After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.
Witch's Nocturne is the second volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.
(These stories contain language and content better suited for readers 17+)
Growing up in small town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.
My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes.
Witch's Nocturne is #2 in a series that may end up one of the most enjoyable collections of novellas I read in this lifetime.
In Blood Fugue, #1 of the series, we meet the protagonist. We find her to be smart, sassy, and a bad-ass in the making. We also meet her unwitting side-kick Marshal.
Fast forward several months since I read Blood Fugue, and we get to Witch's Nocturne. Jenny Moonsong, as she now prefers, is still smart and sassy. She is less angry and more in control. She still can't pay her bills, but she has begun to find her place in the world. Marshal is still Marshal, but also beginning to find his niche as a side kick. With all this happy, settling in of our heroes, the entrance of her sworn enemy is just bound to happen, right? And yes, right on cue, Wesley introduces an antagonist who has enough mystery about her to drive this edition to the series and be a problem for Jenny Moonsong into the foreseeable future. Also into the future, there are family secrets to unravel, dead bodies to find, fingerless villains to track, hints of magical powers to use, an income to secure and water bills to pay.
Each installment of this series takes only a few hours to read. But each leaves you hungrily waiting for the next.
One thing I wan to point out that I really love about this series so far is with such a short story we get the important stuff. There's no droning on about stuff. We don't sit there waiting for her to figure certain things out, etc. Most of that was done between the previous book and this one and we know what all happens, but we are getting the meat of the story. And while each story stands on it's own, it's definitely a series you want to read in order just to get a back story. There was also an introduction of something in this one that I believe will carry on to future books, or at least I would expect so.
This one is a tad longer than the first but I still read it in under an hour. I could have read both of these stories back to back easily. It's so easy to read and has constant action, but not too much action. We have enough time in Jenny's head as she does stuff that we don't feel like we're thrown in the middle of a crazy bit of action and then thrown out again when it's done. It is done in a way that feels right.
I mentioned this for the previous book, but I want to mention it again, E.J. Wesley is a brilliant writer. The writing is as good as a traditionally published book and I found little to no errors (I don't recall noticing any). And somehow he brings us everything we need in a story but in a shorter time frame. I feel like I know Jenny and her closest friend as well as the town she lives in and the people she interacts with. The story just all fits together very well. And if I were to complain about anything I would say that I want more now! I don't want to wait for more of Jenny! But don't worry, the next one will be coming out in early 2013, so it's not like it's a long wait between books.
I definitely urge you to give these a try! I would recommend them to fans of urban fantasy, paranormal and horror. But they aren't really very scary. I'm the biggest chicken ever and I actually read them before bed with out any issues (and trust me, I scare so easily!).
Witch's Nocturne continues the Moonsongs saga that we were introduced to in Blood Fugue. Returning cast includes Protagonist Jenny and her best friend Marshal, both of whom are still recovering from the events of book one. Book 2 doesn't waste any time in getting us right into the heart of the story, and brings in a new character, Sarah. Even more questions than answers are raised as Jenny receives an old journal left behind by her grandfather.
This second installment was well worth the wait. I'm already anticipating the third one because the author, EJ Wesley, continues to deliver with every successful installment. Every word he's thrown out onto the page refuses to let my attention wander for even an instant. A stomach bug interrupted my reading for a few short days. When I picked back up where I left off, I felt like no time had passed at all. I was able to get back into the story that easily because Mr. Wesley's prose is a natural fit for today's on-the-go, instant-everything society. This author will have to work extra hard now to disappoint me.
Jenny is a werewolf hunter. She's snarky, a computer nerd, a gamer, and doesn't think much for academics and paying her bills on time. She has a side kick. Marshall. The total opposite of her. Conservative and academically inclined. The two personalities are great together when they go to investigate allegations of a possible plan to poison a whole town instigated by a witch coven.
