Saturday, December 21, 2013

Half Moon by Jordan Deen

Half Moon:
Faced with death, Lacey Quinn ran away from the only family she’d ever known.

That... was just the beginning.

As the decision she’s made sinks in, Lacey struggles to fit in with the pack and find the key to bonding with her werewolf soul mate, Brandon. But, lies can only be concealed for so long.

Adjusting to a powerful new best friend, a twelve-year-old roommate with a nauseating Barbie fetish, and a lost love that won’t stop haunting her dreams, she knows she has no hope of having a normal future—ever again.

After a long talk with the dead mother she never knew, and an almost deal-breaking night out with Brandon, Lacey starts spiraling into the underworld—a place where all things are possible and everyone is out to kill her.

With mysterious legends of witches and sorcery marring her past and clouding her future, she quickly learns—werewolves aren’t the only ones lurking in the woods...waiting to claim her powers for their own.

The Mares? Well, they are the least of her worries.

Jordan Deen’s new addition to her werewolf trilogy is filled with action, mystery and magic. I admit in the beginning there were a few dull moments while I waited for things to get moving, but once they did it was fast paced and kept me turning pages. The story begins with Lacey in a very emotionally dark place, taken away from the only home she has ever known and thrust into a world she knows nothing about. There is so much secrecy surrounding Lacey and her family’s’ past, and as secrets were revealed I was even more intrigued by Jordan’s characters. The packs’ efforts to have her bond with Brandon seem to hinder them rather than help; by separating Lacey and Brandon they felt this would benefit them both. But on the rare occasions they were able to steal some time alone, the bond would spark again only to be ripped away by Brandon’s constant absence. There is something hidden in the background that is keeping Lacey’s heart and mind confused about her past feelings for Alex and her need and love for Brandon. Alex found a way to talk to Lacey in her dreams, causing an even larger rift between her and Brandon, and although those moments were sweet, I wanted Alex to just leave Lacey alone. My heart broke every time some of the older members of Brandon’s pack were cruel to Lacey. While there were some who only wanted to help, like Brea her childhood friend from before she was kidnapped, but there were others who couldn’t see past the fact that she was raised as a human with no knowledge of their werewolf history. Lacey has an inner strength that truly comes into play as she fights to stay with Brandon—to learn the truth about her real parents and what it truly means to be a member of the Amana pack.

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