Review: Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you know I am a fan of Kelly Meding. In fact, I finally sat down and read the 2013 Carniepunk anthology recently just to read the short story that sparked this series. And overall, I liked this book. But someone needs to sit down and have a chat with the editor.

No one should have given the green light for this much repetition. I mean, yes, it’s very important that Shiloh has forgotten Jaxon. In book one, I remember being so perplexed about who the love interest in this series would be. And then, at the very end, when she agreed to lose her memories of the person she loved most… boom! Jaxon appeared to be the guy. Add to that, I understand that coming to terms with her feelings despite the missing memories was the big emotional arc here. But for the love of Pete, this must have been reiterated at least once per page. If I didn’t already have a history with this author and an investment in the characters, I would have put the book down. I almost did anyway. And that’s a shame because, otherwise, it was a good book.

Though the vampire crisis was solved in the first book, Shiloh and her team know there are missing werewolves out there. This story follows their efforts as they try to track them down and figure out why they vanished in the first place. Along the way, we are able to enjoy the interplay of characters like Novak the incubus and Tennyson the master vampire. We get to delve more into the goddess mythologies as well as pack culture, all of which I enjoyed.

The character relationships and dynamics are well done. I am still intrigued, in particular, with whatever the heck is going on between Shiloh and Tennyson. And of course, I am down with her and Jaxon. (Vincent has always felt kind of like a throwaway.) The twist on the villain-reveal was kind of cool and I didn’t see it coming.

I am interested in where the series will go next, but if the next book beats me over the head with the repeat-stick again, no amount of author love, worldbuilding, good characters, or plot will bring me back for a fourth installment.

Take from all this what you will and decide how much this issue would bother you against what is otherwise a solid offering.

*ARC provided by publisher

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Stray Moon
by Kelly Meding
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Comments

  1. I didn’t have a problem with repetition at all with this title. As I read your review I’m trying to remember any “over the head … repeat-stick “. It’s not like the little white pills another author does 😉

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