September 27, 2011

Review - All Hallows' Moon (SM Reine)

The good girl has become a very bad werewolf...

Rylie survived her transformation. She moves to her aunt’s ranch in the hopes she can enroll in a new high school and quietly continue her life-- except that she transforms into a monster every new and full moon and struggles to control her murderous urges.

Without many werewolves left, it’s hard to stay in hiding. A family of hunters -- Eleanor, Abel, and Seth -- recognize the signs and follow Rylie to her new home. They want to stop her before she murders someone, and the only way to do it is with a silver bullet. Seth soon realizes the werewolf is Rylie, the one monster he failed to kill. Worse yet, he’s still in love with her.

Torn between family and love, Rylie struggles to reconcile her feelings and control the wolf within while Seth fights to do what’s right. But what is right-- obeying desire or duty?

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I already had the pleasure of reading the first book of the Seasons of the Moon series by SM Reine, so when I got the chance to review the next book I honestly couldn't resist. As much as sequels have this tendency to be weaker, thus all too often not living up to my expectations, this was absolutely not the case here.
All Hallows' Moon takes off were the first book ended. Not able to cope with the city life Rylie now lives on her aunt's ranch in a small town, struggling to fit in at the new school, and most of all trying to keep the werewolf inside her at bay. And then, suddenly, Seth turns up with his family of werewolf hunters in tow.
Narrated from the view of Rylie, the story is both smoothly written and fast paced all the way through, without neglecting character development. I loved how every character, down to minor ones, is so three-dimensional and well devised. Exploring the relationship between Rylie and Seth in a believable and endearing way this is definitely not just another shallow teen-novel. It only goes to show that some authors are more than able to write engaging fiction presenting realistic, relatable characters and emotions, albeit in a paranormal setting.
It's safe to say that I love how the ending promises another book - hopefully soon!
In short: A must-read for fans of werewolf stories and a worthy sequel in a wonderful new series!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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