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“Cora R said: 3 stars
After 15-year-old Allie Emmerson gets a big shock from an electric fence, strange things start to happen. She stops a charging bull and makes a glass of water move across the room just by thinking about it. When a good friend gives her a special moonstone necklace and tells her that she is the answer to an ancient prophecy, Allie's life if really thrown into turmoil. I enjoyed reading this young adult paranormal novel. Although Allie is a strong female character, she is also a typical 15 year old girl with real world problems. She lives with her sickly mother in a trailer on her uncle's farm, she deals with bullies on the school bus, and she has innocent school girl crushes on cute boys. While there is a budding romance in the book, it is not the focus of the story and so far there is no love triangle that has become cliche in many young adult paranormal books. The teen angst is also minimal. Some of the characters presented seemed like after thoughts that appeared and disappeared for no apparent reason, perhaps their presence will be more apparent in books further along in the series. It is a fun fast read that sets up an interesting premise for a series.”
“Great YA Paranormal book”Avid Reader N AZ wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could not put this book down. I read it straight through in one night! It's YA, but the story was good enough to hold my interest. The mystery of the moonstone, the trim arks, the starseekers, Fae, Kizzy, Junior, Trillby, Blaster. It was funny and believable. You could really get into Allie's story. Even if you're long out of high school, like me, Ms. Brothers helped you feel like you were right ther with Allie and her friends.
I enjoyed this book so much, I read the first 4 books in 4 days.”
“I wasn't sure how to set up this review, since four books in the series came to me as a Netgalley special offer for the reviewers. Finally, I just decided to do each book separately and put it together on Netgalley as a very long review.
Now, for the review. I didn't find Allie the most remarkable character in the world, and the beginning had me a little confused. I kept wondering just what was going on, and that alone almost made me want to stop reading it and just give it one star. But, just when I thought there was no hope the story actually picked up a little.
It became very suspenseful and there was a lot that was going on. I would get a little lost here and there, but the story at least, for the most part, kept it together. It didn't disappoint in the way that it lived down to my expectations; in fact, it went exactly how I thought it would go. It would be a little predictive here and there.
The story starts with Allie, a young fifteen year old girl who discovers she has powers. When she's given a moonstone necklace everything in her world turns upside down, and a series of events occur.
For the most part, the characters were very well developed and I couldn't help but like the way things between Allie and Junior were going. I was let down by the way things went down between the two. I am a little excited to see the way the rest of the series developed.
Aside from the powers, Allie is a very real character. She's a poor girl who isn't very popular at her school, and on top of that she has a crush on her step-cousin (no relation whatsoever) and reader's went along with the characters very smoothly, so it didn't feel like the novel was being rushed at all.
I would recommend this book for sure. It was well written and for the most part, held me captive. It was a great start to the rest of the series. ”
“A loose feel to this narrative, with characters appearing and disappearing without justification. Yet the plot itself and the protagonist pose an intriguing possibility, so I'll continue reading Book 2 in the series, and see if it gets better, tighter, and more compelling.”Janie P wrote this review Thursday, May 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Overall, I enjoyed this story. While I certainly respect the opinion of other reviewers, and I can understand where many of the negative reviews come from, I have to somewhat disagree. Granted, this was not a "deep" story, but we are talking young adult here. One of the things I liked about this book was that it was easy to read.
I'm not a YA addict and most of the YA books I read are ones recommended to me by my sister, who is a 5th grade teacher and avid YA reader. I liked that this book was not filled with "teenage angst", which seems to be what many YA books are about. Allie, the main character had real issues to deal wth like living in poverty and a mother/daughter relationship that is actually juxtaposed. These are issues that many kids in America actually have to deal with.
I also really liked that this book was not filled with sex or sexual tension. Ther are some minor references to sex and the beginnings of a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, but it is kept refreshingly simple.
Onne reviewer mentioned that at times Allie is incredibly intelligent and at others just stupid. To me, this makes Allie all the more real. Even themost intelligent among us at times do the stupidest things, let alone a 15 year old trying to deal with adult problems. That Allie cannot always control her emotions and that her mouth often gets her in trouble is what makes her a more typical teenager, not taking her magical powers into consideration.
I think that with many of the YA books and series that have emerged of late, we have begun to expect too much from YA books. In my opinion, some of themore popular YA series should only be read by the older end of the YA group (i.e. The Hunger Games trilogy and the Twilight series). Series like those are also more for the YA who is already interested in reading. I think Moonstone would be a great book to get some teens more interested in reading.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I am not sure if I will be reading the remainder of this series, though. One of the things I most liked about Moonstone was that it dealt more with real problems encountered by teens than it did with magic. After reading the synopses of the other books in the series, it appears Ms. Brothers has gone on a more fantastical bend. We'll see...”
“Disclosure: I received a free special eBook version of this series, including all four books in one, from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Synopsis Book 1: Moonstone: A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.
My Thoughts: I know it is hard to handle a mom that is sick all the time – my mom was chronically ill when I was growing up. But I should point out that fibromyalgia is a real illness and very debilitating – while Faye does take herself more seriously than is perhaps warranted, the occasional hints that Faye really isn’t that debilitated rubbed me the wrong way - I have fibromyalgia, and it is very debilitating. Anyway, that’s just a minor issue.
This was a fun book, and one I quite enjoyed. Fast-paced with interesting characters and ideas, weaving in Gypsy legends, an ancient prophecy, and palm reading. Of course the idea of the Trimarks, who have an inverted pyramid on their hands, amused me greatly - I challenge everyone to take a close look at their right palms, and I think the majority of people will find an inverted pyramid on their palms – personally, I have several of them. Anyway, this was a fun start to the series and I think I will quite like the rest of what I have, which is the currently available four works. I’m not sure if there are any more planned or not. Recommended for fans of YA paranormal fiction and urban fantasy. 5 out of 5 stars.”
“Interesting premise, but that special attachment that endears you to the characters was missing and left the story a little flat for me.”Sailon wrote this review Saturday, November 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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