Author: Crystal Collier
Series: Maiden of Time #1
Next Book: Soulless (expected Summer 2014)
Source: Received from the author
Description from Goodreads:
MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.
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 book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I was first approached by Crystal Collier to review Moonless, I was a little hesitant because it takes place in the 1700s, and I’m not much of a historical fiction fan. However, I read the description and thought it sounded interesting, and I tend to like paranormal aspects, so I decided to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did.
I was a little frustrated with the beginning of Moonless, only because there’s a lot going on with very little explanation. Obviously, it’s supposed to be a bit more of a mystery, but for a while, I just found myself getting confused. Once some of the explanations started coming, I was hooked.
The main character of Alexia was very interesting. As the only daughter of a wealthy family, there are certain expectations of her, but she doesn’t exactly fit that mold. Also, she’s expected to choose a husband, but early on, her attention has been captured by a mysterious man that she foresaw in her dreams. I really liked her because she was so different from how girls her age were supposed to be.
I’m still a little bit confused by the supernatural aspects of the book, only because they’re something that I’ve never encountered before, but I found them fascinating. The “bad guys” were definitely creepy, and I was often on the edge of my seat, wondering how Alexia was going to get out of her sticky situations.
It’s hard to really say too much about Moonless without spoiling it, so I’ll leave this review here and just say that I thought it was really good. I enjoyed Crystal Collier’s writing style, and I was pretty happy with the way the story turned out. With that being said, however, I am very anxious for the next book in the series, since obviously not everything was resolved at the end!