Sunday, February 24, 2013

Black Moon by Jessica McQuay Blog Tour Stop and Review

Book Summary:

"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?

Publication Date: October 2012

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About the Author:

There were only three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words.

Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, goldfish named Sparkle and her cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band or dancing like there is no tomorrow at Zumba.

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My Review:

Black Moon was probably one of the more unique books I’ve read lately. It was very surprising in many ways and I found the world building to be exceptionally well done.

I loved the world building in Black Moon. The author has a talent for creating descriptions that draw you into her world. This was especially the case when Paige discovers she’s part Fae and her mother takes her to her native land of Varulean. The vivid colors and beauty of the land was apparent and I liked that the author took her time to immerse readers in this new world.

Paige was a complex character. I thought her reactions to the news of her heritage were realistic and her voice sounded like a teenager. She was immature and lashed out at the wrong people at times, but I think she grew a lot over the course of the novel.

I kept waiting for the arrival for a hot boy love interest and I was certainly caught off guard by Paige’s flirtation with a beautiful female warrior by the name of Naialah. The ambiguous sexuality of Paige was a risk, but I think the author pulled it off well. Paige’s feelings for Naialah are never fully fleshed out, but I suspect that will take place in the sequels.

A few plot holes needed to be worked out, but I also don’t know if these issues are going to be addressed in future books. I didn’t fully understand the “aha” moment that Paige had in regards to Paige’s father and the werewolves. I thought a little more evidence was needed to prove Paige’s theory. Also, Paige’s mother’s return to Varulean seemed to go too easy and I expected more conflict since she was banished.

The ending was very suspenseful and had a few surprises. The villain of the story was three-dimensional and I found her just as interesting as the rest of the characters.

Overall, the book was enjoyable and kept my curiosity spiked. I liked the author’s willingness to take risks and introduce a f/f relationship in a YA book. Readers will be eager to read the next book, especially after the explosive conclusion.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a copy of this book for review through CBL Book Tours   


  1. Thank you so very much for hosting me, Heather! I truly appreciate it! And your review, wow. I'm so excited and honored that you enjoyed it. I can't thank you enough for deciding to do a read and review along with hosting a stop. <3

  2. Sounds awesome! Great review, Heather! I love fairy tale based books. Off to snag a sample. WRITE ON!

  3. I like the premise of supernatural awakening and glad to hear that it is unique in the execution!
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog