Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SILVER MOON: THE COMPLETE SAGA

The Book(s): SILVER MOON: THE COMPLETE SAGA  (book #1 SILVER MOON; book #2 BLACK MOON; book #3 BLOOD MOON; book #0.5 a prequel/novella ALPHA MOON)
The Author: Rebecca A. Rogers

**This book was given to me by the author in an exchange for a fair and honest review**


Summary (as taken from Amazon):

Join Alaric, Ulric, and Daciana in ALPHA MOON as they discover there’s more to life in the 1500s than plowing fields and attending balls. A powerful witch, who practices black magic, won’t hesitate to place a curse upon them—one that will have them howling at the silvery moon.


In SILVER MOON, Candra Lowell is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in present-day Connecticut. She thinks it’s because she’s a troublemaker, but Candra’s parents only shipped her off for one reason: to learn how to become a werewolf. She’ll learn there’s more to the story, though, when a rival pack has their hearts set on making her visit a living hell.

The past and the present merge into one in BLACK MOON as Candra falls even harder for her star-crossed lover, Benjamin Conway, who also happens to be her enemy, and wrestles with the fact that she has awakened an ancient soul inside her body. Can she stretch her newfound claws in peace, or will she wish she had never become a werewolf?

In the final installment of the saga, BLOOD MOON, Candra and Ben travel back to the sixteenth century, where they’ll embark on their toughest journey yet—stopping Alaric and breaking the curse which started it all. But if ending the werewolf curse, and the powers that come with it, means Candra and Ben will be stuck in the sixteenth century, can they live with the fact that they’ll never return home and see their families again?


My Thoughts:

I must admit that I had to think long and hard before posting this review.  You see, friends, when I decided to start reviewing books on this here blog, I said that I'd never post a negative review.  If I couldn't find at least three things that I love, love, LOVED about the book, I would decline to post the actual review.

That said, I wanted to love this book.  I really did.  While the feud between the families is nothing new (hello, ROMEO & JULIET), the idea of werewolves with magical abilities is a somewhat fresh spin on the been-there-done-that paranormal.

And, that right there is probably why I read all three of the books.  I wanted to see the change, the magic, the time-traveling to the past to save the future.  I wanted so many things from this story than what I was actually given.  This is probably the major reason why I think I did not enjoy the SILVER MOON saga.

Yes, I could harp on the random typos, the one-dimensional characters (of which there were more than a few), the lack of description of people, places, and things, the somewhat slow, meandering scenes that really didn't move the story along, or even the gratuitous "almost" sex scenes that really added nothing the storyline and felt like they were crammed in there for effect.

But, at the end of the day, it all boils down the to the story.  And, the story idea itself is a good one.  This collection has the potential to be great.  It's just not there. YET.

My opinion: Instead of this being a “saga”, this storyline would’ve been better served if it had been ONE book.  The real story/action begins in book #2, only about a third of book #3 is truly necessary.