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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  92 reviews
MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing o
Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 13th 2013 by Raybourne Publishing (first published September 21st 2013)
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May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me a copy for review.*

No. This is nowhere near Jane Eyre. Alexia WISHES she was Jane Eyre. This bitch is way too shallow, too goddamn selfish to be considered anywhere NEAR Eyre.

To say the least, Moonless was torture.

I have no energy to bring up all the faults this book has, so I shall briefly touch on a few. Actually, I think I'll also list all the shitty noteworthy quotes.

Once I started reading Moonless, I noticed the horribly juvenile writin

Thank God that's done! It took all of my willpower to finish this book, I was practically sweating with exertion. Everything from a Mary Sue MC, to insta-love, to poorly plotted back stories made this novel a chore.

I truly can't think of anything good to say of this novel, and I am reminded of the common phrase" If you having nothing good to say, say nothing at all". However I feel that it is more important that other readers do not suffer the same fate as I did with this book and therefore hon
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be the mentor for Moonless in Pitch Wars. It's such an amazing read. Gritty, passionate, creepy and full of intrigue. I found myself immersed in the characters and the plot. I love genre-mash-up historicals and this is an example of this at its best. ...more
Elizabeth Seckman
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very good story. Crystal's style is crisp and easy to read. The story itself is fresh and interesting, a new look at paranormal characters without the usual lot of werewolves and vampires. I will definitely read the follow up! ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was utterly surprised from the very first page of this amazing book. I had expected something more "typical" considering it has so many things going on, a love story, some paranormal, a historical setting, monsters, need I go on?

I am tantalized by the "blue-eyed man" and I was on the edge of my seat {my bed with the Ipad} as I read faster and faster in eager hopes of finding out what happened with my beloved characters next!

For my full review of this and other books go to http://hidethematches
Crystal Collier
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
When my publisher first put this book out, I was paralyzed by the mix of reviews. Some people loved the poetic prose that is TOTALLY reflective of the time period, and some couldn't stand it. This book was written on the tail end of a Dickens reading binge, and I was so immersed in the language of the time that Alexia's voice reflected her era. Early drafts were written in first person, which was super immersive, but also hindered the full story. The tale went to third person, but I couldn't bea ...more
Sherry Ellis
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The year is 1768. Sixteen-year-old Alexia is supposed to marry, as any proper young woman of her time is expected to do. Trouble is, she's rather unattractive - until one mysterious night, when she undergoes a physical transformation and becomes an amazingly beautiful woman. It is then that she meets an unusual cast of characters: evil child, Belleza, and the incredibly handsome, blue-eyed Kiran. As it turns out, Alexia isn't quite human. As Belleza points out, she's "one of us" - a Passionate. ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is one word that describes this book: AWESOME. Fantasy, action, mystery, romance and a sweet main character are all woven into this gripping fictional tale. I really enjoyed reading it. Crystal Collier has a wonderful way with the pictures she can create with words so that you, the reader, can place yourself in the story.

The first few lines intrigued me and made me want Alexia to be safe. The story just got better and better. Each character had depth. The author has created a whole new wor
Sophie David
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Moonless by Crystal Collier was a fascinating book. It held my attention from beginning to end. It was incredibly well written and took us down an already well trodden path in a fresh and exciting way, putting a sensational twist on the paranormal romance and taking it in a whole new direction.

I haven't encountered anything like 'The Soulless' before and they were a chilling addition to the fantasy hall of fame of dreaded villains to avoid on a dark moonless night…

If you liked Twilight then the
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! I was drawn to this book by page one and read it quickly. You cannot help but get pulled into this story with its intriguing methodology of telling its tale. It leaves your wanting more when you put it down (to do things like sleep!) and makes you pick it up to finish its tale. I highly enjoyed and appreciated the writing style, characters, story line and pace of the book. It has mystery, romance, suspense and supernatural aspects. Very much like a Gothic Romance. I do thi ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book. This. Fucking. Book.

Something bad happens, then something good happens and you think they're safe and sound AND THEN SOMETHING WORSE HAPPENS! And then something good/bad happens that makes 2 of my favourite characters leave :( I really hope to see them in the second book or so help me!

Kiran ♥
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book and couldn't put it down! It seemed like I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The characters are well developed and the storyline flowed very well. The author has a way of describing places that makes you feel as though you are there. Look forward to more from the author.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the author and publisher, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Crystal Collier (author) and ‘Raybourne Publishing’, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this awesome book.
I totally enjoyed this book from the very first chapter and it was just like a roller-coaster ride which didn’t bore or disappoint me for even a second. I liked the character Alexia and the way her world changed when the mysterious blue-
Fida Islaih
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi

Looking back at my review I know I really love the story. I love the feel of historical fiction with the dresses.

I was immediately curious on what's going on, I was even more curious when she made a connection with a nightmare. Curious to why she wants to hide. Just as curious as her wanting to know answers. You would love the descriptions in this story. I feel like I'm in the journey with her. I felt all her emotions. I can't wait to see what's next.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Certainly there is no new story under the sun, but some stories strike as original. Moonless is this kind of story. May take a few chapters to engage the brain, but once the action opens up, the plot engages and carries through to a satisfactory end.

