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The Hunter's Moon

(The Chronicles of Faerie #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,711 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Canadian Gwen and her Irish cousin, Findabhair, have long planned a summer of backpacking around Ireland, visiting sites out of the old legends of fairy folk. Little do they know that it is the summer of the Hunter's Moon, a dangerous time for mortals who meddle with the kingdom of Faerie. One night, camping out on old ruins, Finn is kidnapped by the Faerie king, who wants ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Amulet Books (first published 1993)
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Pastel A bit of both. more romance at the ending ish. its a good book. disspite what other people say you need to just read and not think of how imperfect it…moreA bit of both. more romance at the ending ish. its a good book. disspite what other people say you need to just read and not think of how imperfect it it.(less)

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May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
WARNING: Very strong opinions and a little bit of ranting.

I finished it as fast as I could because, honestly, it was kind of terrible. There were no transitions between plot points, no explanations behind any of the events that occurred, and it was just really choppy.

Also, the characters fell in love with each other or became loyal, lifelong friends after knowing each other for two pages, maybe. And those pages have big type and large margins. In addition, it was very cheesy and not at all real
Jul 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Celtic mythology
Shelves: ya-lit
Gwen and Findabhair are cousins, but most of all, they're best friends. Gwen is from Canada, but she visits Findabhair every summer in Ireland. One particular summer, Gwen comes and they plan a backpacking trip all across Ireland, hitting all the major fantastical sites along the way. They go to the Mound of Hostages (aka supposed entrance to the faerie world) at the Hill of Tara (the ancient capitol of Ireland) and that is where the adventure begins.

I read this book while on a study abroad prog
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
My thoughts and impressions of this book weren’t that great. The writing was extremely choppy, disjointed, and the pacing of the story was extremely rushed. Everything happens so bam bam bam right after each other that you just couldn’t get into the characters or get a decent grasp for the whole build-up of suspense. So in the end you have a shallow portrait of the characters and what they’re really like. Another thing that I found really strange was that Findabhair is the name of the author's d ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 10 - 14 year olds
Recommended to Chani by: Lauren Losiniecki
This is one of those books that probably is good to read when you're a young teenager. It blows your mind because it's a story about faeries and it's about a chubby girl gaining confidence etc. However, as an adult reading this, I was bored. There wasn't enough 'happening' and I say this in terms of hands on development. Yes, there was a lot of running around, but nothing REALLY happened. Two girls went traveling, one gets stolen by the faeries, wants to stay but her fat friend tries to drag her ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was good! It had gotten way better than at the beginning of the story. Overall it was good!
Amelia, free market Puritan
Okay, very mixed feelings here! On one hand, I really really enjoyed the descriptive passages about Ireland and its rich history and mythology. On the other hand, I felt that the characters and the general plot were extremely underdeveloped, and in addition, just downright bizarre.
- The worst thing an author can do is neglect characterization. Her two protagonists - cousins Findabhair and Gwen - are just weird. First of all: adult supervision, anyone?!?!?! Of course not. It's never definitivel
siobhan Quinlan
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was a 5 cups of tea read. I read it in one day it was such a fast paced and fun book.
Set in Ireland ( of course thats a plus for me) we follow two cousins Gwen and Findabhair, both loverss of anything fantasy related, they plan a trip around ireland but after deciding to travel the road less travelled they run into some unexpected problems.
I really enjoyed this book and have marked some places i would like to travel to in ireland such as tara.
Jessika Beaty
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As Khanh so gracefully put it in her review of, “Where the Stars Still Shine”, by Trish Doller, which can be read here: Click Here , Ms. Khanh states the following in the opening paragraph of her review:

I had a little bit of an personal
identity crisis while reading
a novel. I had to set the book
aside at one point to ask myself:
Am I a horrible person?
Am I completely lacking
in emotions,
in empathy? Do I
even have a heart?

In all honesty, the last few years I can honestly say I had an identity
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Hunter's Moon went by pretty fast for me, mostly because there wasn't much going on. The cousins decide to stay inside a faerie mound, one chooses to go away with the faerie and the other chases after her thinking she was kidnapped. Along the way she meets some nice helpful people that surprisingly believe in faeries (what a coincidence). Of course there is to be a sacrifice on Hunter's Moon, as anyone who is familiar with faerie lore knows, but somehow the characters are surprised by it. I'm su ...more
The second in our Flashback Friday series is more than just a good book I remember reading when I was a teenager. It is the first real novel (besides ones written by Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine) that I can remember reading. My sister gave it to me when I lamented about how all the books I read were exactly the same.

When I opened the cover of the Hunter’s Moon by O. R. Melling for a re-read, it had a stamp on the first page that said October, 18, 1994. Which makes me think she bought it at o
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't read young adult books because I require a bit more depth and intricacy to my novels than most teen series can provide. I picked up this particular book because it deals with Celtic mythology, something I dearly love. I was pleasantly surprised.

The novel is paced well, with plenty of suspense and action to keep even the adult reader interested in the goings-on. The characters are well though out and three dimensional. I, for one, identified with both heroines within the first twe
Amelia Mapstone
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very well-described and eye-opening tale. Takes back a whole Irish setting created of the Faerie, Witches, and elves alike in Ireland. And it's all hid right before mortals' eyes! :) I loved it.
Hope Reads
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Cute and fast paces story about fairies. It was enjoyable and fun read; if you love stories about fairies set in Ireland than you might enjoy this.
This book was intended for younger audience, early teens and tweens I would say.
Writing is alright, the story line was fast paces and it moved along. I think that that was bit of downside. Everything was moving along too fast to the point that the story had no natural progression. At times I felt the story was rushed towards the conclusion.
Jul 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf

DNF @ 16%
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had great expectations of this book. I've always loved books based on mythology that correspond to the setting. One of my favorites are the Celtic myths of Ireland. So when I picked up this book, I was delighted to sit down and allow myself to be taken on adventure around Ireland. I was greatly disappointed. The writing itself was too unrealistic. People don't act they way they do in this book whether they are in love or not. Another thing about the "romance". How can anyone fall in love in a ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
In this wonderful 'coming of age' book targeted for teens, O.R. Melling introduces readers to a fantasy world rich with factual elements and descriptions of Ireland.

