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Shepherd's Moon

(The Shepherds #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  43 reviews
It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals...

The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All th
ebook, 411 pages
Published October 25th 2011 (first published October 24th 2011)
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Nicole Peterson
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicole by: R2R via Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics
Alexa, our MC, is what is referred to as a Shepherd in the Paranormal world. Orphaned as a young child and moved through the system, Alexa has got some bad ass in her. She has the ability to communicate and connect with shifters and is the head of her pack. She has only been in charge for a year, so she is still learning as she goes. Also she is a bit of an anomaly. Apparently, she is the only female Sheppard in the past two thousand years or so and the Council isn't fully convinced of her compe ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Overall, I give it 4♥'s.

Okay I had to let this sink in for a tiny bit. Up to even 90% into reading the book it was a solid 4 stars. The last 10% however... maybe 3. It still has a primarily happy ending, but left me wanting somehow. I'm still giving it a 4, because 90% is more than a goodly portion of the book. The best way I think I can describe the ending- I felt like it was a Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Mam. Yes, it was happy and enjoyable, but the end felt rushed. I got whacked by a high-note-ending
Maghon Thomas
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me first say, as always, thank you to R2R and the author for allowing me to read a copy of this book for a review. I was kind of reluctant to pick up this book first when I read the little blurb, but I am so glad I did. First, Let me give you a little more description... Alex is a human, who has the power to read the minds of animals (it goes a little more than that, but let's not spoil things)... not just basic animals, but say shifters :) She is a Shepherd which is basically like a governi ...more
Toni Vernetti
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Stacy Mantle! Wow!

This is not one of my favorite types of books because I find that most authors become overly gory or too centered on sex scenes which can become very old very quickly. Shepherd’s Moon had me riveted from page one. With awesome characters, the perfect amount of action, and the perfect amount of relationship description, I absolutely loved the rhythmic flow of this book. If it weren’t for everyday chores and a business to run, I would have read this book from cover to cover
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews* by: PR&UFF
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Shepherd's Moon is the first book in The Shepherd's series by Stacy Mantle. I read this book as a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! As always, a special thank you to the wonderful moderators of this group and to the author for allowing me to participate.

I liked this book. It was different and intrigued me. The spin on shifters was a refreshing change from the normal take in the UF genera. I loved all the preternatural species and the idea of Shepherds was a clever idea. The s
 Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal, Vampire, Werewolf, other shifter, Urban fantasy
Recommended to Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto by: Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy
Shelves: march-2012-reads
A catchy reader’s hook, and the protagonist’s jocular but wry sense of humour make for an intriguing beginning. Alexandra is a kind of a misfit, with a longing she keeps repressed for a normal, routine (read simple, average, human) life. Instead, she is a Shepherd-one who tracks and rounds up, not natural wildlife, but preternatural creatures. Outsourcing for the police department’s Special Assignments Unit frequently puts her on the lookout for and trail of what are called “PSKs,” “Preternatura ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read-shelf
This book is not your typical paranormal read. The author has a unique twist to her storyline. It definitely is not your "I want to bite your neck, let's hit the sack" kind of book. The Shepherd can talk to animals/weres but not humans, lives with a variety of shifters whom she is responsible for and does work for a guy who sends her on hunts for rogue shifters. Add a company that is cloning shifters whom she cannot communicate with and chaos ensues. A Nephilim named Tristan only adds to the mix ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book wasn't really off to a good start. The opening sentence was a bit too explosive for me, and failed in its obvious purpose of catching my interest. I mean starting a story with a guy’s torn throat is a little over-kill for my taste.
However, I was completely willing to overlook that and give the book a second chance to capture my interest, but it just failed over and over again.

In my opinion, the story was underdeveloped, the key players all had large gaps in their characters, and the
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of UF with many different paranormal creatures
Recommended to Katy by: Stacy Mantle
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of urban fantasy
Trigger Warnings: murder, killing, reported rape, reported sexual slavery

My Thoughts: This is quite an interesting idea and world that the author has created in this book. I quite liked the characters for the most part, although several of them aren't very well developed. This feels like the first book in a series, since the problem is not completely resolved by the end of the book.

The author told me that th
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
I enjoyed Shepherd's Moon and would recommend this book to others. The author created an interesting world of Alex Wilde. Alex is an independent and tough female. She is the only female Shepherd, which makes her even more unique. A Shepherd is a person who protects shifters. Her special ability allows her to communicate with animals, including shifters. She is able to enter their minds, view their memories and give them to commands to follow. Alex and her pack work to locate supernatural beings ...more
I received this Shepherd's Moon for review from the author. I was very excited to read this book, it's been on my TBR list for months. I admit I was a little unsure because the description sounded incredible.
Alex is a shepherd a human who can read animal and pre-natural creatures minds. She's kinda like a alpha werewolf as she has a pack that she takes care of. Her pack is made up of a vampire, alpha werewolf, werecoyote, werejaguar with her two cubs, a werehorse, a female werewolf and a wereh
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Shepherd's Moon...This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the story line, but felt that a lot of the boring, useless parts were very drawn out. Not a lot of background or detail was given about the characters, which I also did not like very much. The editing drove me INSANE, so I do hope this isn't a book that is being sold in stores yet. (I'd go check, but I already loaned it out to a friend to read). The name of Daniel was randomly interchanged to 'Jeremy' (Oh THAT bothered me very much.) and ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I ended up really enjoying this book although it was a bit inconsistent. Anyone who has read my reviews knows my main issue with new series' (a lot of set-up/background information makes for sometimes boring starts) so I'm just going to say despite this, by the end of the book I couldn't put it down! The concept of a were-whisperer was very original and refreshing. The cha ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I have never read a book in thie genre, but found this book fascinating. R2R gave me this opportunity.
It's very well written and I connected with the characters quickly. Story was confusing at times...Following a young woman's experiences trying to coping with her special skills and how that relays to her pack provides us with some insight in different animals minds. The action sequences are very belivable and do not resort to the usual sex, keep you interested. Just keep with the pace
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Awesome!!! It was a page turner from the beginning! The premise is very unique for an urban fantasy setting. She does an amazing job of introducing this shepherd/shape shifter underworld and I can't wait to see how she expands on it in the next book! My favorite part was the characters though. Their interaction and depth make for an intriguing series...we get a good picture of a couple of them in this book but I am excited to read more about their individual stories as the series progresses. The ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liked it! 3.5/5 stars

