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Luna Rising

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Winner, 2017 Book Excellence Award in Chick Lit

Life begins at thirty-eight for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She's got her freedom, but what she wants is love. Luna knows she doesn't need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the
Paperback, 450 pages
Published June 25th 2017 by Last Syllable Books
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Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I didn’t absolutely love Luna Rising…but I will say that this book really spoke to me on a deep level and sometimes that is even more important that liking or loving a read.

In Luna Rising, Selene Castrovilla expertly creates a character in Luna that I think many women can relate to deeply…even though most probably would not admit it.

Luna appears to be your typical Long Island mom and soon to be divorcee but there is much more here than what you see at first glance. Luna has a history of sublimat
Lisa Aiello
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.

For those of you who have navigated through the freakshow of that rite of passage known as adult dating, I present to you, Luna...who truly is experiencing that phenomenon. Ending her marriage as an almost 40-something woman, to a closet gay man addicted to porn, she finds herself in disastrous relationship after disastrous relationship. If you ever thought YOUR man picker was off, well, Luna will make you feel like you are a
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5 out of 5

I jumped at the chance to read the adult novel LUNA RISING by Selene Castrovilla. I discovered her books when I first read MELT, the first of her Rough Romance Trilogy, and fell in love with her writing.

What I liked:

*The "stats" on the characters as they are introduced. It was a quick way to know about a character, and I especially liked finding out - what they read (or don't read) says a lot about a person.
*Her friendship with Sunny - they are at similar places in their live
A Leisure Moment
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

Not every life is centered around a big home, white fence, large porch, 2 parents, kids and healthy relationships. Instead it could be clouded with confusion and uncertainties. Such was the case for Luna. A middle aged woman seeking to find her way. Seeking to find love and that perfect relationship. She wanted it. Felt she deserved it. However, just wasn’t sure how to capture it. Her “Jiminy” was always there twenty-four seven, sitting on her shoulder, waiting on the horizon to provide guidance
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:

The writing in this book is well-paced, and sure to keep you turning pages. Luna, however, is annoyingly unprepared for the evolution she is immediately forced to undertake upon deciding it's time to divorce her philandering husband.

Her story is told in reverse order: we meet her in the present (where she's suddenly dealing with an epiphany), but we're taken back to the beginning of her journey, so we can see how she arrives at sa
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Luna Rising is a compelling women's fiction story that easily draws the reader into the drama and emotions that come with the complexity of life, the dynamics of relationships, learning to confront one's past, heal, and move forward. Set in Long Island, the reader can't help but get drawn into thirty-eight year old Luna Lampanelli's story as she discovers that the life that she has been living is not what she wants anymore, so she embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery and search for lo ...more
Reeca Elliott
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel is about making mistakes in life. And righting those mistakes without taking yourself for granted. 
Luna divorced her dead beat husband and is exploring her new found freedom. She makes some HUGE mistakes along the way. After Luna's 20th or so mistake (yes I embellished), the story got a little monotonous. She continues to make the same bad judgements and sometimes dangerous decisions. She never learns from her mistakes. This got old for me toward the end of the book. However, I did e ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 rating

This story explores the contemporary singles scene as a newly divorced mother of two young children.

Navigating through the dating world and trying to forge relationships to avoid singledom is the focus. The theme "looking for love in all the wrong places" hits home with this read. At some points it was frustrating and painful to see the main character, Luna, make the choices she did.

Loved Luna's best friend, Sunny, who provided a chuckle or two.

A lot of inner dialogue going on, so bew
Annina Luck
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
I couldn't put this book down--was drawn into Luna's world of crazy dating and balancing that with her career as a writer, her friendships, her children, and coming to terms with her parents and childhood. Great moments in this book where she has self-realizations and loved the humor and the chats Luna had with her conscience. I hope there is another one, although this one ends nicely.
Karen DelleCava
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spending time with Luna is like spending time with a real friend. Luna is frustrated, funny, forgiving and above all loving. Her relationships with her children, best friend, and dear aunt are a treasure but what about romantic love? Soon to be divorced and driven by her need for love and romance, Luna dives into one disastrous relationship after another. I held on tight for the ride always praying--because some of these situations were terrifying--that she’d come out okay.

With a good dose of h
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luna Rising is the type of book that you have to really read, I mean, really absorb the words. The author, Selene Castrovilla truly has a way of telling a story that seems it could be about you, or your best friend; so as you read you are learning and growing with the characters.
Luna is our main focus, and her main focus is why her life is in the crapper. How has she come to this place in life with the men that have come across her path? How have her choices molded and formed who she is?
I reall
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of getting an advanced review copy of Luna Rising. My review is here:
Feb 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Writing style was very dry. Seemed to be anti LGBT. Not a lot of dialogue. Characters were bland and unrealistic.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
I love reading books that feature authors as the protagonist. It’s like reading a book within a book.

“Luna Rising” is a charming, and painfully relatable book about the heartbreak of divorce and the pitfalls of “getting back out there”.

Luna finally breaks up with the father of her children, after she’s decided that she will no longer be a beard for her closeted husband. She show’s incredible strength and resolve during this painful process but ironically subjects herself to the dredges of the da
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it

While the story was interesting, I felt like it was too slow-paced and there was just too much unnecessary internal dialogue.
It was an enjoyable read, but not all that memorable.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth Upton
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Award winning children’s book writer, Selene Castovilla, has brought her immense writing skills to her first adult novel, Luna Rising. Luna is a heroic character who survives a rough childhood and a tough divorce—and who at 38, is looking for real love. Love takes many forms. Sections of the book in which Luna’s wise-beyond-his-years son tries to process the divorce are especially poignant. Readers will be swept along though Luna’s funny and moving misadventures in the dating world. When somethi ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a well-written book down that I loved. The world of Luna Lampanelli's is crazy and then she finds out her husband is a closet gay. Then she joins dating, and it all goes topsy turvy. Trying to balance dating with her career as a writer, her friendships, her children, and dealing with her c her parents and childhood. Reading this book will take you through her funny and moving adventures in in a new dating life. Things go crazy Luna turns to unconventional amusing and not s ...more
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Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature.

Selene is excited to be the co-author of "a self-help book you'll actually read," as one mental health professional proclaims. TEN STEPS TO FINDING HAPPY releases on March 20, in conjunction with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness.


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