Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: Moonless

Moonless (Maiden of Time, #1)Moonless by Crystal Collier
Source: Netgalley

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

This is going to have to be a DNF for me. I'm about 40% into the book, but I feel like I should be so much farther. I've read and read and read, and the percentage finished is just crawling at a snails pace. How can this book only be 300something pages?

Now, none of that would be a problem if the book was holding my interest, but it's not, at all. The main character has all of a sudden become beautiful, and we don't know why and she doesn't know why, and no one really seems to care or think it's weird (except main character). And she has dreams that sometimes come true, which I thought would play a bigger part in the story, but haven't really very much so far.

What we do have is how much she's lusting after this blue eyed man. He has very blue eyes. He's so handsome and he has blue, blue eyes. I just can't with it.

It also felt like the author pulled out her trusty thesaurus and used it the whole time she was writing this book. Whether she really did or not, I don't know, but when I'm reading and I get that feeling, it's not a good thing.

Review copy provided by Netgalley.

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