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Under the Moon

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
After causing the accident that killed her father and two innocent people, Selena Johnson is left disfigured and without hope. Taking care of her sick mother and her brother, Selena tries to escape the reality.

Keenan Case thought that he was invincible, until one tragic night shattered his world. Left alone with his guilt, he does everything to become a better person.

Published March 2nd 2014
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Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Apr 16, 2014 Katy Loves Romance ❤️ rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotional
4 Stars

After the effects of being the one that drove her fathers car and two having the constant pain of loosing him in a god awful car accident all that burden is a lot to deal with for a young adult, well that is Selena now three years later she's living with the aftermath of that car crash with those scars on the outside as well as in.

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What an opening right? This book will make you feel...

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Soooo years later Selena is left to support her family on her own, her mum suffers with schizophrenia
Feb 26, 2014 Ashleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-from-authors


ALmost 3 stars, I want to say thank you to the author for giving me the chance to write a review for her book. I did enjoy reading this book but it was hard for me to get into it and took me a long time to finish it up. The book started out with great potential and a great story line but a lot of it was just hard to believe. Tha main thing that bothered me was the fact the Selena's mother developed schizophrenia after her husband's death. I just find that really hard to
Jackie *Fire and Ice Book Reviews*
Loved it!!

I have read books in the past that made me shed a tear, but not like this one. Selena is one of those characters that you just have to love! The author has created a character that is caring and responsible.

I adored the relationship between Selena and Keenan. Keenan was Selena's rock, and she his. I loved the deep connection that they had with each other. They knew each others pain, and they dealt with it every day. I thought it was neat the way they met each other.

Selena works at a
Feb 22, 2014 Aydrea rated it it was amazing
ARC Review

I absolutely loved this book. This book is pretty intensely emotional & it amazes me that the author is so young. I went through a whole spectrum of feelings while reading this book and made me stop & think about my life. This book is about tragedy, guilt, family, friendship, romance, living life & loving yourself. Selena & Keenan both have had a lot of tragedy it was very fulfilling to see their relationship grow. Keenan is pretty amazing when it comes to Selena &
Feb 18, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
3 1/2 to 4 Sweet Stars

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rose J. Bell has impressed me again with another book. This story was sweet, touching and emotional.

"You're my moon", Keenan, "And you are my sky", Grace

You will meet a sweet and lovable girl name Grace, who endures a horrible accident. Not only does she lose her father, but she lives with it each day by just looking in the mirror. All she sees is a beast, she blames herself for the accident and feels she doesn't d
Steysha Kravits
Feb 23, 2014 Steysha Kravits rated it really liked it
***ARC provided by Author for an honest review***

What a book! I adored the characters and the way they were so realistically portrayed. The interesting plot - check, the bitter-sweet tension before heartbreaking moments - check, and the tender romance - check.
This book was more than a love story. It showed that grief, happiness, love, and loss are are all emotions that can coexist so long as there is acceptance and appreciation for what IS.
It’s packed with important life lessons. If you’ve ever
ARC Provide by the Author for an honest Review.

2.5 Stars.

While I did enjoy reading this book, I can't say that I fell in love with this book and I really tried, but I just couldn't. This book had so much potential, but for me I felt the story was lacking or incomplete at various time throughout the book. There were so holes in storyline and some the scenes were ended so abruptly that I was left asking myself "What just happened?" or "Did miss something?" There were places in this story that seem
Feb 18, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
***ARC provided by Author for an honest review***

Under the Moon was a gorgeous story! The best way to describe it is:
- heartbreaking
- soul cleansing
- life affirming
- laugh, smile and tear producing (keep tissues w/you)
- heartwarming

There are people in this world who have been dealt a bad hand in life, painful events have altered how they had thought life would go. This is a very Real story with very Real characters. Serena is just beautiful in every way! She is identifiable, she could be you or
Feb 24, 2014 Nicole rated it it was ok
So I was SO excited to be given a ARC for the first time and felt so honored! But after reading I wasn't sure I wanted to write review because I feel SO bad! That said.
I loved the idea of the story. The story line was a great touching idea. My problem was I felt like the author was trying to sound almost to proper. The writing didn't seem to flow that easily. It also bothered me the mother out of no where becomes schizophrenic after her husband dies. I had a cousin with this illness and I know
Feb 21, 2014 Barbara marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
***ARC provided by Author for an honest review***
Mar 05, 2014 Farrah rated it really liked it
A deeply emotional, romantic read, Under the Moon was a wonderful New Adult romance. I really liked this book. It had a shaky start, but it turned out to be a lovely read.

