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Under Witch Moon (Moon Shadows #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  170 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores' death, but she wasn't certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn't believe in werewolves, and they weren't going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?

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Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published (first published September 29th 2010)
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Mallory Heart Reviews
Jun 26, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mallory Heart Reviews by: Maria E. Schneider
Shelves: june-2012-reads
A totally captivating, non-stop adventure into a new perspective on contemporary society, in which witches, vampires, and shifters live right along with “normals,” even though in many cases normals choose to figuratively close their minds and remain in denial, “Under Witch’s Moon” had me speedily turning pages and not realizing the passage of time. A lovely escalating buildup of tension keeps the reader on the edge, constantly hovering between “Oh no!” and “All right!” as our heroine battles evi ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Bookwormgirl rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was a very fast paced story, the main character is a witch who is trying to covertly help the police solve some murders (she is unwittingly involved in one of them) as well as help her client free her husband from a very bad evil witch. In the midst of this chaos she must deal with a homeless teenage shifter (you can just feel the mothering she wants to do for him), vampires and the occasional snark from her sister.

I really liked the world building here. The characters are also interesting.
Anzu The Great Destroyer
First of all, I’d like to thank Maria for asking me to review this even though she knows I can be a major ass at times. I promise I’ll be gentle!

Under Witch Moon starts as a fairly interesting book. We have two crazy women tackling each other in a desert of sorts, hints of werewolves, vampires, loads of creepy crawlers and a serial killer who mutilates his victims and who also might be a werewolf. Not bad.

But then it gets boring. We get loads of talk and no action. Adriel is silly, immature and
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy

What an awesome read! Witches , shifters, warlocks oh my. It starts out with the author letting us see a different light to Witches. It was so refreshing to let us know how dirty making spells was, which when you think about it made perfect sense. Not the glamours witch crafty things we usually read about. This is a very well written complete story! There are also two more books in the series.

I Loved Lynx and how Ariel t
Nov 22, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, indies
Maria Schneider's urban fantasy novel, Under Witch Moon, is one of those rare, wonderful books that transports the reader into an entirely different reality.

Adriel knows that being a witch is hard. It's not only the difficulty in finding just the right spell for just the right job, it's also the troubling clientele. The humans demand perfection, the weres are hunting for a good time, and don't even get her started on the vamps. Add a smoking-hot man, a murder mystery, and a truly evil witch into
Jan 03, 2011 delane rated it it was amazing
Really liked this!
This was so much fun to read and get 'involved' in...the characters were easy to like (or hate....wait till you get goose bumps off of Ms. Sheila!) the action was fast and furious and there was honestly not a boring moment in the story for me.
Maria's attentions to detail was awesome and really made me anxious for what comes next for Adriel and her 'stray' she's determined to mother (even if she would probably never admit to that).
I loved all of the description that was given t
Jan 03, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. This was definitely an enjoyable read for me. The series has a lot of promise, and I'm curious to see where it goes.

The middle of the book seemed to lag a bit and I was a bit confused at times during the magic descriptions, but the big bad was very, very evil (in a good way if that makes sense), which made me want to keep reading. The romance was okay - not too overt but a bit "instant" for my tastes. Fortunately, it wasn't the focus of the story.

I'm interested to see what happens
Jul 01, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
What starts off as a small protection spell for a misdirected customer quickly mushrooms into a devious scheme involving an evil witch with much farther reaching implications than can be imagined. As the plot grows and the tendrils of the scheme are exposed, Adreil struggles to keep her head above water and her clients safe.

