4 out of 4 stars
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Blood Moon's Fury by Leah Kingsley is a young adult book that combines teen suspense and drama with a little bit of supernatural and romance. Amy is just a loner trying to mind her own business. Charles is the standard target of the high school gang bullies. Zack is the football player, dating the most popular girl in the school. The three teens have never crossed paths before, but when Amy stands up for Charles against the bullies, she soon finds herself way more than just their next target. The three unlikely trio get thrown into a newsworthy nightmare as they face the violent wrath of the gang. Under the light of the blood moon, it's sure to be a night that they won't soon forget,
To be honest, this book started out a bit slow for me. There was a lot of exposition in the beginning of the story, with what we usually recognize as “telling” rather than “showing” the readers the characters and background. There is a lot of description of the characters and explanation of the supernatural elements of the story. It was a little slow to draw me in at first. However, once I got past all of that and into the actual plot of the story, I was hooked. I loved all of the characters, especially Amy, who seemed to have some kind of mysterious past that she was hiding. Even the villains of the story are fun to hate, and there are moments where the lines between good and evil are a little blurry.
On top of great characters, the story is action-packed, especially in the heart of the story all the way through the conclusion. Things get a bit violent and gory at times, which I personally love, so that just added to my overall enjoyment of the book. There is a touch of romance as well, without getting all ooey-gooey lovey-dovey or stereotypical insta-love that we often see within this genre.
There is an interesting bonus story that comes with this book: the “About the Author” section. Leah Kingsley is the pen name for two young authors who worked together over several years to write this book. I could probably read an entire book just about them. Most interestingly, they are both blind and claim to struggle with descriptive language, which I found funny because I thought the book was too descriptive. Also, the handful of errors that I found scattered throughout the book suddenly made more sense, as they were all homophone errors. If you are listening to this book on audio or text-to-speech, you wouldn't notice these errors at all. Additionally, these errors didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
Taking all of my likes and dislikes into consideration, I would probably give the book a rating of 3.5 out of 4 stars, but since half stars aren't an option here, I will go ahead and round up to 4 out of 4 stars. Even though the book started off a bit slow for my taste, it quickly picked up and ended strongly. In the end, I found myself loving this book and wanting to know what happens next, if this book continues as a series. I would recommend Blood Moon's Fury to older young adults who can handle some profanity and violence and who enjoy reading action-packed novels full of suspense and edge-of-your-seat moments.
Blood Moon's Fury
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