Selena was a good heroine. She was strong and determined, taking on the care of her schizophrenic mother and rebellious brother, all while struggling underneath some intense guilt. There were some points where she was a bit shrewish and, though I understood her attitude, it did get irritating after a while, especially when she
Aug 06, 2016 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
I would first like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book!!

This book is AMAZING! I loved every second of it.

I started to read this and I could not put it down. I read the first 16 chapters the first day and only thought of this book until I was able to pick it up again the next day.

Selena Johnson has no hope after a car crash left her disfigured and her father along with two others killed. Her mother is sick, her older brother has left, and her younger brother blames her. Her
Mar 28, 2014 ***Cheryl*** rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, arc-s
4.5 stars

I loved this story by Rose J.Bell. It is such an emotional read that I couldn’t help but be sucked it. The story is both heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time.

It’s the story of Selena and Keenan. Selene is left disfigured after being in a car accident which killed her dad and two other people. Selena has always blamed herself for the accident happening as she was driving at the time. The story opens with a prologue around the time of the accident and then fast forwards thre
Sofia T. (♥ Dimitri Belikov)
"When I'm alone bad memories catch up to me. But when I'm near you, it feels like you protect me from the bad memories"

Under the moon is the first book I read by Rose J. Bell and I can say that it won't be the last.

Selena is a wonderfull girl who endures a horrible accident. After losing someone she loved more than anything she lives with the memories. And as if the memories weren't bad enough she has to witness her loss every day just by looking in the mirror and the scars left by the accident
Roz Ward
Mar 03, 2014 Roz Ward rated it liked it

*** ARC provided by Author for an honest review ***

Under the Moon is the first book I've read by Rose J Bell. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed the easiness of it.

Selena...I like her. She's a funny girl who has a lot on her shoulders. Cries a little too much for my liking but most of it is understandable and warranted.

Keenan...Loving the hotness, and his strength is admirable. He seems the stronger of the two but in actual fact he needs Selena just as much as she needs him. I love that its
Feb 27, 2014 Zandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
***ARC provided by Author for an honest review***

I am honored to read this and i am so thankful.
Btw As much as i dont want to compare this to Making Faces by Amy Harmon, it still keeps on popping unconsciously.. okay. I liked the plot. It almost have its potential to move me. But it felt like the author is playing safe? I dont know but thats what i felt. I loved the characters. They moved me. Only i have a problem with the issue about schizo here. I have a medical background and as far as i know
Cecily Bonney
ARC review

Where do I start. Selena is so damn strong and brave! My heart broke for her, she lost so much within minutes. She had to become the parent at 19.
The fact that she deals with her more and her brother putting all the blame on her, while she is taking care/supporting them.

Then you have Keenan. Keenan is a nad boy turn good in my opinion. With all the grief he holds in his heart, is why he continues to do so much good

Then Grace!!!!! I fell in love with Grace, I mean who wouldn't?!
She is
Krissy P (Kris)
Mar 13, 2014 Krissy P (Kris) rated it it was ok
Selena once had the perfect life. Because of a tragic accident that killed her father, Selena was left horribly disfigured. As the result of Selena's father's death, her mother now suffers from a mental disorder. Selena is charged with caring for her mother and trying hard to keep her family together. On her way home from work, she meets Keenan who has issues of his own. He wants to get to know her. She is reluctant. Ultimately, their friendship turns to love.

Thanks to the author for giving me a
Beth Jones
Apr 09, 2014 Beth Jones rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing!
Before I goosh about how great it is I want to warn you on the negative. Please don't let this discourage you from reading this book it really is amazing.

If this book was sent to a professional editor it was an awful job. More than your fair share of the wrong wording was used or typos. This causes the flow of this book to be choppy at times. It causes you to stop and reread quite a bit breaking concentration and interrupts the flow.

On to the fabulous story. This story is
Hooked On Books
Apr 09, 2014 Hooked On Books rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing!
Before I gush about how great it is I want to warn you on the negative. Please don't let this discourage you from reading this book it really is amazing.

If this book was sent to a professional editor it was an awful job. More than your fair share of the wrong wording was used or typos. This causes the flow of this book to be choppy at times. It causes you to stop and reread quite a bit breaking concentration and interrupts the flow.

On to the fabulous story. This story is
Feb 23, 2014 Riza rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, tearjerker
**ARC provided by the Author for a honest review **

I am amazed that at such a young age Rose J. Belle can create a story that is so emotinal and deep.

