The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Chopchinski
Series: Gabrielle #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 27, 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Debut novel, The Curious Tale of Gabrielle was intriguing and refreshingly original.
Gabrielle, a young girl with an inquisitive nature, ventures into an antique shop on her thirteenth birthday. The way the author describes the shop automatically made me think of a place I once explored in New Orleans called Arcadian Books & Prints. Here is a pic I snapped of my own curious adventures that day.
Gabrielle wonders through rows upon rows of old books and relics from the past. Stumbling upon an old secretaire. Where she finds a mysterious bracelet and meets the elderly shop owner, Alexandra. There is something peculiar about her but Gabriel is intrigued by the woman.
“Ah, but where are my manners? Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alexandra. This is my shop and my home. Il Gabinetto di Curiosita. Welcome, Miss Gabrielle.”
The next morning she realized that she had lost her father’s silver coin at the shop and goes to retrieve it. This is where the story gets a little crazy….don’t get me wrong it’s a good crazy.
I have to give it to the author though. The story is refreshing original and easy to follow. The first half was slow at times but then BAM. What. A. Ride. I couldn’t put it down. Anyway where was I?
And so it is, that she awakens in a strange new place. With new people that oddly seems familiar to her.
Ok I’m going to stop there because I don’t believe in spoilers. The story picks up quickly after this. I wanted to scream at the book a few times. Action packed. The ending will blow you away.
Zachary Chopchinski well done. I can’t wait to read his next installment Curiosity and The Hounds of Arawn that released August 28th. If you haven’t seen his Facebook page I highly recommend checking it out. His videos are quite entertaining.
Favorite Scene: The King and the tower.
There are two types of ways to travel: either by a journey or an adventure. Now the difference between the two is that with an adventure, there is an inherent risk of danger. I like to think that with that danger comes excitement…”
“Stories need to be told…they need protecting…they are waiting…listen to them and speak with them…”
“Our past the most important part of us; what we have done often negates what we will do. If we cannot learn from our past, we are often doomed to repeat it.”