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Valley of the Moon

(Valley of the Moon #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A Gilded Age heiress. A vanished fortune. A long-buried secret.

“Pure perfection!”
–Book Boyfriends

It will take more than straight As to survive senior year.

Welcome to the Valley of the Moon—world-famous Sonoma County in Northern California. To its uber-wealthy residents, Sonoma is a dreamy paradise of rolling hills and stunning vineyards. But for high school senior Lana
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Bronarch Books
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Candace Robinson
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. There were some dark and interesting parts. It had suspense and was different from what is out there in the YA field today. I really liked Lana and look forward to reading book two. Review will be up on my blog 6/2/2016 ...more
catherine ♡
This book took me a little while to get into - I did enjoy the second half of the book better than the first because I was just a little lost and confused.

I've read a few reviews that said that this felt like a Cinderella retelling, and I do agree and I love how the author put her own darker spin on it and relocated it to a modern setting.

In terms of character, I feel like the main character was likeable enough. However, I wish some of the side characters (Alexander and Eden especially) had more
Alyssa Janine Busia
This unique and mysterious novel packed with some actions and a little bit paranormal will make you sit for hours on your chair or will keep you reading this non-stop.

Whoa! I don’t know how I’m going to write this review. It is like my mind was still on the story, and I’m not yet recovering from the action that just happened in it. I never expect it to be mind crackling and to be honest; I need the next book right now. My curiosity on the story never fades as I flipped the following pages.

The bo
Claudia Alfaro
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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5+ stars

Sometimes in my life, I dream that maybe someday, someone will come looking for me and tell me that I'm the heir of a fortune...*lol*...that never happened, so I guess I'll live that dream through all the fairytales I read instead.

This is Bronwyn Archer's debut novel, so there was no way to know what to expect from her writing or her stories, but the blurb had intrigued me and since I trust my "books instincts", I asked for it ;) I'm thrilled that I did! This book has everything that
Sreepurna Datta
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.

(Valley Of The Moon has a sequel.)

This book is really difficult to rate. It was interesting to read, but I didnt like Lana, the main character, very much. She seemed to me a quite weak character. Or maybe she’s just nice.

Lana’s friend choices are terrible. I dislike them all and I also wonder why Lana claims to love Eden even though she thinks of her like twice in the entire book.

What pulls you to read this book though is
T.H. Hernandez
Valley of the Moon is a young adult page-turning thriller/mystery with a healthy dose of romance and a huge twist I never saw coming. Author Bronwyn Archer creates a stunning tale of a girl caught in the middle of the Russian mafia and a mystery surrounding her mother. There is a thread of the supernatural, but it may not be supernatural at all, that's part of the mystery. Lana lives with her father, the owner of an exotic car dealership with financial difficulties. She meets and begins dating a ...more
Saida Sukman
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I was practically glued to my laptop since I started reading this book.


It's like one big mystery enveloped around few smaller ones. As I read through Part One, I get more and more questions, which was answered in Part Two. I love mystery novels, and more often than not, I was disappointed when I read mystery YAs that is not Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys but I think Bronwyn Archer did quite a good job on this. I was slightly disappointed about the main mystery, which is about Lana's mother (it wo
Carrie Hetherington
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely glued to this book - it was gripping, right up to the very last page! I can't wait till the next one comes out. I would highly recommend it. It's got a bit of everything, from romance to action, family secrets, and even the Russian have to read it to believe it. Amazing.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t be fooled by a whimsical cover - this book is much wilder than it looks
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review.

Also posted on my blog: (Mind of Luxe) Book Review: Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer

I have mixed feelings about this one. I'm not really sure if I like it or not. But I can definitely say that this has more negatives than positives, for me at least.

When I first read the summary, all I could think was how great it sounds. I mean, come on, read this again:

It also happens to be the tenth anniver
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Being a Jack London fan, I couldn’t help but be attracted to the title of Bronwyn Archer’s latest book, Valley of the Moon. This YA mystery is set in Sonoma, and the main characters childhood home is virtually next door to the state park that was once the famed author’s home.

Lana Goodwin lost her mother, but has a loving hard-working father. She works hard to maintain her scholarship at a private girl’s school, and she works harder to save a little money for college. She doesn’t really need a di
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
This book follows Lana who lost her mother a few years ago to an apparent suicide. Lana lives with her father who owns a vintage car business. Lana's father did remarry, but got divorced. Lana is just trying to get through high school and move to college. She works really hard to keep her grades up.

I love Lana as a character she has already gone through so much when we meet her that she comes off as a very strong individual. Lana losing her mother at a young age was something she had to struggl
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lana is the girl with the crappy life. She gets picked on by her ex-stepsister’s group of popular friends at their fancy, all-girls high school. Lana’s ex-stepmother practically runs the school and will do anything to make her life miserable. Lana’s boyfriend is a jerk. Her mother committed suicide, and her dad, her only family left, made a horrible deal with the Russian Mafia. But perhaps the mysterious letters she keeps receiving and the journal she found under a floorboard in her room might h ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I actually received two copies of this book. I first requested this book from the publisher and, whilst waiting for their answer, I received a free copy from the author. Then I got one from the publisher! I was drawn in by the premise - because it sounded like it was just my kind of thing. However, it just wasn’t - I don’t think it was completely the book, it may have be
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review (We <3 YA Books).

