Hello Avid Readers,
Sometimes, when I read a book I don’t write a full review, I just write a paragraph or two to publish on Amazon and Goodreads; especially if it’s a book with thousands of reviews already. But I want to build up my blog to be THE place to go to for paranormal romance fans, so I should really post those smaller reviews on here too, right?
I picked up this book as the author, Samantha Young, is an attending author of RARE19 in London next month.
So with that in mind, today, I want to share my thoughts about…
Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1) by Samantha Young
From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of On Dublin Street.
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance.
It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?
No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her with a dangerous attraction from her decision to uncover the truth.
But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.
I am NOT a fan of Young Adult or New Adult stories but I have read Ms Young’s Drip Drop Teardrop and really loved it.
I quickly became frustrated with practically everything about this story; the thoughts and actions of all of the characters (sulleness, secrets kept for the good of our heroine or the pack, lack of communication, overreactions, dramatic petulant behaviour, etc), the simplification of thesis e.g. midnight = evil and daylight = good and how the plot evolved but I came to realise that what I was finding eyerollingly annoying was exactly what readers love about YA stories.
I downloaded the Audible version of this book as it was offered at a reduced rate with Kindle purchases; I really love reading along with narrations. I think that Lucinda Gainey’s performance was a perfect match for this story.
I still really like Ms Young’s writing style; she’s an intelligent and accomplished author which is evident in the prose she used in this book. Should she publish a more gritty adult paranormal romance in the future with characters of more mature age (and mentality) I will be one of the first to buy a copy. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. I hope I’ve sparked your interest.
Bye for now,