This book finally answers some questions I had about all these paranormal animals and beings hanging around with the rest of us normals. It provides a very detailed account of one Alex Wilde and her pack. Although the descriptions really provided distinct images, I sometimes felt there was too much detail, and I couldn't quite move on.

The book provides a CRAZY twist at the end that I really never saw coming. Part of it I wasn't sure I was a fan of, but nonetheless I was ver
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, r2r
I really enjoyed this book, but it was not at all what I expected. I reread the synopsis and everything it says is true, but it still didn't quite fit the book. I loved the main character and her growth in this book. It was good to see her become more comfortable with her position. Plus the author left room for more growth in future books. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and mystery in the novel as well. I was so glad it was not a romance. And that characters didn't immediately meet and fall i ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2013
First, I would like to thank the author Stacey Mantle for giving me this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed the storyline the characters were well written. The book has characters you can relate to, they have their flaws but are still likable. The main character is Alexandra Wilde, she is a shepherd. She has the ability to talk to animals and weres in their head and even control them if needed. The book differs from most were/shifter books with the fact instead of one species like wolf, ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not quite finished with Sheperd's Moon, but I have read enough to say that it's a good read. Very entertaining and well worth the time.

Stacy has done a good job building characters that you care about and a storyline that pulls you right along.

There are spots where the wording could have been a little better, IMHO, but that's pretty subjective as we all speak and write differently.

All in all, I find no faults worth much of a mention and I feel Shepard's Moon is one to put on your TBR pile im
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The author was able to create an interesting story line where Shepherds are people who communicate and protect shifters.

Alex is still learning how to be a good Shepherd when she comes in contact with some genetically altered shifters that are killing humans. It is her job to find these altered shifters and the person who is creating them.

This was a well developed story that has characters you can relate to. The characters have their flaws but are still likable. I really enjoyed this story and
Redheaded Bookworm
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am not much of a shifter girl, vamps have always had my heart. But after reading this book, I just may have to rethink my choice! This book was a breath of fresh air. Mantle incorporates many different shifter species into this book. Not just your werewolves, but, coyotes, hawks, horses, even a house cat! And just for good measure, she throws in a vampire. Alex is a kick ass heroine and it has great secondary characters, and can I just say, I am totally crushing on Tristan. I loved everything ...more
Kris Neri
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stacy has made lots of fresh, unique choices in this book. Strong writing. If you like paranormal, you'll enjoy reading this "shepherd's" tale.


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Misty Blankenship
I must say, this book is unique! I love the concept of the Shepherd and really enjoyed this book!!!
A pack of different shifters is something you dont read about a lot and toss in vamps, its a great mix! Really cant wait to see what she brings with book 2!
The ending had a twist that was a big betrayal but not surprising.
If you enjoy Shifter books you will really like this one!!
Vikki Vaught
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is not my normal genre, since I normally read Historical Romance, but nonetheless, I found it quite entertaining. Ms. Mantle has a wonderful imagination, and she made all the characters come to life. It has a surprise ending, and this author definitely left you on the hook for the next one in the series. I can't wait to read it!
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I usually hate to read books that are a part of a series, because I have to wait for the second, third, etc. I read this on a bored day when I first invested in kindle fire and I have to say, while some parts are drawn out and unnecessary, all around it was an original, imaginative, and fun plot. Had me wondering what was going to happen next, and I'm actually looking forward to Book 2.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Booked Up . Stay tuned for the review to be posted on Booked Up's goodreads account and the Blog ...more
Heather turner
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I realy liked this book the charters are so full of life and the plot just sucks you right in I hope to see more of this charters. this book is great.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love all the types of characters. Jumps around a bit with a few loose ends, still a worthwhile read
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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I have to say that I enjoyed the characters along with the plot line, but I found quite a few problems that detracted from my reading experience.

As soon as I started reading Shepherd's Moon I instantly felt as if I missed out on the first book of the series. There was just so much backstory and history that was relayed to us as the reader and had a huge part of the story. I also think that by not being able to 'witness' the past events, it less
When this book went up for review on R2R I wanted a chance to read it because the book blurb sounded good. I really tried to like this book, but there’s too much that needs improvement.

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Stacy Mantle first discovered her story-telling ability when, at the age of two, she successfully shifted blame for breaking a vase on her newborn brother. Writing fiction seemed to be a logical next step. She wrote her first short story at the age of 8, for which she won a prestigious writing award. She followed this success with a screenplay five years later, for which she received no acclaim at ...more

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