Friday, September 27, 2013

Secrets of the Moon by Kristy Centeno


Title:  Secrets of the Moon
Author:  Kristy Centeno
Published:  July 7th 2013 by Inkspell Publishing (first published July 1st 2013)
Page Count:  418
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Book Blurb:

Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.

Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he doesn’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.

Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who's as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?

Exerpt:

After several numbers, Kyran led me back to our table and offered to bring me a bottle of water. As he walked away, I couldn’t help but stare at his tall form. Kyran was stunning. I never got tired of complimenting him, even if I never actually said it aloud. As he made his way toward the counter, women turned to ogle him. Women with dates still stopped to stare at him, much to the disapproval of the men standing beside them. For a fleeting moment, I couldn’t help but feel pleased having him as my date. He was quite possibly the most handsome guy in the entire café.

As I continued to wait for Kyran to return, I fanned my face with one hand, trying to cool myself down. It was incredibly hot inside the crowded room and I was beginning to sweat. I’d danced so much I had become tired and my feet started hurting. Oddly enough, Kyran hadn’t so much as broken a sweat.

The band began to play their last song for the night when I felt Kyran lightly touch my arm. I looked up to see him offering me an ice-cold bottle of water. Relieved, I took the bottle and opened it. The water felt good as it traveled down my throat, and I nearly swallowed half the bottle in one gulp. Embarrassed, I glanced over at Kyran. He didn’t appear to notice, since he was watching the band. He sat so close I could feel the warmth emanating from his body.

Wasn’t he hot? He was wearing a jacket and I wasn’t. I was hot and sweaty, but he wasn’t. Not only were Kyran’s mood swings completely unpredictable but so, apparently, were the sudden changes in his body temperature. It all seemed so strange to me, but I kept all comments and questions to myself.

Kyran’s gaze turned from the band back to me and I smiled as he glanced my way. My heart leapt inside my chest when he removed a stray lock of hair from my face and tucked it behind my ear. His hand caressed my cheek, leaving an imprint wherever it touched. I leaned against his hand as it moved up and down my face, drowning in the feel of it. The music was still going, the room was still dark, but none of that mattered as Kyran and I felt like the only two people in the otherwise filled café. When Kyran leaned forward and pressed his lips to mine, I felt a sudden bolt of energy run right through me. It was the most unbelievably pleasant experience I’d ever had by far. His lips sought mine and I returned the caress. My ears became deaf to anything but the loud pounding of my heart.

Kyran’s hand shifted from my cheek to the back of my head, bringing my face closer to his, and therefore having a better angle to kiss me. I didn’t resist; if anything I returned his kiss with as much hunger as he was kissing me. I found myself bunching my fists in his shirt and bringing him down toward me. It was a sweet and passionate kiss, far better than I had imagined. My body buzzed all over and my hands itched to touch and explore him. The kiss ended abruptly when we heard the music die down and many people started to cheer for the amazing band. Embarrassingly, up to that point I hadn’t even bothered to ask what the band’s name was. Self-consciously, we glanced around to see if anyone had noticed our brief lapse, but apparently no one had. Not a single person was paying any attention to us.

My Review:

My first and last thoughts on this novel? More please! Like, now.

This intriguing story definitely had a hard hitting back-story. It was fully developed and really made you stop and think. It also shaped the lives of many of the characters, giving you insight into who they were as apposed to who they are now. Centeno’s intensely visual descriptions paint a picture for her readers. This meshes with the very natural flow of the story to create an aura of both completeness and intensity that pulls you forwards and further into this well created world. There were some very unique concepts presented in this novel that seemed completely normal and everyday as they were extremely clearly laid out, while keeping the reader entrenched in the storyline itself. Honestly, my biggest (and only) issue with this novel was the fact that I questioned who in the world would buy a 12 year old a stallion, but hey, I’m sure it happens.

The characters in this novel were also very well put together. There was a definite line between the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’, allowing the readers to differentiate between the two sides of the story. That said, the characters were not so easily divided. As you get to know more about them not only are you able to relate to many of them, but their personalities and backgrounds also help to further the storyline. The varied personalities and backgrounds of the characters are extremely diverse, yet add a sense of community to the story. Also, I absolutely loved the main characters. They were both fighting with some serious issues and histories yet they were able to be themselves while they were attempting to accept who they were. It was rather awe inspiring.

As a whole, this novel can be summed up with 1 phrase, ‘Holy Hell Hannah, what a rush!’ I couldn’t put this novel down from the beginning to the very end, where I reluctantly had to part ways with these lovely characters. I definitely want to read more from this intriguingly inspiring author, both in this series and of her writing as a whole.

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About the Author:

As a child, she used to lose herself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that she’s all grown up, Kristy gets to create her own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.

She’s always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options, she realized that writing was what she loved the most so when she found herself with some free time on her hands, she decided to pursue her passion. As it turned out, her very active imagination helped her achieve her goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another.

As she keeps moving along in achieving her dreams of becoming a published author, she divides her time in between her four children and her very understanding husband.

Website: http://www.kristycenteno.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KristyCenteno
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Blog: http://booksbycenteno.com
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