Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review of S.M. Reine's Seasons of the Moon Series

This review is from: Seasons of the Moon Series, Books 1-4: Six Moon Summer, All Hallows' Moon, Long Night Moon, and Gray Moon Rising (Kindle Edition)

Description: 

Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.


Review: 

Book 1=3 stars
This book was alright. It is about a girl who is almost sixteen, yet it reads younger. I would recommend it for the middle school crowd.
That being said, the story itself had a great plot. I was guessing until the end about the mysterious boy and the rogue werewolf. S.M. Reine did a good job with the element of surprise.
I liked Riley as a character. She is going through a tough time, yet she is shouldered with the burden of being bitten by a werewolf. As if that isn't hard enough, the girls at camp don't get along with Riley. She would be miserable at camp if it wasn't for Seth.
I had a few issues with the book, but overlooked them for the good of the story. There was an immense lack of description in this book. The author told and didn't do much showing. Also, the narration throughout the story is from Riley's P.O.V. Then, the last chapter is Seth's P.O.V. That only served to confuse readers.
Overall, the plot was good and I am curious to read the next book in the series. (There are four books total) Middle grade YA would enjoy this werewolf story.



Description: 

Rylie survived becoming a werewolf at great cost. She moves to her aunt’s ranch in the hopes she can enroll in a new high school and quietly continue her life... with a few distinct changes. She transforms into a beast 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?


Review:  

Book 2=5 stars
I was really skeptical to read this book. I thought the first book was a little slow and young for the YA genre and thought it felt more like a MG book.
This second book was great. All skepticism has been laid to rest. I liked the direction the book took the series.
Riley is trying to adapt to a life she didn't want and now has to live with. On top of it, hunters are after her and she just can't catch a break. Her wolf is out of control and she isn't sure which way is up anymore.
The one thing Riley knows, is that things just got more complicated. Not only are there hunters after her, but they are familiar ones. Seth and his family are there for her.
What happens when your past meets your present? Somethings gotta give.
This book was very satisfying and I'm onto reading book 3 right now. This is becoming a great series.




Description: 

Something is killing innocent people around Rylie Gresham's town. The police think it's a wild animal, but she has other suspicions. There are new kids at school, and they have a lot in common with her: gold eyes, super strength, and a habit of turning furry. It seems Rylie's not the only werewolf around anymore.

It's up to Rylie and her werewolf-hunting boyfriend, Seth, to stop the killings. But saving lives doesn't come naturally to a monster, and territory battles could risk the life of her sickly aunt--not to mention her own. Rylie has no choice but to stand her ground, protect her home, and stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt.

Review: 

 Book 3=5 stars
The plot to this one was good. I loved the mystery that S.M. Reine injected into this story.
Riley is such a great character. She is a werewolf with a serious conscience for animals. Once a vegan, she reluctantly embraces her desires to eat meat. It's comical but cute.
Seth and Abel are major players in this third book. Abel still doesn't like Riley much but Seth is more into her than ever.
Then the strange wolves come to town. They can shift at will and claim they are there to save Riley.
I couldn't put the book down and had to know what was going to happen to everyone with the murderer on the loose.
The story ended with a dramatic finale. The murderer is discovered and was so not who I expected. The author gets an A+ for keeping my attention all night until the end.
I'm now out to read book 4 and can't wait to see what happens next!







Description: 

It’s been almost a year since Rylie Gresham was bitten by a werewolf on Gray Mountain. Now something is beckoning her back to the place she was attacked, along with every other werewolf in the world. But they aren’t the only ones heeding the call. A group of hunters notices them gathering and sees it as their chance to wipe out the entire species.

Seth is about to graduate high school when he learns of the final hunt. He secretly plans to save Rylie and his werewolf brother even though he has to play along with the hunters to do it. But Rylie doesn’t want to be saved. She’s already decided to solve her problems with a silver bullet if answers aren’t waiting on Gray Mountain.

One way or another, everything is about to end—whether it means Rylie’s liberation or the end of her life…


Review: 

 Book 4=5 stars
"This book is good so far too! I'm really angry at the end of chapter 7 though! I'm sure the book will turn that around soon:)"
"So good!! I love how everything is being brought full circle. oh and loving Abel more by the chapters:)"
This book was the perfect ending to a great series. I loved Riley, Seth, Abel and Gwen.
The way the author made all the werewolves included in this one was awesome. There is a lot going on in this book and I am so glad I got to stay up all night and read it;)
I was so sad to read the end to all the characters! It was kind of like when your favorite tv show gets cancelled. But alas, S.M. Reine has written a spin off series!!! **eep**
I'm off to get the next series in Riley's story!!!!




Series=5 stars!!!



Spin off Series: ***EEEPPP***

 Rylie is Alpha: the leader of the werewolves. They're an endangered species living in a sanctuary, and she's guarded them for two peaceful years.

The peace is shattered when somebody sends Rylie a threatening silver bullet. A new member of the pack goes missing. And to make things worse, her inner beast is strangely attracted to her boyfriend's brother, leaving her torn between the love of two men--one of them a werewolf, and the other a former hunter.






 Rylie's home has been turned into a battle zone by attacking hunters--and by her conflicted heart. Her wolf and human sides are in love with different men, and neither Seth nor Abel will give Rylie up without a fight.

