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review 2017-06-24 01:28
Excellent End to an Excellent Series
New Moon (Moon Series Book 8) - Lisa Kessler

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is a loner. Having been his father’s assassin for years, he trusts nobody and nobody trusts him.  Isabelle Wood is a wolf shifter and a bounty hunter. She’s determined to take down the evil organization that was responsible for her father’s death, starting with it’s crown prince. When her wolf claims him as her mate while her knife is at his throat, she can’t bring herself to kill him even as she denies what her wolf is telling her.

This is the final book in Lisa Kessler’s Moon series and I think it’s my favorite. I simply fell in love with Sebastian and Isabelle. They book had to go through so much to find family and love in the end, especially Sebastian. It makes me sad that this is the last of a great series. A great book. I highly recommend.

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review 2017-06-23 07:11
Book Review For: New Moon by Lisa Kessler
New Moon (Moon Series Book 8) - Lisa Kessler
New Moon (Moon #8)New Moon by Lisa Kessler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'New Moon' by Lisa Kessler is book 8 in the "Moon" series. This is the story of Sebastian Severino and Isabelle Wood. I have read the last few books in this series but feel this can be a standalone book.
Isabelle is looking for answers in the death of her father and she thinks Sebastian's father might be the one to have been involved. So she attempts to attack him to get those answers but her inter wolf won't let her. Isabelle's inter wolf recognizes him as her mate. Sebastian doesn't approve of his father and his actions, so he is always trying to be a step ahead of him. Isabelle's father was actually a mentor for Sebastian and he cared about him allot. Sebastian tries to stay alone and not connected to people because of the tragedies in his life with the lost of loved ones. But Isabelle is calling to all his protective needs and he is fighting his feelings for her. But these two can't fight their feelings for long!
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review 2017-04-18 20:40
Audio Book Review: Moon Tortured By McKenzie Hunter
Moon Tortured (Sky Brooks Series Book 1) - McKenzie Hunter

 

* This review is of the 85% of the book that I read/listened to.

 

What a long winded book. I'm still at a loss as to how static this book felt. I couldn't take it anymore after about 85% and ended up DNF-ing. There were a few times where I enjoyed the story, but for the most part nothing seemed to happen and the story went in circles. 

 

The heroine had a few moments of 'wow she's awesome', but would go back to being an idiot and pitying herself 2 pages later. I also didn't understand the dynamic she had with Ethan. One moment it was leaning toward romantic and the next they hated each other. This book seemed very young YA if it wasn't for a few lines where she commented on how attractive people were. Maybe it's just me but I was under the impression that there was going to be somewhat of a love interest.

 

I'm going to go ahead and say that Ethan was the possible romantic interest (if there was one). That being said, I didn't like him. He would go off on tangents of violence, but a few minutes later he would be sweet. He made it impossible for me to trust his motives. His brother (Josh?) was a little better, but the heroine made me dislike him too.

 

Every character in this novel felt underdeveloped. It felt like I had to be on my toes, waiting for something to happen (which, up until the point I read, never did). At the same time I could predict everything that happened (especially the idiotic running away in the middle of the night parts).

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

There was nothing wrong with the narration. Jorjeana Marie did a fantastic job. My problem was only with the story. 

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review 2017-03-11 02:41
Gripping story, makes me want to read more books in the series
Haunted Moon: Otherworld Series, Book 13 - Yasmine Galenorn,Cassandra Campbell,Recorded Books

This is the second story in the series that I have listened to. Camille is finishing her training to be the priestess to the Moon Mother amidst zombies, bone walkers, spirit demons, and much more. I find her strength and that of her family worth the time as they fight for the good of all. I recommend this story and the series.

