21 December 2009

Book Review-Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne

Kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.

Lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

My thoughts:

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne was a pretty good read. It was really quick and for the most part held my attention to the end. There were things I liked about the book and things I disliked about it. To be completely honest, I thought the first 125 pages were boring and I was just waiting for the good stuff to happen. I could tell it was boring at first because I left it at a friend’s house and I wasn’t desperate to get it back that second. But I’m glad that I kept reading because it got real exciting towards t the end.

Hawthorne was not too clear about Kayla’s past before her parents died. Was she a baby when it happened or was she older? How can she just take off for a whole summer and not talk to any of her friends back home? Did she even have any friends? A lot of books start the reader off in the main character’s life when she turns 16 or 17, she has recently moved or sent to live with another relative and the author gives almost no information of their life before the move. It’s their life has just started and they’re making friends for the first time. Moving on.

I was totally fooled by the group of “graduate research assistants” who claimed to be studying wolves in the forest. And when Mason forced himself on Kayla, I thought he was for real. I love Kayla and Lucas’s chemistry right from the start. He’s so intense and mysterious and he sounds really hot. Their chemistry only increases when they discover they’re practically soul mates and that he waited his whole life for her and will never love another female the way he loves her. *sigh*

The one complaint I have concerns the scene in which she shape shifts for the first time. Before it happened, Lucas described it as this very painful process, comparable to childbirth, in which some people don’t survive. But then Hawthorne only devotes one page to it and the only sensation she describes feeling is her skin tingling. She could have done so much more with this. It could have been this intense bonding experience in which he helps her through one of the most painful events in her life, but it only gets about one page.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good book.

I give it a B+


StephTheBookworm said...

This looks pretty interesting! Adding it to my TBR.

Becky said...

Ooh what a fascinating review. I wonder if this is out in the UK. I shall have to investigate.

Mary said...

Nice review -- this one goes one the wishlist!

Mary (new follower)

Cleverly Inked said...

ooo Yippie a werewolf book. This is a winner. I have to go get this one.

Kay said...

Totally agree with you about the first 125 pages. A lot of set up that I found rather boring as well!

Great review!

PallasAthena said...

Well... another book to my wishlist. Nice review!

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