So far, this book is pretty darned great. Since I don't know yet if I'll like the ending, I can't give it full marks yet (4 of 5). I have 52 pages lef...moreSo far, this book is pretty darned great. Since I don't know yet if I'll like the ending, I can't give it full marks yet (4 of 5). I have 52 pages left to go before I'm done with the book.
From what I've read, any age group can get into this book, that's why I've given high marks before I've even finished it!!!
Final Review - Christine Hart did a marvelous job in maintaining the suspense throughout the novel. It was surprisingly good and more than I expected from it. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by it. I love suspense novels and paranormal too, so it was great to have these two elements in one book!
This is the first book in the series. If you've taken advantage of the price and gotten Blood Moon (book 2 in the series) for free, I strongly suggest...moreThis is the first book in the series. If you've taken advantage of the price and gotten Blood Moon (book 2 in the series) for free, I strongly suggest getting this one and reading it before you read Blood Moon.
Well...Huntress Moon not only introduces you to the main characters of the series, it shows you what drives them, brings you, the reader, into this world that Sokoloff created and shows how situations in the story change the characters thoughts and actions - in some cases irrevocably.
Alex is one of the best writers I've come across. She knows what she's doing. Her characters are deep, story lines complex, and you never feel like you're stalled out. The story flows from the beginning to end. Every scene in the book has a purpose. Nothing is gratuitous or unnecessary, and that's where her power and strength as a writer prevail. If the scene is gory, there's a reason for it that pertains to one character of the book or another, to one situation or another.
Agent Roarke and "the woman" (won't put her name here, 'cause that would just give away some of the story, lol!) have a very interesting dynamic that builds and becomes clear as the story unfolds.
Sokoloff has a very strong ability to make all her characters feel human, feel real as you read. I've read a few crime stories where I just couldn't connect with the characters of the story and just didn't give a damn about any of them, but Huntress Moon is definitely different. Alex defined her characters so well that I couldn't help but feel for them when they were happy, sad, scared, etc. The notion of a female serial killer sets this book apart from others.
When you combine all the aspects with Alex's talent for writing scare, intrigue and suspense, you wind up with a masterfully written piece. What I also like about this story, is that it unfolds the way a crime story should - over time. Tests take time to complete, finger prints take time to identify and match - even with the help of computers. This makes the whole story feel real. By the end, I found myself wanting to know if there was a real murder that inspired this story because the story and characters felt so real. (less)
This book is so well done. Jeannine Garsee has done a wonderful job of putting you in the mind of a troubled character. You are in Martha's mind so st...moreThis book is so well done. Jeannine Garsee has done a wonderful job of putting you in the mind of a troubled character. You are in Martha's mind so strongly that you understand the choices she makes and why she makes them.
You understand her outbursts, as mean as they are. Because Garsee has done such a terrific job of putting you into her mind, you understand them as defense mechanisms and only pain for her and hope that Martha will find a way to work through her pain.
There's just one thing wrong with this book - there's not enough of the story! I want more! I want to know what happens to Martha now! What do the Brinkmans do? Does she go to that school? I so want to know because Garsee made me care about this character!
This is another must read book for anyone! It has all the ups and downs of a real-life roller coaster! Just fabulous! (less)
The audiobook was well done and the reader made it a wonderful performance to listen to!
Even though the possibility of this occurring is unlikely and...moreThe audiobook was well done and the reader made it a wonderful performance to listen to!
Even though the possibility of this occurring is unlikely and not really possible (according to science, the moon's own magnetic field keeps it in it's current orbit), this is science fiction, key word on fiction!
That being said, this also falls under the category of speculative fiction. Basically a, "What would happen if?"
So, the question becomes, is this what would really happen? Would the government and society really crumble this way? I think the answer to that is yes because it seems to happen every time there are blizzard conditions here or severely cold weather situations - some of the smaller towns do get "sold out" of many items because people decide to stockpile in case something happens and they end up cut off from the community due to snow. We've also seen when people have run out and purchased their own generators after 9/11. That time really demonstrated that this scenario Pfeffer paints in this book isn't so out there, even if how it started is.
Very thought provoking and well done! Great job Susan!
This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone! (less)
As some of you might have noticed, this book sat on my "currently reading" shelf for a bit. However, due to migraines, all reading had to be suspended...moreAs some of you might have noticed, this book sat on my "currently reading" shelf for a bit. However, due to migraines, all reading had to be suspended. It felt great to be able to pick up this book and really start it.
These two have done it again! Another great story with well-made characters and some unexpected plot twists!
These ladies not only know how to write, but they now how to use misdirection! They did it just right. I honestly was not expecting the book to end the way it did! I love it when a book surprises me! :)
The only flaw I found with my ARC (Advanced Readers' Copy) is that I honestly felt the story really began with Chapter 2. I was hooked with the opening line of Chapter 2 and just could not put the book down from that point on.
I don't know why, but the opening line of "I can fly" (Chapter 1) just couldn't catch my attention nor draw me into the story. However, the opening line of Chapter 2 sunk it's hook in me and refused to let go - "This can't be happening, Katelyn thought."
The book easily could have started there because the key points from Chapter 1 were basically mentioned when necessary throughout the rest of the book. Chapter 1 is just back story, and I guess I've recently become a proponent of starting with the action, or where the action begins - which is when Katelyn is actually in Wolf Springs rather than in a plane on the way to it - and sprinkle the important parts of the back story in where/when they matter.
I guess that's why I found it so easy to set this story aside when I did. If I had been able to get to chapter 2 before stopping, I might have forced myself to trudge on in spite of the migraines because the story truly was that much of a page turner.
Once I started chapter 2, I couldn't put the book down and found any excuse to keep reading it. In fact, I ended up staying up all night Saturday night to finish it.
