We are in the heart of winter now and I know many of you are experiencing bone chilling temperatures. When it is that cold outside there is nothing better than grabbing a comfy blanket, a hot drink and a good book. If you are a bit daring, how about something a on the scary side? Not too scary, but just enough..... If so then I suggest you check out The Moonsong Series by E. J. Wesley. These novellas are New Adult speculative/paranormal/horror/action. How is that for eclectic? I read the Moonsong Anthology which is the first three novellas and had a terrific time. It was a very engaging and entertaining read. Thanks again to Candace@Candace's Book Blog and Promotions for once again encouraing me to step outside my comfort zone and take a chance on something different. Be sure to visit Candace's Tour Page for more upcoming tours.
I am hosting a stop on the current Winter Thrills and Chills Tour. I have my review for you and an opprotunity to win a great giveaway! Before we get to the goods, let me introduce you to author E.J. Wesley:
Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes.Find out more about E.J.:
Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried...
Her life is thrown into chaos when she receives a message from her thought-to-be-dead grandfather, Billy Moonsong. After meeting with him, Jenny learns that her Apache ancestors were feared monster hunters on the plains of West Texas, and that she is next in line to take up the mantle.
Suddenly, she has a purpose and direction in life, but will she live long enough to fully realize it?
The Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the first three Moonsongs books--a series of New Adult paranormal-horror-action novelettes--in one exciting volume. Follow Jenny and her best friend Marshal on their dangerous quest to unlock the secrets of her past.
Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the three previously published Moonsongs adventures: Blood Fugue (Book 1), Witch's Nocturne (Book 2), and Dark Prelude (Book 3).
The three stories combined are approximately 154 pages or 47,000 words. Also included in the anthology is exclusive access to Jenny's own secret monster hunting journal. An account--in her own colorful words--of what she has faced so far, and a few tips for the next Moonsong huntress who might come along.
Paperback, 129 pages
Published May 25th 2013
Source: Tour Promoter in exchange for an honest review.
Jenny is startled to see an unexpected email in her box with "Help" in the subject line. The email is from her grandfather who is supposedly dead. Her grandfather begs her to come to his ranch and help him. Jenny with a little prodding from her best friend Marshal, decides to go. When Jenny and Marshal arrive at the ranch, they find it nearly abandoned and ripe with decay. Her grandfather is the only living resident, and he is aged and in a wheel chair. He claims he received his injuries a few days ago as he is being hunted. An unknown creature is after him, and he asks Jenny to come back at nightfall and hunt down this creature. Jenny against her better judgement agrees. What she sees that night at the ranch will change everything. Jenny now believes in monsters. Jenny is one of the last of the Moonsong Tribe. She is destined to hunt these dangerous creatures. The question is can she survive?
- It is always a thrill when I reach for an indie read and I am pleasantly surprised. From the get go, I was drawn in by the crisp, clean, snarky and entertaining writing by E.J. Wesley. These three novellas are packed with intrigue, danger, a dash of horror, suspense and several stunning surprises. There was rarely a dull moment, and I was entertained to the point where I read this in one sitting. For those of you looking to take a chance on an indie read, try this one.
- I liked the duo of Jenny and Marshall. Jenny hasn't had an easy go in her life. Her mother died when Jenny was young, and her father turned to the bottle and prevented Jenny from seeing her maternal grandparents. After her father's death, Jenny lived with her grandmother who soon dies of cancer. It seems that everyone Jenny cares about has left her, except for her trusty best friend Marshall. Marshall is openly gay, and he refuses to let the tiny minds of the small Texas town get to him. He has always got Jenny's back, even when she is difficult. Let's face it, the purple haired, faux hawked, sarcastic Jenny isn't always the easiest person to please. She is stubborn, ornery and headstrong. I liked that Marshall balanced her out. I especially loved the way they were always there for each other, bailing one another out even when there are monsters involved.
- I liked that this book is made up of three novellas that compliment one other. With each novella, you get a quick, action packed story that tie together.
- I appreciated that there are plenty of paranormal entities packed into this one. There are dangerous werewolves, horrible witches and creepy, man eating troll beasts. You never know what is on the next page!
- I enjoyed the inclusion of some Native American lore and legends. Jenny is a member of a unique and eccentric tribe known as the Moonsong Tribe. They are known for dabbling in the paranormal and for hunting dangerous creatures. With her trusty Tomahawk, Jenny becomes a formidable huntress.
- I was pleased to find that this was a clean, edited read with no glaring flaws. Pick this indie book up with confidence as there are no grammar or spelling errors.
- I am hoping that down the line, Mr. Wesley will take this set of short novellas and blend them seamlessly into one full length novel. Though it is nice to pick up a novella and read in a short amount of time, it would be better to have these tied together and polished into one book. They do work nicely as they are, but with a little more effort they could come together into a complete book.
- I was disappointed that there was not more detail and explanation on Jenny's grandfather's condition. There is a big startling revelation at the end of the first novella, and then nothing further. What happened to him? I was hoping for more information, but alas, there wasn't any more answers in the two additional novellas.
- The first and second novellas both end on cliffhangers, and there isn't much resolution. I was left with several lingering questions.
- I know this is a shallow thing, but the covers don't exactly scream read me. In all honesty, I would never have picked these up on my own unless I hadn't been prodded. The cover for the Moonsong Anthology is okay compared to the individual covers, but I think with better covers, these books could go a long way. For now, you will have to trust that there is a good story beneath the odd covers.
The Moonsong Anthology was a surprising read for me. It is a book that was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it ended up being enjoyable and entertaining. This is a quick, fast read with plenty of paranormal and a touch of horror. This is an indie read you can pick up with confidence as it is cleanly edited, well written and worth the read. It isn't often these days that I take a chance, but I am glad that I did in this case.
Favorite Quotations:"Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was and hope for what was to come.""Why is it when I get out of your truck, I feel like I deserve a ten for sticking the landing?" So I'd raised the suspension a tad above stock. Sue me. ""Every beast needs a beauty."
This tour was organized by Candace@Candace's Book Blog and Promotions