Thursday, March 28, 2013

Midnight Moon by Marilee Brothers

Title: Midnight Moon
Author:  Marilee Brothers
Series:  Unbidden Magic #5
Published:  December 14th 2012 by Bell Bridge Books
Page Count:  242
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Book Blurb:

The Trimarks are planning an invasion. And the only thing standing in their way is Allie and the moonstone . All Allie wants is a normal life - friends, boys, school dances. Right. Like that's going to happen.

In two weeks, during the summer solstice, Allie's going to face the biggest challenge of her life, fighting against time to save the world from a Trimark invasion. You'd think the world of weird might leave her alone to plan how she's going to survive. But nothing in Allie's world is simple or easy, especially when she's attacked by Trimarks trying to steal the moonstone. Then Sammie disappears into the faery world of Boundless, and Allie must follow and bring her home, only to find the fairy queen, Luminata, isn't about to let Allie leave. So, what's a girl with magical powers supposed to do?

Fortunately, she has a team to help her, a team with special talents of their own.

My Review:

Brothers has mastered the art of writing a series. I love that she puts just enough background info into the beginning of the novel to jump start your memory as to what happened last time, but doesn’t piddle around repeating details that you already know. She also picks up the storyline that she began but never repeats the same events twice. The characters stay the same throughout, only growing as they age or encounter various trials and hardships. Everything flows from the beginning of the first novel to the very end of the last, but she doesn’t rely on cliff-hangers to keep her readers coming back. Her phenomenal storytelling and immaculate writing does that all on its own.

Brothers has a very straightforward and approachable writing style that carries the readers easily through this novel. This story almost made me cry, and definitely made me laugh. Brothers never fails to bring the humour of real life into her work. Her phenomenal descriptions build multiple worlds with ease and clarity. I also appreciate the fact that she changes her writing style in minute ways between these worlds. It makes it very easy to differentiate between these worlds and to picture them clearly. I also must give Brothers kudos for having created an entire mythology upon which to base her story. She does pull parts from different places, but as a whole this mythology is unique and nearly flawless.

I absolutely love the characters in this series. By the end of this novel I felt like these were people that I was friends with in school. I can’t believe how real to life Brothers made these supernaturals seem. Each character was consistent with themselves, with the role that they had to play in the series, and with their age. I really appreciate the fact that the teens in this series didn’t get married, engaged, or vow to stay together for eternity. They realise that they’ve still got the rest of college and high school to go and that life with change a great deal throughout those times.

Now, I do have to say that I really didn’t expect the twisty, turney, topsey turvey racetrack of a trip that we took here but it was phenomenal just the same. It was the perfect ending to this series, but I am very sad that I now have to let the characters go.

Author Bio:

A former teacher, coach and school counselor, Marilee lives in Washington State and writes full time. Her books include Castle Ladyslipper, a medieval romance, The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, winner of the 2010 Booksellers Best award for romantic suspense, Moonstone, Moon Rise, Moon Spun, Shadow Moon, and Midnight Moon. Marilee is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Connect with the Author online:

Twitter:  @marileeb

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