Loved it! Loved the paranormal theme.Loved the humor and witty remarks. The book kept me on the edge of my seat. Literally! The build up to the climax rocked.
The best of this book was how E.J. introduced us to two new characters. Rushdam and Sarah. Both librarians at a college library. Both subtle and unsuspecting characters. The climax was the biggest surprise of all. That's all I'm going to say about that. I don't want to spoil a great read.
Jenny is back in an all new adventure. After learning about her family history and about what her grandfather really is, Jenny is ready to just relax. However, wherever Jenny goes, trouble follows. Her grandfather has left her a journal with clues about her family history and what they do. Jenny decides to set up a website to aid others with monster killing. In no time at all, a girl has contacted Jenny asking her help against a powerful coven of witches who are set on destroying Jenny's town. Will Jenny be able to save her town and keep her sanity?
When it comes to the title, I'm not really keen on that either simply for the fact that besides sounding a little spooky, it doesn't really say much about the book other than there will be witches involved.
With this cover, I'm not overly keen on it. I don't hate it, but compared to the cover of the first book in the series it's not as great. I still like the fact that it's not a photo of some random girl though. I just feel that the cover of this book doesn't really give its readers a feel for what this book is actually about.
I felt the world building was a little bit better in this book. It still has the feel of an old fashioned detective mystery which I enjoyed. I also liked the fact that the author didn't really stereotype Texas in this book. In Witch's Nocturne, I really felt as if I was right beside Jenny through everything.
The pacing Witch's Nocturne was a bit better than Blood Fugue. It still read slow in some places, but for the most part, the pacing was spot on. I found myself enjoying this book a bit more than the first.
The dialogue was just as great as the first book. Jenny is still as sarcastic as ever, and she still had me laughing! I even enjoyed her internal dialogue as well. As for the language, there is still quite a bit of swearing, so remember, if you aren't a fan of bad language, you'll probably want to give this book a miss.
Jenny is still a well written character even in this book. I was disappointed that Marshal wasn't in this book as much as the first especially since I was hoping to learn more about him in this book. I enjoyed the new character of Rushdam. I found him to be very sweet and very likable eventually. My favourite character in this book was the character of Sarah. Unfortunately, the author didn't really include any back story when it came to Sarah, but I loved Sarah's personality. I really hope to see Sarah in future books.
All in all, I thought this book was better than the first. It's a short story like Blood Fugue but is even better. Besides a few flaws, this is another fun book to read!
I'd recommend this book to fans of the paranormal genre and those that like short stories who are 15+ due to language.
I'd give Witch's Nocturne (Moonsongs #2) by E.J. Wesley a 3.5 out of 5.
"A handsome and likely intelligent guy, who wasn't my best friend and gay, was something of a unicorn in my life. So I maybe let my eyes linger a touch too long on the front of his pants as he approached. And my posture might've stiffened to let him know I was tall and lean, but still had enough curves to make driving dangerous--and fun." -- Witch's Nocturne by E.J. Wesley
You know how agents and professional writing blogs are always telling you to write with voice? E.J. has got voice down. You can pick it up in that single paragraph, and it's like he picks you up and stuffs you into Jenny Moonsong's head. It's SO AWESOME.
I LOVE Witch's Nocturne. Finished it in two lunch breaks at work. E.J. brings alive the best aspects of a paranormal hunter by giving us a character that is equally cool to the well-known Anita Blake that we saw in Laurel K. Hamilton's earlier books, Burnt Offerings and my favorite, Obsidian Butterfly. Here's one of my favorite lines from Hamilton (compare the voice with Penny Moonsong):
“Accidental sex. He made it sound like I fell down, and there just happened to be an erection in the way.” — Anita Blake, Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton
Jenny Moonsong on the outside, would not fit your typical Texan. But on the inside she's a gun totin', ass-kickin, mohawk wearin', tomahawk totin' female with size 11 boots (everything is big in Texas). Along for the ride is Marshal and the above tall, dark, and handsome stranger who just happens to be a warlock.
