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Mona Lisa Awakening

(Monère: Children of the Moon #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,266 ratings  ·  318 reviews
A smoldering debut novel exploring the passion, hunger, and danger that can break loose in the moonlight.

From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different-but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty appeared during her night shift in the ER. Gryphon is hurting and hunted and he attracts her as no man ever has before. He is a Monère, on
Paperback, 276 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Berkley Trade (first published September 4th 2002)
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Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
I grabbed this book from the library because the front said "A terrific debut sure to appeal to fans of Anne Bishop or Laurell K. Hamilton," after which it should be obvious to those who know me why I could not resist it. It delivered on this promise early, when on page 5 we get "My nipples hardened to stone, my inner sheath quivered, and I wanted to go to him." Inner sheath!

But even more to the point, I think, the Anne Bishop comparison is utterly on target. It is as if someone decided that the
Christy Stewart
Let me save you some time "I'm a nurse. Look at that patient, he's so hot I creamed my pants. He's all 'I'm not human yada yada, you're a queen' and I'm all 'Ya I know right? Let's do it.'" There, save yourself $7. ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009-reads
I'm going to be straight and say I DON'T understand how this book is a bestseller, let alone how it managed to be published. Penguin, what were you THINKING?

I've been looking for this book for a good year or so. Amazon was too expensive with the Australian exchange rate, and no bookstores seemed to have it. When I managed to find it on Fishpond (the Australian equivalent of Amazon), I was ecstatic.

Utter waste of time.

Mona Lisa is a slice of white bread. Boring, flat and with absolutely no rea
May 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Sammy Loves Books

Loved It!! Loved It!! Loved It!!

Darkly erotic, but wow! I absolutely loved this book. I love finding a paranormal series that is refreshingly different. Mona Lisa is an ER Nurse in Manhattan that feels alone in the world. She meets a creature during one of her shifts that changes her life and helps her to understand why she has been different all of her life. She is not only another species, but a born Queen of that species (kinda like a queen bee) that is meant to rule.


This story was absolut
OMG, what a difficult book to rate. Let me say that I just loved this book. I would have given 4 stars if it wasn't for that annoying part right in the middle and the author's tendency to let the heroine be rape or almost rape most of the book. I mean seriously, who does that? why would you want your heroine to suffer something like that? But well... (I must clarify that this is not a spoiler because it isn't something that happened once. I don't know why but Mona Lisa gets stuck in those kind o ...more
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
I would have given this book 3.5 starts if that were an option because while I enjoyed the book, there were a few things that bothered me about it. It was an engaging and engrossing story, I have to admit. Enough so that I read it in one night. It's obvious the author is a fan of LKH, who is one of my favorite authors so I didn't really mind the similarities. What bothered me was that right from the beginning, Lisa doesn't seem at all surprised to learn that she belongs to a race of beings who u ...more
An entertaining read... if you don't take it too seriously. ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I read in reviews that it was clear that the author was influenced by the Anita Blake series. Having read those I thought to myself that if these are anything like Laurell K. Hamilton's series then they should be good. I was wrong. I read this and the second book in the series. Awakening had a good start it seemed like it had a lot of potential. But the transition she made from being a seemingly normal human being with a special abilities to a domineering "Monere" queen isn't believable. There ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Seems to have a lot of similarities with Laurell Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series and Anne Bishops Black Jewel series. In fact, if you read those books, this feels like fanfiction. The writing is awkward - dialog sort of stilted (moves from casual speech to formal at odd times), characterization very one dimensional, romance unbelievable, and the protagonist is a Mary Sue who everyone falls in love with for no good reason. She has 1 magical ability at the beginning of the book and keeps gaining ...more
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I found this book completely unbelievable even for a paranormal romance/erotica. First of all...NO romance...only sex. The "hey I just met you but lets have sex and then I'll love you forever" kind and even more ridiculous, the "hey I'm dying so heal me with sex and then you will love me forever" kind. Secondly, rape is not erotic and I feel it has no place in books that claim to be sensual. Oh, and the whole, you are not human...OK, I'm not human so now I'm going to f%*k everyone and turn ultra ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
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This was another one of those books that sat on my "to read" shelf forever--I kept putting it off for one reason or another...I think that the description of the book on the cover doesn't do the book justice.

When I read the cover, I was thinking--hmmm, children of the moon--that sounds stupid. Without giving anything away, being one of the "children of the moon" really just means you bask or rejuvenate your body in the moon light when it is a full moon. Sunny does a great job of creating her own
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
This book was alright. It was like this weird wanna be cross between Anne Bishops dark jewels series and Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series. It was an ok enough story but I couldn't help feeling that there was a better story trying to get out. Also, I was so distracted by how similar in tone/feel to the other two authors that I cited, that I couldn't enjoy it. Subconsciously I kept comparing it to them.

I will probably read the follow up book to see if the story improves.
Elizabeth Giosia
I feel like there is next to nothing that I can say about this book. I can’t say that it was amazing, nor can I say that it was horrible. To be honest, I have a distinct feeling of “meh” when I think about it.

My lack of ability to say whether the book was good or not may something to do with the fact that when I read it, I had a disturbing feeling of déjà vu. While I noticed that the author had thanked Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Bishop in her acknowledgements, I was surprised to find that this
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr, erotica, 2013-books
What to say about this book...I was really optimistic that it would get better after all so many people rated this book at 4 or even 5 stars. But I should have quit while I was ahead.

