Author: Samantha Young
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...
It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?
No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.
But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.
"Wha..." She jumped, turning to face him, her hand floating to her heart in reflex.
Dammit, she breathed closing her eyes. She did not want him to know how much he unnerved her. She opened her eyes at his gentle mocking laughter.
"Didn't mean to scare you."
"Yeah, well, if your intention is not to scare people don't sneak up on them."
"I though you would have at least smelled me. I picked up on your scent, that's how I knew you were out here."
She laughed again, and he leaned conspiratorially across the table towards her.
"Who do you think would win in a fight? Lucien," he indicated their Pack Leader with a tilt of his head, "Or Lucian?" he referred to the 'lycan' leader of the film franchise.
"What?"Lucien asked dryly. She suspected he didn't like being out of the loop on anything.
"Hmm." Caia pretended to think. "Lucian is pretty tough...he can squeeze bullets out of his head. I don't think even Lucien can do that?"
"Yeah, but silver hurts Lucian. Lucien would just laugh at a silver bullet."
"What the hell are they talking about?" Lucien grumbled to the rest of the table.
He was glad she was as unsettled by whatever was between them as he was. Bowing back at her, a chuckle erupted hoarsely from the back of his throat, and he looked up in time to see her fur bristle at the sound of his laughter. Caia turned as if to leave and his heart stopped. She couldn't leave. He threw himself into her side to stop her, and pulled her unwillingly (at first) into a tussle with him. Like their first run together she smacked him back and nipped playfully at him.
When I read the synopsis for 'Moon Spell', I though "Eh, just another werewolf story, I'll give it a shot." Good thing I did because otherwise I would have missed out on a GREAT book.
Caia is a 17 year old girl, who has been protected from an evil man bent on killing her known only as "the Hunter" in the first half of the book. It becomes decided that she and her caretaker, Irini, should finally move back with the pack. That is where she meets Lucien, Pack Leader of Pack Errante. As I read this book, Caia reminded me of my younger sister. How they are both quiet, and reserved, unlike myself who would probably fit very well with the rest of the loud, boisterous pack. So, basically I felt Caia could have been my sister (except my sister had brown hair and eyes, whereas Caia has long, pale blond hair and green eyes). I felt like I could gone to Caia and talked to her like she did with Jae.
Lucien Lucien Lucien. My goodness I have a crush on Lucien (shame he isn't real!). :D He is so frustratingly clueless (aren't most men though, you'll have to read the book to find out why I say this). Ryder, became one of my favorite characters, especially when he argues about putting Saffron is a cup (serisously go read it, it's hilarious) because he made me laugh so hard my mum came into my room to ask me what was wrong!
The plot flowed and not once did I feel like I was being rushed into the climax of the story (as some other well known authors sometimes do), nor did I feel I was missing any bit of information because it was all explained. There was one thing that I appreciated very much that young added into the book and that was several characters point of view. It's always fun to read a male's point of view.
I highly recommend this book to everyone! Especially if werewolves, magic, and romance are your cup of tea. 5 birdies are well deserved for 'Moon Spell' so come on guys, read it!
I've also read book two the the Tale of Lunamorte series, 'River Cast' and reviewed it as well. Click Here to read the review.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Today we have the awesome Samantha Young! Author of 'Moon Spell'
*crowd goes wild*
Moon Spell seems to be doing really well. How did you come about with the idea of Caia and the Pack?
I was sitting in a Classics lecture at university and it suddenly hit me. I imagined that the supernatural world was the result of the machinations of the Greek gods and how thousands of years later one girl and her werewolf pack would be at the center of a war the Gods had inadvertently created.
Describe your writing style twitter style. 140 characters or less. Go!
Modern and unaffected with a dash of lyricism and a soup tureen of sarkiness.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely imagination?
I guess to a certain extent I do bring my own experiences into the story… as far as getting inside the head of a character and understanding what an appropriate reaction to certain circumstances might be. But there’s nothing specific in Moon Spell that is directly based on anything that happened in my life. Unfortunately that includes no hot Alpha werewolf guys :-P
Tell us a random, interesting fact about yourself!
I say ‘Dude’ and ‘Awesome’ way too much for a Scottish person. And some might say, way too much for a 26 year old. The side effects of writing YA :-p
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What about the best compliment?
I think the toughest criticism for me is any criticism I’ve received that wasn’t constructive. I like to use the constructive stuff to make me a better writer but when someone just writes ‘the book sucked’ or ‘she can’t write’ I want to know why they think that? Just ripping someone’s work apart for the sake of it bums me out. I’d prefer a reader to tell me what their issue was and if it’s something fixable then great! If it’s something that just happens to be a matter of taste and preference then I just take that on the chin, because you can’t please everyone.
If you could pick any character in any book to be real, who would it be? ;D
Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy. Definitely someone I’d like to get to know better ;-)
How do you fill up your time when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m usually answering emails, doing interviews, chatting with readers on FB and Twitter. Outside of the work part of my life I love to read (I have too many books to count), I love hanging out with friends and family and just relaxing. I’m pretty low-key :-p
Hypothetical Scenario: You're going to be living alone, on a deserted island for 6 months. You're allowed to bring only 3 things. What would they be?
A water purifier. A box of canned goods. My complete collection of Edgar Allen Poe because I've yet to make my way through it and I reckon that will keep me going for a while :-)
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The first time the reader witnesses Caia’s transformation into a wolf. It was one of the few scenes from the very first draft that actually survived. I had so much fun imagining the transformation and it came out exactly as I wanted in the first write (which is unusual for me!). It’s still to this day my favourite scene from book one.
What is your favorite part about being an author?
I have two favourite parts, and they’re favourites in equal measure. I love the actual creative writing part. I’ve always loved dreaming up new worlds and characters and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that. And secondly, I love chatting with my readers. There is no feeling on earth like a reader telling you how much they enjoyed your book. And it’s really cool getting to know my readers. Most of them are book addicts too so they’ve recommended amazing books that I would never have found without them :-)
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My upcoming book is Borrowed Ember (Fire Spirits #3). It’s the third book in a six-part series about the Jinn world. It centres around Ari Johnson, an eighteen year old girl from Ohio who discovers the Jinn and how intricately threaded her destiny is to the very fabric of the Jinn realm and all the others.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
You. Are. Awesome.
Well ladies and gentlemen that was Samantha Young. Ain't she just the bees knees? Anywho, she has generously donated 1 copy of 'Moon Spell' for a lucky follower, all you have to do is do what the rafflecopter asks and BAM! you might win the copy. Good luck and happy reading everyone!
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