Because the story is short, I'm not going to spoil the plot. But if you're a fan of dark paranormal stories that don't shy away from blood, language, and violence all in the name of putting dirty bad nasties (DBN's) back into the grave, then E.J. is the author for you. Witch's Nocturne is the second book in the Moonsong trilogy and I can't wait for the third. I've seen werewolves, and now I've seen a powerful coven of witches summoning dark powers under a blood red moon. What's next E.J.?
I give this novella five stars, because I can't wait until the next installment. Witch's Nocturne is more fun than 8 seconds on a bronco at a championship rodeo. And you can take that all the way to the roundup.
Witch’s Nocturne: Moonsongs Book 2 is just as fast paced as book 1 but seemed a tad longer, although not as long as I would have liked. I really enjoy the authors writing and I want to read more about Jenny and Marshal. The shortness of the books reminds me of t.v. episodes; short, sweet, resolved in under an hour. But I’m talking good, interesting t.v.. The kind that draws you in and leaves you eagerly awaiting next weeks episode.
The characters are interesting and have tons of potential. There isn’t a love interest, but I found that a refreshing change from other novels that feel the need to cram insta-love down the readers throat. Marshal and Jenny are friends and you can see it in their interactions.
While the stories are short they don’t lack in substance and I hope the next book will be out soon, maybe even a full length novel???(hint! hint!) Of course both books were good even though they were short so maybe the formula shouldn’t be messed with? Don’t care as long as there is more of Jenny and Marshal in the works I’m good.
If I have to say anything that I don’t like about the books it is more superficial than anything. Personally I don’t like the covers. Not my style. *shrug* I’m only mentioning it because I know a lot of readers who base their choices on covers and blurbs. Even if a book has a great blurb they still might not pick it up if they don’t like the cover. If you are like me and the front just doesn’t do it for you don’t judge this book by its cover, you will be missing out!
Honestly you could read book 2 without reading book 1. There is enough back story fill in to not leave the reader completely lost. (But because I enjoyed book 1 so much I don’t recommend it)
Definitely pick up this quick, cool new series. You won’t regret it!
Witch's Nocturne by E.J. Wesley published 12/16/12 55 pages I won the ebook (novelette) 4 STARS!
Jenny has a destiny. She also has an attitude problem and a tomahawk. The gamer slash monster hunter embraces her family lineage and goes all Ghostbusters on the supernatural world, craigslist ad and everything. Witch's Nocturne drags our favorite sassy hero (and her sidekick best friend) into the world of witches. At least she has her grandfather's journal to help her...right?
I love these novelettes. We're set in Texas with a Native American nearly six foot tall girl and her gay best friend. The duo are still reeling from the epic battle in Blood Fugue when Jenny fishes out her first client. During the quest to decrypt her grandfather's journal, Jenny makes a new friend, a hilarious exchange that offers a glimpse into the more vulnerable side of our protagonist. There's more character development this time around, especially when it comes to the relationship between Jenny and Marshal. I love that despite his misgivings about the way the battle in the first book ended, he's committed to riding shotgun on this Moonsongs wild ride.
Dark Prelude is the third installment. I'll have that review next week (4.5 STARS). I love that the books are short bursts of supernatural adventure (and even some gore). You can read my review of Blood Fugue (Moonsongs book 1) or check out my fun mini-interview with author E.J. Wesley at http://robgirlbooks.blogspot.com/2013....
Jenny survived her first battle with a monster, but there are more to kill.
She does have a normal life too, but she’s not very good at it. Always wasting too much money on her energy drink addiction instead of paying bills, she’s never far from having something shut off.
Her one link to adult responsibility is Marshal, and he never lets her off easy. Marshal was her grandmothers nurse and left him in charge of collecting rent from Jenny when she inherited the house.
After cruising through life, keeping herself closed off, Jenny has now found her true calling. Thanks to her now dead grandfather, Billy Moonsong, she’s gotten an up close and personal tutorial on their family history and what part she has in it for the future.
