Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1) by Samantha Young

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...

It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.

As a fan of Young's adult series I was optimistic that I'd find her young adult books equally enjoyable but also realized that sometimes authors are meant to write for one or the other audience and sometimes can't relate to both.  I have to admit that I was thrilled to discover that Samantha Young is an author that is able to transcend the different materials and manages to adapt well for all audiences no matter their age!
Young sets her readers up in a great way...our main character Caia has been estranged from her pack (family and friends) since she was little and now it's finally time for their reunion of sorts.  It makes for a perfect set up so that while Caia is being reintroduced back into their pack, readers are given just as much of an explanation and background as she herself is getting.  Readers aren't left to feel like they're already a few steps behind, but instead will experience everything right along with Caia.  It also makes it nearly impossible not to immediately relate and/or empathize with her character in general.
There is so much to take in, but in only the best possible way, because all the new characters are richly described and easy to stand behind.  It doesn't hurt that the pack's Alpha, Lucien is delicious in all ways!  He's determined to make sure her transition back into the pack goes smoothly and that's she not met with any hesitancy on the pack's part.  Protectiveness is running strong with this guy, and I'm not sure you can blame it all on his roll in their heirarchy.  Readers won't be quite sure if he has ulterior motives for going out of his way for her or if just comes with the territory of being everyone's protector.  You'll have to read on to find out more.
Young goes even further to make sure that her series does not get jumbled into yet another generic werewolf tale by adding in  a few extra elements...and by elements I'm referring to Caia's additional abilities.  I don't want to go into much further detail as to avoid any spoilers on my part, but regardless, readers can be assured that there is a lot of fun and excitement within these pages, and I'm positive no one will be disappointed with Young's ability to weave this story together.

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