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A Creature of Moonlight

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,886 Ratings  ·  347 Reviews
A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Cecilia Rodriguez your question is ambiguous, however in reference to curse words, none are used. There is also no outright descriptions of sexual interaction.
your question is ambiguous, however in reference to curse words, none are used. There is also no outright descriptions of sexual interaction.
Be warned, however, the topic of unwanted pregnancy is addressed within the context of the story.(less)

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Tabitha (Pabkins)
My imagination held hostage
The woods are a magical place, one that the people in A Creature of Moonlight have been taught to fear their whole lives. These woods come and go, moving forward and backward gobbling up or giving back land on a whim. It even has a taste for young girls on the cusp of womanhood! Treacherous sounding isn’t it? These young girls frequently disappear into the woods never to be seen again. Except once one particular girl does return. Sounds like a place full of magic, dang
May 20, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of pulse pounding action on every page, this is probably not the book for you. But if you like strong characters, beautiful prose, and a heart-warming story, I would suggest this book for you. The language is gorgeous and poignant. Marni's voice is so well developed and so achingly beautiful that you want to continue on just to hear her words. I think we need books like this. Books that cause you to stop and enjoy a well turned phrase. Books that evoke a different time, when lif ...more
Abbe Hinder
A Creature of Moonlight is 2% dialogue, 3% interesting stories about the woods, and 95% boredom which is just Marni talking to herself using beautiful prose and similes. Honestly, let's put aside the fact that many adults read young adult novels and stick to the fact that this book is for young people. Slim, very slim are the chances that teenagers want to read a boring story that's lyrically enchanting than anything else. Teenagers want action! Betrayal! and unfortunately sometimes, romance! We ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 26, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Hauntingly beautiful, raw, and powerful, this story stays with you even after you turn the last page. I can’t stress enough how gorgeous and eerie this novel is.

Opening Sentence: All summer long the villagers have been talking of the woods.

The Review:

This connected to me on an emotional level, and I don’t remember the last time I left a story with such pleasant feelings. Delirium? Twilight? Harry Potter? Wow, just wow. A Creature of Moonligh
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
A CREATURE OF MOONLIGHT is beautifully written from a wordsmithing point of view. However, I couldn't get into the story. It was the weirdest thing. I loved reading about Marni's experiences in the woods and with her grandfather. Couldn't care less about the whole go-to-the-castle thing. Loved her as a strong woman; meh about the struggles to 'find herself'.

I can totally understand the 5-Star reviews. And I would recommend this book based on the fact that Rebecca Hahn's writing is quite charming
Nov 02, 2014 Sabrina marked it as did-not-finish
Before reading:

Comparing yourself to Seraphina, aren't you, book?
Those are quite very large breeches you're trying to fill.

DNF @ 32%.

Reading is one of those activities that I can’t get enough of (it’s right there with eating good food and—ahem—other things, you know). Despite having a family to take care of, jobs to do and well, having to live the “real” life, I’m able to read a decent amount of books in a year. I do it by reading every spare moment I can get. I read on the train, I read while w
Olga Godim
May 11, 2014 Olga Godim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I received this ARC through NetGalley from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

This novel is like a myth, mysterious and dreamy, elusive and multilayered, open to different interpretations. I don’t think simple like or dislike could cover it. Everyone will see in its pages something that belongs exclusively to them, something close to their heart.
What did I see? What is close to my heart? I saw a sixteen-year-old girl longing for freedom – the freedom to choose and the freedom to belong. B
Althea Ann
Apr 06, 2014 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book last night, and this morning woke up convinced that I had another book by the author on my Kindle: I'd dreamed that I got a targeted ad asking me to buy it; and I was delighted to find out she had another book.
Of, course, she doesn't, yet. 'A Creature of Moonlight' is Hahn's debut. But that dream does show how much I liked it.

The story is pure fairy tale: a young woman, half-princess, half-fey. She is rumored to be the dragon's daughter, and her mother was slain for endanger

Arc provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children Books through Netgalley

This is a review that I simultaneously want to write and one that, at the same time, fills me with a healthy dose of dread.

The reason is very clear: I loved this book to bits, and if I could, I would make sure everyone with whom I spoke would get a chance to read it.

