Gris. Piper, too. But Gris!" – Brenda Drake, NYT Bestselling author

“Absolutely charmed by this book. Piper is utterly amazing in her quirks, and Gris, oh boy. Book boyfriend material! Heartbreaking at times, had me crying from the first instant.” –Lea S., NetGalley

Secrets of Skin and Stone is an enthralling YA fantasy that wraps the reader in mysteries!” –Olivia F., Goodreads

This book had everything I look for and love in a good novel; romance, humor, and some seriously awesome supernatural creatures. I've read stories with gargoyle characters before but this one was definitely my favorite!” –Taylor, Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World

"I really want this book to be adapted for TV!” –Margaret, Vampire Book Club

“Finally, gargoyles!!!   Been waiting for a good book with my favorite stone fighters.  The story was steady and kept me interested the whole book.  I love that Piper has OCD and is imperfectly perfect.  Gris is the gargoyle and was extra swoony even in gargoyle form.  I can't wait to read more by this author!” –Tammy V., NetGalley

“Speaking of Piper, oh man, she’s everything. Piper Devon is a tough, wildly intelligent girl who takes no crap from anyone. Every instance in which she stood up for herself felt like a huge victory for heroines everywhere. Piper is the kind of headstrong, brilliant, and still vulnerable, heroine that I love to see!” –Leah K., Goodreads

I lovedddddd the setting. I loved the whole small town Southern atmosphere. It was amazing. It gave such a cool feel to the whole novel, and it made it even that more interesting. Perfectttt setting.” –Book Princess Reviews Blog

Twist and turns in this tale keep you turning the page, it is a well written and an intriguing story with a good balance of romance and supernatural happenings. I found Piper especially intriguing, she isn't the usual leading lady in YA stories and it was a refreshing change!” –Jasmine B., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759695
Release Date: Jun 5, 2017
Page Count: 318
Imprint: teen
Genre: paranormal, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Carrie May 21, 2017

Gris is a Watcher, he changes into gargoyle form to protect and defend against fiends and has been sent to Hidden Creek, a small town in Alabama, to investigate a huge fiend problem that has been going on. Once in Hidden Creek Gris finds that something is very very wrong in the sleepy town, not only ...more

By Morris August 10, 2017

“Secrets of Skin and Stone” was the perfect palate cleanser and fun read after a series of lackluster novels that almost sent me into a reading slump. I would describe it as a young adult “Southern Ghost Hunters.”

It’s a fun supernatural romance with witty dialogue and a plot that flows quickly. Ther ...more

By Mandy June 02, 2017

Okay, to tell the truth, I wasn't expecting much from this novel. It seemed intriguing, I had never read a gargoyle novel, and the cover was pretty cool. But did I expecting to really enjoy it? Nooooo, but it's exactly what happened!

First and foremost, I want to say that this book deals with self-h ...more

* I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Gris- a watcher who can shift into his protector form of a gargoyle. New in town trying to help solve a paranormal problem they seem to be having.

Piper- trying to get the best score on her ACTs so she can leave her tow ...more

By Roxanne June 05, 2017

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Gris has come to the small town of Hidden Creek to hunt fiends. He is a watcher and he also shape shifts into a gargoyle. Piper's dog has been killed when she decides to investigate the new renters at the ...more

By Leah June 02, 2017

An interesting twist on gargoyle mythology, with wonderfully complex heroine and hero!

Check out the full review on my blog. ...more

By Brenda May 15, 2017

From the first page, I couldn't put this book down. The shadows have never been so deliciously dark with Gris, a shifting gargoyle, protecting innocents from whatever goes bump in the night. He meets his match in the obsessive-compulsive Piper and sparks fly between them. The relationship between Gr ...more

By Cassandra June 11, 2017

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book!

The cover is what intrigued me to check out the book!

I’m not sure if this wi ...more

By Kimberly June 05, 2017

I received a early copy courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

I was excited to get my hands on a early of this book because well look at that cover. I mean it is just gorgeous and unusual. I found myself just staring at it a couple of times. I read the blurb and knew it was somethin ...more

By Olivia May 19, 2017

“Secrets of Skin and Stone” is an enthralling YA fantasy that wraps the reader in mysteries that aren’t solved until the end! Grisham (Gris) is a Watcher, meaning he turns into a gargoyle and kills fiends. He is coming to Hidden Creek at his uncle’s request and at no cost (usually he gets paid to ta ...more

By Stephanie June 08, 2017

Really enjoyed the unique world and characters in Secrets of Skin and Stone. It's nice to have a book take a different approach to mental health and it's characters. Piper's OCD is not a plot device, but a piece of who she is. So the notes of behaviors and thoughts feel natural and not over wrought. ...more

