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Blood Moon (Moonlight trilogy, book 1)

by Teri Harman

Rated: Mild

Willa has been able to see ghosts for as long as she can remember, though her parents haven’t been eager to talk about it. So she’s kept quiet about her strange abilities and kept to herself in a lot of ways. She has a best friend at the library where she works; of course, that best friend is a ghost. When she meets a real, living guy at the diner where she also works and they instantly have a connection, it’s a strange, though wonderful, experience indeed. But Simon has his own abilities, as it turns out.

Thanks to their gifts, when the two rescue a woman trapped in a basement, they end up right in the middle of a magical battle between good and evil witches. As much as they’d like to run away and get back to their simple, quieter lives, Willa and Simon just get more involved in the fight to defeat the powerful and truly terrifying Dark witch Archard.

Blood Moon is a story of newly discovered magic and the battle of good versus evil, with a touch of romance and plenty of nail-biting action that continues to accelerate until the very end. The pacing of the action is the book’s strong point; it moves along well and comes together nicely. My only complaint was that because of how Willa and Simon meet at the very beginning and feel an instant, “easy” and destined love connection, it takes away some of the fun of the romance; the best part of having characters fall in love is getting to know them first and watching them realize they care about each other. But for those who are looking for a great story about witches and who enjoy action and magic, the book should satisfy nicely.

Rated: Mild. Language: there are just a few occurrences of mild language. Sexual content: there are a few instances of kissing but no information about the characters doing anything more, except that they do end up sleeping in the same bed at one point. The book does have more than a few scenes of intensity and violence, with magical fights and deaths, as well as some gory, bloody injuries.

Note: Teri Harman is one of Rated Reads’ own reviewers. We congratulate her on publishing her first book. Cathy Lim received a copy of this book ahead of time to review and has done all she can to provide an unbiased and honest opinion of the book.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Blood Moon (Moonlight trilogy, book 1)
  • by Teri Harman
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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