Truth is, it's because of books like these that I will never stop reading. It pulled at my heart strings with its beautiful language, it captured me with its
Apr 26, 2014 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly remarkable story containing a hauntingly surreal ‘dreamlike’ quality to it

Rebecca Hahn’s exquisitely beautiful, passionate novel is a rarity among its genre as it makes you believe in all infinite possibilities. This truly special book captures dreams and the essence of our subconscious, whether that is a memory or a path of prospect or even a poignant sound calling out to you. Capturing the coldness of winter, the wide sky and the whispering of the Trees the evocative prose interlaced
A Creature of Moonlight is a slow moving, beautifully written, character driven story that drew me in from the very beginning. It reminded me in some ways of Janet Lee Carey's books, namely Dragonswood and Dragon's Keep, and also Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. It was nice that it was a stand-alone too. I will be looking for more books from this author.
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Chances are, if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in this story for the dragon on the cover. Dragons are awesome. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that would beat a dragon. But dragons are also hard. There have been some awful dragon books in the past, as well as some dragon books that are so great that they make the rest of the genre pale in comparison. (I’m looking at you, Seraphina.) So maybe, despite being
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing immediately grabbed me. I loved the voice, the flow of the words (other than the use of double negatives--I understood their purpose in this story, but it still jolted me every time). The premise is something that is both old and new--the idea of someone being half-human, half-dragon--with lots of traditional fantasy elements, but all presented in a rather unique way. I really don't want to give much away about the story line, because honestly, that's quite simple and straightforward ...more
I’m still reeling from this three part fairytale that tells of the journey a young girl must make to find not only herself, but the role she is destined to play in her magical world as she learns who she really is and what it means. A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn is magical, veiled in a feeling of leaving reality behind and entering a world filled with creatures of all sorts, evil, loving, trustworthy and filled with deceit. It is for Marni to discern her path, who to trust and who to b ...more
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Not much of a description, I know but I LOVED this book! I had a blast reading it and fell in love with Rebecca Hahn writing. Her writing style alone was magical and mystical for this story I just loved ever word she wrote. I felt the woods around me I could hear them singing, it was THAT good. I'm telling you, the writing alone I just loved.

The tale is not one that think it is about which is great! Because when it comes to dragons we've gotten plenty of stories of people changing INTO them but
Yzabel Ginsberg
[ARC courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

This novel was a delightful read, with enchanting prose that kept me enthralled—not too little description, not too much, and lyrical enough without diving head-first into purple prose. It was permeated with an eerie atmosphere, and there was something definitely haunting to that world encroached upon by nature and strange creatures from the woods. The latter were appealing, intriguing, making me thinkg that I, too, would want to see
Jan 24, 2014 anna rated it liked it
I loved the writing. It's very beautiful and lyrical and paints a vivid world. I particularly loved the descriptions of the various mythical creatures - beautiful, strong and dangerous. Unfortunately, the story itself is a bit meandering...(view spoiler) ...more
May 13, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't just rate this five stars because I have the privilege of counting the author among my friends. This is a fabulous story, fresh and subtly surprising, beautifully told.
I felt echoes of Robin McKinley, especially Deerskin and Rose Daughter. The diction reminded me somewhat of Charles DeLint.
What pushed this story over to the fifth star for me was the unapologetic voice of Marni, the protagonist, telling her own tale. She feels emotions deeply, but there's also a calm acceptance of the wo
Dec 20, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is so beautifully atmospheric. I'd go so far as saying I see shades of Erin Bow, with that part eerie, part sad vibe. The writing is quiet and the voice subtle, and the story is slow and meandering. It's not directionless, though, at least not until the very end, which hits a reset button. Quite frankly, the end is so pat that it's a little insulting, and it's also frustrating in terms of character growth.

But this is a wonderful, quiet book until then. My favorite part of reading it was not
Apr 03, 2016 Anya rated it really liked it
Loved the writing and heroine and creepy woods! Things get a bit slow when there is a lot of court politics, but all the time in the woods and with the dragon was a delight!
Aug 16, 2016 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Unbelievably poetic. This book is not fast-paced or super adventurous, nor is it suspenseful or nail-biting. BUT BOY WAS IT BEAUTIFUL TO READ.

