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Black Moon (Paige Tailor #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  215 ratings  ·  131 reviews
"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 2012 by Cambridge Press
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Black Moon really intrigued me from the description, and little did I know that I’d be in for a treat when I started reading it.

Meet Paige Taylor, your average, socially awkward teenager just going through the motions of high school. While she’s in class, she begins to see bright white lights and hear the thoughts of her classmates. Pretty soon after, you learn that she’s half Fae, and her mother takes her off to the strange land of Varulean.

It’s here where she learns about her true heritage, ho
Cover & Title - 4 out of 5
Favorite Character - Naialah

Okay i am left with questions..
Who or what is Naialah?
Is Paige gay/bi/whatever? Seriously in a YA book?

Man, i really enjoyed a lot of this but at other times i was like huh?/wtf? I liked the idea, concept, world the author created & I even liked most of the characters.

I am totally up for a bisexual/gay storyline but i am uber surprised if that is the way it is going to go. I cannot think of even one YA book that has same sex relation
I've read many books about 'ordinary' teenagers, an abundance with a paranormal plot and a plethora of pretty covers BUT Black Moon feels so refreshing...

The plot is quite what you expect from the summary. Paige a presumed ordinary girl, is being dragged into a realm of magic, supernatural beings and other events that are catalysts towards delicious action. I am utterly hypnotised by this book but there were a few faults that kept me from fully loving it.

If i can express this book in words i wo
This book left me a little confused.
It was a very interesting story, original and unique… but it was the characters that left me really confused…
Paige was a very cool character I really liked her, she was strong and very willing to adapt to the situation. However, she has no friends… none whatsoever… she only has is her mom.
Then she meets, Naialah… Naialah was a really cool character and I really want to know WHAT she is, because she is definitely not fey. However with her arrival, Paige seem
Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
This paranormal YA book is unlike most other books of its genre. Within the Faery realm of Varulean the author tackles many difficult subjects. On the surface, it is a story about a young lady about to graduate high school who discovers that her mother has been hiding the fact that she is actually a supernatural being. This puts a strain on a very close mother-daughter relationship. Underneath the surface, however, it is about so much more. It is about the many different trials and tribulations ...more
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Rounded up from 3.5 stars.

Right from the beginning of the book, we've got mystery. Paige Tailor would just be your average teenager, except for the white lights that glow from her hands and her ability to hear a whispered conversation from across a classroom. The story only picks up from there, with Paige being attacked in and around her own home by a seemingly crazed classmate, Rachel (who has her own little story woven into this one in se
Supernatural and paranormal fun abound in this story. I don't typically read YA adult novels, but Mrs. McQuay has a way with descriptions and words. Her characters are lively and entertaining. You can't help but love them...or hate them. Her fantasy world, Varulean, was described with such candor that I wished it were a real place so I could see what she saw and touch what she experience it the way she imagines it.

Paige is an interesting main character. She is very thoroughly a tee
A.M. Ruggirello
The story Jessica has weaved together is absolutely beautiful, and her descriptions of other worldly scenes and theories seems as they do exist; that Mrs. McQuay herself is a Fae walking among humans. I quickly became enamored with the magic training and idea of auras in Black Moon, and then turned quickly jealous of Jessica's imagination. Aura's may exist in some form or another in our world, but to explain in detail their use was exciting to read about. My favorite part was using them to ask a ...more
Paige Tailor is 17, an ordinary teen in every way, or so she thinks until her world begins to change. In 'Black Moon' Jessica McQuay has created an exciting paranormal tale in which Paige is quickly removed from the comfort of the known and plunged into a place of magic and monsters.

The story starts off a bit slow for me but soon enough I was immersed in the story and staying up to read just a little more because I had to know what happened next. I love storytelling that draws me along like tha
Paige Tailor is a regular somewhat "geeky" teenage girl who keeps to herself. Paige starts to get nervous when strange things start happening to her, like a white light emanating from her palms and the fact that she seemed to read her classmates mind during class. Freaking out Paige turns to her mom who tells her the unthinkable, she's part Fae. Paige is thrust into the world of creatures and magic with stalking werewolves, finding out she's Fairy royalty, and magic training with a gorgeous inst ...more
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side!

Firstly I would like to thank Jessica McQuay, author of Black Moon, for this wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing this fantastic book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and if you're a fan of YA books then this is the 'it' book for you. Here we get our heroine Paige Taylor as a regular teenager whose biggest problems are not much different than any other teenage girl until one day all her conceptions reg
Bex 'n' Books
Black Moon is a strong start to a new fantasy series. We are introduced to a world of fae, shape-shifters, werewolves and many other species that makes Black Moon a supe-fest and an exciting one at that.

There are many fascinating story developments within Black Moon that help to shape the characters Paige and Naialah. Their relationship develops in a unique way, one that I thought was a brave and original move from the author Jessica McQuay. Their relationship progresses alongside Paige's accep
I will start by saying this is completely out of my norm as far as reading. I don't generally read YA books and I don't generally read books having to do with anything supernatural. I am SO glad I stepped out of my reading comfort zone.

Reading some of the earlier reviews show that some of the reasons others didn't like Paige are the reasons I fell head over heels for her. She's a shy, geeky, introvert. She behaves the way she is described. You don't really connect with her character UNTIL she al
Kimberly Schaaf
I am going to preface this review with the statement that I'm honestly not a "fae" fan. I've tried to read several "fae" books in the past - and have just not been able to get into them.

