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Moonlight and Oranges

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A timeless tale of young romance.

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tar...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published by Booktrope Editions (first published November 1st 2011)
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Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Originally published in Night Owl Reads.

I am not familiar with the story of Cupid and Persephone, I may have read it before but I do not/did not remember it while reading this book. But after reading a summary of Cupid's story, I could say that Moonlight and Oranges is indeed a modern day retelling of that story.

This is probably the biggest insta-love of them all and I loved it! They meet, fall in love, and get married. It's a big risk both parties were willing to take but how long will the magi...more
Moonlight and Oranges is full of intrigue and mystery. The mystery kept me interested in the book. All of the elements just seem so cool. There is a guy that dreams about his future and the girl he will end up with. Then there is this strange orange craving, a bizarre mom, and a quest like journey.

Moonlight and Oranges started out awesome. I loved the party and how Kestrin "saved" Lorona, even if she didn't really get it. Then I loved their obsession with oranges. I was dying to know the connec...more
Jessie Harrell
This modern-day adaptation of the Cupid & Psyche myth took me a little bit to get into, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. My main problem was that much like the actual myth, the romance between Kestrin and Lorona was "insta-love." (Cool character names, huh?) But I loved how Stephens used dreams and fortune tellers to replicate the ancient oracle, and the quest for the two lovers to reunite was painfully real. You will root for them to be together so hard even while seeing the road blo...more
this book was reallly really good at first i was confused but as i started reading
i was in awe i loved how she never gave up and went after him and in the end
it was a happy ending
A romance novel loosely based on Greek mythology's Cupid and Psyche. Read my full review at
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Lorona Connelly is a rather shy and timid young woman. She is dragged to a Halloween party by her friend Yuki and it's there that she meets Kestrin Feather. It's no secret that Kestrin is a player and has been with many woman before. But Lorona and Kestrin are about to embark on the quickest of whirlwind romances. At first I was completely taken back by the speed of it, but then we learn of Kestrin's dreams which he has recorded in a journal. His dreams tell of the woman who he will marry and he...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to thank ATOMR for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. I have to say that when I first saw the book cover and read the blurb I was excited to start reading it. Who doesn't like a good love story but this story is so much more.The added plus to reading this story is the fact that I love mythology and this story is a retelling of Cupid and Psyche. Oh man how I love their story.

This story is about love and what happens when you open your heart up and let someone in. Loron...more
Laura Graves
Review posted 1/12/12 at Owl Tell You About It.

A lovely retelling of a Greek myth. I don't know too much about Greek myths so I was thankful for the author's note explaining the original story. It's good to know what has been changed or added in. I will admit that I found the book kind of strange at first, but once it got going, it was really well done.

I adored Lorona and Kestrin. They both had their flaws and made their mistakes, but they both openly claimed those flaws and tried to correct the...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Reviewed by Nina

The reason I chose this book was because of its summary. It sounded so romantic and normal. Plus, the cover wasn't bad, it is enough attractive. And the title was so weird that made me intrigued.

The story is not quite normal. The characters were normal. Kestrin is a womanizer, I can't say that there is something wrong in that. And Lorona is an innocent girl, who still believes that a knight in a shinny armor will come to take her far away to live their romance. Again, nothing wro...more
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
A brilliant novel that sends you on a rugged trek as the characters discover, fight and surrender to their fate. Beautifully written!

The characters were all so unique in their own capacity. Kestrin constantly had me groaning in frustration yet he rouses compassion. Lorona draws a connection out of you the moment we meet her, endearing her honest, insecurity ridden determination to the reader. And it doesn't stop there. Kahlil and Yuki both ignite a fierce affection in their unwavering loyalty to...more
Jenea Whittington
Moonlight and Oranges is a wonderful re-telling of the Greek myth, Cupid and Psyche. So instantly I was intrigued. The few changes that were made to the story were creative and done very well.

Ready for a change, Lorona lets her friends take her out, little did she know that she would meet Kestrin, who is not only extremely handsome, but has a reputation as a womanizer. When he takes an interest in her, letting herself live a little, they have a whilrwind romance. But it is not an easy road, and...more
John Morgan
For my book re view i am currently reading Moonlight and Oranges. Moonlight and Oranges starts with a bang, not subtlety introducing the reader to the story, but fully throwing the reader into it from the very beginning. Moonlight and Oranges is a contemporary, twined together with fantasy, take on the story of Cupid and Psyche which i find to be quite interesting. So in the story it is about a shy girl who's friend pulls her along on an date. this proves to be disastures cause once their she re...more
Maegan Morin
In Moonlight and Oranges Elise Stephens offers us an interesting retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. The book is an imaginative take on the myth but stays true to the message of the original telling including creative touches to make it more modern. My favorite part of the book was how well researched Lorona's name was. Named after La Llorona "The Weeping Woman" (Hispanic legend), it ties in beautifully with Kestrin and his dreams. The book was really well thought out. My favorite c...more
it was good.

when i first saw it i didn't know it was a modern day retelling of Cupid and Psyche, it just spark the interest in me, but, i didn't read it right away i was still thinking if i should read it. but, one day i was scanning some reviews and learned that its a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, since i am a sucker for Greek myth i read it right away and it did not disappoint.

