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Under a Blood Moon

(Elemental Enchanters #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Falling in love isn’t the only problem for Ava Hannigan.

When seventeen-year-old Ava discovers that she can breathe underwater, she’s disappointed. She wanted to be normal and dreads the day of her initiation into one of the most powerful covens of Elemental Enchanters. She has fallen in love with a human, which is forbidden, but she has such a strong connection with Peter
Paperback, 1st, 344 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 28th 2014)
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May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
An enchanting magical tale of sparkling romance and surrealism that’s simply stunning!

The initiation is coming…

This exquisitely woven, beautifully mesmeric tale (almost dreamlike quality to it) about forbidden love literally melted my heart. As a fan of fantasy and a ‘Twi-hard’ who loves Young Adult romance, I found this beguiling book utterly irresistible and a perfect read! The new Elemental Enchanters series is a supremely singular edition to a hugely popular genre; filled with inspired co
Ann Schwarz
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I found this novel to be a fun and compelling read. There were times in the middle where I got a bit frustrated with Ava the main character and her dealings with her boyfriend Thomas. I felt she should have stood up for herself with him sooner and it would have been less hurtful for both of them. I also began to wonder why one of Ava's friends became so mean and spiteful toward her halfway through the story. I wasn't really clear on the motivation behind this change. It made me wonder if this ch ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Paranormal
Actual Rating 4.5 of 5 Stars

So, before starting Under A Blood Moon, I figured that yes, it was going to be a good book(wouldn't read it if I didn't think so), but I didn't think that it would be absolutely amazing. I was taken by surprise, though, by how much I got swept up in this story. I feel like one of my favorite parts of the story is that the main character and her five closest friends all start out knowing that they are Enchanters, which is kind of outside the norm, and was a pleasant su
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Real Rating: 4.5

My sister recommended this book to me and since we have similar book tastes I thought: "why not?"

The book started out in a surprising way, it was a flashback sort of thing which set the mood for the whole story.

I really liked this book and the characters all had their own personalities. Which is cool. There are six members in Ava's coven and I'd love to have pretty much all their powers, you know, if I was an Enchanter. There are things about some of the characters(Paige says n
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the story... I liked the plot and the characters.
The story was well-written with in-depth details. The characters had distinct personalities.
The relationships were well developed and thought out. I liked the teenage angst and jealousy.. I loved the complete 180 in attitude by Gillian... I hope to see some evil from her in the future.. :)
Peter and Ava are a great couple, and even though Thomas was an arrogant jerk, I felt sorry for him.
It was a fast paced story with interlaced with roma
Kristi Cramer
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come. Short version: the story was entertaining.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down!! I can wait to read the next book and find out what happens with Ava and Peter! And Thomas! Gillian really made my head spin with the way she changed through out the book! Definitely recommend reading!!
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
Under a Blood Moon is the first book in the Elemental Enchanters Series.
Ava a seventeen year old has been dreading the day when she became different. She knew it would happen and when she found out she could breathe underwater she wasn't happy. All she wanted to be was normal but that is impossible she is an enchanter and even more she is a rare enchanter, an elemental. She is in a coven with two other girls a
Rebecca R.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Under A Blood Moon. It’s fast paced, filled with complex characters, and an enchanting love story. Ava is a water elemental whom is just coming into her powers. She is sworn to secrecy by her coven to never reveal her powers and to always stay true to her coven. There are six people in her coven besides the elders, Ava, Gillian, Melissa, Thomas, Jeremy, and Lance. Ava is dating Thomas whom is the star quarterback of the football team and a huge jerk. He used to be so different w ...more
Samaris Creech
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ava, Melissa, Gillian, Lance, Jeremy and Thomas have always shared a special bond. They all are Enchanters and have known since an early age that their bond now and will forever go deeper than the normal bonds of friendship. While the others eagerly await their initiation Ava dreads it. Ava is terrified of having powers and possibly having to go to war but more than that she craves a normal life so that she can be with the one she ...more
Marisa Oldham
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I literally just finished this book (it's 4AM) and I just got it yesterday. If that doesn't tell you that you should buy it, well then read the rest of my review.

I'll admit...I'm not a huge fan of the paranormal genre. I think the vampire and werewolf thing has been done too many times. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoyed Under a Blood Moon. It's refreshing to read such a unique concept in this genre.

Richards' writing style is refined and this is another reason why I enjoyed this book.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book by SN Reviews for an honest review.

Under a Blood Moon is the story of a group of 5 friends that are thrown into a 300 year old war that they didn't know existed. Together they are strong, apart not so much. Enter the love triangle and oh boy you have the crazy conflict that could change the group and the world as they know it.

First let me ask why on earth am I not currently reading book 2? Haha. Carrigan Richards is an absolutely phenomenal author. Under a Blood M
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for an honest and fair review. I have to say that this story keeps you intrigued and glued to the pages. I was very happy with this story and it was a very good story of love and sacrifice. Ava Hannigan is a smart girl and loves life, but she is dreading the change that is to occur. She knows she is part of something big with her friends, and has been since she was 7 an Enchanter. All she wants is a normal life with normal friends, but life doesn't work that way. She is boun ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This starts as a story about 6 very gifted children destined to be powerful Elemental Enchanters to fight in an ancient war. The story was a little slow to start but picked up steam and caught my attention enough that I stayed up all night to read it. Its all about the children becoming of age and growing into their powers. The struggles with understanding the good that can be done with their powers and the consequences of misusing them.

