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The Ash Moon

(The Ariane Trilogy #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  985 ratings  ·  172 reviews
A kept secret. A life altered. A new journey. 

Ariane lived her life one book at a time. She would never have guessed those books were about to change everything.

They led her to Orion. 

Tall, dark, with eyes only for her. The rest of the world ceased to exist when Orion was around. But during a fateful ash moon, he shifted into a wolf. Ari
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published November 16th 2018 by Daring Romance LLC
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Candace Tidwell
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Ash Moon was a pleasant surprise. To be honest it took me a minute to really get into the storyline. Ariane, at first, seemed very child like with her thought process. After the story began evolving a bit the book got better and my interest was piqued. By the end I was completely hooked. I definitely enjoyed the differences in The Ash Moon compared to the everyday cookie cutter paranormal books. Michelle Dare set herself and the book apart in the world she created and I look forward to what ...more
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
DNF At 1 hour and 48 minutes

The concept of this novel was fantastic! The execution, however, could have been better. Though looking at the concept from a more realistic lense it does make the author character (the character mentioned in the story that's fictional that the heroine is a fan of, not the actual author of this book) creepy considering she publishes all these peoples actual life love stories with nothing left unsaid.

The characters were very robotic sounding and that's what ultimate
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Michelle Dare and wow! The world she built within The Ash Moon was phenomenal. She had me entrances from beginning to end. I loved the characters, not sure who is my fave between Orion and Ford. They’re both so different and their personalities grab you and pull you in. You just want to know more about hers characters. Ford will have you laughing but Orion will have you swooning. There’s so much going on that you can’t help needing to know what’s coming next. ...more
Becky Rendon
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my....oh my....oh my!!!!
Michelle Dare is going to have some 'splaining to do!!!!

I can't even begin to explain how outright giddy this book made me. The start is every bookworm's dream. Legit, straight out of our own starry eyed night time fantasies. A meeting with your favorite author...turns into an unforgettable night!!!

But let's not stop there!! Fangirling my way through these characters isn't a good idea. I refuse to ruin the awesomeness that is in these pages But I wil
Crystal Spieker
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ash Moon is a Paranormal Young Adult book focused on a Shifter Wolf and a book obsessed 18 year old. Think you’ve read it before? Think Again! Think you don’t like Paranormal? Think Again! The story of Orion and Ariane is unlike any you will ever find again! Michelle has a way of pulling you into her world, making you fall more than in love with her characters. I found myself fully vested in this story, clinging to every word, unable to put it down for a second. I usually shy away from YA, but t ...more
Andrea Heltsley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read

I really enjoyed this book! Already got book 2! I love shifter books and this one was uniquely done. Looking forward to reading more about Ari! Five glittery stars!
Maggie Taylor
Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This sounded like it’d be a good book. It wasn’t. I did not care for the writing style at all; it seemed abrupt to me. But I could have overlooked that if it weren’t for the characters. Ari had the snotty attitude of a girl in junior high... very immature and not even a little bit likeable. Same goes for her friends. And everything Orion said and did felt forced, like an actor reading a script that he doesn’t totally understand or agree with.
Glenna Maynard
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this series.
Michelle Dare has created a world that sucks you in. I couldn't stop reading. There is something to love about each character. I have said it before with Dare's fantasy books but this series is her calling.
Katherine Paschal
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
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Ariane is completely obsessed with a paranormal romance book series so when during a book signing the author Lealla invites her to an after party, Ariane is ecstatic. At the party, she meets a devastatingly handsome boy named Orion who seems to only have eyes for her. Pretty soon Ariane is thrown into a new world full of all kinds of supernatural creatures and dangers she had no idea were real outside the pages of her favorite books.

