14 April 2014

Moonless by Crystal Collier Review

What they say: MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night. 

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Set in the 1700s, Moonless is a YA fantasy. The main character Alexis finds herself suddenly transformed from a plain girl to an extremely attractive and desirable young woman. Her father expects her to marry soon and constantly parades her in front of potential suitors. But Alexis only has eyes for a mysterious blue-eyed stranger who quite literally appears in her dreams. 

Alexis finds herself immersed into the world of the Passionate and Soulless. Who are strange and magical creatures who seem to do a lot of plotting, fighting and disappearing.

For the most part I liked Alexis, she handles her situation well and isn't afraid to stand up to her father and her new enemies. I did find her moping over Kiran a little annoying at times, but then again, she is a teenager who is constantly being betrayed and manipulated by everybody.  

I know we're not supposed to like Belleza but I must admit she did have a certain, evil and bratty charm. I would have liked more about Rupert who seemed to disappear from the story - I have to admit I had expected him to go all dark side to 'win' Alexis.

Oh Kiran! I could see the attraction, although I really wanted to know how old he is. I liked his character, even though I did find his constant dismissiveness and evasiveness kinda irritating - it annoys me when characters lie by omission. BUT with Kiran his mysterious increased the attraction and I liked how devoted he was.

Moonless is a sweet fantasy story which benefits from the addition of some charming characters and historical intrigue.

3.5 fun Stars in my Sky!


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