The ancient tribal journal he’d left her was a how to of monster hunting. Now she has a calling and made it official. Moonsong PI as in Paranormal Investigator.
Marshal is becoming her partner in this and new characters and a love interest enter the mix, along with an unsavory witch.
If you think a witch isn’t all that scary, think again. They have access to lots of power and are always looking for more. That sometimes calls for blood.
This next installment in the Moonsongs Series is every bit as good as the first. And the author keeps you gasping at the action and grinning at the dialogue. I also like the bit of romance sneaking into this series.
I received this book for my honest and unbiased review.
Witch's Nocturne like Blood Fugue is fast-paced, straight to the point but still filled with mystery, twists and turns and an explosive ending. The story has you turning the pages quicker than you can finish reading the last sentence. Things are not what it seems and all these elements are what made me enjoy this book maybe even slightly more than Blood Fugue, I'm guessing that's because I already knew the characters. Witch's Nocturne did not waste any time, it went straight to the plot of the story.
The Moonsong series are written as short individual stories with the same main characters. Each story has a fairly conclusive ending with no major cliff hangers. The writing is fantastic and I wish that EJ Wesley will write an entire novel as I just couldn't get enough of this story! Blood Fugue and Witch's Nocturne are both fun, fast-paced reads, well written and the adventure and mystery level are perfection. Both books are straight to the point with the story and the ending coming far too soon for my liking...yes you heard right, I wish that these books were longer than what they were. I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the consecutive books in the series.
"Did I hear someone say they hadn't read Lord of the Rings?" A girl with tightly curled, frosted black hair popped her head out from behind the shelf. She stared at me like I'd just kicked a puppy. Multiple hoops lined her ears, and a diamond stud glinted in her nose, making her presence in the library only slightly more expected than my own - at least in my mind. Marshal chortled. "What a loser, right?" "Hey." I crossed my arms.
Again, the writing was well done. The pace flowed nicely and the story moved as it should. I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced, and am pleased by Wesley's characters not being cookie-cutter at all. Jenny says that the only second language she knows is HTML - priceless and I completely relate.
There was a good surprise thrown in that I wasn't prepared for, and I'm always up for a good surprise. Also, there is a continuation of red feathers and the hatchet in both stories.
There wasn't anything bad with this one, but I did rate this one a little lower than Blood Fugue because the first story had such a wonderful originality to it.
Although a quick read, it's very entertaining. It was a nice follow-up to Blood Fugue and leads in to more to follow after. Recommended to any paranormal fans who are up for a fast and fun story.
Honestly, even though I was really excited to read Witch's Nocturne (and I'm hoping for more), I was slightly disappointed with this one. I don't know if my expectations were just too high after Blood Fugue. Don't get me wrong, I liked Witch's Nocturne.
Again it was a quick read, I read this one much faster than I read the first book in the series (probably because I was alone in the house). We are introduced to a few new characters in this book, they aren't exactly what they might appear to be at first. The action and humor are all there from the first book. Jenny is still learning to be a "real adult" though she might not exactly be trying. It's kind of like what I like to ask people "bills what bills?" One part of the book that stands out to me the most and that I think was one of my favorites was Jenny's second (or would you call in third) visit to the library in her life.
The end of Witch's Nocturne does leave possibilities for the future. Even from the first book not all the question were answered and now there are more and now there are witches to be worried about.
There must be some special components to these novella series. I have no idea how a read so light and small can still leave me so satisfied. Of course, I wish they were longer, but the author seems to be doing just fine with novellas.
You can read this book without having previously read Blood Fugue, but seriously why would you do that? I mean.. Blood Fugue is only 45 pages. (: Just sayin'. Book one flowed smoothly into book two as well, even if it does not pick up exactly where one left off.
