Review: Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory

Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory

(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Thea Lavelle has a lot to juggle: a teaching career that is ramping up, keeping tabs on her globetrotting family and fine tuning her craft.

Thea is a hereditary witch whose gift came late. She’s still learning exactly what her wayward magic can do, but on meeting Marc, her best friend’s brother, she soon discovers her magic has some firm ideas about it wants.

The fates have been pushing Marc back home, to the bay of his teenage years. He knows that grief and guilt have left him burnt out, and that his family’s particular skill with healing is the best place for him.

He’d left home not knowing what he was searching for. Could it be that she’d been in Langston Bay all along?

Thunder Moon is the first novella in a trilogy of love, family and age-old magic.

When the book started I thought the entire book was going to center around Marc but then I learnt Thea was the main character ( Third person with the PoV of Thea). All the characters in the book seem like normal people except they have magical powers. I liked Thea and Marc definitely is drool worthy but I'd have liked to see a more detailed character development. I suppose there isn't much time to build up the characters slowly as this is a novella but the lack of development in the characters unsettled me a bit.

Ok let's get something straight. I went into this novel expecting a magical story and this book did not deliver that. I would describe this book as adult fiction with a little magic in the background. There is also insta-love and some hot and heavy romance. I was intrigued by the magic part but was disappointed to see so less of it. I think I might have enjoyed the book had it not been for my expectations. The book ends happily but there are a couple of questions (Why a certain character doesn't like another character and such) for which I believe we'll find the answers in the next book.

The writing was quite beautiful. I love how beautifully the author describes the coastal setting. Except for a couple of editing errors, the writing was quite smooth and captivating.

- The writing
- The setting

- The lack of magic the blurb promises
- Lack of character development


I think I might to see what happens but it isn't high up on my TBR.

It's a good read if you like adult fiction with a sprinkle of magic (and quite a bit of hot romance)

My rating: 3 of 5 

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