The magical forest was mysterious, dark, and suspicious, sitting right beside a land of people that has no real understanding of the creatures beyond their happy cozy lives. They glaze over things that they don't understand the king's fear is the people's fear and they react badly to fear.

Marni our main isn't perfect and she deals with so m
Fantasy Literature
Rebecca Hahn caught my interest one paragraph into her debut YA novel A Creature of Moonlight:

All summer long the villagers have been talking of the woods. Even those living many hills away can see it: their crops are disappearing; their land is shrinking by the day. We hear story after story. One evening a well will be standing untouched, a good twenty feet from the shade, and when the farmer’s daughter goes to draw water in the morning, there will be nothing left but a pile of stones and a new
Jun 04, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Marni lives with her Gramps on the edge of the woods where they grow flowers that the wealthy lords and ladies from the castle come to buy. The woods is not just a normal woods, it is filled with small creatures and a lady who has sung and knitted with Marni since she was a child. Marni doesn’t speak with the creatures of the forest anymore, but she had spent many hours as a child with them. Marni is not just any peasant girl, she is the daughter of the sister of the king, and her Gramps was onc ...more
3.5 stars

Long ago, a princess of her realm, was lured into the shadowy woods, but unlike most of the girls who venture there, she came back, but she wasn't alone. She was pregnant and the child she carried was presumed to be the dragons daughter. Her brother the prince, could not condone her existence and killed her for her unspeakable crime, but their father, begged his son to spare the child. And so he did. Ever since the day her gramps whisked her away, Marni lives by the borders of the woods
R. L. Snowe
This book was weird. It started out really great and the concept I thought was kind of cool, but than it got weird when talking about how the main characters father is the dragon on the mount. Ok so that idea is not totally weird in itself all the way although it is still kind of weird but what really got me was it started talking about her mother and how she was a lonely princess that always wanted adventure and fled to the mountain to see the dragon and the dragon fell in love with her and whi ...more
Jul 31, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really sure how to rate this book. I will agree with many others and the author is a wonderful writer. However, the story was a little weird and I felt the ending wasn't very satisfying. The book was split into 3 parts. Part I - Is Marni and her life with her Grandpa. She doesn't want to get married or anything like that. She just wants it to be the two of them forever. Part II - She meets her father who is the dragon. Apparently he can change into either a human or Dragon. Part III - S ...more
The Library Lady
Dec 27, 2014 The Library Lady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, fantasy
There is tons of bad YA fantasy out there, usually complete with 3 pages of shout outs to everyone the author knows, including other writers who write fatuous blurbs on the jacket. This isn't that sort of book.

No shout-outs, just a simple dedication and jacket blurbs from Kristin Cashore and Franny Billingsley, two wonderful,solid, quality YA writers. And this is solid, quality YA fantasy. Utterly believable, beautifully written and a perfect, satisfying ending. I'll be looking forward to Hahn's
4.5 stars. This was beautiful. Slow, but beautiful. Review to come maybe.
This ARC was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I felt like I was reading an undiscovered fairy tale. It was something about the lush, romantic language and the relatively simple story and characters. There was a massive info dump at the beginning of the novel- truthfully the protagonist just observes for thirty pages before anything begins to get underway. Yet, the magical woods were so beautifully described it was impossible not to get pulled into the world of the story
Kathy Martin
Apr 19, 2014 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A CREATURE OF MOONLIGHT was an exquisite fantasy filled with beautiful language and heart-wrenching choices. It is a story in three parts.

In the first part, Marni lives with her Gramps in an isolated area growing flowers. As the story unfolds we learn that Marni is the niece of the king and that her Gramps gave up his throne to take care of her. Her mother had run into the woods and come back a year later with a baby. Marni is a dragon's child. The dragon is sending his woods to try to bring her
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Rebecca Hahn grew up in Iowa, attended college in Minnesota, and soon afterward moved to New York City, where she worked as an editorial assistant and wrote A Creature of Moonlight on the side. She now lives in Minneapolis, with the winter cold, the wide sky, and many whispering trees.
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