Book Tour: Secrets of the Moon by Kristy Centeno
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?
I thought this book was very interesting to read, and I think Centeno has huge potential as an author, though I’d like to see her develop her skills a bit more. I read through this book very quickly because I genuinely enjoyed reading it. The concept of the werewolves in this story was fairly unique and well-described—I could tell that Centeno had a very clear vision of what her weres were like, and that’s a good sign. I’m intrigued to learn more about Marjorie—I don’t feel that I really understand at all what makes her so special (can’t go into details without spoilers), and I found that I really wanted to know while I was reading.
I hope this continues with a second book, mostly because there are some clear developments yet to be resolved—it certainly ended with a bit of a teaser for a second book. I’m curious to watch more of the love triangle to play out, though I’ll be honest that it was probably my least favorite part of this book—love triangles have a tendency to get on my nerves unless there’s a good reason for them. I get the impression that there was a particular reason for this one, but we haven’t really learned enough yet.
However, my reviews tend to focus on the writing, and the skill of Centeno’s writing was a little lower than what I’d like to see to be able to give a particularly high rating. To me, Centeno’s writing style read like someone with a natural ability to write but somewhat limited experience with it. Some of Marjorie’s thoughts were abrupt and felt a little forced. Several of the conversations read more like trying to convey information to the reader than like natural conversations. From my personal experience with writing, it takes a lot of time (more so than a lot of words) to get beyond that stage, and I think Centeno just needs some more experience. There was one mis-spelling that I caught (which honestly isn’t bad, but I’ll admit to be confused for a second as to why someone was in the mists instead of in the midst of something—after all, “words: they mean things”). All in all, I’d like to read more of Centeno’s work, and I particularly want to see her develop as a writer in the process.
I also liked the characters and setting for the most part. They were good characters, though I thought they could have been stronger—this relates to my other comment about the dialog feeling more like information than conversation. The characters each had a unique voice, but didn’t feel quite as alive as I’d have liked. Sometimes I felt like they were a little younger than they were supposed to be, but I’m not sure how much of that was their voices/reactions and how much of that was the setting—the rural town was a great setting for this book, but I felt like they were going to high school and not a community college. I acknowledge that most community colleges are different from each other by nature, since they tend to be built up by the needs of the community that they are supporting, but I kept having to remind myself that this wasn’t public high school whenever there was a comment about paying for classes or something related to college.
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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.
Posted on September 25, 2013, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Young Adult and tagged book reviews, books, kristy centeno, romance, secrets of the moon, urban fantasy, werewolves, YA, young adult. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.