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“Not for me. Plagued with grammatical and punctuation errors and a writing style that was immature and grating, a great plot and characters could have lifted this to at least bearable. This was not the case for me. A Mary-Sue heroine, a grossly overbearing and abusive hero, and a plot that made as...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Not for me. Plagued with grammatical and punctuation errors and a writing style that was immature and grating, a great plot and characters could have lifted this to at least bearable. This was not the case for me. A Mary-Sue heroine, a grossly overbearing and abusive hero, and a plot that made as much sense as a drunk riding a unicycle put this well below acceptable for me. Couldn't finish, won't continue, and glad to put this one aside.”Katrina D wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The beginning of Moon Spell was without a doubt incredibly intriguing and mysterious. I wanted more and more of the storyline and the secrets revealed. You can tell that there are so many secrets that will keep you guessing even after only reading a few pages. I felt bad that Caia knew so little, especially when it came to things that pertained to her. Usually this would bother me since those with the knowledge are keeping it hidden for the character's 'own good' and this drives me batty. Moon Spell was just so densely completely woven with secrets that I never minded, I only wanted to know more as soon as possible!
"“Yvana,” Lucien’s voice rumbled darkly in warning. Caia had never heard him use that tone before, but she was still too shocked by Yvana’s reaction to look at him. She was caught in this woman’s bleak gaze. What had she done to her?
“Griffin died because of your parents... because of you.” Yvana was standing up now, trembling with anger and grief."
I loved Moon Spell's lore and how it incorporated the Greek gods into the supernatural. It was such an interesting idea and I love stories that involve mythology in any way. Young didn't just adopt them into the lore and then drop them either. Caia regularly used them in her language like how normal teens would use 'oh my god'. I found that to be extremely clever and well done.
"No. Uh-uh, Haaades no."
Caia is really hard to describe personality-wise. As far as paranormal goes, she's the first character I've read about that isn't hotheaded, brave, dangerous... some mix of typical werewolf, vampire etc traits. Caia is quiet, unassuming, a loner (but not in an 'I hate everything' kind of way, more of a peace seeking type). To be honest I thought she was completely without personality at first. She goes along with everything, she doesn't make waves, she wasn't expected. I was wrong though, she doesn't need to be loud and constantly in the midst of the action to be her own person. As Irini said, Caia is gentle.
"“According to our spy everything’s going perfectly well. She’ll be sending the information we need over the next few weeks.”
“Integrating into the pack. By the time we get the little bitch, the pack may actually mourn her.”"
The multiple points of view (Caia's, Lucien's and the villain's) were a welcome surprise. I really liked getting into Lucien's head since Caia knew so little about what was going on. I also liked the quick glimpses into what was going on on the 'other side' too. I enjoy knowing what villains are up to and thinking but it's always ridiculous when they have a long monologue explaining everything at the end. Doing brief section in their POV was a great idea.
"Something inside Lucien split open. With a shock of awareness that set him back on his heels, Lucien realised that all he wanted in this life … was to melt into the darkness with her."
Lucien was completely adorable, delicious, swoon worthy... I was so excited when Moon Spell even started hinting at a romance between him and Caia. It was a relief that his point of view was included because Caia is so unsure of how the pack operated and where she stood with Lucien that I would have worried for her otherwise. Instead I could just bask in all the sweet moments.
I loved, absolutely positively loved Moon Spell until the ending. I really don't want to give anything away but at the same time I could write out a page long rant. Why, Young?! Why would you do this to me!!?
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“Easy read. Great story.”Tammy Novak wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good airplane read. The dialogue was a little young at times but overall a fun read.”Chulabird54 wrote this review Saturday, November 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Premise is wonderful. Needs editing, for content and grammar/spelling. ”Tasha wrote this review Monday, October 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book. It is listed as YA, and while some parts of it is most certainly YA it also has alot of violence and sexual content..not X-rated but not for younger people.
With that being said Miss Youngs is an engaging author who has well constructed charactors. I have read and enjoyed other books by this auther and am looking forwards to more from her.”
(The Tale of Lunarmorte, Book #1)
by Samantha Young
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Young-Adult (16+)
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 out of her sight-line, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to discover 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.
Caia has been in hiding since her parents tragic death and, right before her 18th birthday, is being brought back into her father's pack, Pack Errante. Because of her shrouded past and unfamiliarity with the supernatural society around her, Caia reluctantly accepts that she has a lot of deep trust issues to resolve with her pack due to (surprisingly!) being treated with suspension and fear. Yet, the one person who attempts to ease Caia back into being a pack member is also the one person she is (secretly!) promised to as mate-- Lucien, the young alpha. Adjusting to a new school, new family members, and a new home is tough enough, but even more so when dark secrets from Caia's past become unearthed and the life, that Caia was so familiar with, turns upside down.
I was so excited I found this e-book since I was very eager to read this series... and overall... I was NOT disappointed. It was a fascinating book with lots of supernatural intrigue and budding romance. Caia is a torn (and somewhat indecisive) character throughout much of the story; torn about how to react to her mysteries past, torn about her position within the pack, and torn about her acceptance of a relationship with Lucien. As much as her uncertainty about everything could easily cause the reader to frown upon her as a faltering character, Caia succeeds in perfectly balancing out her wavering thoughts with a sense of innocent vulnerability and stubborn persistence. Plus, her personal connections with Lucian (steamy!) and her new friends within the pack (endearing!) create a well-balance protagonist that is hard not to enjoy. Expect lots of twists and surprises throughout the book in regards to the upcoming supernatural war and Caia's close association with it, but largely, Moon Spell, is about a girl adapting to a new life-style change (be it...a change in an out-of-the-ordinary world full of werewolves, witches, and fairies - Oh My!)
Likes: Really enjoyed the Greek Mythology weaved throughout the pack's origins.
Dislikes: Not really a fan of the Midnight Coven and/or those associated with the magical arts throughout the tale. I was disappointed b/c many of their scenes throughout the story, in regards to "magic," were kind of blah and humdrum.”
“Another amazing book!! Loved the way it was writen. A different spin on Greek mythology. Well detailed with characters that were easily associated with. ”Cranberry 79 wrote this review Friday, May 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“OMG!!!!! Talk about crazy. It was one of the best books ever,”Monique LeShay Rasberry wrote this review Monday, March 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No