My Rating A, Loved It This book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If you ve followed my reviews for a while, you know I am a fan of Kelly Meding In fact, I finally sat down and read the 2013 Carniepunk anthology recently just to read the short story that sparked this series And overall, I liked this book But someone needs to sit down and have a chat with the editor.
No one should have given the green light for this much repetition I mean, yes, it s very important that Shiloh has forgotten Jaxon In book one, I remember being so perplexed about who the love interest in this series would be And then, at the very end, when she agreed to lose her memories of the person she loved most boom Jaxon appeared to be the guy Add to that, I understand that coming to terms with her feelings despite the missing memories was the big emotional arc here But for the love of Pete, this must have been reiterated at least once per page If I didn t already have a history with this author and an investment in the characters, I would have put the book down I almost did anyway And that s a shame because, otherwise, it was a good book.
Though the vampire crisis was solved in the first book, Shiloh and her team know there are missing werewolves out there This story follows their efforts as they try to track them down and figure out why they vanished in the first place Along the way, we are able to enjoy the interplay of characters like Novak the incubus and Tennyson the master vampire We get to delveinto the goddess mythologies as well as pack culture, all of which I enjoyed.
The character relationships and dynamics are well done I am still intrigued, in particular, with whatever the heck is going on between Shiloh and Tennyson And of course, I am down with her and Jaxon Vincent has always felt kind of like a throwaway The twist on the villain reveal was kind of cool and I didn t see it coming.
I am interested in where the series will go next, but if the next book beats me over the head with the repeat stick again, no amount of author love, worldbuilding, good characters, or plot will bring me back for a fourth installment.
Take from all this what you will and decide how much this issue would bother you against what is otherwise a solid offeringARC provided by publisher There was a lot going on in this one Some of it was really good, some not so much One thing is for sure, Shiloh and her people aren t going to give up quietly, they are going to keep fighting and do the right thing because as they found out with this book there is evil out there, ready to take you down and subvert you and you can t let them win.
Source Publisher Genre Urban Fantasy Rating 4.
0 Thoughts Stray Moon is the second installment in author Kelly Meding s Stray series Para Marshal Shiloh Harrison s team is in shatters Two members have been outed as being double agents for a mysterious employer Their team leader betrayed them, and Shiloh herself bargained away her memories of the person she loves the most in order to save lives But, there s no time to wallow in self pity Not with the US Marshal services keeping an eye out for anywrong doing on their part Full Review Gizmos Reviews HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD NOT BEHIND SPOILER TAG YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED Aaargh, why you are doing this, author Erasing the memory of Jaxon from Shiloh s mind because apparently, she loves him the most in the first book, and now Jaxon has been taken by the evil mastermind, who is actually Shiloh s own grandfather AAARGH, I need to know if there s book 3 in the progress Anyway, a great follow up to Stray Magic released last year, Shiloh and the rest of her team Novak and Jaxon with an amused Tennyson tagging along, helps another Para Marshall to locate missing werewolves In which, Shiloh discovers about his grandfather The pace is fast, and Kelly Meding teases with the possibility of Shiloh and Jaxon rekindling their love, even if Shiloh cannot remember anything about Jaxon In the first book, I sort of wanting Shiloh with Tennyson, but now I feel like he slike her older brother
This was great This is the second book in the Strays series which picks up just after the events of the first book so I do recommend that this series be read in order The first book, Stay Magic, is fantastic so you wouldn t want to miss that book anyway I loved the fact that this book hit the ground running and the excitement held throughout the story I really enjoyed my time reading this wonderful story.
Shiloh and her crew are technically suspended from their jobs because of how their previous assignment worked out That doesn t stop them from agreeing to help locate a group of missing werewolves in an unofficial capacity along with a member of the West Coast unit To make mattersinteresting, Shiloh cannot remember anything about her former boyfriend and current team member, Jaxon, because her memories were wiped away in a deal she made.
This story is told from Shiloh s point of view and I had a great time being in her head It was great to see how she was struggling with the fact that she had no memories of Jaxon while he worked to deal with learning that he was the person she loved the most in the world I thought that this aspect of the story was done extraordinarily well and I loved getting the chance to see Shiloh get to know Jaxon all over again I feel like I got to know both Shiloh and Jaxon a lot better in the process I thought all of the key characters in this book were very well done.
I thought that the story was exciting and the mystery was rather complex Shiloh and her crew have an interesting set of abilities and I like how well they compliment each other Shiloh is still learning the full extent of her abilities and I found it exciting to learn what she could do right along with her There is no shortage of paranormal beings in this book and I find it interesting that really anything could happen at any given time I couldn t figure out the mystery until everything was revealed which is exactly how I like for things to happen I found this book to be quite the page turner and there was at least one major thread that has left me very eager to see what will happen next I would highly recommend this series to others I think that this is a wonderfully exciting story filled with fantastic characters in a well developed world I cannot wait to see what Shiloh and the crew will be faced with next I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.
Initial ThoughtsThis was excellent It does begin right after the events in the first book so this would be a series that does need to be read in order I liked the whole set up for this installment and liked the characters evenI can t wait to readof this series.
The East Coast unit of the Para Marshals went through a lot in STRAY MAGIC Their team is no longer whole, but when they find out that werewolves are going missing Shiloh is determined to help.
There was a ton of mystery going on in Stray Moon I enjoyed all of the investigating aspects of the storyline Shiloh and her mother get a pretty big shock when their connection to the bad guy is revealed I didn t see it coming either.
There really isn t any romance involved in Stray Moon, but the connection between Shiloh and Jaxon grows as she slowly learns about the connection that they lost when her memories were taken I m still really confused about Tennyson Sometimes I feel like there is a small romantic connection between him and Shiloh and then other times I just feel a sort of sister brother protection vibe happening Either way, they work really well together and I hope he continues to want to tag along with her and her team on future adventures.
There was plenty of action, the world building continues to grow the world and the characters continue to entertain and intrigue me The Strays series will continue to be on my wishlist This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.