I received this book for free from Talk Nerdy to Me in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Moon Child by Serena Akeroyd
Series: The Year of the Wolf #2
Published by Serena Akeroyd Publishing Ltd. on August 30, 2020
Genres: Reverse Harem Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Alternate Worlds, Ménage, Shifter
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Talk Nerdy to Me
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A goddess told me my child would change the pack.
Until it happened, I didn't believe it.
Not until I saw it with my own eyes.
My woman is a nurturer. She's a bringer of change. A broker of the future.
She deals with emotions, sees auras, and glories in the urges of her three alpha mates.
To me, she's the saint.
But that doesn't make me or my brothers sinners.
We were fated to be together, fated to be different. There's nothing sinful in what we have, even if, in the eyes of her family, we're a disgrace.
She's Roma. Born and bred. Harkens from a rich culture, as ancient as my own, but with her heritage comes gifts I could never have foreseen. Not just for her, but her siblings as well.
Two are dead, the other has yet to be found. But uncovering family secrets is always dangerous without throwing mystical powers into the fray.
And these mystical powers?
Will change everything.
A revolution is underway.
We're not prepared for it. We can't be.
Also by this author: Filthy Rich
Reverse Harem Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Alternate Worlds, Shifter
First Person, Multiple-POV
This is book #2 of The Year of the Wolf series and it cannot be read as a standalone.
Wow! That was a lot going on here and I had to go back and even do some research to completely understand it all. So I sort of had mixing feelings about this one, specially in comparison to the first book that I’ve adored!
Saying all that… I love the characters and the plot concept. I’m awe by Ms. Akeroyd’s creativity. I mean, I read other series from her in a totally different genre. It is amazing all she can create.
Can’t wait for the Sun Child now!
30/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 4 Character: 5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 5 Plot: 3 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 4
Action 5/5 Angst 4/5 Darkness 3/5 Humor 0/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 5/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of fantasy/paranormal romance with reverse harem type of smut!
Would I re-read this book/series? Probably.
Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!
Addictiveness: 4/5 I loved the first book and couldn’t wait to read this one. It wasn’t as smooth as the first, because it had a lot of new things, and I had to stop a few times so I didn’t feel so lost. But I still felt really invested on Sabina, Eli, Ethan and Austin’s relationship and I can’t wait to see how it progress. As addictive as pizza!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 3/5, growth 4/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters with amazing background stories and good personal growth.
Sabina is a great heroine. Even though she was a bit more uncertain of herself in this book, she still was dealing with a lot of changes and it felt believable her mood swings.
Eli is a great hero. I love how responsible and mature he was, at the same time that he could be very vulnerable. It made perfect sense his struggles with the sharing and I believe he has grown a lot during the story.
Austin is another great hero. I loved how he was a very important piece of the puzzle the 3 alpha together created. He gave the group a levity they needed.
Ethan is my favorite! Don’t know why, just that I. can truly connect with him more. Like the other alpha he was really hot, sweet and caring. Even though Austin maybe seen as the harder to fit in, I think Ethan was the one with the harder time. He was too rational, too inside his head, so he usually felt things really deep, but never letting it out.
I have to say that I loved all four of them and can’t wait to see their relationship evolving.
Secondary characters Wow… o lot of secondary characters that sometimes felt like almost on the spotlight. But I have to say I’m 50/50 with them. Lara & Todd, I don’t know. I really didn’t connect with them at all, and I think I would have liked the story more without all their drama here. The third sister.. yeah, no comments about that. On the other side of the coin, I loved Daniel and can’t wait for him to be back.
Villain/antagonists There are a lot of them. Really so many villains and antagonist here. All I can say is that there are a lot of people against the quartet.
I loved the quartet, some of the secondary characters I’m still over the fence with. But in general, they are easy to love and connect, but not so easy to understand.
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, subtitle 5/5, background 5/5 buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one was perfection!!! I love art work that feels personal. This one was definitely created for this book. The colors, the font, the title, subtitle, everything add to an amazing experience through this cover. I would definitely buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 5/5 ONE-OF-A-KIND! Really, this is a guarantee never read before type of story. The author’s creativity has no bounds and she has spun a very unique tale here. As fresh as water during summer in the middle of the desert!!!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 3/5, development 4/5, steam 4.5/5 I love reverse harem and I even like that the author has created this in a different way. This quartet is new, and they are still learning how to deal with each other and their relationship. The struggles, doubts, it all makes it really believable. I adored the four of them and can’t wait to see them growing even more as a family. Saying that, I had trouble with part of the smut here. I don’t know, but I didn’t enjoy all the scenes. There were some highs, but also some lows for me. Unavoidable romance!!!
Writing Style: 4/5 I love Ms. Akeroyd’s work and I read her work in all sort of genres. She writes creative plots, lovable characters, good smut and believable romances. What is not to like? Great writing!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 5/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 2.5/5, twists 4/5 Amazing opening with an interesting ending even though with a cliffhanger. Confusing plot, with well written dialogues and ok pace. Great setting, too many subplots and good twists. Ok level of enjoyment!
Things that I’ve struggle with the plot:
- I don’t really know or understand Korean anime or animals, and I had to stop the book and do a little research on my own to understand what I was reading about.
- Too many subplots felt confusing for me.
- The pace suffered with all the new stuff, sometimes if felt too rushed, others it felt too slow.
- Really the third sister part of the plot felt totally like an overkill for me.
Things that I’ve liked of the plot:
- I love the main plot of the quartet trying to built a family and take their pack into a new path.
- I love the addition of Daniel. 🙂
- I liked the idea of Lara, I just don’t know how much I’ve liked how it took over the main plot sometimes.
- I love the wolves and their meaning behind it all, even though I’m still not certain what to think of the alternative universe.