Ok let's be honest that the relationship betwee
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to start with this one. Well, let me begin by saying take any preconception that this is a play on anything that is already out there, and throw them so far out the window and never think them again. I have been a HUGE fan of this author for many years and I adore her words. She gives anything from contemporary to fantasy and now some paranormal. With this paranormal book, you will be devouring it every second and every word and let it swallow you whole. The concept alone was utterly brill ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Dare is one of my favorite authors (I have a very short list of favorites). The reason she is is because she makes words flow so effortlessly off a page, that always have me captivated and reading for hours not realizing I've read that long! I'm not a fan of fantasy or paranormal books UNLESS they are written by her!!

Bray, Paige and Ariane scored tickets to go see their favorite author, Lealla. Once they meet her, get her autograph and pose for pictures Lealla invites them to a party a
Kendra Needs
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with this book, from page one till the end I was so captivated, I flipped each page slowly knowing that there are two more books to follow this one and that it would end in what I knew would be an epic cliff hanger. I was no where near ready for this book to end where it did, thank god the release dates are so close together.

The characters, Ariane and Orion, that this author has created are just so, I don't even know if there are words to describe how amazing
Denise Van plew
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author is one that i have found can be one you pick up to be able transport you away. I found this to be true also with this one. The nice part about this one is how a favorite passion is used to entice a reader inside. Ash has her books which will be the instrument that changes her path. Then there is Orion whom you discover many things about. Where a world opens up to swallow her up it would seem we have no choice but to follow because we too are part of it. Oh and some of my favorite thi ...more
Linda Rea
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well I don’t really read YA books as a rule, a few here and there but I love Michelle Dare’s writing so I figured I would try. Ari is just a boring girl trying to get through high school with only a couple friends and her books. Ari and her friends Paige and Brayden are meeting Lealla Raines a paranormal author who invites them to a party at her house. When Ari is introduced to Orion, things right out of the fantasy stories she reads begin to happen in real life but Ari isn’t convinced that what ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was not expecting to fall for it but I have all the characters the storyline everything was just perfect! The dialogue was also great. The banter everything. You. Any help but love all the characters even Paige the annoying best friend who has to be involved in everything. Ariana is a normal girl who loved to read her paranormal books, she goes to a book signing of her favorite author only to be personally invited to the after party. She meets Orion and there’s an instant co ...more
Payne’s Bookworm Reviews (Samantha Payne)
Wolves, soulmates, vampires and dream watchers 😮

Holy HOTNESS!!! This book is the first of Michelle Dare’s that I have read and I am NOT disappointed...

I am a HUGE fan of paranormal and Michelle has done a fantastic job of giving us a paranormal world with a little twist to what we all know about Wolves and vampires...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Orion/Rion and can’t get enough of him. He is so sweet, affectionate, caring, loving, dominating in a typical alpha macho way... he reall
Cindy Fong
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so needed this PNR story right now and what an amazing, non stop ride it has been. This story ticks off so many boxes for me: shifters, strong women, hunky men and underneath a love story. Ariane (Ari) is just an average high school senior but within weeks, finds her world flipped on its axis. Orion (or Rion) knows that Ariane is his mate and he will do anything to protect her.