The characters are interesting and refreshing to say the least. Gwen, the heroine, is described as being "short and plump with a head of cropped curls"... not the typical teen heroine that frequents other popular YA books on shelves today. Gwen is relateable to many a young girl. She is a fantasy geek, who loves movies, books, music
Bluerose's  Heart
Positives: This story is set in Ireland, so there’s lots of new words. There’s a dictionary in the back of the book, though, so that definitely helps. This book was written beautifully!! It had a very magical quality to it and the author is very descriptive! It was a sweet, romantic "fairy" tale.
Negatives: Although I really liked the story, it wasn’t until the last 3rd of the book that I really got into it and couldn’t wait to finish it. I like those books that I’m drawn in from the beginning.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Erinophiles
Shelves: fantasy, celtic, ya
16-year-old Gwen travels from America to Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair. The two girls share a love of fantasy and myth and plan to travel around Ireland visiting all the ancient sites associated with the fairy folk. On their first night out they sleep on the mound at Tara and Findabhair is carried away by the king of the fairies. Gwen, who is usually the follower, must travel the island alone, searching for her cousin and challenging the fairies. Her travels provide a good introduction ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up
I found the writing style of this book to be, for a lack of better word, juvenile. It wasn't very descriptive at all and did nothing to draw me into the story. It didn't help that the focus was constantly shifting between the two girls and never stayed on one long enough for me to really learn much about them. They were both very shallow in terms of character development. (Then again, I only read 50 pages before I had to stop...)

The plot itself...well, I just couldn't bring myself to care about
Two cousins start looking for the world of faerie and they get more than they bargained for. This book is from the children's section of my library system but it is definitely for preteens and teens. What I liked about the writing was that the vocabulary was not simplified for the ages of the intended readers. It would certainly enhance the youngsters reading abilities and the story keeps the reader interested to find out just what will happen next. There is also a glossary in the back for all t ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really really like this book. I wish I could say I love it, partly because I love the way Melling inverts some of the most problematic aspects of Susan Cooper (like, SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't read the whole "Dark Is Rising" series, the way the mortal kids are forced to forget everything). But somehow the characters didn't have enough depth--and therefore the plot didn't have enough propulsion, subjectively speaking, for me to give it a fifth star. Overall, though, I'd recommend this ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book was really bad lmao. The last 50 pages were okay, though.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reading the 3rd and 4th books made me want to reread the 1st 2. I thought I remembered them having a different feel. This book is pure magic, and is more about a lone person's quest than about a joint mission, like book 4 has. I like Gwen, even if I think the book never explores her character enough, and I love the red hair thing.
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cute book and a fast read. At the moment I'm not sure if I'm interested enough to go look up the next book in the series, but this book on its own was worth the read.
Eric Desmarais
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun story with strong characters and easily readable prose.

It lacks the story depth that could have made it an amazing book.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's not often that I find a good book about the fairy lore of Ireland that isn't a book of old tales. The Hunter's Moon was an adventure from start to finish. The plot revolves around two young girls, Findabhair and Gwen, whose plans to visit the ancient Faerie sites and historical monuments, only to be caught up in the world of Faerie itself when the King of the Fairies takes Findabhair for his queen. It is not long after that Gwen becomes "fairy-touched" as well.

I became interested in readin
Carly O'Connell
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This was one of my favorite modern faerie tale series back in high school. I loved that it took place in Ireland, was written by an Irish author, and included snippets of the Irish language throughout.
Unfortunately, the writing style and plot did not stand up to the test of time and a reread. I found that the characters became fast friends too hastily, barely giving me any time as the reader to connect to them and to find the friendship believable.
I had planned to reread the whole series in pr
K.S. Thompson
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This started out really well. I was hooked after less than one page. Sadly, I don't think I am the target market for this series. I read quite a bit of YA fiction, so it's not as though I am in unfamiliar territory, but this one missed the mark for me.

In spite of all they know about the Other Crowd, they act extremely foolishly. That I can understand. They're 16 yrs old, after all. But I just didn't buy into the romance aspect of this story. Just a bit too tidy and completely unnecessary, unless
Drew Ellison
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Honestly I really didn't like this book. I read it for a school project and I wish I had chosen literally any other book because while everyone else really likes what they are reading I'm just bored with mine. I usually love books but the thing is the book has horrible pacing and characters, in like 2 pages people who didn't know each other are deeply in love or great friends and it feels like nothing really ever happens. Characters are boring with really no discernible personality besides being ...more
Grey Spafford
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the faerie lore included in the plot, however it was heavily influenced by Christian perspectives. It would have been more interesting to me if the author had kept to the traditional pagan mythologies if the Irish sidh, but I understand that the Christian influenced fae may be more accessible to readers/researchers.

The first 3 quarters of the book I actually quite enjoyed, despite some outdated ideals (for example, body-shaming Gwen). Sure, it wasn't the most intellectually stimulatin
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Born in Ireland, raised and educated in Toronto, Canada along with my seven sisters and two brothers, now living back in Ireland again. I have a beautiful daughter, Findabhair, doing her M.A. in Marine Biology and a beautiful cat, Emma, who would love to eat the fish Finn (great name for a marine biologist, eh?) wants to protect. My favourite author of all time is CS Lewis. I've read everything he ...more

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