Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review by Jenn ~ Blue Moon by Pat Spence

Title: Blue Moon
Series: The Blue Crystal Trilogy Book #1
Author: Pat Spence
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Published: March 23rd 2014
Published by: Hashtag Books


Forget vampires,” he laughed dismissively.
Who wants to drink blood for eternity? What we have discovered is far more seductive and a great deal more dangerous…”

When 17-year old Emily Morgan meets beautiful but strange Theo de Lucis, there is an immediate attraction between them. But what is his secret? What ancient link ties him to Emily? And what is the significance of the Blue Moon Ball?

As Emily is drawn irrevocably into the glamorous and mysterious world of the de Lucis family, so she is forced to change every perception she has ever had about life, love, aging and death. The truth is terrifying and the consequences unthinkable…

A supernatural horror story, based on society’s obsession with aging and the desire for eternal youth, Blue Moon is the first book in the ‘Blue Crystal’ trilogy…

For all ‘Twilight’ fans who want a change from vampires, this is the book for you.” 

 ****4 ½- That was Nothing like I expected- Stars****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

It was as if everything that happened was somehow pre-ordained, and I was simply playing my part in a story that was meant to be, that had started many thousands of years ago….

Well, okay then- I don't even know where to start. This book completely floored me, took me by surprise, totally unexpected-not that I really knew what to expect, but it certainly wasn't anywhere near where I thought it was going to go. I LOVE THAT!! I love when an author so completely throws me off my game with an original and unique story. And the fact that this is her debut novel is incredible to me, really fantastic work. Now, this is listed as a YA novel and where the characters are concerned, it reads that way (mainly with Emily, Tash & Seth), their 'voices' and actions come across as very very young and slightly immature -which I get, their characters are only seventeen and haven't experienced enough to make them any other way. But beyond that, I can't really classify this YA. IMO it's great for any age, the story is brilliant, the plot completely engrossing and is something all manner of people can relate to. It taps into fears, concerns, and fantasies anyone of any age can lose themselves in. And you will.

Just thinking of the possibilities, I felt a sense of excitement building within me, tinged with trepidation and anxiety. It was a delicious pain that I didn’t want to stop. I felt drawn to him, like a moth to a flame, and although a little voice inside told me to be careful, that I could get very badly burned in the process, I chose to ignore it. The attraction between us was just too great and I felt as if every moment of my life had been leading to this point.

Emily Morgan knew the minute she laid eyes on Theo de Lucis that her life would never be the same. She instantly feels a connection to him that she just can't explain, like she is meant to be near him. She doesn't trust it and instinctively knows she should probably stay away from him, but she can't. She physically has to be near him and she seems to have the same effect on him. But the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes there is a lot more to Theo and his entire family than she could possibly understand. She desperately wants to uncover their secrets and figure out this connection she shares with Theo, but the more she digs the more confused she gets, having no idea the danger she's putting herself in. And on the night of the 'Blue Moon Ball' things take an unexpected turn she is not prepared for, is scarred of, makes her question everything she has ever believed in, and puts her at an even greater risk while facing a life changing decision that she has no clue how to approach. It's a race against time and time is the one thing Emily is severely running short on.

Something unspoken had just passed between us and I knew there was no going back. Every fibre of my being needed this boy. I had never felt this way before, and was never more sure of anything in my life. He smiled at me and I knew that as long as I was with Theo I would be safe. He would never let anything happen to me.

From start to finish this book had my attention in a death grip, refusing to let go. So many questions, so many surprises, so many threats, with tons of awesome characters-It. Was. Fantastic!! But I am left with one burning question after the way it ended- When does the next book come out?! Seriously?! This really was a fabulous debut by Author Pat Spence, if this is how she enters the literature world-I CANNOT wait to see where she takes me next.

Had I known the truth I would later discover, I would have stopped there and then. But sometimes the truth is beyond your wildest imagination, and so far removed from your own sphere of existence, it is impossible to comprehend. So I blundered on, setting in motion a course of events from which there would be no return.

 Pat Spence is a freelance writer and ex-magazine editor. She has worked as a copywriter in advertising agencies, a freelance trainer teaching personal development and a massage therapist/aromatherapist. She is married with a daughter, and has a degree in English Literature.

'Blue Moon' is her fictional debut, a supernatural love story about a strange family, with an ancient secret, who arrives in an English village to renovate an old manor house. When local girl, 17-year old Emily Morgan, falls for the glamorous and mysterious Theo, she is forced to change every perception she has ever had about life, love, aging and death.

This is the first book in the 'Blue Crystal' trilogy, which takes its inspiration from the Victorian classic 'She' by Rider Haggard, a story about eternal youth. In our current youth-obsessed society, the theme seems more appropriate than ever... 'True Blue' and 'Into the Blue' are to follow.