Saturday, October 30, 2010

Supernatural Saturday: Review of Full Moon

I may be promised to another...but thoughts of Rafe consume me. I don't know how much longer I can resist.
Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel—maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey's betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final—no turning back. She should be happy...so why can't she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?

When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?

[from Goodreads]
 
Rating:   2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Readers surfing the werewolf wave
High point:  The teasers for the next book
Low point:  Lindsay's indecisiveness
Reader maturity: 13+

If you remember, I gushed over Moonlight, the first in the Dark Guardian series. Though predictable and formulaic, something about the book was comfortable and refreshing.

Full Moon follows the same formula but fails to deliver the same sense of amazement and fantasy. It is, by no means, boring or terrible, but it lacks that special something.

Full Moon follows Lindsay, a Shifter, one who grew up expecting to shift and expecting to spend the rest of her life with her best friend, Connor. However, when a fellow Shifter returns, she realizes Connor may not be right for her after all. It's a classic love triangle, but instead of sympathizing with Lindsay, I wished she'd just make up her mind. I can understand indecision and confusion, but it seemed like she did a lot of things she knew weren't very kind behind her boyfriend's back. It's one thing to feel confused and another to act at someone else's expense. My imagination was also stretched to the limit by the patience of both guys in her life.

On the plus side, the characters introduced in the first novel, Kayla and Brittany and the boys, were included in a very smooth manner, showing up long enough to round out the story but allowing the spotlight to shine on Lindsay. Also, there were a ton of hints about the next book in the series, which I am really excited about. While Full Moon wasn't anything groundbreaking, it's a decent 2nd novel in this series. It may have lacked pizazz, but Dark of the Moon holds great promise if the teasers are anything to go by.

Title:  Full Moon
Author:  Rachel Hawthorne
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Year:   2009
Book Source:  Purchased

1 comment:

  1. I actually thought Full Moon was better than Moonlight, because I just couldn't take the way Moonlight's second half fell apart. I see what you're saying, though. It's badly padded out and misses some great opportunities for world-building.

    I'm currently reading Dark of the Moon (review on my site soon), and with that perspective I can see the problem with Full Moon- it's got Trilogy Syndrome, Phase 2. Most of the setup and world-building got done in the first book, and the big climax has to be put off until the third. So the series plot basically has to go into either a holding pattern or a digression. Hence, the main love story is beefed up and dragged out, which results in the annoying indecision on Lindsey's part.

    Dark of the Moon has much better pacing. In fact, it's the best of all three thus far. I don't think I'd classify the series itself as more than a guilty pleasure, though.

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