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Monday, December 6, 2010

review: moon rising by Laurie Bowler

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. 
- Charles Dickens in The Pickwick Papers

Moon Rising is a tale narrated by 300-year old Marinette (Nessy). hoping to undo the curse of being damned for eternity, she escapes from her maker Hervidor, the King of the Vampire Underworld. in her quest for answers, she encounters the vampire Charles of the Eaves Coven and Hera, leader of the Gulons - cat-like creatures who dedicate their supernatural lives in defending humans from the threat of the undead.
Nessy may be half vampire and half human but she is one with a conscience. refusing to kill and drink fresh human blood, she would rather live on the blood of rats and rescue helpless victims from the clutches of her own kind.
as Nessy spins her tale, one bears witness to her internal conflicts. like the rest of us, there exists a duality within her - the good and the bad, the animal and the human - one side vying for supremacy over the other. her scruples though lord it over and in the end, she makes a stand and chooses the right path and not the lesser of two evils.
her journey speaks to me too of my own. like Nessy:
  • i go through life hoping to find truth and answers to my questions
  • i desire for a peaceful co-existence in a world where there is so much diversity
  • i want to live freely without fear, without becoming prey to prejudice or a victim of retaliation
  • i want to be accepted for who i am and not for what others choose me to become.
Nessy's narrative is also about loyalty, devotion, friendship, justice and love. i find it interesting that the writer manages to incorporate these themes in a book about supernatural creatures.
i certainly found something familiar in Moon Rising but i also discovered something entirely new as well. for a first novel, Laurie Bowler has written a refreshing take on the vampire story with her engaging characters and i look forward to meeting them again in the sequel Sunrise to Sunset. 

my personal rating is:

Moon Rising may not be suitable 
for young readers 17 & under

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received the book Moon Rising from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Carolina [WritnBlock] said...

Hi aobibliophile!

Great review! I particularly like the fact that you included your personal thoughts on how the book speaks to you. I believe that a book, whatever genre it might be, should reflect the human journey and speak to us unconditionally.


aobibliophile™ said...

whatever book i read, i always relate it to my own "human condition." thanks for the happy thought Carolina!

LunaMoth said...

great review! im actually reading this book right now =)

Laurie said...

Hi aobibliophile

I am so honoured for the review above and the way you have related it back to the human conditions. Its brilliant and detailed with the main ideas and aspects of the book written down, I am very excited to see this review and I cannot wait for you to read Sunrise to Sunset the sequel...Thank you so much and keep the reviews coming, I love reading them, they incredibly informative and precise. Great site as well and I am honoured to be on here!!!
Thank you!
Laurie Bowler - Author Moon Rising

aobibliophile™ said...

@Laurie hi there! you are very much welcome! thanks for dropping by and for the kind words. you honor me too with your presence. can't wait to read the sequel.

aobibliophile™ said...

@LunaMoth hi! thanks for the happy thought and hope you'll have a good read too!

L.J. said...

This was a great review. I love the way you related it to life.

Deborah~ said...

Wonderful job relating the essence of this book. Your personal input made it so interesting to me. Good work, dear friend!!

aobibliophile™ said...

@LJ and @Deborah hi Lou and Deb! books are like mirrors to me. they speak the truth of what we sometimes fear and hide or wish to express but can not. thanks for the compliments and i appreciate your dropping by.

Anna Y. White said...

Very nice review with a lot of personal remarks! And reviews are hard to write...oh i know:) especially when you need to put it down on paper/electronic paper:)
Great job!
ps. i hope you find time and maybe review my book as well:) i would be grateful!

aobibliophile™ said...

@Anna that was kind of you. i would be honored too to read and review your book.

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