The storyline in this novel is much darker and complicated than I expected. Ms. Schneider has taken great care to make her plot believable and as logical as it can be to draw
Heather Johnson
Jun 24, 2011 Heather Johnson rated it it was amazing
I was completely taken with her characters and her originality in the magic genre.
Grace Krispy
Mar 24, 2011 Grace Krispy rated it really liked it
When a giggly, nervous woman comes to Adriel asking for protection from a werewolf, Adriel thinks nothing of it. After all, she makes her living selling spells to the public. Sewing silver protection into a blouse isn't such a difficult job. But Adriel realizes it may not be so simple after all when that woman ends up dead, ripped apart by the very werewolf now staring straight at Adriel. Even worse, it turns out this isn't the first woman to have played with a werewolf and lost. As she tries to ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban_fantasy
Adriel is a witch for hire. Doing odd jobs here and there, she mainly provides healing aromatherapy, potions, and the occasional protection spell. Life is just fine until one of her clients, Delores, uses a protection spell not as defense against a were-wolf, but as a way to trap him. When her client turns up dead, things really start to get weird.

Adriel world gets turned upside-down in short order. First, she finds out Delores' murder wasn't just a fluke, but was instead part of a series of kil
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jan 05, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it liked it
Shelves: uf
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this one. It was a short, quick read, and it flowed very well. The main character is very likable - strong, capable, but not foolhardy. She has power of her own, but isn't out searching for trouble. She is definitely not a Mary Sue, nor is she a warrior woman.

I liked the scientific method that was used to approach magic. Everything has a consequence, and to do anything (like fly/levitate) there are many things that need to be in balance. The villain is very bad. I wouldn't wa
May 28, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: witches
Adriel is a witch in New Mexico, making a living from her craft whilst attempting to remain discreet so as not to upset the "norms". Her life becomes very complicated when two mysteries lead to three, only one of which she is getting paid for!

Ms Schneider has turned witchcraft into science and her detailed explainations really make sense! Adriel is a witch with limitations to her power, and she works with what she's got. There are werewolves and vampires (this is NOT a book for vampire lovers...
Nov 11, 2010 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Adriel is a witch providing different types of spells to anyone who needs them. She provides one of her clients with a spell to protect her from a werewolf, but what Adriel doesn’t know is her customer intends to use it to trap the werewolf. When the woman is found dead, the first person the authorities turn to is Adriel.

Adriel quickly learns that her customer isn’t the only woman to be killed. The local police detective, White Feather, insists upon questioning her. This isn’t a hardship since h
Oct 16, 2012 Sally906 rated it liked it
I enjoyed UNDER WITCH MOON which is the first in a series. It is a quick and quick read with a cast of interesting characters. The main character, Adriel, is a very likable woman – brave but not foolhardy. She has magical powers but isn't out searching for trouble, even though it seems to find her. Her two main sidekicks are Lynx, a young shapeshifter who lives on the streets and dabbles in petty crimes, and the love interest, White Feather, who has a few secrets of his own. The villain is truly ...more
Mary Brown
Nov 22, 2015 Mary Brown rated it it was amazing
Under Witch Moon
Maria E. Schneider
5 Stars


Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores' death, but she wasn't certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn't believe in werewolves, and they weren't going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?

She kept her eyes and ears open whil e she tried to help her latest client escape t
Charles Ray
Jan 29, 2015 Charles Ray rated it really liked it
Adriel Pacheco is a witch. For those who believe in witches, and don’t want to burn them at the stake, she is the source of spells and incantations – often asked to do the impossible. When Dolores Garcia asks her to prepare a protection spell against a werewolf, Adriel thinks it’s a routine job, until she finds out that Dolores wants the spell to bind the human side of the werewolf to her. Despite Adriel’s warning, she goes ahead, and ends up ripped to death by her intended paramour – it seems w ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
As a series, I think it has good potential. It took a little longer to set up the background of the story than I thought it should but that seems to be the problem with most first books in a series. I didn't feel like the story took off until about 55% to 60% into it. I still enjoyed it and will definitely read the next one.
Jane Doe
Great story, interesting characters, well written. Highly recommend. With a different flavor of Witches, Vampires and shifters that was very enjoyable. Really nice mystery and a tiny bit of romance.
Aug 26, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I love the way the author makes the magic come alive in the story. The caracters are easy to like and the story moves a a good pace. Looking forward to the next one.
Kenya Wright
Loved loved loved

