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Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
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Jun 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: death-and-dying, favorites, emotional, sweet-romance, best-of, standalone, by-color-purple

“I read once that water is a symbol for emotions.
And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.”




If it weren’t for the heartbreak I would love to be one of Jessi’s characters. I love her stories. She has this talent – she can make you laugh and cry almost in the same time. She is wonderful and I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait for her next book.

“Moonglass” is a story about how to break and un-break a heart – Anna’s mother broke it into so many little piece and now it’s time for someone to put it back together. It might seem silly to you, but love can heal everything and even if she didn’t know it yet, Anna found love everywhere around her. It was just time to open her heart for all that love and leave the past behind her.

...Again, this is exactly my type of book – the one that makes my heart bleed in a moment and makes my cheeks hurt (for so much laughing) in the next one.
...Again, I love Jessi Kirsby – I love her style, her stories, the way she knows how to put together heartbreak and joy and come up with a perfect composition. I love how her characters are full of life even though their hearts are clouded by drama and death, I love how she gives you hope, how she breaks you and makes you whole again with the power of her words..

I have this theory, that the first book written by an author (even though it might not be flawless by some standards) comes straight from their heart, and that’s why it might be just.. perfect.
I think that the first book they write is for themselves, not for the audience, and this is why the debut novels hold the essence of the author. Off course, it’s not a rule, only an observation; off course they evolve in time and their writing gets better.. but there is something that gets lost through too much editing, something you can only find in their first book. I can’t put my finger on it, but maybe some of you have noticed it too. So, if I loved In Honor so much, I must confess that I might be even more in love with this story here.



Moonlight is an emotional roller coaster, so prepare yourself: The sad moments are as heartbreaking as Jessi can write them, and the happy, joyful moments made me really laugh out-loud.

You can almost taste Anna’s pain and her father’s, and I was so relieved to see them work their way and make things better, because they’ve both been so alone for so long, and it was time to be close again.

But also you have to love Anna’s girlish side – how she tries to fit in, to make friends, to seduce the boy she likes, to hide in a hole when she makes a fool of herself.

Also, the love story is so sweet that you might get a sugar high, LOL.

As I said too many times before, I love the cuteness of this type of stories, and with all the drama surrounding this love story, the book seems complete - like the inn and yang, like two halves of a heart. I liked it when they first met, also the initiation night, and the first kiss.. and everything in between.
It was a bit of a hot and cold relationship with a lot of laugh-out-loud cute moments, and some ups and downs; it was a fun ride that I would take anytime.
I have only one complain to make – it felt too short. I wanted more. More of Anna’s cuteness, more of Tyler’s confident flirting, more about Anna and her mother and the way she started to cope with the past, more about lifeguard legends and stories, more about.. everything, because I couldn’t get enough of this story.

I think that the next time I go to the beach I will keep looking for sea-glass.
I loved the story behind the moonglass, I loved the legend about the mermaid’s tears, there were so many things I loved about this book that I can’t even put them into words – there were so many, so beautiful, so deep, so full of emotion… Oh yeah, you got it, it’s great. Now just go get this book and read it!

Happy midnight reading!

** For a better visual effect, read this review at ReadingAfterMidnight.com
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Reading Progress

June 29, 2011 – Shelved
June 29, 2011 – Shelved as: death-and-dying
June 26, 2012 –
55.0% "Oh, how I love this story..."
June 26, 2012 –
100.0% "simply beautiful..."
June 26, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites
June 26, 2012 – Shelved as: emotional
June 26, 2012 – Shelved as: sweet-romance
June 27, 2012 – Started Reading
June 27, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 15, 2013 – Shelved as: best-of
December 10, 2014 – Shelved as: standalone
March 20, 2015 – Shelved as: by-color-purple

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message 1: by Laura (new) - added it

Laura Another lovely review, Ari! I keep getting kicked off of GR today, so I’m not sure my “likes” are being saved or not. Haha…Another day of adventure here on GR. :) I hope to read this one soon!


Ariana I have troubles with GR on my mobile. I hate the Facebook login, I don't remember enabling it in the first place, and logging in might take a while sometimes (arrhhh!)

I hope you'll read this book someday because it is really sweet.. with some drama too, but still so, so cute ;))


message 3: by Dija (new)

Dija Wow, beautiful review, Ari. I completely concur with your theory about debut novels. I didn't think of it in exactly so many words, but it's true the more I consider it. Glad you enjoyed this one. :)


Ariana I've been having that thought for a while now and needed to see if others think the same. It is not like it can change anything because we love some books and some we don't no matter what, but I wish authors would write more for themselves, because pressure (with the authors trying to please all their readers) sometimes is simply no good and I've seen this ruin a good story.


message 5: by Jasprit (new) - added it

Jasprit Such a beautiful review Ari! I love the images you use too, they make the book and the review appear so much more realistic! I can't wait to check this book out! :)


Ariana Thanks Jasprit, I really hope that you will love the cuteness of this book as well ;))
I also prefer my reviews with pictures, but some people on GR like the reviews text only, so I post some of them here while the others can be seen on the blog (where I also have more flexibility and I can place them the way I want) ;))


Dajana J. Because of this review and your love about this book, I ordered it and I'm expecting it to arrive this month. Can not wait to read it! :D


Ariana Oh, honey, I really hope that you will love it as much as I did :)
Jessi is now one of my favorite authors.


Summer Wonderful review! Thanks Ariana. I'm definitely reading this sometime this week


Ariana Thanks, Siman. I hope you will love it as well :)


message 11: by Danielle. (new) - added it

Danielle. This review was a cute one. I was kind of nervous to pick this up, but you've just convinced me otherwise. ;D


Ariana For me it was the perfect balance between cuteness and drama. I hope that it will work for you as well, and you'll enjoy it just as much ;)


message 13: by Andrea (new) - added it

Andrea This review definitely convinced me :) I wasn't sure, but you've made it sound cute and magical and heartbreaking all at once. I'll get it right now! Thanks*


Ariana I really hope that you will enjoy it just as much. Can't wait to see what you think of it!


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