Monday, February 6, 2012

REVIEW: "Moon Spell" by Samantha Young

Moon Spell by Samantha Young
(The Tale of Lunarmorte #1)

New Adult-Paranormal-Vampires
Createspace/Amazon Kindle--July 30, 2010
E-book, 298 pages 

Rating: 4 Stars--Really Liked It


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.


I love werewolf stories and am always fascinated by the way authors depict their transformation and their interactions with each other.  Moon Spell is a great example of how to introduce readers to an indepth paranormal world while still maintaining an interesting plot from beginning to end and well-written characters.

The heroine of the book is Caia who has been kept separated from her pack ever since her parents' untimely death years ago.  For reasons unknown to her, she was spirited away and hidden in the human world.  Now that there is a new Alpha, she and her guardian, Inari, have been summoned to return to pack life and Caia must become re-acclimated to life among her fellow werewolves.

I really enjoyed Caia as a character.  She is a great and realistic narrator who is aware that she is a werewolf, but has little experience with the pack world.  Her observations about pack dynamics and her confusion about her origins correspond well with how the reader will most likely react to the story.  As a character, she was strong-willed and very intelligent.  Her initial awkwardness is endearing and it is fun to watch her make friends with some of her packmates. 

Caia's love interest is the pack's Alpha, Lucien, who recently returned for a self-imposed exile to claim his position through inheritance and a bloody fight to the death known as the Lunarmorte.  One of his first orders of business was to allow Caia to return to the pack and be under his protection for reasons unknown to her.  I found the concept of a young Alpha to be original and definitely appropriate for the mood of the series.  Lucien is a strong leader and willing to do anything for his pack, but he is still learning and makes mistakes along the way.  I think a fun part of the series will be watching Lucien come into his own as the Alpha.

Due to Lucien's protectiveness, Caia and him are forced to interact beyond simple packmember and leader.  They are attracted to each other from the get-go, but Caia especially is unsure about the relationship.  This causes a lot of tension between them which is only compounded by their growing friendship.  I really enjoyed seeing them grow to know each other before a certain event happened that threw a wrench into the whole love story.  I have a feeling this is just the beginning for Caia and Lucien and I can't wait to see more of them.
There are alot of side characters introduced in this book and it can get a little confusing.  But, the author understands this and makes a conscious effort to make each one unique in their own way.  And I didn't mind the confusion because Caia also seemed a bit overwhelmed at times by all the pack members.  Some of my personal favorites were Sebastian, the almost-rival for Caia's affections and Malik, the arrogant asshole one minute and protector the next. 

The mythology of this series is absolutely fascinating and I feel like we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.  Due to the pack's isolation from the rest of the supernatural world, there is little information provided about vampires, fairies, and warlocks, but what we are given is intriguing.  The conclusion of this book makes me excited to see how the pack deals with having to be involved in the bigger picture once again.

Purchased for free from Amazon on November 7, 2011.


"Caia, it's called a crush. Believe me, Ryder makes me feel the same horrible mixture of happiness and despair. Add a pinch of lykan volatility and you've got yourself the teenage hormonal party from Hades."


The Tale of Lunarmorte
1. Moon Spell
2. River Cast
3. Blood Solstice



  1. I need to read this one, now that I have it. Great review and I hope I enjoy it as well.

  2. Oh man! Another one I forgot I had. Excellent review!


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