I gave tis book a 4 star.. why? i kind of LOVE and Hate it..
I love it because :

This book has an interesting plot.. the first few pages really got me hooked..although there are some part that it is a little bit confusing, there are part that you will fall in love with Keenan.
Then there's Selena- her personal struggles witje herself and her family.
Mar 07, 2014 Anima rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I've never met Ms. Bell or read any of her work so I gave it a try. I love reading books from authors that aren't well known...yet. Ms. Bell wrote a truly wonderful book. A story of heartbreak, depression, mental illness and guilt. A chance encounter allows Selena to find happiness, but not without a tremendous amount of work. It's a long journey for her and Keenan is right along side her with Grace, her best friend, ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Ilhana rated it really liked it
***ARC provided by Author for honest review****

This book is about Selena and Keenan, a different kind of life story.

Selena is a 21 year old girl who lives with guilt and a scarred face, she survived a car crash when she was driving the car, three people died, one of them her father, and she got scarred for life. She feels guilty and wishes it was her that died instead of her father and she says the scar on her face is her punishment that she has to live with. She has a difficult situation at hom
Jan 15, 2016 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2014
Selena Johnson is living with guilt. Every day of her life she is reminded of her father’s death because of her choice. Her mother is sick, her older brother has disappeared and her younger brother is rebelling and it’s all her fault. If she hadn’t made that one choice, three years prior, they wouldn’t be where they are now. Keenan Case is living with his own guilt. Living his life in the fast lane, his failure to relent resulted in the death of his best friend. Living everyday with the guilt of ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Shanna rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Rose J. Bell, and I can’t wait to read another. I have to start by saying that I’m not a big NA book fan at the moment, but this one stands out in a sea of books that all seem to blend into one another. Here is a story about finding the strength to live after you have lost so much.

Selena was driving the car when her father and two other people were killed in an accident, for the last 3 years she has survived with the guilt that is constantly eating at her. But somehow S
Katie Blythe
Aug 06, 2014 Katie Blythe rated it liked it
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

The story was ok but unfortunately it’s been done before and it’s been done better. The story is about Selena who works at a hospital as a waitress in the cafeteria. About 3 years earlier Selena was driving a car with her father and got into an accident that took her father and two other victims. Selena has been scarred on her face so she’s very antisocial and always tries to cover her face as much as she can. One day at w
Literati Literature Lovers
This is a story of many things. It is a story of loss, fear, hope, illness, self-worth, blame, friendship, fear and love.

This book carries many stories within its pages. Each character has a very profound backstory and the author merges all of these smaller stories into one. The main focus of the story is Selena and how she deals with tragic loss, immense grief and caring for her mother and brother. The story also focuses on the internal battle Selena wages within herself.

The story is worked aro
Lisa stephenson
Feb 28, 2014 Lisa stephenson rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by Author for an honest review**

I first want to thank the author Rose J.Bell for the opportunity to read her book.

Do you believe in Fate?
This story had it's up and down (emotionally). Selena was dealing with the wreckage of her accident, and three years later she is still dwelling on the consequences with that night. She is all alone and only lets a few people in but no one knows the real Selena and she likes it that way. Then there is Keenan who has his own demons and through ou
Mar 07, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
***ARC provided by Author for an honest review**

This is a beautiful story about life, it's downfalls and finding a way to cope with all that life trows your way. It's very deep and you can not help but to make a retrospective of your own life and the way to deal with it. I shed a couple of tears for the honesty , the realness and the beauty of this book. I am truly amazed that at such a young age the author wrote something so beautifully profound. It as been a while since I read a real love stor
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.5/5

When I’ve been offered the opportunity to read and review this book by the author I jumped on the occasion since the blurp catched my eyes. I have to admit that the story start very slowly at the beginning but it picks up the pace toward the middle. I’ve enjoyed the emotional roller coaster the author put you through and I found myself thinking about my life more than once, this is definitely the kind of book who makes you reflect on everything that happened in your life! If you’re
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“Beauty isn’t just outer appearance. Beauty isn’t just what your hair looks like, what your body looks like, how full your lips are, or how smooth your skin is. Beauty is so much more than people think. What really makes you beautiful is your inner beauty, Selena. You shine with your attitude, with your actions, yours words, and with your behavior. Outer beauty only gets attention, but inner beauty captures the heart. Remember: Beauty is ephemeral, but inner beauty remains forever.” 3 likes
“The poem is called: The first glance.

You were standing there
Your presence changing the atmosphere.
I can’t help to stare
Your beauty is so rare.

Watching you
Is like the sunset on the ocean shore.
Hearing your voice
Left me wanting more.
Oh, baby you’re giving me no choice.

I beg you to fulfill my loneliness
With your gracefulness.
I beg you to give me a glimpse
Of your pure soul.

Baby, make me whole,
Make me free
And go out with me.”
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