PLOT: Alexia Dumont has lived a privileged life, with a wealthy family and servants for her every need. Still, she had spent her childhood hindered by her own sense of awkwardness, her father's intense protectionism, and her mother's inexplicable dis
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Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must first apologize to Miss Collier. She had kindly bestowed me with her book so that I may give my thoughts and I gave her a date for them to be up. Unfortunately life had a turn and I got behind in my reading and i am 2 days late in getting this up. I do apologize for this oversight and thank her for her patience.

this is a enthralling book. I love Kiren. His inner struggle to do what is right versus what he wants is beautiful to see. He loves Alexia but cannot be with her for it jeopardizes
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, I have to write my admiration for my cousin who has dreams, and then has the fortitude and courage to follow her dreams. So now that I've disclosed my bias of the author, I will try and give a very honest review. :)

A quick read in a world where some humans are born with supernatural powers. The "passionate" must face the evil that would leave them living a soulless life. I enjoyed the fantasy world she created.

At first I had a hard time following all the descriptions. There were a
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moonless, set in 1768, is a great combination of a Gothic mystery, romance, and paranormal. From the very first you are thrown into a world of intrigue that holds the "Passionate" and also the "Soulless". The heroine, Alexia, finds her whole world changed when she turns 16 and finds out that she is not a mere human. Her dreams are haunted by the deaths of others. She finds out that things around her are not what they seem. As you read you will have more questions then answers. Those readers who ...more
MaryAnn Dennis
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the beginning of this book the author has you wondering what in the world is going on with Alexia. She has always been awkward and homely but finds that suddenly, she seemingly has become an extraordinary beauty overnight. Stranger than this, is that nobody but her seems to have noticed any change, at least they refuse to acknowledge it. Alexia has dreamt many strange things, like the exact details of people's deaths, including her own, and the stranger with the blue eyes. When her dreams b ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The he only thing even close to a negative I can say about this book is that I wanted MORE! I can only hope that the minute holes in some of the characters' backstories is because there's a prequel in the works. That would make me IMMENSELY happy.

Alexia's world is forever changed on her 16th birthday. She seems to transform into a beautiful being that she hardly recognizes in the mirror, but she discovers a world that she never dreamed existed - and that's she is a part of it. Or could be if sh
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like Romance literature, this is the book for you. The imagery is sweet and compelling with beings who are a few steps more passionate then us. They are trying to protect our world which is about to be plunged into conflict so terrifying it could only be captured on the pages of a book.

The chapters are short and give you good breaks, though you sometimes just want to keep reading. Clearly there will be a second book which is aggravating to have to wait for, but I expect great things from
Mary Hill
After a slow start, this book ramped up to an exciting read that I could not put down. To read more of my review check out my book review blog at: .

You could also win a free hardcopy of the book in a great giveaway!
Sheena-kay Graham
The Good: Crystal has done amazing world building and we get to meet Alexia and her family at a crucial time in her life. The at first unsightly Alexia is quickly transformed into a beautiful young lady but like all 'quick fixes' this comes at a price and she is thrust into a world where humans aren't the only beings on earth and moonless nights are not the time to for a night stroll. Readers will be drawn into a world where females are raised to be married to better their families and even Alex ...more
Kristine Hall
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moonless grabbed me from the first few paragraphs and kept me reading to the very last page and then AGONIZING that I'd have to wait for the next installment, (Soulless, coming Fall 2014) to get much wanted insight and answers. The writing is beautiful, descriptive, and appropriate to the period, and a delightful change of style from others in this genre.

Collier's story reminded me of a YA version of A Discovery of Witches, but to me, Moonless worked much better by having a seventeen-year-old pr
Jennifer Goraczkowski
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good story with great characters and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. When I offered to read Moonless, I had no idea what the story was about, but was sucked in immediately and didn’t want to put it down.

The characters were believable and the author painted a great picture of each. I do have to say there were times that I got lost in the translation of who was talking, or providing the details at the time. This seemed to clear up for me the further into it I got, but there were a few
Kurt Springs
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crystal Collier's novel, Moonless, is set in 1768. Alexia is a girl who is different. Everything changes when she turns sixteen. She finds that she is more than human. Abilities start to manifest, starting with the ability to see the future. She is haunted by a man with deep blue eyes, creatures with red eyes, and a young, vicious girl.

It starts out a little confusing, but soon settles out and becomes a page turner as you get into it. Crystal Collier keeps the plot tight, though handling the sub
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lora by: K Collier
I bought this book purely because someone I know is related to the author so I didn’t have high expectations. I was very pleasantly surprised. Though other reviewers would have you believe there is more to it, I see it as mostly romance. But I really, really loved the romance. And, it was squeaky clean. I sure hope there is another story to follow.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
3.5 Stars
I picked this one up on a whim. I really liked the cover and the description grabbed me right from the start and lets face it, I am a sucker for anything set in the 18th century and I won't lie, the reference to Jane Eyre was one that piqued my interest, it so happens to be one of my favorite stories by Bronte and even though I wouldn't say this was anything like the plot of Jane, it did have the same feel as Jane. That almost gothic darkness that makes you simultaneously feel somewhat
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 stars

I didn't know what to expect from Moonless. The reference in the blurb to Jane Eyre definitely peaked my interest, as that is one of my favorite classics. It was a good reference to make. There is the same feeling or weight of something a little darker as you read this story. It is also set in basically the same time period. There is young, innocent, and niave Alexia and older, experienced, intense, and roguish Kiren. There is a great attraction and passion between them that is almost i
May 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
This ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


I always try to finish an ARC. It seems only fair that in exchange for a free book, I should read the whole thing, but I just couldn’t do it. The writing was too overwrought. Rarely have I seen so much purple prose in a published work. I think the author would have done well to heed Stephen King when he said, 'Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.'

I feel like
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Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. (The clean kind.) She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, five littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in ...more

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