However, at the recommendation of someone that I truly trust when it comes to book, I dove into Black Moon - with an open mind and high hopes.

Now - with all that being said, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy this book! I went through a range of emotions while going through the journey with Paige.
Christina  Torretta
Ok, what an interesting book! The plot pretty much starts straight away with Paige getting attacked by Rachel. Rachel seems to really dislike Paige. I couldn’t figure out why but I was sadly distracted quite a bit while reading this so it could be something I missed but her hatred for Paige definitely shows through from page one!

The other characters are just as interesting. Paige is really the epitome of a teenager but one that just found out that she’s part fae. What the heck would I have done
I wasn't sure what to think at the beginning and by the end I had read a nice enjoyable story. j would deem this one of my brain candy reads. Dealing with dome.normal teen issues dispute the fact of all the abnormal being thrown af her. Paige does pretty awesome.

What I enjoyed most was the subtle and honest approach the author took to same sex attraction. I have a huge problem with something being labeled YA because it has kids or teens but not approaching the issues as they should be for teens
Alison Beightol
This book was a treat! I don't typically read YA or Fae novels but I am glad that I read this one. One of the most interesting this about this novel is the unusual way the author handles POV. That struck me as highly original. It helped cement how I felt about the characters. Another awesome element of this book is the authors gift at world building. For a book in a age group I don't read, I was rapidly turning pages just to see what Ms. Mc Quay would reveal to me next. All my senses were engage ...more
Rachel Valdez
I loved it!

This books brings magic to a new level, with color and imagery that allows you to create the world in your mind. The story is a great setup for what the future will show us about Paige and her newly learned abilities.

I connected to Paige and her geeky personality at the beginning of her story and found myself wishing I had hidden secrets about myself that could give me the powers she's discovered. Throughout the book I witnessed some key events that made me like the relationship that
Whenever I start a YA novel, I worry that as an adult I may not enjoy it, but this book set aside my fears. It was a fun story with a lot of action and a few twists. The lead character, Paige, is believable & grows up a lot through the course of the novel, and I loved the beginnings of the love story the book hinted at. Would I have liked this book better if I was in its intended readers' age group? Maybe, but I still found this to be a very enjoyable read, finishing it up in two sittings. I ...more
David Estes
Wow! A really good debut novel from an up and coming YA author, Black Moon has a little bit of everything: Action, Faeries, Werewolves, and a touch of romance. I recommend this book for lovers of faery stories in particular ;)

I must say, I expect great things from Jessica McQuay in the future, I could tell from chapter to chapter and even page by page, in some cases, that her writing style ability just keeps getting better and better, so I fully expect the sequel to get even better! By the end i
I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the very first pages until the very last. Paige was a very believable character and I enjoyed the fact that as the story progressed, she seemed to grow up. I was very intrigued by Naialah and can not wait to find out more about her. I thought the relationship between Paige and Naialah was interesting and I would like to see how that developes and what it developes into. All in all a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
I thought BLACK MOON was a very interesting, mysterious and unsettling book. It made me think about all the secrets and whatnots piling against Paige. She was a character that grew the most during the entire story and I can't wait till I get a read for the second book of the Paige Tailor Series. Jessica McQuay has written quite a talented story that has a striking fling to it's readers!

This book will NOT disappoint you!
An excellent entry by newcomer Jessica McQuay.
I hate having to give a negative review of any book, but I had to drag myself through this one. I would really give it 1.5 stars if I could, because I truly didn't like it, but it might be okay for someone else, so half star for potential. First, I don't think the author has a bad story (I liked the long lost fairy princess take), and since I'm reading it before it's released, maybe some changes can be made to fix it.

First, the dialog was very dry and unnatural. I cringed whenever Paige had to
I received a copy of this book from the shut up & Read group through their read it and reap program in exchange for a review.

While, I think the overall story is interesting and has potential, I was left mostly confused throughout the book. I usually complain that authors are too descriptive and feel the need to explain every detail that is happening. Yet in this book, I felt I never learned anything. There were so many missed opportunities to make this a really interesting book. I would have
Rebecca Charlesworth
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review:

I gave 'Black Moon' 4 stars and here is why:

Paige Taylor finds out she is a half fairy when she starts noticing strange abilities she seems to possess. She finds out that her mum is a fairy who fell in love with a human when she was only young and in doing this she gets banished from Varulean(The Fairy Dimension).
Her grandparents are the king and queen of the fairies and she finds it hard to become royal when she herself
Kelbian Noel
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I was given this book for a blog tour/ARC review.

When I picked this book for my blog I was really excited about a YA Paranormal series. I am not a huge YA reader but thought it sounded like a great read. I was really excited with how the book began. The story jumped right in and there was a lot of action. I loved it. Paige is a 17 year old half Fae and possible half werewolf??? Cool righ
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)

At A Glance
Black Moon is an odd book that's hard to review. I enjoyed reading it but was also left scratching my head in confusion when it comes to the plot.

The Good
Okay, so the cover is what drew me to this book at first. Then I read the blurb and was like, "Fairies? I am all over that." But Black Moon ended up being nothing like I imagined. This is a self-discovery or coming of age story. Paige is a loner. She has no friends and no connection to te
Samantha Boyette
Well... there were things I really liked about this book and a few things I really didn't. goes.

First off, the story itself was really good. The world building was well done and intriguing with great details. It started a bit quick and unnatural, but once they reached the other world things seemed to slow to a more natural place and I enjoyed learning about the world with Paige.

I also like that there appears to be a relationship growing between Paige and Naialah, but that relationship
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