A cool treat!
It's reminiscent of Kim Harrison's hollow series!
Jan 20, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Oh my, thus was windrfful, and I can't wait to get the rest!
Feb 23, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
With "Under Witch Moon," author Maria Schneider has written another winner. As much as I enjoyed Ms. Schneider's two Sedona O'Hala novels and her two paranormal stories ("Sage" and "Tracking Magic"), "Under Witch Moon" is my favorite. The author has created an original contemporary world in which creatures such as witches and warlocks, vampires, and shapeshifters live among normal people and blend into society. Sometimes, however, they don't blend in so well, and that's when the young witch Adri ...more
May 11, 2011 Celia rated it really liked it
Shelves: celia-can-read
Storyline: Under Witch Moon by Maria Schneider is just plain entertaining (and somewhat informational too!). It has a bit of magic, a dash of romance, a dollop of mystery and an extra helping of action.

Adriel is a witch for hire, helping those who can’t help themselves (by conventional means, anyway) and when one of her latest clients ends up murdered, she must pull it together and figure out how to stop her killer. But, it isn’t as cut and dry as she first thought and things get even mor
Cheryl Landmark
Sep 29, 2012 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book tremendously. There was a lot of humour, fast-paced action, likeable characters, interesting paranormals and even a touch of romance.

Adriel was a funny, intelligent, clever and good witch, who found herself thrust into a murder mystery involving werewolf killers and pimps and a villanious, powerful witch, who was conducting brutal and depraved experiments. She had to use all the magical spells and resources at her fingertips to solve the mystery and prevent the bad witch from
So, I Read This Book Today
Jul 24, 2013 So, I Read This Book Today rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, paranormal
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Author
Under Witch Moon by Maria E. Schneider

Sometimes a book comes along that simply charms. In more than one way, as charms are a big part of the story in Under Witch Moon. Adriel is a witch, and the thing I truly loved about the book? Adriel is a real witch! Not some frou-frou witch, like some overgrown Tinkerbell, but a working witch, doing things the hard way. The job is messy, smelly, and sometimes dangerous. But hey, it’s a job, right? Adriel does it the hard way, clarifying and containing, work
Feb 16, 2012 Alisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably the best first book in a paranormal series I've read in a long time. I really enjoyed everything about it. The character Adriel is very likeable, she's not full of herself and is probably even a little modest. I also like the fact that she's independent and strong willed without having to shout it out to everyone she meets. I also loved the setting, even though I have never been to that part of the US, I felt like I knew it after reading the books. The bits of Native/Mexican we ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
I had so much fun with this book, for possibly irrelevant reasons. I've never been to Santa Fe, but I did grow up in Tucson, so the desert was familiar and all the Southwestern/Mexican food brought back the few good memories I have of the place. I've also worked at a national lab, so the bits about Los Alamos and the scientists who work there made me grin.

Maria Schneider uses her location to the hilt, and it's wonderful. She drags the reader all over the place, from touristy plazas to loud nigh
Shawna Hansen
Jun 29, 2014 Shawna Hansen rated it it was amazing
AWESOME! I loved this book. All of the characters are fascinating and I can't wait to read more stories about them all. It's great to jump into a book and then before you know it, you've finished it from cover to cover. All I can say is I can't wait to read the next two books. I also can't wait to read this book again. Loved it.
R.E. Conary
May 17, 2016 R.E. Conary rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this "dark cozy" (no graphic scenes of sex or violence). Adriel is a 21st century witch who is competent, tough, has an attitude, and is completely committed to her clients' needs -- much like some of our best-loved PIs such as Kinsey Millhone, Sharon McCone, V.I.Warshawski, Rachel Cord and Kat Colorado (anyone besides me remember the Kat Colorado series by Karen Kijewski? Best of the Best IMHO).

Adriel even shares my feelings about vampires: "Vampires. Are. Dead. . . Dead is not
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