Reviews, Urban Fantasy

My review of The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Chopchinski

gabThe Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Chopchinski

Series: Gabrielle #1 
: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 27, 2016



Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. When she moves to the small town of Envisage, she is drawn to a hidden antique shop and its mysterious owner. When Gabrielle is given a strange gift, she suddenly finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.
Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined—except perhaps by a curious young girl.


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?

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After Gabrielle is gifted the bracelet, she soon realizes that things are not all that they seem. The bracelet holds mystic powers.  Capable of transporting it’s owner into other places in time.

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.
Favorite Quotes:

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.”

zachpicZachary Chopchinski

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Zachary is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he spends his days working, writing, procrastinating and sweating off extremities he swore he would need in life (‘cause it’s hot in Florida).
Zach has multiple college degrees, in the fields of criminal justice and criminology…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws.
Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast).

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