Ari and Rion, along with his friend Ford and her friend Paige forge a friendship or truce as they race to find out wh
Ola Adamska
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2018
This read is PHENOMENAL! Full of emotions, angst, and relationships that grew on me.
Ari was a LOVEABLE character that had so witty comments in her head that I had been laughing out loud. Orion hmm... I was not sure of him, but after some time I started to love him, as I started developing a feeling for Ford. And add to it paranormal thing! And you have me won if your plot is not stupid ;)
The ending - bring tissues with you! As it will be hard - no more spoilers here!
I can't wai
Christina Oswald
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad Michelle decided to write this YA paranormal romance! There aren't enough words to describe my love for this new series. I have been a fan of Michelle's writing for years and love everyone of her books. This new series pulled me in. I couldn't put it down. There were many twists and turns. It was impossible to guess what was going to happen next. The writing will suck you into Ari's emotions and keep you engaged in the storyline.
This is not a standalone and ends in a massive cl
CL Westbrook
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing and intrigue new book by Michelle Dare which I could not put down. I loved every bit of it. A paranormal story of Ari who meet her author who writes paranormal books but finds out more when she goes to one of her after parties and meets a man of her dreams. The story unfolds and brings to life all of Ari's fantasies. Her life changes and she becomes the books. This book is an incredible read that keeps you hooked throughout with it's magical other realm intwined with current daily lif ...more
Michelle "Chelle" Thompson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A million stars!!! This story was soo amazing!! Fair warning there is a major cliffhanger but so worth the struggle of wanting to throw the kindle at the end. I literally sat there trying to turn the page like it was going to miraculously appear. Lol. These characters will bury themselves in your heart and stay there. I can’t wait to dive into the next book, I seriously need to know what happens!! I can honestly say with the emotions and feel of this story, I wish I could read it a hundred times ...more
Anne Dwyer
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ariane is a normal 18 year old school girl - until she goes to a book signing for her favorite author, gets invited to the after party, and meets Orion. She is introduced to a world she could never have imagined. She is strongly attracted to this gorgeous young man - but all is not as it seems - she gets tricked by a rival pack, and her best friend is in danger. Will any of them survive? The book ends with a cliff hanger, and I cant wait to read more of her story as the other books come out! ...more
Lorie Glowania
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Dare has done it again. This time in a brilliantly written paranormal romance. I generally don’t read this genre but this book captivated me. Each character is intriguing and interesting and the chemistry between Ford, Orion and Ari are amazing. A book series that Ari loved reading turns out to be much more and she gets brought into a world no one knew really existed. Is she the one that can change everything and has she met her true mate. This is YA paranormal and first in this series
Anne Milne
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pure escapism in a book what, a read absolutely phenomenal.

From the start I knew this was going to be something completely different for me and it was. I'm not usually a big fan of this genre however I was hooked from the start. Loved the quirky beginning I'm sure all book addicts will relate. We meet sweet shy unassuming Ariane and book model Orion and then we get swept away into a shifter lovers paradise. I really don't want to say anything about the story, I went in completely blind which I
Garden Of REden
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Amy’s Review

When I initial started this book I fell right into it. I was excited about the storyline and the characters. It was different and new which isn’t always easy to find. Unfortunately towards the end of the book it started to turn for me and I found myself bored with Rion and having a hard time liking Ariane. But I was invested in some of the other characters so I decided to keep going with the series.
Veronica LaRoche
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Michelle’s paranormal books. Every time I read one of Michelle’s paranormal books, I never want too put my kindle down. I love everything about this book, the story, the sexy AF shifters and of course the vampire Ford. Ariane and Orion have an undeniable connection that I can’t get enough of. I can’t wait too see what happens next especially that ending. I need the next book ASAP.

I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

Dayna R
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ariane loves reading her paranormal series and now she’s been thrown in the middle of what she thought was only fiction! Wow! What a beginning to the series! I read this in 2 sittings only because I had to go to sleep or I would have been useless in class the next day! I love Rion and Ariane, however I found 2 best friends (mortal and paranormal) to be a bit excessive at times but not enough to take away from the story too much
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book ive read from this author and I really enjoyed it. I loved the way the characters and the world developed - the storyline is very interesting.
Im really looking forward to see where its going in the next book.
Warning: cliff hanger

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-book-list
My first book by this author and I must say, she can weave a story that you can imagine easily as if you're right there. It's only the first book but now I must read the rest of them. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go. I got to the last page with the cliffhanger and knew I would have to dive right into the next book. I must find out what happens.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She lives her life one book at a time and she never knew it would change everything she ever knew. They led her to him and his eyes drew her in. She even knew him when he was a wolf. What is going to happen to them? See how they get on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.


Other books in the series

The Ariane Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Somber Call (The Ariane Trilogy, #2)
  • The Crucial Shift (The Ariane Trilogy, #3)