Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Shadow Moon by Marilee Brothers

Title: Shadow Moon
Author:  Marilee Brothers
Series:  Unbidden Magic #4
Published:  November 2011
Page Count:  230
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Allie Emerson is hoping for a few quiet months to catch her breath after a summer that included the discovery she is not only a twin and of faery blood, but also destined to play a pivotal role in faery world. School has barely begun when Allie must kiss her hope of a normal year goodbye.

She can't escape her unfinished business with the fae, the Trimarks, or Junior Alvarez, who is making it clear he plans to win her back. Signs, portents and whispers are pushing Allie to "find the girl" before it's too late. Hoping her twin can help her solve the riddle of their destiny, Allie uncovers old secrets and begins a cross-country journey that puts her in more danger than ever before. If she succeeds, she may just find the answers that can save everyone she loves.

My Review:

I don’t know how Brothers keeps coming up with so many new ideas to put in her books. She never reuses ideas from one book in the series to the next. That said, all of the books flow into one another very nicely and all of the characters and settings stay remarkably consistent.

Brothers’ impeccable writing is out in full force again with this step in the saga. She works her immaculate descriptions throughout everything in the novel. Each and every section of the novel has descriptions and background written right into it. This aids the storyline and world building rather than slowing it down. Everything is vividly real. I also enjoy the increased suspense in this novel, as opposed to its predecessors. Some parts of this novel are comically suspenseful. It’s great.

The characters continue to grow and become more real and developed throughout this novel. I appreciate that the character development is spread out among the characters in the novel, not just based on the main character. I really enjoy seeing the main characters thoughts in comparison to what she actually says and does. It’s very unique in a book, but true to real life. Brothers also introduces some new characters in this installment. They are very unique and well developed characters, but fit very well into the story, further enriching it.

I loved this installment in the Unbidden Magic series. I think that it’s my favorite so far and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up. But I think I’m going to miss the world’s best guardian angel in the final installment of the series.

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