Ava being the main character learns to conquer her fears o
The Good Fairy Nicci
I'm always happy to read a paranormal book, so what I loved most about this is that the wizards have a fresh spin on things. There's so many unique facets to an already, sometimes overdone idea here with the enchanters having elemental gifts and powers. I loved the circles, the bonding, and it was easy to forget that this was a YA novel at times.

My only complaint is that there were moments when I felt that the adults were practically useless despite their professed experience and at times this t
Kaitlyn Higginbotham
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Can't believe it took me so long to read it. I loved the way all the characters that were named had a purpose in some way. Whether it just be a more important character's friend or the head of the coven. It was easy to settle into the book and lose track or time. Just wish I had been able to sit down and read like I wanted to instead of being constantly called away. The amount of characters would be overwhelming for most books but it works for this one. Everyone has a p ...more
Cora Murray
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever fell in love with a book after you've read the first few pages. Well I did. I won this book at a facebook event and I met and talked to Carrigan Richards, I am so glad I won it, It takes you on a ride with young Elementals (witches). The struggles they face, friendships won and lost.. I just love this book. Ava is an awesome female lead. She's a water elemental, she can breathe under water and work with water. This book is just simply amazing I would recommend it to my friends. ...more
Sarah Ann
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Under a Blood Moon was a great read, I loved it! Carrigan Richards was very creative with the world she create within this book! The descriptions were amazing, you can really visualize the places and people through out the story. The characters really brought out emotion from me. There were characters I loved and characters I yelled at, but they all were a great balance for the story. I loved everything about this book and would definitely recommend it.
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting new series of magic and forbidden love. I can't wait to read the sequel! ...more
Bridgett Brown
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good young adult book. It has action,friendships,mystery,magic and love. I think if you like this kind of book then you will enjoy this one.
Sara Lowrey
Well written!

Interesting twist on a "witch" story that can attract teenagers to adults; handles sensitive issues well with some unique surprises.
Valerie Roberson
This was so good! I love Paranormal YA book, the high school drama, going to classes, lunchroom and so on bring back memories of my high school years. But as far as I know, we didn’t have any Elemental Enchanters. I can just imagine how that would of been, just comparing to Ava and her friends. The clicks are the same and of course if you have powers, you must hide in the back corner. As it was back then, it still is now, people are not really who they seem. Drastic changes makes you stand out a ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**This book was provided to Nerd Girl Official in exchange for an honest review.**

Under a Blood Moon (Elemental Enchanters #1) by Carrigan Richards is an incredibly enchanting story evocative of the best the genre offers. Maybe a little choppy here and there; but, overall, I see this becoming so much more. I can’t wait to see the stories continue. 3.5 stars rounding firmly to 4.

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Alex Latham
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 37 complete.
Reading Bifrost

Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Abuse, Mild Sexual Themes

“Xavier Holstone elegantly glided across the white tiled floor with a crooked smile as if he liked that everyone stared at his tanned skin and ash blond hair. His oval face was severe with high cheekbones and a perfectly straight nose. His muscular, but thin, build made a few girls blush, though his dark eyes saw no one as he made his way to an empty table in the back. Ava didn’t really think he was attractiv
Danielle West
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
The story concept of the book was really good, but the characters ruined it.

The teenagers - the young enchanter coven - were flat and boring. Ava was the only one with any sort of personality, and even the not much. Bland is the best word I can think of. She haw two love interests - Thomas, a member of her coven, who's overbearing, hot-headed and violent and Peter, a regular guy who's overbearingly over-protective - and forbidden. Boring. There are four other coven members - two boys, two girls
Patrick Wilkins
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my normal book, however the writing is very good, and the powers the characters have is great. This is like Twilight but with real emotions meats the X-Men. Looking forward to Book Two
Sharon Absher
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at a book festival and am really glad that I did.

Carrigan Richards has done a really good job in writing this story. From page one I was hooked. She takes you into the life of a Enchanter and what it means to be a Elemental Enchanter. When Ava learns she can breath under water she knows the day is coming where her life as she knows it is over. She doesn't want to give up her friend Peter and be with Thomas. On top of that she finds out that Devon is using Humans to make a army
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this but I felt like the story dragged on a little bit more than it needed to. The romance...actually got tired after awhile. I was, however, a fan of the paranormal/fantasy part of the story and I feel that the last few chapters were pretty great as there was more action. I enjoyed the powers of the enchanters as well. I hope that the momentum of the ending of the novel carries over into part 2.
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Carrigan was born in Cullman, Alabama, but grew up in Birmingham, and moved to Atlanta at 18. She earned her BA in English at Kennesaw State University. For as long as she can remember, she was always making up stories and characters inside her head, sometimes using her dolls to act out the scenes.

When she's not writing (which is rare), she's spending time with her family and friends, listening to

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