To save her pack, Rylie will have to find out who Cain is. To save herself, she'll have to choose between the man she wants and the man she needs.







Abel is struggling to find his footing at the werewolf sanctuary when he receives terrible news: the girl he loves and his brother have vanished. Seth calls to claim that they're eloping, but Abel knows it's a lie. There's no way that Rylie would get married without telling him. Not when the memory of her scorching kiss is still burning on his lips.

Certain that something is wrong, Abel drops everything to rescue Rylie and Seth--and stake his claim over his mate.





 Rylie Gresham, Alpha of the endangered werewolf species, is pregnant. The fact that she's only eighteen and maybe a tiny bit in love with her boyfriend's brother isn't even the worst part: the baby is going to be a werewolf, too. Certain that Seth is the father, she finally agrees to marry him, even if her heart is still filled with doubt.

Abel is being held captive by Cain when he hears about Rylie's condition--and the shocking circumstances surrounding the conception. Rylie and Abel have been mating on the full moons, so there's a chance that he's the father, and she has no clue. Now Abel has to escape Cain and crash the wedding before his mate marries his brother.

A zombie mother-in-law, back-stabbing hunters, and wicked morning sickness mean that they're all in for one heck of a party.



Rylie Gresham has survived becoming a werewolf, going crazy from silver poisoning, and being hunted by her fiance's family. But that was nothing compared to the challenge Rylie faces now: being pregnant...with twins. And it definitely doesn't help that her fiance's brother has declared himself the father, either.

The brothers, Seth and Abel, are at each other's throat over Rylie, even as the twins are fast approaching term. But it may be too late for all of them. The government has revealed the existence of werewolves, threatening everything that Rylie holds dear. And the evil werewolf Cain is preparing for his final act of revenge: destroying the pack and stealing Rylie's children.




Summer Gresham knows that she’s different. After all, she’s the only twenty-year-old coed that shapeshifts into a wolf. But her unique nature is a well-hidden secret, so she’s baffled to be singled out for a prestigious internship. She’s even more stunned when she discovers that the man who wants to hire her—Nash Adamson—specifically requested Summer…and he won’t take no for an answer.

Nash has more than a few secrets of his own. Like Summer, he’s different, too: a rebel angel in exile. Summer is the key to his freedom, and her warmth and beauty stirs something inside of him that’s been sleeping for millennia. She almost makes him forget that he’s imprisoned.

Summer suddenly finds herself at the crux of an ancient war, and angels don’t care how many mortals get caught in the crossfire. Torn between saving Summer and freeing himself, Nash has to choose what matters most: their love, or his freedom.




Author's note: This is the last episode I have planned for The Cain Chronicles, and a little bit of a treat for Abel fans. I hope you all enjoy him in this one as much as I do...heh. :D It's 20,000 words long - same length as Red Rose Moon. Happy reading!

Rylie Gresham's world is ending, and this time, it has nothing to do with silver bullets... and everything to do with an impromptu visit from her mother.

Jessica has no idea her daughter is an Alpha werewolf in charge of the last surviving pack. Rylie is determined to keep her from learning the truth. But between her mate's stubbornness, airport security, and nosy family members, Rylie is soon to learn that being the Alpha doesn't necessarily mean that she's the one in control...







Breaking Elle by Antionette Candela release day blitz



SYNOPSIS

Life has a way of making things happen.

For years Elle Bennett has taken baby steps when it came to love and relationships. At twenty two she’s managed to put her life together even after experiencing enough heartache and broken promises to last a lifetime. Struggling with her emotions she has been able to find Cane Roberts, her boyfriend of two years, to overcome the pain of her past.

Tyler Hayes, her best friend of fourteen years knows the hands off rule with Elle but he’s stubborn and not afraid to tell her how he really feels. Not able to stand in the background he crosses the line that Elle drew in the sand years ago.

Reed Austin, the sexy, bad boy from Texas never expected anything when he moved to Boston. Hoping that the distance would help him escape the trouble of his previous life, to make a new start with no strings, no complications but, he never expected Elle.

For Elle, Reed invokes feelings and emotions that she’s never experienced before. She knows he’s trouble but she gravitates to him and connects with him in ways she’s never felt before. Reed, can’t figure out what it is about Elle but he knows he needs her, he knows there is something there he wants that she can give him. Will he have his chance?

Trying to avoid dragging each other into their chaotic and haunting pasts, Elle and Reed seek to protect each other by hiding and withholding their painful histories. Will Elle trust again? Will the attraction be enough to keep them together or will their secrets break them apart?






Antoinette Candela
 


I'm a dreamer...imaginative..usually with my head in the clouds... I just love to write. Writing allows me to to escape to a world of my own creation just for a little while...to feel passion, hate , love, fear through my characters... Writing and publishing a book has been a dream of mine for a very long time... 





















Stacking the Shelves #53


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, that features books I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week. 

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This was a big week for me. I went on a book buying binge for sure. So many great authors have books out right now, I just couldn't resist. I'm on a paranormal romance kick. Deadly Crush, Denial and Challenged look great and I love the authors. I already read Promised and it was fantastic!

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? What did you stack your shelves with this week?