Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blood Moon: A Review

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.

Across 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?

My review:

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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Robin said...

I haven't read many witch stories besides the Hex series (loved those) Thanks for reviewing this one. The title and cover are gorgeous.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Sounds interesting. I might have to give it a try. Thanks for the review! :)

prerna pickett said...

i love anything with witches, definitely adding this to my list!

Gina Gao said...

This is really interesting! I'll go check it out.


Angela Brown said...

I haven't read much in the way of witch stories, just a bit for researc purposes, but this sounds like, faults and all, a great book. Thanks for the review :-)

Tonja Drecker said...

I like the cover. Witches, romance... sounds interesting.

Morgan said...

Thanks for this great review, Jenny! It does look like my kind of book! :D

Emily R. King said...

Ooo, a witch story. I'm in! Thanks for the thorough review!

Heather R. Holden said...

Great review! I absolutely love--like, LOVE--witch stories, so Blood Moon definitely intrigues me. Adding this to my wishlist!

Jeigh said...

Sounds cool! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

John Wiswell said...

Aside from the magical classifications, what elements did you find particularly fun in the book, JA?

Unknown said...

I had to look it up to see what you meant about the cover - and yes it is beautiful!

Nicole said...

Ooh, a twisty witch story! Thanks for sharing the review.

Also, you have a prize waiting at my blog. ;)

Anonymous said...

Pacing can be difficult to master. I've had editors tell me some of my dialogue slows down certain scenes -- but in other scenes, they want more of it. Overall, sounds like this book's a winner. I'll have to check it out.