British SciFi TV Writer Steven Savile takes on the YA genre in Moonlands

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British SciFi TV Writer Steven Savile takes on the YA genre in Moonlands

I snatched this book off of the NetGalley shelves as soon a I read the author bio.  Steven Savile has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, Guild Wars, Warhammer, Slaine, Star Wars and the Jurassic Park series.  I ADORED Torchwood and all its crazy, so how could I go wrong?  Well, I was a little disappointed with the pacing, but a long lost princess of an alternate fairytale dimension?  Well, I can point out every flaw, but I still couldn’t help but love it.  If You like your fairytales dark and your storybook creatures even darker, this is a book to consider.  It is $2.99 in ebook format on Amazon right now. 

 
 

 Ashley is an seemingly average, awkward fifteen year old, but when evil forces combine and assassins cross the veil that keeps the Moonlands separate from modern day London, it quickly becomes clear that everything she thought she knew has been a carefully maintained glamour.  When the alpha sent to kill Ashley realizes he, too, might have been betrayed, he must decide whether to follow through on his mission or to turn traitor and protect the one true heir to the Moonlands.  This book begins with a slow start as readers are introduced to the players.  It isn’t until almost halfway through the book that the interesting action really takes off, but when it does, readers won’t want it to end.  The characters and the premise are interesting.  The threat is believable.  Ashley is a dynamic protagonist who knows her own mind and more about who she is than she realizes. The pacing, though, is continually a problem.  Beyond the top heavy exposition, the journey portion of the quest is too short and the trials are all smashed together.  The romantic relationship is rushed and the connection comes across as superficial when it was suppose to be much deeper.  Did I really care?  No.  I’d read a long lost princess story any day, and this one was worth it. 

 
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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