In this book, I got to learn more about Jenny and Marshall and I must say, they are still rather enjoyable, especially when they don't get along. I got to see a bit of a progression in character for Jenny (as much as can be expected in a novella) and she is pretty badass, now. I was super excited for the addition of more characters in the book. There was basically around four characters in book one. While it was nice, I needed more! hehe. And I am rather pleased with the additions, if only for the fact they may stir up a little trouble. *wiggles eyebrows* Bring it on. I wonder what will happen in book three? (:
Witch's Nocturne is part 2 of the Moonsongs Book story. In Part 1 we're introduced to Jenny and the strange world that she has been thrust into.
I didn't read these two stories back to back but found that it was easy to jump right back into the story despite a short break between. In Witch's Nocture, with her trusty side-kick Marshal by her side, Jenny not only has to worry about how to pay the bills, but also unravel the clues about her family and the history of monster hunting.
We get new characters in this installment and not everyone is friendly!
I think that fans of paranormal, horror and fantasy will definitely enjoy the world that Wesley has written. For a story filled with action and very well done you'll want to pick these short novelettes up. They are definitely different than my normal read and I really found myself enjoying the characters and story that Wesley has created.
Witch's Nocturne picks up right after Blood Fugue (Moonsongs Book 1) ended, and it was great getting back to Jenny and her friend Marshall. Jenny is starting up her PI business and Wesley doesn't waste any time getting her involved in a new and intriguing case. The story moves quickly and builds to a suspenseful and genuinely scary climax which leaves the reader immediately anxious for the next installment.
Jenny is a fantastic character, with a funny and engaging voice, and I can't wait to find out what is next for her and her buddy Marshall following the developments in Witch's Nocturne. In addition, Wesley expanded Jenny's universe with the introduction of some new characters, some friendly, some anything but, and I am anxious to see what role these characters will play in the series as it continues.
In Witch's Nocturne the second book in this Novella series we get to see Jenny on the move. She is such a kick butt heroine in this book that I loved her even more if that is possible. In Witch's Nocturne Jenny is entrusted with the task of hunting down a dangerous coven of witches. After getting the journal from her grandfather and reading it she has to find out what her family has been doing and why. She knows they hunt down monsters but what kind are they? Why do they hunt them down?
Jenny will have to whatever it is to protect her grandfather. She will have to hunt down the witches coven and stop them from trying to destroy people with their spells. What will happen if they let lose spells all over the place? Well you have to read it to see what happens.
Because the characters of Jenny and Marshal are so well fleshed out in Blood Fugue, I felt I already knew them well enough in this second book and it took no time to understand what was going on even though there was a small bit of introduction to remind readers of what had happened in the first book. It's not a standalone by any means. Jenny has a family business to carry on and she's flying by the seat of her pants but for a journal from her grandfather and Marshal's help. This story seemed a bit longer than the first and is again filled with some great comments from Jenny (her view of people is generally that she prefers computers to them) and a mystery leading her to discover only a sliver more about her family. It's just as entertaining as the first and I highly recommend it.
I just love Jenny! She's so...everything! Everything I love in a heroine! I thought from the first book that this would be a series mostly about werewolves (I didn't pay attention to the title of this one), so I was happily surprised when Jenny takes on a case involving a nasty coven of witches. I love this series! Full review coming soon!
E.J. Wesley is a fantastic writer, and Book 2 of his Moonsongs series does not disappoint! Loved getting to know his protagonist, Jenny, a little better. Also, intrigued by some new characters that have been thrown into the mix. I am on the edge of my seat for Book 3!
Once again, a fast read, with twists and turns. Jenny and Marshall team up once again, try to make sense of her grandfather's journal and go on a witch hunt. I love the way Jenny and Marshall complement each other... and Jenny meets a new friend! Plenty of action!
Love E.J. Wesley. Keep the the stories coming. The more Jenny gets into trouble, the more accurate her aim is the the tomahawk. That witchy, nasty piece of work, Sarah totally deserved to have her digits sliced off. :)