I like how the retelling goes. i love how the simple the story goes and its very easy to understand. if some people d...more
Norelle Done
Moonlight and Oranges is, in simple terms, a modern-day retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth. Lorona and Kestrin meet at a Seattle Halloween party, and go through a whirlwind romance over a couple of days that culminates in a quick wedding. Sounds crazy, right? Well the book tells a more complicated story, about how Kestrin has experienced foretelling dreams (including one that vaguely tells him about the woman who is his true love), Lorona’s shy and trusting nature that turns when friends giv...more
Kristina Snyder
Moonlight and Oranges is a modern-day retelling of the Cupid and Psych myth. I would not have even known about that if I didn't read the Author's note at the end of the book. I had no clue at all. I loved how well thought out this book was. The author put a lot of research into it. The story was beautifully written. I was able to actually visualize everything around the characters. The story, however, did have a slow start. It took me a little while to get into it. I loved how the author based...more

This book has everything that is promised in the Goodreads Summary. Lorona is a different sort of character. She certainly isn't perfect, she can be abrasive, but she will likely remind the reader of his/her friends or at least be a familiar face. She can also be compassionate, determined, and sweet. When she meets Kestrin, she knows that he just might be "the one" for her. It doesn't take long for them to develop a relationship and begin to take steps towards legal devotion to each other.

Christina  Torretta
What a fabulous idea for a romance! Reading the author’s note helped me to understand this fully! I loved it even without the note but it just helped put everything into a perspective of understanding. Sadly letting you in on this would be a complete spoiler so I’ll just say that the note was worth reading.

The plot was really intense. I was left feeling like everything was settled in the end but boy to get to that point!! You have two people that are very different and I know they say opposites...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Moonlight and Oranges is a modern re-telling of the Greek myth about Cupid and Psyche brought into modern times with a few extras added. At first, I didn't realize it was a re-telling. I thought it was going to be just another easy love story. Then Kestrin's mother started playing a bigger role, and I started to piece things together. His mama has some definite issues. The story starts off in a whirlwind romance that happens so quickly, you barely have time to...more
Moonlight and Oranges
by Elise Stephens

Rating: 3.5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Romance | Young Adult
Review on behalf of AToMR Blog Tours

A timeless tale of young romance.

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin...more
Debra Chapoton
More like 3 and a half stars, but I'll round up because I really liked the author's style and it seemed that at last I'd found a free book that was well edited.
As the author reveals at the very end, this is an elaborate and modern take off on the Greek myth of Psyche and Cupid. I never would have guessed that, but I like the story even more now that I know that little tidbit.
Shy, virginal Lorona is drawn to womanizer Kestrin and he to her since he believes she is the one to fulfill "fate" . . ....more
I won this book in a giveaway a while back and I've been curious about it ever since.

this book is a modern retelling of Cupid and Psyche, a greek myth, though in the book itself, you're kind of led to believe that it's a retelling of La Llorona, a mexican legend.

I actually thought this book was pretty good. I was thrown off a little in the beginning by how fast everything went (and it went fast!) but the further I got into it, the better it seemed to get.

The writing was done well and the charact...more
I would actually rate this around 3.5 stars instead of 5. It was more of a typical romance story, nothing too unique, but it made for a fun read. I felt like it was a little rushed in the beginning, even for being about a quick romance. I also think that the main characters, Lorona and Kestrin, could have been developed a little more fully. Not the best piece of writing ever, but overall, I found this to be a very fun, quick, romantic read.
Karen PH
Ah, young love, first love, true love.

This charming young adult novel tells the story of Lorona and Kestrin, star-crossed lovers, who fall in love and struggle with the differences in their pasts and their present families.

The story brings to mind the many wonderful stories set in the English countryside two centuries ago. Elise Stephens may well be a young American Barbara Cartland. I look forward to her next novel FORECAST.
I wasn't really thrilled with this book. It seems to be the same old plot lines in YA literature. Boy and Girl meet and they are inexplicably drawn to each other and fall in love after knowing each other for two days. What happened to characters who fall in love over the course of the whole book? These characters fell flat for me too, and I just didn't care too much about them.
A nice little page-turner young romance. I liked the use of color, myth and poetry. I hoped for more supernatural elements, but those were suppressed under the story. Left me craving oranges and a kiss under the stars...
I REALLY liked this book. The characters were great, the story moved quickly, and the plot was interesting. READ this if you like a true romance without all that other stuff (S-E-X).
Hannah Bowen
Dec 07, 2011 Hannah Bowen marked it as to-read
This book looks amazing, if I don't win it, that's ok because I can look for it in a store, maybe i'll find a used copy at hastings! :)
Cassondra Ott
Nov 02, 2012 Cassondra Ott rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
I have posted a review on my blog "Book Nerds United as One". Http://
Too much melodrama and angst makes for a plodding plot.
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Elise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007. Forecast is her second novel. Her first novel Moonlight and Oranges was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the Unusual Stories anthology, as well as in multiple journals.

She lives in Seattle with her husband where they both enjoy...more
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