I received this audio version as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2016-12-02 19:00
The Unbroken Line of the Moon
The Unbroken Line of the Moon (The Valhalla Series) - Tara F. Chace,Johanne Hildebrandt

There was a lot to love here, but also some places that require trigger warnings. Those would be for rape, gang rape, sex, and violence. The violence probably seems obvious because Vikings, the rape and gang rape weren't entirely expected for me. Despite the stories about the women enjoying a higher level of equality than most of their contemporaries, it will put you on edge about the treatment of their women even when they aren't being raped. Even with all that, though, it's pretty masterful.

There's a lot to love and gush about. The storytelling in general was great, with the inner lives of both men and women of the ruling class well balanced. The characters are three dimensional and I felt like a good understanding of their intentions and  reasoning was given at every turn. The plot moves beautifully at a steady and fast pace. Each character has their own interests and the way those interests intersect or run in contrast to each other brings a great amount of tension to the story and moves the plot along.

Then there's the actual Viking stuff. I'm not well read or researched in Norse mythology, legend, or history, so it all read to me the same as the world building of say, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Here's the thing, even when tapping into existing mythology, legend and history of an area, an author can still royally mess up transferring the feeling of it all onto the page. Hildebrandt does the world building beautifully, though. The writing gave a good understanding of the mythology and the associated mysticism that the story was dealing with without it feeling like writing. The rituals and sacrifices and such were interesting and different, though I have no idea how faithful they are to the actual religion of the time. I looked through some other reviews and others on Goodreads did say that the overall representation of the Vikings was accurate.

The religion was woven well into the story and done in a way that makes it seem like religion was central to this people and this conflict. It was interesting to see the way Christians were viewed in the story. Referring to them as "cross worshippers" gave away the derogatory feelings the main characters had toward Christianity and the Christians of the story better than simply talking about not liking them. It relates well how the Vikings of the "old religion" felt about this new religion that was spreading in their ranks. The religion of the main characters was a central part of the motivation for them and their actions, which isn't something I see a lot in my reading.

As mentioned above, there were also several places where they talk about the accuracy of the historical nature of the story. Rape and gang rape do happen within the story and in realistic ways. The women involved are then denounced in realistic ways. These are still things that happen and that are still reputed to happen in much this same way. While a part of me wants to say to not be surprised, I also get that much of our historical fiction glosses over these parts of our histories, makes them seem like they weren't a thing, or skips the scene and goes more into the aftermath. Some even like to give consequences for perpetrating such a crime that are still not all that common or, worse, excuse the perpetrators by writing it so that the victim has blame in some part of it. Hildebrandt does none of that.

I get why it can be surprising to find it here. Honestly, a part of me was surprised to find the rape and gang rape and accounts of forced prostitution in a fictional book too but then again, Game of Thrones. The realistic nature of the lives of the women is what is preserved by including these tragic pieces of life. It's not enjoyable to read about, but I think it's necessary to include in something like this where it seems that the realistic lives of women was a focus the story specifically meant to highlight, so I do appreciate it in the same way that I appreciate it when some those ghastly scenes are in Game of Thrones. Contrary to some of the more memorable scenes of rape in Game of Thrones (Sansa on her wedding night), the emphasis is on the victim and some of what she goes through. These authors aren't doing these things to women, they just aren't going to let it get swept under the rug that they still happen in wartime and that they happened then. They aren't going to ignore this was and is a thing and a problematic one.

Overall, it's an outstanding book, especially if appreciate when the women in any given conflict are not overlooked or erased from whatever part of the story they were in. To infer that half the population of any group didn't have anything at all to do with something happening on their land is ridiculous. Women are affected by war too, especially when it happens in our backyards. We may not have always been in the battlefield, but that doesn't mean that we had nothing to do with any of it. And if you think we weren't on the battlefield at all, try checking out Corsets to Camouflage after this just to get started.

You may notice that this is a series and it is the first to be translated into English. It is the fourth book in the series in it's original language and I didn't see an explanation for why they were translated out of order, but there was a hypothesis somewhere that it is being translated in chronological order of the events rather than publish order or perhaps by which is the most interesting. I'm not sure. I hope they translate the others, though, because this was amazing and I want to see what happens with Estrid.

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