I really really enjoyed this book and once started I just couldn't stop reading! It was dark, mysterious, interesting and I felt all the time on edge. I read some reviews saying this was a little like Cinderella but darker. I agree but I think it's like 10 times worse and A LOT darker! All the things that happened to Lana... my God! I was like, when's this damn nightmare going to end???
I liked Lana, but.. well, she also m
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review up on my blog !

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lana isn’t really having the time of her life right now and she’s lost her mom, she’s poor, has an evil ex-stepmother, and an evil ex-stepsister, and on top of that, Russians.

I felt that Lana’s character was a little bit weak in terms of my personal tastes at the moment and she made some really bad decisions. However, I do feel that in a lot of situations that happe
Paige Turner
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Between Reality

I did not like Valley of the Moon. The reason for the four star rating is quite simple. Even though I didn’t like it, the book still was written well.

The writing was excellent. I loved the similes Archer included like, “His face blurred, like a wet photograph smeared by a thumb…” and “The sound of her heels was like a metronome in the quiet showroom. TICK TICK TICK TICK.” Archer’s writing style is sound and keeps a steady pace. I could see the different
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Lana is counting down the day until graduation. Not much is going for her. Her family is poor. She works as much as she can to figure out how she will pay for her college. One of the rare moments of having fun she meets Caleb who seems great and is a pleasant addition to her life. Strange things start happening. Weird men start associating with her dad which seems bad news. These men seem intent on getting Lana as part of it. As things start to escalate Lana finds out that thing she believed abo ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book free for an honest review and I really enjoyed it. You truly felt for Lana Goodwin she just didn’t have the best life or the best family life. She has gone through tough situations that she should have never had to go through. This book had an air of mystery to it because you didn’t know what was going on with certain situations that take place within this story and it doesn’t start to make sense until the very end and even then you’re not 100% what happened. The only thing ...more
Esther Haddie's Haven
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for honest review.

This book was phenomenal. It had its mysteries, a dash of romance and a whole lotta suspense. The way the author wrote the story was amazing. The flow and transitions between scenes and chapters were well executed.

I love how everything was connect. Everything fell into place with a massive "AHA" moment. The characters were very real. I really liked Caleb, despite the unknown outcome. Probably because I rece
Theresa D
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unexpectedly terrific! It’s a very cool mashup of Cinderella retelling, high school romance, all-girls prep school drama, and pinch of supernatural. Writing is tight throughout, sharp and well done. Some really funny lines. The tone is sort of heightened realism, which is a good spin on the contemporary YA genre. Lana is not a Mary Jane, but a girl who is mature, tough and hard working despite a few past traumatic events and her current situation. I thought the author nicely captured the dynamic ...more
Sofía Sierra
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the WE ♥︎ YA BOOKS and the author Bronwyn Archer in exchange of a honest review.
Amazing YA book! It feels like a retailing of Cinderella, but much darker. It contains mystery, romance and adventure. I really loved the main character and the antagonist. I do not want to make any spoilers, so I won't go part by part, but I do recommend this book to anybody who likes YA but is bored of always reading YA with the same plot. This was so great and I am definit
Nelly Hobermann
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Romantic, mysterious, and thrilling new YA book! The writing is evocative. The mood is fraught with tension and sadness the main character Lana carries from the unexplained suicide years ago of her mother. The witty dialogue never gets too cute—and it feels totally real. The setting is awesome, I have never read a contemporary novel like this set in the Sonoma Valley, which was so romantic and inspiring. There are also some great details, like her job at the all-female valet parking company call ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story line was interesting though I was confused about who some of the characters were as they were not all explained very well. It took me a little while to get into the story but once I did I really wanted to find out what would happen next. I did feel that some of the decisions Lana made were a bit ridiculous and she just seemed to get herself further into trouble but I was happy when her "knight in shining armour" arrived, so she wasn't alone any more, though she didn't just let him resc ...more
Marissa Kennerson
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two sittings. I could not put it down and only did so to feed by family, etc! I loved the setting - Sonoma County - so unusual for a y/a novel and worked so well. I found this book to be truly unique. Ms. Archer is whip smart and in Lana she created a sensitive, smart heroine that is easy to root for. And the villains in Valley of the Moon will have you screaming at the book in the best way. For me - this book had it all: great main character, glossy wine country scenery, mea ...more
Noelle McCall
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this one down, and I read a lot of YA. I was immediately sucked in to the story, which is sort of a modern-take on cinderella, but a lot darker. I felt like I was rooting for Lana, the main character, from the first page. Her ex-stepsister Cressida is a great antagonist. You love to hate her! I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author—she created a fun, suspenseful, romantic page turner the likes of which I haven't read in a long time.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read. You could stop at this book and be satisfied that the story is done but since there is a book 2 coming, I will gladly keep reading Lana's story.
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*

This gets old really fast, and it has been happening to quite a few books that I have read recently. The last part of a book is good, even great at times, but I can never get over the first of the book.

In this book we follow Lana, as she finishes her last semester of high school. There are some problems with her family though
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Bronwyn Archer is an author, copywriter, and mother to several children, last time she counted.

At her all-girls high school, Bronwyn discovered a love of writing and the importance of a good fake ID.

She gets nervous in black-bottomed swimming pools and when the Champagne runs out at parties.

Her favorite things do are avoiding laundry and exercise, eating at obscure noodle houses, and sleeping. Oh

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