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Moonlight is a fantasy romance set in modern Japan. Two young teenagers, Tadao and Yuzuki, pledge their love in the face of imminent separation. Can they honour their promise to meet again as adults? Can they overcome an impossible challenge to achieve happiness together? The story includes elements of tragedy and magic, and Yuzuki's little cat, Miss Moonbeam, holds the ke ...more
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Published April 6th 2014 by Smashwords
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Michael Gardner
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading all of David Rose’s other books, I know he can turn his hand to different genres with the natural ease of a chameleon blending into its surroundings. There’s a certain confidence to the way he does this which translates itself onto the page. If his books didn’t have his name on the cover, I could believe I was reading books by different authors. Moonlight is no exception. Told as an alternating his and hers first person story, Moonlight is a YA romance set in Japan filled with the ...more
Valerie Albemarle
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story is atmospheric and poignant, all the more powerful because it is written in simple and precise language. My own youth is far behind me, but this is the kind of story I would have loved to read as a teenager. There is tragedy, but there is also hope born of deep conviction and a loyal, purposeful heart.
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A delightful, immensely satisfying short read.

'Moonlight' is a beautifully written fantasy story that starts out with a simple meeting of children, but soon becomes something much more enchanting and compelling.

Rose writes with eloquence that gives his story poetic qualities that lure the reader in as he seduces the imagination with his words. It's almost impossible not to visualise the characters and settings as one reads.

The alternating perspectives of Tadao and Yuzuki give the story depth
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Connie Lacy
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Moonlight" is a charming tale that gradually pulls in more magical elements as the love story of a very young Japanese couple unfolds. Tadao and Yuzuki are best friends at first. When they’re in their early teens, they realize they’re in love just as they’re pulled apart when Yuzuki’s father takes a job in another city. Mr. Rose has some nice Japanese touches in his story, along with an interesting paranormal element involving Yuzuki’s cat and the strong romantic bond the couple feels. It’s a c ...more
Ellie Mitchell
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moonlight, by David Rose is a young adult fantasy/romance set in Japan. This short tale tells the beautiful and yet tragic love story of Tadao and Yuzuki. When they first meet as childhood neighbours, the pair instantly bond, with their feelings for each-other steadily growing over time.

The author's writing style is beautifully descriptive and evoked an intense mixture of emotions in me throughout. The story switches between Tadao and Yuzuki's perspectives, detailing events as they experience th
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Lita Burke
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Moonlight by David Rose is a middle grades YA fantasy about the eleven-year-old Tadao, his childhood gal pal Yuzuki, her magical cat Gekkō-san, and their journey through childhood into true love.

Tadao and his parents just moved into town, and the mother shoos her son into the garden to explore while she unpacks. A beautiful cat with silver-grey fur and pale golden eyes squeezes through the fence and sits down as comfortable as you please. A pretty ten-year-old girl follows her kitty into the gar
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Nina
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moonlight starts with the first day Tadao and Yuzuki met. They take turns in sharing their side of how they saw their childhood, of becoming best friends - lovers eventually. They're separated but vow to meet again as adults. Will they stand a chance?!

Gekkō-san might hold a key, but David Rose has got one too: Alternating narrators, romance meets tragedy, modern Japan and old beliefs with a sprinkle of magic. It flows unbelievably smooth! This, however, does not take away you might ride a few wa
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Jo Michaels
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like slow-building romance and committed love
I grabbed a sample of this book when the author pitched it to me for review and was totally frustrated when I got to the last page and there was no more story. That's always the way I get hooked on a read, and Rose did a great job of setting the stage for a heart-wrenching story to unfold. I had to have the rest of the tale! Off to Amazon I went to one-click. But let's get to what matters.

From a Reader's Perspective:
Because I'm not familiar with Japanese nomenclature, it was a bit difficult to f
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Marc Secchia
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moonlight from David Rose is a fine love story about second chances and the power of love over life and death. It's difficult to describe the plot without giving away several of the major plot twists, but suffice to say, the story moves several times in unexpected directions. It's told alternately from the perspective of the two main characters, Tadao (which means 'loyal') and Yuzuki (whose name means 'tender moon'). The imagery of the moon is beautiful throughout and is personified in the chara ...more
Paula Figueira
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Some people believe that for each of us, there is only one true love in life. I don't know if that's true or not. I only know that it was true for me."

Oh, I enjoyed reading this book so much!

I loved the story and the fact that it is not predictable at all, we never know what to expect and we are always being surprised by what happens. I also like the magic elements, the small details about the Japanese culture and the fact that it is written in both perspectives, Tadao's and Yuzuki's.

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Rachel Barnard
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tadao and Yuzuki spent three years together as the best of childhood friends, brought together by the wandering cat Gekkō-san and their loneliness. It is not until Tadao must leave the city with his parents at the age of 14 that he and Yuzuki realize they were more than just friends. The two young kids make a pact by the moon, that in seven years they will meet again in their special place on the beach. “And then, too soon, we were parted, with nothing to sustain us but faith and moonlight.” (Lo ...more
Eisah Eisah
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Bruno Goncalves
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moonlight was definitely penned for those drawn to romance and tragedy. The setting is most apt for this purpose; the tale takes place in a land of deities and spirits, where tragedy has struck innumerous times before.

There are elements to this short story that held me to it, most notably the destructive effect that professional nomadism has over the families that are victim to it, tearing children from their newfound friends over and over until they become disinclined to forming bonds ever agai
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David Rose
May 15, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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This is a very romantic love story, short of a novella in length, which may possibly require a tissue or two ready to hand. Or not, depending on the reader. It is firmly set in contemporary Japan, which some readers might find distracting. The reasons I did that are 1) that the inspiration for the book came out of reading some pretty good Japanese graphic novels, and 2) the theme and storyline fitted far better there than anywhere else. You will probably enjoy this if you like young adult romanc ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a super sweet tale set in Japan, which accompanies a childhood promise to a magical end.

Tadao and Yzuki are neighbors and great friends. When life's problems force their parents to move to another town, the pledge to find each other again. With the promise of meeting at a certain time and place in many years, they go their separate ways only to have tragedy strike. But love has its own magical plans for them.

Fans of Japanese tales of magic and sweet love will enjoy this one. It's a very
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Scarlett Reed
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chaised love story for those who love manga

I love an easy read with a asian theme and setting- specifically Japan. There's something magical about that country. Admittedly I found a few spelling/gramatical errors and it's an elementary style of writing but easy to follow. It's a beautiful chaised love story which is worth reading
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Neil Brown
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Moonlight is a story of two Japanese children, Tadao and Yuzuki, who fall in love. When Tadao is forced to leave, the young couple resolve to meet again when Yuzuki, the younger of the two, comes of age.

I`m not sure as to the age of the reader whom the author is intending to reach with this book but I found the style too simplistic and the story too naive.

The characters were two dimensional. When I try to describe them, their personalities, their idiosyncracies, I have nothing, the author prov
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Sam Anderson
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great little story! But its too short! Thats why i put four stars. It is so unusual but really nice characters and i was really surprised by the ending. I loved the little cat!
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