The plot is actually interesting, the Moniere are aliens who used to live on the moon before it became uninhabitable or maybe they got kicked out that was not real clear. Details details moving on so the men of Monere have to serve and mate with a Queen to live, they draw their power from them in bask in the moonlig
The premise behind Mona Lisa Awakening has nothing to do with Italian painting. The Monère are an alien race who (don't laugh) once lived on the moon, and who get their power from moonlight. Their gifts vary, from shape-shifting to mind compulsion to being invisible. They live amongst us, our world divided up into territories ruled by Queens.

Mona Lisa is an orphan, her name coming from the silver cross she was wearing as a baby when found. Now working as a nurse, though only twenty-one, she is d
Feb 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
It's funny, I haven't finished this - but that to me is telling. I typically pick up the paranormal romance stuff and finish them each within 24 hours of starting (and they are usually quite a bit longer then this one). Don't get me wrong, a nice juicy scene in the first 25 pages is welcome - but I was perplexed by how within 15 minutes of meeting each other our 2 main characters are so "you're mine" and "I'm never going to let you go" and how fast she goes from orphaned no-one to commanding que ...more
I think if I had to sum up this book in a word, it'd be "irritating". Why irritating? Because while this book isn't nearly as awful as I thought it would be, it's more irritating at how much of its potential that it wastes.

The sex scenes in this are rather short for what's often billed as erotica. They last maybe about a page or two at average and are about as graphic as your average romance novel, which is probably why I've seen this sold in many stores on the romance shelves. They're decently
2.5 stars

This one was very nearly a DNF for me. The first 50 pages made for some of the most ridiculous reading I have ever encountered. Nonsensical. But... Defying all explanation, I was somehow drawn into the story enough to want to continue with the next book. I really can't explain it.

Mona Lisa has lived her life believing herself human, albeit feeling that she somehow doesn’t belong. Until one day while working as a nurse in the ER, she encounters a man who she is inexplicably drawn to. She
Jane Stewart
4 1/2 stars. Liked it a lot. Definitely recommend it.

It had a good story and some good characters which is unusual for erotica. I plan to read more of this series. Story brief: The Monere people have powers and magic abilities humans don't have. The Monere live among humans, but humans don't know they are different. Queens rule territories. Mona Lisa was part Monere and part human and was left in an orphanage at birth. When she is 21, she meets Gryphon and realizes an unusual power exists betwee
Jul 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
The review makes this book sound good, as in good, as in "yes, I came--three times. Did you?" Recommended to me by another librarian, I thought, I'd give it a try. I was so incredibly disappointed! There's absolutely no character development--Mona Lisa "discovers" her tru identity? I'd like to know where in the story *that* happens... It's just a bunch of sex--sex for fun, sex for healing, sex until their inner lights start glowing (yes, they fuck and they glow. It's apparently beautiful.).

I was
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
So I am kind of embarrassed that I even read this series. In my defense I didn't really mean to. Well it was at a time when I was reading like 7+ books a week and I was grabbing anything that sounded kind of interesting and I ended up with the third book. So instead of reading it and finding out it is basically porn I went and bought the first thinking that at the rate I was reading it didn't really matter how good it was. So that is how I started the series but I obviously went out and read the ...more
Aug 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Poorly paced erotica with a thin veneer of very silly and illogical urban fantasy.

Overly reliant on sexual violence as a plot device and the characters...what characters? The lead female doesn't even have a consistent way of speaking.

The inhabitants of this book are very two dimensional and ridiculously immature for supposedly long-lived beings.

Some of the English in the narrative is terrible. Was this book even edited? I don't understand how this tosh gets published when great authors can't g
Apr 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Okay so...if you want a book that the entire plot is based off of sex, then this is the book for you. Me, on the other hand, like a little depth to a story I read, whether it be plot, theme, or character. The characters in this book are EXTREMELY flat. The actual plot in the book is rushed. It goes something like this: tons of information in 2 or 3 pages, sex, more information, sex, you get the point. What little plot there is, doesn't make sense half the time, and you're left wondering why on e ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
I almost didn't add this to my GoodReads account. I didn't like how the main character jumped so easily into this other world and all the strangeness that she discovers. I also didn't like how she speaks like a modern-day American one minute and then like a Ren Faire reject the next.

Simply felt like it wanted to be Laurell K. Hamilton's Faerie series.

In the author's defense, I've read some of her short stories and enjoyed them.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Valerie by: whimsy
Good thing I wasn't reading this for the plot or the characters. ...more
The Librarian
Oct 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rubbish
Life is way too short to read a bad book. For something along a similar vein, but with much better writing, check out Jacqueline Carey or Anne Bishop.
AlligatorSmith loves to read
Read a long while ago but never marked. I remember really liking this series and probably will want to reread at some point.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anita by: PNR fans, especially Hamilton fans
Even though I gave this book only 3 stars, I liked it, probably because I've read some short stories from the series, so I know it gets better. I've seen this book classified as erotica, but I think it's more paranormal romance - it does have a real plot, after all.

Mona Lisa is a 21 year old ER nurse in NYC. She's known she was different from other people since she was 13 - she can sooth pain, see in the dark, hear distant sounds, bound up six stairs at a time, and is much stronger than average.
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