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Two Dark Moons (Sãoni Cycle, #1)

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Sohmeng Par is sick of being treated like a child. Ever since a tragic accident brought her mountain community’s coming-of-age ritual to a halt, she’s caused nothing but trouble in her impatience to become an adult. But when she finally has the chance to prove herself, she’s thrown from her life in the mountains and into the terror of the jungle below.

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published July 12th 2019 by Molewhale Press
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Bradley
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy, ya
I generally read everything. And that means I sometimes read genres that are out of my comfort zone. What's uncomfortable, tho? Fantasy YA romance-ish stuff. :) I don't mind gender fluidity, and for some readers, this is a very big bonus.

So good news! If you like mysterious cataclysms, a return to a pre-technological cave-dwelling existence, and you want sleestacks... oh, wait, these aren't sleestacks, but they are definitely an interesting reptilian race, then you'll find a lot of interesting t
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Carisa Catherine
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please note: I have received a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like a science teacher who is about to draw something on the board. I feel the need to preface this with "I am not an artist!".
I am not a writer, the goal of my review is just to be as honest as possible.

I loved this book so much, and I wish I had owned this book earlier in my life.\
Silver set out to write a book about all of the things they adore (queerness, self-love and giant lizards
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Erin
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, I should say that I received an ARC in return for an honest review of this book.

My favourite thing about this book was probably the world-building; I thought that the way the main character's society is structured around the moons was really interesting, and I would honestly love to learn a lot more about that. I found myself wishing that the glossary at the back of the book had a breakdown of what each surname/moon phase meant (though I realize this would be unnecessary, I just love
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Anthony Geremia
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win an advance copy of this book in a contest at a local convention. If I was going to explain this book, I’d say that Act 1 is The Millennial Experience filtered through the lens of a group of cave-dwellers living on a mountain in a forest, while Act 2 and onward has serious Princess Mononoke vibes, only the Princess is genderfluid and it’s about reptiles instead of wolves. It’s technically a fantasy book, but the setting is unusual for the genre, a sort of spin on ancient ...more
Claudie Arseneault
RTC -- but I really enjoyed this! PICK IT UP, especially if you love queer rep (notably enby and allo arospec), astrology, and giant lizards.
J.W.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-to-follow
First of all, I should point out that I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

That said:

My first impression of this book was definitely the worldbuilding. Right from the start, it throws a whole new world at you, and it doesn't use a lot of the cultural touchstones of stock fantasy. We don't have castles and farmers, we have semi-nomadic cave dwellers-- but not "caveman" cave dwellers, but ones with what I would vaguely equate to a medieval-ish technology level. Gender and social rol
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Maddie Keithan
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advance reader copy of Two Dark Moons in exchange for a review of my honest opinion. I am certainly no critic or anything of the sort, (in fact, I’m only teenager myself,) but I can say with certainty that this book is definitely one the best I’ve read in a while.

From the beginning, the plot pulls in the reader and makes them want to follow Sohmeng on her journey in Ateng and Eiji. However, the most impressive part of the novel in my opinion is the world buildin
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Newt Noble
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smash together How To Train Your Dragon with fantastical societal astrologies and sprinkle in a headstrong, fat, femme protagonist, an equally headstrong goofball protagonist, and strong LGBTQ and found family themes, and you have a recipe for Two Dark Moons, a book that I (understandably) I finished in one day.

I’ll preface this by saying I have met the author and received an advanced readers copy of the book. Though they are a lovely human being, this is a review of their book alone.

The last Sh
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Regan Sanders
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Avi and The Shale Project for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

I'll cut to the chase- If you are someone who has ever had any doubts about your place in this world- you need to read this book. If you are someone who, like me, struggles in learning other peoples love languages and feeling inadequate and unworthy- you need to read this book. If you are reading this review- you need to read this book. It is a whirlwind in the best possible way. Every word is written w
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Cameron Currie
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A remarkable coming-of-age story… always charming, often clever and humorous, and even chilling at times. Despite being full of arcane, otherworldly astrology and flesh-eating giant lizards, this book centers around those universal truths we all can identify with, and we all need to survive.
Full of interesting and likable characters that pulled me in right from the first page, it’s surprising how quickly I felt a part of the story. I occasionally lost track of time reading it.
If you are a huma
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Becca Kilday
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but the book will be released to the public on July 12. On to the review. I really enjoyed this book. The lunar phases were confusing at first, but I got it after a few chapters. The relationships are such a big focus, and I loved getting to know the characters and the family dynamics. However, the book also had an amazing balance between the mental character development and awesome battles. Truly, all aspects ...more
Urs Shea
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was such a fulfilling read to me, from a queer and an emotional perspective. I don't often get to read books with themes about Gender and your place in society in such a beautiful, fantastical way. Usually when I read Books about Trans or Nonbinary characters, I get dysphoric because it reminds me too much of my real life situation. Two Dark Moons has those themes but wrapped in such a beautiful story and setting that I
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Crystal
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am writing this after reading an advanced copy.

I was not sure what to expect upon reading this book, but now that I have finished it, I shall be recommending it to friends and strangers alike. :)

The world building is fab, the details draw you ever further in, the characters are complex and develop well through the story, and the plot twists and wends nicely.

All I can really say is that I hope Avi writes further installments of this story and world. I need more!
Elliott Dunstan
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Ever since Lord of the Rings came out – and even more since the advent of Dungeons and Dragons – fantasy has been struggling with an identity problem. Not every fantasy book is based on Tolkien or Gygax (and in fact, it’s much smaller than many people think) but it’s easy to see where their influences on the genre have been permanent. This has been changing recently, especially with the influx of diverse authorship, own-voices material and inte
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Lily Ray
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible! A story the likes of which I have not heard or read before. Avi has taken a few of their great loves in astrology and mythical lizards, sprinkled in a bit of queerness, and created something truly magical!
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