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  GOODREADS // AMAZON // BOOK DEPOSITORY Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch. This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer, The town that wants them to burn, And the witch

Review: Scarlet Moon by S.D.Grimm

Scarlet Moon by S.D. Grimm

( I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

The hunted Feravolk are counting on Jayden, a seventeen-year-old, dagger-wielding, storm-detecting orphan, to save their race. Maybe they should have thought of that before they killed her family.

The land of Soleden is dying because the sorceress queen hunts and kills the people who cared for all nature, the Feravolk. Through their special bond with animals, the Feravolk have become more than men. Faster, stronger, masters of camouflage and stealth. Only a Deliverer born the night of the Blood Moon can save them from extinction.

According to prophecy, Jayden is a Deliverer, but it’s not a destiny she wants. She has no sympathy for either side. The Feravolk killed her family, so they can die for all she cares. And fighting the queen with nothing but daggers and her special abilities—storm predicting—is a suicide mission. Destiny can pick someone else.

Except hiding from destiny proves difficult; Deliverers attract powerful Protectors. Jayden’s is one of the Feravolk, so he can’t be trusted. But he makes her feel safe. Makes her want to save his race. If she chooses to keep hiding, he’ll remain one of the hunted, but he’ll protect her even if it means his death if she faces the queen. Making the right choice has never been so excruciating, especially since the prophecy says nothing about the Deliverer’s success, or survival.

The readers are introduced to the main character Jayden first. I liked her right from the start and grew to understand her better as the story progressed. She is a likable main character with her own strengths and weaknesses.

As the story progresses, we are introduced to a whole lot of main characters, Ryan, Ethan, Logan and Anna among others. I liked all the boys. They all had that chivalrous, rebellious and protective streak in them that bode well for the story.

I like it when books give me likable minor characters too. This book did that. Characters like Kinsey, Wren and Chloe add a nice three dimensional character to the story. I also like it when there is more than a single villain in the book. A single villain or a single problem makes things predictable. This novel shows that evil could be everywhere and in life you don't just face a single enemy.

I liked the plot. True it contained a fair share of tropes but they played themselves out in an impressive manner. I liked how the many subplots come together into a single huge plot. As the story starts out, the readers have many questions which are answered by the end but sure enough, a number of other questions have popped up by then. The author knows how to create suspense and thrill in the story. Also, THE END? OK now i can't wait to know what happens next.

The writing was pretty much beautiful. The only complaint I have is of the third person view jumping to different characters throughout the story. It distracts the imagery and derails the scenes that form in my head as I read. But after a while I got used to it and it distracted me no more.

- The characters
- The plot
- The ending (A small cliffhanger but not the kind that makes you wanna pull out your hair. This is the nice kind)

- The constantly shifting third point of view

Go ahead and read the book. This is for the true fantasy readers who like an entirely different world and setting. I quite like the old time fantasy setting of the world in Scarlet Moon. Eagerly waiting to know what happens next!

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  1. This one definitely sounds like it is right up my alley but I haven't heard of it at all until now. I'm really glad you enjoyed it and that there are so many things to like but I'm not sure I would like the POVs changing so much or the use of so many YA tropes. I won't be grabbing this one off NetGalley because I'm not supposed to get anything else to review right now! But at least if I do see it around again I will know more about it. :)

    1. Haha! I have a whole lot of books I need to review too! I did have a slight trouble with the changing POVs but the plot kept me going! And somehow the YA tropes didn't feel too much like YA tropes..probably because of the old fantasy setting. Yeah it's a pretty decent read :)

  2. Hmm, this does sound interesting and I love the cover. I found your review through the Top Ten list you posted today. Nice review and I might just give this one a try.

    1. i'm glad you checked it out :) :) Thank you! Yes despite it's small flaws the book turned out to be quite good!


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