Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Secrets of the Moon

Title: Secrets of the Moon
Author: Kristy Centeno
Release Date: July 7th, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Pages: 418
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description: Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.

Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he doesn’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.

Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who's as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?

            This book is perfect for any fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s series The Wolves of Mercy Falls.  Sit me down with a good book about werewolves, and I guarantee I won’t be able to resist.  I know, I know. A lot of people are burnt out on the whole werewolf scene for a while, and not without due cause.  After Twilight, the world of YA was bombarded with story after story about vampires and werewolves, and the hype became overkill way too quickly.  Personally, I’ve been avoiding picking up anything similar to this plotline for a while now, for fear of finding myself reading a Twilight retelling (there’s no vampires in this book FYI).  Then came Kristy Centeno’s newest book, Secrets of the Moon. I AM HOOKED.
            One of my favorite parts of the book was the beginning, in which Marjorie and her friends are taking a drive that turns into a dangerous accident.  Although it was a scene that turns scary fast, it brought me back to my own high school years of driving around with my best friends and just enjoying life.  I also thought this scene served as a good reminder to high schoolers and teens in general, that drinking and driving is and can be, extremely dangerous.  It’s always nice to see YA books with good messages in them!
            My favorite character was by far Kyran, because I’ve basically claimed him as my new book boyfriend! Dark, dangerous, and brooding basically sums him up in a nutshell! My second favorite character was his twin brother Alexis, who TOTALLY reminded me of Elijah from Vampire Diaries (or The Originals, for anyone who watches that show as well).  
            The one complaint I do have is the love trope.  I know this is a popular thing amongst YA novels (especially in the world of paranormal romance) but I have grown quite tired of it.  In Secrets of the Moon the trope is especially reminiscent of Twilight’s ‘Bella/Edward/Jacob’ love triangle.  Fortunately, this trope is unique in some aspects, and I didn’t mind it as much the further I got into the book.  It makes for an interesting take on the traditional literary love trope, and I like the 3 main characters that make up the trope, too much to hate the book for this aspect alone!  For that reason, I didn’t count it against how I rated Secrets of the Moon and I had to give this one 5 cows!  This series is going to be a great one, I can already tell!



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