Okay, some of you may not agree, but so far, I am beginning to feel that this series will be better than than their Crusade series, and not because I like werewolves better, but because I just think this setting seems to be working out better. I really enjoyed the characters. Sure, I've read a few werewolf stories, but I get saturated pretty easily, so I always try to mix up the genres I read.
While some readers felt the story predictable, I did not find it to be that way. I guess because I read so many different genres and never focus on just one. I found I tend to get over saturated and bored if all I do is read just one type of story...
This book was a nice change of pace. As I mentioned earlier, the end of the book took me by complete surprise. Yes, I knew what was happening to Katelyn, but it was how it played out that really caught my attention. It's one of the reasons I rated this book so high.
Some readers are confused with what happened between Justin and Katelyn. Well, I wasn't. There's something special about Justin, something that I'm guessing we'll read about later. The authors know full well there's some confusion there. While Justin uses one excuse to explain his actions, I believe there's more to him than meets the eye, and so does Katelyn! Some readers just don't realize that Katelyn was under a trance. So, is putting prey under a trance one of his abilities, or is it an ability of something else? Think about it. While he's part of Cordelia's family, he's only a cousin, not a brother, so that leaves some room for something else. He's also and Alpha Male, and I think he very well may be next in line to take over the pack. He's smart, cunning. He's biding his time, keeping the Alpha male in his corner, just waiting for the right time.
I'm guessing that those readers who find difficulty with the strength - or lack there of - of these characters doesn't fully understand the archetypes. I think it also helps to understand the nature of wolves to begin with. I studied wolves for a long time, read any story I could get my hands on. I thought all the characters were well done. In any hierarchy, you will have those that stand out as leaders, those jealous of what others have and are willing to do anything to get ahead, and then there are those reluctant to take the position they have and use the power they have.
Wolves mate for life. However, in terms of the Alpha Male and Alpha Female of any pack, that's always up for grabs. The alpha is always one who is the strongest and is able to hold on to that position. The fact that Justin is still ranked pretty highly even after his "mistakes" with Katelyn, says a lot about his strength and ability to hold his rank.
But it also raises questions about Justin's mate. Is she really an alpha female type? Is she strong enough to hold her position in the hierarchy? Only time will tell.
Some readers point out that this story follows a basic pattern that many other stories do...well, yeah!
Unfortunately, you'll find that almost each genre has a set standard or formula for how and where to put your elements. That's why there are a ton of indie online publishers cropping up - some of them are trying to break these formulaic trends...
The best way to avoid getting bored with formulaic trends is to swap genres whenever possible. For example, I read a comedic mystery before this one, and I'll be reading a dark sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal after.
Another thing people seem to have trouble grasping is a society's choice to stay offline. People can't seem to understand this, and don't know how to accept a story where the internet doesn't exist.
Guess what? The internet didn't always exist, and there are still areas in the country that don't get cell coverage, and don't have internet access - to get that stuff, you have to drive a couple of miles to the main town. Some readers also just seem to have trouble accepting the fact that some people just prefer to be offline rather than tied to the computer. There are times when I just want to set the computer and everything aside and just read, or be active outside. Sure, the internet definitely has it's uses, but there comes a point when relying solely on it can set you up for a big fall and speaks volumes about today's society as a whole. I do prefer to have information printed? Why? Because there's always the likelihood that the power will be out or service will be down making electronic materials unavailable. That's when good old fashioned books will be desired.
Not only that, but I think many of the adult readers forget that these books are written more for the younger audiences. They talk about how shallow they feel Katlyn is...well, guess what? She's like many self-absorbed teens from a big city. She's also like many of the popular characters from many different stories. I can name at least a dozen different characters like this from different shows - Cordelia Chase(BtVS), Harmony (BtVS, Angel), Claire (BH 90210), Cher (Clueless) - do I really need to go on? Basically, while Katlyn doesn't represent the vast majority of teens, she does represent a certain percentage. She was a popular girl at her high school and now she's going to a town in the middle of nowhere because her entire world has fallen apart.
So, I have to say, the problems lie with these readers, and not the story itself.
I for one can't wait to see if Trick is who I think he is, or will there be a new villain added. I also believe Katlyn's grandfather knows more than he's letting on... I think he was waiting for her to say something, as about the bite, etc., because he wouldn't be able to tell an outsider what's going on...hehehe. All sorts of possibilities I'm looking forward to see what's going to happen! (less)
This works best if you read the series in order, starting at the very beginning. If you don't you may very well feel like you have no idea what's goin...moreThis works best if you read the series in order, starting at the very beginning. If you don't you may very well feel like you have no idea what's going on. The characters are a work in progress, so if you haven't read all the books that come before now, you won't really fully understand or appreciate the choices and actions of the individual characters.
more to come - I need to have the books in front of me to remember what happens in which book! :) (less)
Book 2 in the Hunter series. Pretty interesting so far. Once I started reading, I found it hard to put down! However, I wanted to add it to my bookshe...moreBook 2 in the Hunter series. Pretty interesting so far. Once I started reading, I found it hard to put down! However, I wanted to add it to my bookshelves before I forgot. I'll be adding more to this after I finish the book. :)!
Before I do that though, just have to add this because it made me laugh out loud!
Max to Braden, page 38: "Now be a good vampire, while I see to your wound."
This book had some laugh out loud moments, and some moments where I almost got tears in my eyes and other moments where I just wasn't sure what was going to happen.
Well done! A nice story to complement Vampire Island - boy would I like to visit that place and Uncle Julian again! He's my kind of guy!
I wasn't sure whether I was going to give it 4 or 5 stars, but any book that makes me want to read more about the characters and does such a good job setting the scene gets an A in my book, so I had no choice but to give it 5 stars! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Sandra Cox is MLM's YA Cove's featured author for February!