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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review: Moonless by Crystal Collier

Moonless by Crystal Collier (Maiden of Time #1)
Genre: Young Adult (Mystery/Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: November 13, 2013
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing

MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night. 

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Moonless is the debut novel and first in the Maiden of Time series by Crystal Collier. This book brings all kinds of originality to the paranormal fiction genre. The author has pretty much created her own supernatural creatures, and I want to know more about them. I was confused from time to time through the story, and I have sooo many "Why? and "What?" questions. I hope these questions are answered in the sequel. There was a lot to absorb, and I'm worried I may have missed something. At the same time, I think there is a lot of information we purposely haven't been given yet. I enjoyed Alexia's character quite a bit. I don't really understand why she suddenly turned beautiful. Was that part of her new powers developing. Why would she have been ugly to begin with? I didn't like her father at all. I don't see anything redeeming about him as a person. All the other characters were memorable. There is so much mystery around Kiren. I have many questions about him.  Bellezza? I would be more scared of her then than the Soulless if I were Alexia. Miles was my favorite. He's a little underdog. I want to see him happy. I hope to learn more about him in upcoming books. Even with all my lingering questions, this book has me intrigued. Moonless is entirely unique and chilling, and I want to know so much more!!

Moonless by Crystal Collier was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

A body dangled from the rafters, several inches above the dirt floor.
Alexia’s scream froze in her throat.

Soft honeydew tresses spilled loosely over thin shoulders, the child’s eyes heavily-lashed and downturned. Her cheeks were blotched, wide, and white, contrasting with vibrant crimson lips. Scarlet skirts hung about the girl, like the bleeding petals of a rose, still as death.

Alexia swallowed. A child. She couldn’t be more than thirteen. Great wide irons looped her wrists, cutting wicked lines in the little one’s skin.

It wasn’t right. Disgust bubbled through her chest. She covered her mouth and hurried down the steps, anxious to rescue the body, or at least lay it to rest.

The girl’s eyes turned up. Brown, chocolate, swirling.

Alexia tumbled back. She thunked into the stairs and landed on her rump. Hard. She sucked in a breath. The little face watched her, expressionless, innocent, beautiful. Her stomach twisted. No one should be that perfect—not even in death.

Check out my reviews of other books in this series!

Crystal Collier, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

To learn more about Crystal Collier and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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