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Sunday, 21 December 2014

REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Lunar Passing by Rachel Deagan

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Book Title: Lunar Passing (Book 2 of the Caged Moon Series) by Rachel Deagan

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

As if in slow motion, the world spun. The front fender of the truck slammed into us from behind, and everything lurched forward. Bags, arms, clothes, sailed by my head. The muffled sound of screams were lost somewhere in a tumultuous roar as the van hit a pothole, and we began to roll. Cold metal crushed in on me, and the splintering sound of gunshots echoed in my ears…

Several months had passed since the murders in the old farmhouse and secrets had been revealed. Too bad a cover up in this day and age, hadn’t been exactly so easy.

4 out of 5 (very good)

I received this book from YA Reads in return for a fair and honest review.

This book continues with Charlotte's story several months down the line. Aaron is now with the Pack, as is Ty and although Ty is accepted, Aaron is still mistrusted. Liam and Charlotte act differently to how they do in Caged Moon but then I guess running for your life will do that. I found it a shame though because their connection didn't seem as strong as in the first book. Liam is having mood swings to make you dizzy and Charlotte seems, if anything, more uncomfortable with who or what she is than she did in the first book. You still don't hear much about the other members of the pack, apart from Steve, so you don't really feel any connection with them.

The explanation given about the wolves/hunters was a good one and it was good to see it play out. There is almost constant tension and stress in this book so it moves along at a fairly fast pace. The whole Aaron-Charlotte-Liam triangle seemed a bit convenient to me and I actually felt like it let the book down slightly. I did love the twists that came towards the end though and read that part all in one go - there was no way I was going to finish it later; I needed to finish it now! If there was something missing from the story, it would be that I never felt like anything was resolved between Liam and Charlotte or Byron and Ty. It's like that part of the story got dropped and was never picked back up again.

On the whole, I have really enjoyed this duo - both Caged Moon and Lunar Passing. I'm not sure if there is another book in this series although the ending is left wide open for one. If there is, I will read it to see what happens next.

Rachel Deagan
About the Author:

Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the ‘dreamy’ one with her head in the clouds, but it has all been worth it. Rachel, now, is YA Author of both The Caged Moon Series, and The Prophecy.

Twitter: @racheldeagan

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Book Excerpt:

“What are you doing here?” Aaron asked, standing in the doorway at the side of the room marked Staff Only. I hadn’t heard the main door open behind me, nor had I felt the cold draft of air that would have been pulled in with him. So he was already here, before me. The thought sent goose bumps down my spine. “Liam said for everyone to stay put, so we wouldn’t be seen.”
“I should be asking you the same thing,” I said, trying to front an air of self-confident bravery. “Why are you here then?”
A devious smile rose across his lips. “I don’t take orders from my brother. Apparently, you don’t either. I admire that.”
My stomach felt sick. How could he think that I would ever be on his side about anything, especially in defiance of Liam? “He loves you,” I blurted out, trying to refrain from shaking. I was so upset. “How dare you.”
“Oh, please. Don’t go getting your panties all in a bunch. You really need to learn how to relax.” He shook his head, and closed the staff door behind him. “I was teasing, Charlotte, but that aside, what are you doing out here?”
My wolf wanted to claw and scratch him. He had some nerve. “I don’t need to be telling you anything,” I said, slipping the envelope into my pocket while he closed the staff door behind him.
“Well, good then.” He smiled in a way that made me want to growl. “Then I don’t have to tell you, what I’m doing either.” He winked, moving past me to the main door leading to the curb outside. “We have a truce.”
“Wait,” I said, and he paused, lifting a brow. “What are you talking about? Why were you in the office? That’s staff only.”
“Now, come on, Charlotte. I thought we had a deal.”
“I never agreed to anything, and you don’t exactly have a great track record. Did you do something to the guy who works here? Where is he?”
Aaron shrugged, extending his arms with mocked innocence.
I sighed. “Fine, I was going to mail a letter to my parents to tell them I was okay. I didn’t want them to worry.”
“Thank you,” he said with a smile. “That’s all I wanted to know.” He turned back to the door, swinging it wide. The cool air nipped at my skin, making me shiver.
“Hey,” I said, stomping up to him, “that’s not fair. I told you what I was doing. Now you have to.”
“Why?” he asked with a chuckle. “You really are fun to mess with though,” he teased with a grin. “The look on your face is great.”
God, I hated him. I tried to stay calm.
“Did you do something to the man who works here?” I demanded through my teeth, barely containing the coiling fury building inside me.
He licked his lip and then leaned in close to me, his breath tickling my ear. “I ate him.”

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