Moon Spun by Marilee Brothers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In this third book, we follow Allie back to her trailer, where she again discovers all sort of new things about herself, her life and her abilitiees with and without the moonstone.
She meets Ryker, a sometimes Hawk, sometimes hunk…and very fairy… and is -as she discovers that she has fae blood herself, through her grandmother- presumed his mate! Ryker has come to take her to fairyland, Boundless, to save her ailing grandmother and assume her rightful place by his side…
Yes you got it, and I warned: There is a lot about Allie to be discovered… and it’s all good!
With her two previous boyfriends out of town and living their own lifes Allie is left to spend time with Ryker, also ends up babysitting her school principal’s child (adopted) and finds out that not only she is fairy. So what better time than now to go with Ryker to Boundless…
This is the part where the book gets a bit different and I’m not sure I like it. The whole section in Boundless is part Narnia part Alice in Wonderland and although it plays in fairyland is a little too fairytale for me in a young adult novel. In a way though the author has done a great job making that world so different from the “real” one.
We enter a world of all sorts of fairies and then some, meet wererats and changelings and are drawn into whirlwind of action once more.
At the end this is the first book of the series that gives you a bit of time for a breather before starting on the next installment, but as we still need to know about the full extend of Allie’s abilities which she will definitely have to master if she is going to save the world (as that is her destiny), it is recommended to once again have the next book nearby.
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Moon Rise by Marilee Brothers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In the second book af the series Allie still has the moonstone, she managed to defy the Trimarks that were after it.
But not only are they going to show up in her life again, she also lost her just newly found abilities and is seriously questioning herself.
Enter a new boy (?) in town. During a school dance her friend Kizzy anounces, that this boy is a healer and can help her… she finds out soon enough and low and behold yet a few other things about herself. Did I mention yet there a lot to be discovered?
So beside the action itself, Allie is complex enough -without either her or the reader knowing the full extend of it yet- to make this another fast paced exciting read, at the and of which you need to have part #3 on hand to not be left hanging…
Moonstone by Marilee Brothers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In this first installment of the Unbidden Magic series the reader is introduced to Allie (Alfrieda named after her Greatgrandmother) in a most funny way. She is the heroine that grabs you right from the get go. Not only is she an underdog with a less than perfect life, she also starts off as a slightly clutzy girl and you just have to love the way she meets her fate in the first few pages of the book (it involves a barb wire fence, a bull and his excrements…).
This novel is all about Allie discovering what she is, finding out things about herself she didn’t know; and there are a lot of things, it seems to be a mantra throughout these books, as if the first 16 years of her life left her very incomplete.
With the help of her friend Kizzy, an elderly woman, often thought to be a witch, but really a roma gypsy, who is like a part time aunt to her whenever her Mom cannot take care of her (which seems to be frequently), Allie discovers abilities she has awakened through the event in the beginning of the book. She has a star shaped mark on her hand that marks her as a star seeker, whatever that may entail for her she has yet to find out…
On top of this Kizzy gives her the Moonstone as it appears there is a prophecy that says that Allie is supposed to have it.
From now on things happen that Allie has no control over. She is followed by opposing Trimarks, discovers her father, who wasn’t in the picture for all her live and some things about him, just to be drawn deeply in when said Trimarks kidnap her mother to lure the Moonstone- that they are after- to them…
Through it all she has the help of a few faithful friends, Mercedes, Manny and her almost boyfriend Junior and her yet to be fully exploited abilities…this book only scratches the surface and leaves you wanting more the moment you reach the end, so on to part #2…
White Witch by Trish Milburn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
White Witch by Trish Melburn is a captivating story of a young witch, Jax, who has left her coven of black witches, that has a long time ago sworn revenge on the humans that burned them, to start a new life.
She comes to a small town, unawares that it’s a hotbed of paranormal activity due to a spring of witch force seeping… she only wants a normal life, finds her best friend, Tina; a love interest who maybe shouldn’t be (due to the fact that he’s hunting “her Kind”), Keller; and a nemesis (other than her controlling family that is bound to catch her back, as no one leaves the coven unpunished), Stacey; and is shortly joined by a fellow deserter witch, Egan.
Sounds very fast paced? It is indeed! Sometimes so much so, especially towards the end, as if the author couldn’t wait to finish the book asap. Maybe more needn’t be told, but the writing still seems in places rushed, almost incomplete…
The ending is unexpected; as a lot of YA stories deliver the anticipated Happy Ending this one delivers something else and despite or maybe because of the rush one is left hoping for a second part to the story. And isn’t that a good sign?!
I love the characters, the take on witches and the story line enough too recommend it. The language and the way it is so appropriate and up to date for YA’s makes it highly recommendable.
Thanks to NetGalley for a preview of this book, will be published March 2012.