Title: Moon Spell
Author: Samantha Young
Series: The Tale of Lunarmorte
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Pub Date: October 10th, 2011
Pages (Paperback): 436
"Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...
It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?
No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.
But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect." (From Goodreads).
I'm torn while reviewing this book. In some ways, I loved it. In some ways, I disliked it.
Samantha Young really is a fabulous writer. Her plots are rich, and her characters are well developed.
I loved the characters in Moon Spell. Caia was relatable, sweet, and didn't fit in the typical YA Romance female stereotype. She made many decisions independently, and was very selfless. She truly aimed to help others beyond herself.
I also liked the connection between the greek gods and the Lykans (the werewolves). It added a bit of depth to the story, so it fell out of the stereotypical werewolf book.
Caia and Lucien's romance was fantastic. I loved it as it was very intense and up-and-down. Many people hate emotional romances were the state of the couple is constantly changing, but I generally enjoy that type of romance. This made the book a bit better in my opinion. Warning, if you are under 16, don't read this book. There is a brief sex scene that may be too vulgar for some readers. Also there is swearing, so if you don't like to read books that contain cussing, I would steer clear of Moon Spell.
My issues with this story is that it felt extremely unfinished. There were many loose strings, and often the plot seemed random. The beginning was really confusing because the characters weren't introduced, rather it delved right into the villains (who I didn't realize were the villains) talking and plotting, but I had no idea who they were talking about.
I did continue with this series, as it was an interesting take on werewolves. I also liked how vampyres and faeries are woven into the story, as it makes it very whimsical and unique. Additionally, the many characters of this story were great.
Cover Art: 7/10 (BEAUTIFUL COVER!)