Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Library - YA Paranormal Review "Moonlit" by Jadie Jones

Title:  Moonlit
Author: Jadie Jones
Publisher:  WiDo Publishing
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format:  Kindle 559 kb  |  Paperback 310 pages

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Author's Goodreads Profile:  Jadie Jones

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that cannot be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.

But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
My Thoughts...
I ended up really enjoying this book.  It did take me a little bit to really get into it, but once I did I read through it really quickly.  I had this really heavy feeling of foreboding throughout a lot of the book for some reason.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, it definitely built a lot of tension for me.

The world that Ms. Jones built for this story is unlike any I have read before.  I think it has tremendous potential for sure, there are times that it is confusing though.  There is a lot of suspense all through the story and a lot of that is due to the fact that while the story is rolling right along nicely, for most of the book it's still not really completely clear what is happening.  It's one of those stories that's nearly impossible to review because to talk much about the plot will spoil something somewhere!  I think that I will have to leave the plot for now and just talk generally about the book itself.

I think that I was just a little lost with the paranormal part of the story.  While I think it's original I think that it needed to be set up better and more clearly.  I think that what happened is that in the effort to keep the suspense going the whole paranormal aspect is revealed in little bits and pieces and you have to fit all those bits together to form a whole picture.  I know that I am making it seem like the book is overly confusing and it's really not!  It's more that she only reveals the true nature of what's happening a little bit at a time so you don't get a real sense of the story as a whole until it's very late in the book.  By then, the book is over and the story isn't done.  I think that since this is the first book in what I assume will be a trilogy, then this is just set up and that's good.  That means that the next book will be better since we have a better sense of what the story is about.

I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed Tanzy and especially Lucas.  I am looking forward to seeing what will happen with them in the next installment.  I hope that this review didn't confuse you too much, there are times that it's really hard to properly review a book because of plot spoiler stuff.  This is definitely one of those times.  I will just say that if you like unique paranormal stories you will probably enjoy this book.  If you like horses then you will also.  I did enjoy it despite my issues with being somewhat confused at times!  I will also keep reading the series for sure.  This is a YA book so other than some kissing scenes there were no other content warnings to give.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.*

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