Saturday, May 9, 2009

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne

Kayla has always felt a kinship with nature. Adopted as a child, Kayla has no idea that she’s inherited the gene that will turn her into a wolf. She can’t understand why she’s so drawn to distant, aloof Lucas...

As the leader of the Dark Guardians, a pack of werewolves that gather in the national forest, Lucas must watch Kayla until she discovers her destiny as his perfect other half. Just when Kayla finally begins to understand her fate, a new danger that threatens their very existence.

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Character Developement: 10/10
Originality: 6/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 65/ 70
Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Some
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: One short beer drinking scene
Sexual Content: Suggestive in conversation.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Slight animal abuse (even though he wasn't really an animal), wolves fighting, things like that. It's not bad at all though.

Aimed at age 13 and up.

Rachel Hawthorne weaves an incredible romantic tale, compiled with an imaginative plot, fantastic characters, and even a bit of mystery. This book is hard to put down. Though it is only 263 pages, the story is far from simple. It is a somewhat unique interpretation of werewolves. There are many like qualities with other werewolf books, but it is probably because they are all based off the old legends and stories.

The setting was wonderfully vivid, taking place in a national forest. The writing is so descriptive that it makes you feel like you are there. Like you are swimming through the river, you are attempting to walk quietly between the shadows of the trees; you hear the pounding of the waterfall and see the trees, valleys, and the werewolf village.

The characters were another fantastic aspect of the story. The use of secrets always makes a character seem so much more three dimensional, and Hawthorne definitely achieved three dimensional characters. The relationship between the characters was understandable and real, and Kayla’s inner-monologue was always interesting and fun to listen to.

I can’t wait to read the second installment to the Dark Guardian Trilogy! The only other of Hawthorne’s novels I have read was TO CATCH A PIRATE, which she wrote under the name Jade Parker. She has an unbelievable talent of creating different voices for the characters that narrate her stories. I am excited to find out what voice FULL MOON will have.

See the Dark Guardian Trailer at her website or by clicking here.

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