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Sugar Moon

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Elise sells magic, charms and dreams out the back door of her brightly painted wagon. A Witch and daughter of the Maja, she believes that everything happens for a reason, but she has never quite understood why there is a hollow feeling in the place where her heart should be.

One night, at the fabled Moon Market, she meets a stranger. The woman's name is Via, and in a single
Published June 21st 2011 (first published June 2011)
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Jun 24, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a whimsical read set in a very interesting magical world
Sugar Moon by Sarah Diemer is one of those books that had every potential for me to fall in love with it. Magic! Witches! Magic markets! Supernatural creatures! Good and evil! As it is, this novella was really rather wonderful -- but I couldn't help the feeling that it was an idea that could have used with some more flesh and exposition.

The story follows a Maja (a witch who believes in a Goddess whose only command is to love) named Elise who lives a lonely life, traveling in her bandyloo (akin t
Sep 16, 2013 Ally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Sugar Moon is the engaging beginning to Sarah Diemer’s new Maja Trilogy, a thrilling mix of dark fantasy and romance. Diemer is an up-and-coming new independent author whose last work, The Dark Wife, was #2 on the Amazon LGBT Top Ten list. Her lush writing style and use of sensory imagery create an immersive sense of place. Within a few pages, the reader has a fairly good sense of the world, maki
Jul 01, 2012 Aine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook, witchy
I picked up Sugar Moon by Sarah Diemer because it sounded like something a lovely pagan, such as myself, should read. While I love witchy tales (including Harry Potter, The Hollows, and the Caster Chronicles), there is a distinct lack of witchy tales that are true to the Pagan religion. Most are about waving wands and reciting incantations. And don't get me wrong, I enjoy that, but it isn't what paganism is about. So, perhaps, I should call this pagan fiction. Not witchy fiction.

The main charact
Aug 18, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sugar Moon is a novella. There's enough story and world-building here for a whole novel, so I'm very happy about the prospect of two more stories in this world (not least because the story ends without resolving the main plot line, of course). It's a light read -- it felt like it took no time at all to read -- but with plenty of room to expand.

The central relationship is ostensibly that of Elise and Via, but I didn't feel that as much as I felt the sibling relationship between Elise and her brot
Dec 15, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it
A totally enjoyable, intriguing, cute book...the only real problem is how short it is! There's supposed to be a sequel, but I haven't be able to find it. I'm really interested in this story, but it feels like it barely got going before the book ended. It felt like a great first 5 chapters of a much longer book.

I'm really falling in love with Sarah's books. They're the type of books I've always wanted. However, they do still feel a little rough, like they could have used another draft or another
Jul 18, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, LGBT fiction readers, magic enthusiasts
Dreamy, idyllic, with a hint of danger, 'Sugar Moon' introduces us to the world of Elise, a lone witch girl traveling the country in search of rare botanicals. With her rich and evocative language, Diemer ropes you into the story and holds you with seemingly simple characters, though that is deceptive. As the story unfolds, you're drawn down deeper into a beautiful story that only leaves you wanting more as you come up for air.
Jan 07, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
I love the world Sarah Diemer has crafted in this book. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next in the series. It's a short read (around 160 pgs on e-readers) but it's a great one. My only complaint would be that there could have been more developments to draw it out more. However, the details were still poignant and enrapturing. I'll definitely be reading more of Sarah's works in the future.
Jan 04, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Another Sarah book! So soon after the next and the beginning of a trio of novella's. I can't wait to see where this book goes. And I love how inspired about Soul Mates (and bonds) Sarah's writing in her books (and about her own life) her writing always leaves me.

I love hearing all about the spiritual lives of the characters they've been working together. I can't wait until summer for part two
Jan 05, 2012 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good fantasy
Recommended to Darlene by: an authors' support group
This is an interesting story. The main character is well developed, as is the world she's in. I guess this is a wimpy review because I am needing to move on to book two--what is going to happen with the ickie sickie that is killing everyone? And what of her brother? I don't want to put any spoilers out there. This book is well worth picking up!
Lindley Walter-smith
Jun 20, 2012 Lindley Walter-smith rated it really liked it
I liked this, I really did, but it reads less as a novella in a trilogy as it does as the first third of a book. It feels like the moment it really gets going, it stops.
Sep 22, 2011 Ragemore83 rated it really liked it
Well written, though very short. Leaves more to want in the volume of text. Beautifully written in concept and great story set up.
Feb 21, 2012 Nicky rated it it was amazing
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A very sweet story, beautifully written. This book would go perfectly with a comfy couch and cup of tea.
Great start to a trilogy - now if only the author would put out the second book. :)
Jun 26, 2011 Neva rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and light-hearted beginning to the Maja trilogy.
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I don't want this to end!
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I write about heroic, magical girls who love girls. YA author of Golden Crown Award-winning THE DARK WIFE (the lesbian, YA retelling of the Persephone myth) and TWIXT and co-author, with my amazing wife, author Jennifer Diemer, of Project Unicorn: A Lesbian YA Extravaganza.

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