Another huge thank you to Jolly Fish Press and Teri Harman for letting me read Blood Moon! Here's the blurb:
Willa dreams of true
events and her best friend is a ghost. Simon can heal any wound with a
touch and senses others’ emotions, intentions. All their lives they’ve
felt alone in their bizarre abilities, hiding behind a facade of
normalcy, wondering why and how. The night Simon walks into the Twelve
Acres Diner and meets Willa face to face, in a swirl of electric heat,
they are bound to one another and glimpse the magic of who they are.
town a witch is held prisoner in the derelict basement of an old
Victorian house. One night as it rains, she dares to reach her filthy,
scarred hand out the window. Willa, walking home from work, recognizes
the pathetic hand from a recent, terrible dream.
After a daring
rescue of the witch, Willa and Simon are catapulted into the alluring
but dangerous world of witchcraft and the magic of The Six Gifts.
Answers to all their questions are within reach, but they’ve stepped
into the middle of a deadly fight for the Powers of the Earth. Do they
stay, risk their lives on the promise of power, or walk away?
The title Blood Moon drew me in right away and the beautiful cover had my itching to open the pages. It started with romance, and I always love a romance. The instant connection between her and Simon is a concept rarely seen.
There are a lot of fun elements to this book. The powers and the classifications were really original and the people felt real, not just magical.
However, sometimes the prose was breathtaking and other times it took away from the story. There were moments of panic for the characters and other times when I felt like the pacing was too slow. I liked it overall --- the ending was really good and left just enough open to hope for a second book.
On another hand, there were a few believability problems with the plot. I did like Willa and Simon as people, but sometimes their characters flip-flopped without good reason. I had a hard time with antagonist as well. He seemed overly evil and almost cartoon-ish sometimes.
On the other hand, witch stories are really hard to pull off becasue they can easily fall into the cliche. Blood moon did a great job twisting that. If you're a fan of witch stories, you'd love this book!
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