By Katherine June 04, 2017

**4.5 Stars**

Gris has been given his first solo assignment, a simple fiend removal from the small town his aunt and uncle live in. Simple and quick. Well, at least that is what he expected. But he may be in over his head with mysteries and secrets piling up, as well as the danger one teenage girl se ...more

By Eva June 05, 2017

when i read books about supernatural creatures, i tend to read ones about vampires or angels or fairies or demons. i tend to avoid animal shifters because the idea weirds me out. it never occurred to me that you could write stories about gargoyles. but secrets of skin and stone proved to me that you ...more

By Pragati June 05, 2017

For full review - Secret of Skin and Stones on The Inked In Book Blog

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Okay, first things first. I LOVE THE COVER. IT IS SO DARK AND GRITTY. Gah! I love it! The cover drew me into the book in the fir ...more

By Taylor June 05, 2017

4.75/5 Stars! Review Originally Posted on Taylor Fenner's Bookish World

Grisham "Gris" Caso has been sent on his first solo fiend-hunting mission to the small town of Hidden Creek, Alabama, the home of his aunt, uncle, cousin, and his crazy former Watcher uncle, Critch. He figures it will be some eas ...more

By Jennifer June 18, 2017

There aren't nearly enough gargoyle stories in the YA world, so when I heard about Secrets of Skin and Stone, I knew I had to read it and am so glad I did. Grisham (Gris) and Piper are now two of my favorite characters for this year, and the storytelling was fab.    

Told from the alternating POVs of ...more

By Heather June 10, 2017

This is the type of paranormal novel I want to read more of.

Piper, our main heroine, is strong, and yet she doesn't see how awesome she is. Based on Wendy Sparrow's own experiences, Piper struggles with OCD, which manifests itself in the form of cutting. It was intriguing to be inside Piper's head a ...more

By Lynndell June 05, 2017

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine! Gris is a shape-shifting gargoyle called a Watcher. He travels to Hidden creek to reside in his relatives' extra house. He ...more

By Lisa June 09, 2017

My first genre love was paranormal romance so I was tickled to get the chance to read this awesome story. I got to admit while the cutting made me a bit uncomfortable, I throughly loved the sassy OCD Piper. I've only read a few books that featured gargoyles so it was pretty neat getting to learn the ...more

By Josie May 22, 2017


I really enjoyed this book - it gave me major Supernatural (Sam and Dean anyone <3) vibes, but was still unique in its own way.

Gris is a Watcher, and has been sent to Hidden Creek to rid the town of Fiends.

Piper is a gir ...more

By Randi June 10, 2017

There's so much about this book to love. I love the realness of Piper's OCD (which was written from the author's own experiences, which I adored because it gave such a breath of fresh air into the behaviors that are often glamorized into something they are not in movies and books), and I absolutely ...more

By Ash May 19, 2017

I devoured this book. A fantastic #ownvoices YA novel with an OCD main character and fascinating paranormal bits. I highly recommend it. I really hope there will be more! ...more

By Katie July 15, 2017

I was given an ARC of Secrets of Skin and Stone by the author in exchange for an honest review.

As soon as Gris Caso rolls into Hidden Creek, things get interesting, and it’s not the crazy number of fiends in town—demonic creatures invisible to most people. It’s Piper, the beautiful and neurotic gir ...more

By Andreia June 28, 2017

This review was originally published on NetGalley.

Addictive, new and unforgettable. This novel is just as promising as its mysterious cover and I couldn’t put it down.

Grisham is Watcher, he turns into a gargoyle to get ride of fiends. When his uncle requests his help in Hidden Creek, Gris slowly beg ...more

By ☘Tara June 05, 2017

Admittedly I was a little concerned because before the story even starts there’s a “Trigger Warning”. There is no other phrase that elicits more eye-rolling yet perfectly encapsulates the kind of society we’ve become than this one but at least I give the author credit for trying to head off the trol ...more

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Wendy Laine

About the author

Wendy Laine

Wendy Laine (aka Wendy Sparrow) spent her childhood and teenage years traveling the world. She did a European tour before age one. Now she prefers to remain in Washington State and live in other worlds through reading and writing. Wendy is active in the OCD and Autism communities and posts on her blog and Twitter to promote awareness in both. When she’s offline, Wendy enjoys not cleaning, hanging out with her teenage kids, cuddling her dog, and spending time with her husband. While she writes for both adults and young adults, this author insists on the reality of a happily-ever-after.

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