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Book Geek Wednesday: Night Shade by Lynne Ewing

After veering from my exploration of the Daughters of the Moon series, (DOTM as I will refer to it from here on in) last week, I thought it was time to get back on track. If you’re interested in the reviews we’ve had thus far, here is Book 1 and Book 2.

Book #3 is  Night Shade. This book centers around the third of the goddesses, Jimena. But she is not like any goddess you’ve ever known. The interesting thing about her as a protagonist is the type of life she’s lead. She’s not your average do-good heroine. In fact, her past is riddled with crime and violence. Jimena has tattoos. She was in a gang. And her boyfriend, Veto, was killed by a rival gang a year ago. Or so she thought. Because all of a sudden, Jimena swears she sees a ghost.

I loved that Ewing took this girl who came from the streets, from some hard times and gave her the chance to shine. She made her a hero- but more than that, she made Jimena a warrior. Her friendship with the girls (particularly Serena, as they’re best friends) softens her just enough to make her relatable and likeable, but you never forget where she’s come from and that she isn’t someone you want to mess with. It makes her a perfect addition and strength to the group as we’ve met them so far.

Ewing also does great with upping the mystery and suspense in this novel as we figure out what’s actually happening to Jimena. It’s a quick, easy read, but an overall enjoyable one. I still love that we get to see each character’s POV in their own seperate books, as I feel I’m really delving into their world, from multiple perspectives. Overall grade: B


Book Geek Wednesday: Into The Cold Fire by Lynne Ewing

Continuing my exploration of the Daughters of the Moon series, Book 2 is the one that really hooked me. As I said before, Book 1 is a great starter story, a great introduction to the main characters, to the evil known as the Atrox, and to their alternate world in general. Book 2 ups the stakes. Plot wise, it kept me riveted to the page.

For starters, the book focuses on another of the ‘daughters’, the second of the four best friends, Serena. Her power is mindreading. It’s great to see how Ewing incorporates the supernatural elements into a teen’s everyday life and how it might make them feel so out of place. While Vanessa fears disappearing during a kiss, Serena has finished conversations with boys who never actually said anything to her. You can imagine how much that freaked them out.

Anyway, Jimena, Serena’s closest friend of the four, has had a premonition. She sees Serena betraying them and stepping into the cold fire, an ancient ritual meant to convert a dark follower of the Atrox into an immortal. Very few get this privilege, and for some reason, Serena is chosen. Of course, Serena is convinced she’d never do that. But… well Jimena’s premonitions have ALWAYS come true. So what will she do? How will she change her fate? Can she?

I have to say, thus far, Serena’s POV and voice suited me much better than Vanessa’s. While V was all preppy and popular, Serena is a kind of free spirit. I really dug that. She plays the cello. Her brother is a surfer. She exudes intelligence and maturity. But most of all, I enjoyed Serena because she’s not as cut and dry as Vanessa. There are definite grey areas to her. And although you never doubt her loyalty to the daughters, you do wonder if she’d turn to the dark side, because she has definite dark tendencies. This fascinated me and made her a very strong heroine in my book.

And there was an added bonus, something that Lisa can tell you I get weak in the knees over. His name is Stanton. And although he’s a follower of the Atrox, there are definite feelings going on between he and Serena. Very impossible and forbidden feelings, seeing as how they’re on very seperate sides.

This book earns a solid A from me and remains til this day one of my favorites of the series.


Book Geek Wednesday: Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing

Goddess of the Night is Book 1 of the Daughters of the Moon Series. Vanessa Cleveland is a pretty ordinary girl. She’s pretty, blonde and relatively popular. She has a huge crush on Michael Saratoga, one of the hottest guys in school. The way she carried on about him, I was afraid he might be her Jordan Catalano (but you know, less of a jerk, ha ha). All in all, this recipe would spell disaster in my mind. I hate these kind of characters, with their perfect lives and their perfect attributes. Lynne Ewing managed to convince me otherwise. You see, beneath the surface, Vanessa has one huge problem. She tends to become invisible when she gets really nervous, which is going to make kissing Michael Saratoga really difficult.

And just like that, the story goes from being another teen story to a great mythical series. The reason Vanessa can become invisible is because she is a mortal goddess, one of the daughters of Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon. She has been chosen to help fight the ancient darkness known as the Atrox which has been sent to devour hope and destroy the goddesses.

As a stand-alone, this book does a great job of letting us get to know Vanessa, who despite looking like she has it all together suffers from the usual teen angst compounded by her inconvenient power. As a series starter, it also beautifully sets up the world that we’ll be visiting with the subsequent books. We meet some of the other Daughters as well, who go on to star in later books, musical Serena, tough girl Jimena, and spirited Catty.

Although the book occasionally suffers from the staple of teen writing cliches, it makes up for it with its strong mythology, wide variety of likeable characters, and interesting story arc. I may be jumping the gun a bit, (I’ve read about 5 books of the series so far) but it gets REAL good. 😉

All in all, Goddess of the Night gets a B+ from me. A good, solid read and a great start to a fun series.


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