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Rachel Hawthorne believes in happy endings and adopting older rescue dogs. She also writes as New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath and as J. A. London with her son, Alex. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and is presently spoiling a pooch named Jake.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061709573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061709579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the third book in the Dark Guardian Trilogy though I'm hoping Daniel will have his own book ;) This time it is Brittany that's going through her first transformation and because she hasn't found a mate yet she's going through it alone. Something unprecedented and just 'not done.' Brittany won't hear of it though. She's spent her entire life training, practicing and dreaming of being a Dark Guardian. Then something happens that changes Brittany's entire world. The moon rises and she remains human.

This was the best book of the series. I didn't like Brittany in the other books because she was so standoffish. When Lindsay and Conner were talking in the last book about not feeling a 'connection' to Brittany I had an inkling of what was going to happen and figured it out. Seeing the world through Brittany's eyes though made me realize that she herself was aware that she never had that 'bond' with the other Sherpas and always had felt like an outsider. It hurt reading about her first full moon. I can't even imagine growing up believing with everything that you are that you are a wolf and then having all your hopes and dreams dashed because of genetics. I felt for Brittany and howled (both of us with human throats) with her at the injustice. I would have raged, screamed and killed my mother. Brittany... ah I can't tell you what happened, but I can say she is definitely a wolf with killer roundhouses.

The plot was a little deeper than the last two books but the entire trilogy is very very easy to read and digest without thinking too much. Rachel Hawthorne has made werewolves... excuse me shifters believable and accessible. Great YA!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maegan C. Buchanan on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was an excellently written series. I read a lot of "teen novels" and there are not many to be desired for. This one has a good story and I HOPE that the author continues the series. They are all obtusely different in their own way and continue the story of each character in each novel. These were so intriguing to my mind, I passed them on to my mother whom enjoyed them as well. Good show!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I happened upon this series while cruising Lycoming Mall. I hate shopping, being a get in and get out kind of gal, but when we came upon a bookstore, you know me...I had to go in. It was a nice bookstore, not a BN, but nice. I came upon the clearance rack and there was Dark of the Moon. So let's start with what caught my eye...

Cover...
Love It! The colors popped out at me. The girl staring you down grabbed my attention, demanding I turn it over to find out more.

Synopsis...
Wolf shapeshifter was all I needed to know...

SOLD!!

I bought the book originally for my Pit Crew, but couldn't resist reading it first (Sorry Brooke, I had to). From the first page, if I set this book down, all I could think about was getting back to it to see what happened next.

My Kind Of Book!
It didn't matter that I had never heard of this series before, or that I didn't start with Book 1. It stands alone, and it was GREAT! Each book in the series involves a different set of characters, which is right up my alley and also makes for an awesome series! The entire plot of the story was brilliant. I loved the tension and building up of scenes, which were very vivid in the minds eye. I was able to feel the emotions of the characters, especially Brittany. I won't tell you the exact turmoil she experienced as that would create a spoiler, but I hoped and prayed she would get her wish until the very end of the book. I loved the romance, from hiding her love to finally experiencing it...

Fantastic!
Towards the end of the book I did wish Ms. Hawthorne would have slowed it down and draw out the scenes a bit more. I think with a bit more detail, this book would be perfect.
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I absolutely adore this book series. I've sat down to read them over again many, many times. This is by far my favorite book series, but I was slightly disappointed with Brittany in this installment.

Do not get me wrong, I simply adored the plotline and thought it was a great way to end this plot. However, I did not feel like Rachel Hawthorne stayed true to her characters.
In the first two books, Brittany was a tough tomboy who could care less about the mushy traditions of having a mate for a female's shift. I suppose in the beginning she stayed true to that with her determination to keep her secret, but about halfway through, she seemed less of a tomboy. As the story progressed, she became more and more like the other female chracters, soft and fragile, which disappointed me.
Connor also became an issue for me. It was as if she could not write about amale character who wasnt dark and defensive. He was always violent and possessive (at least that's how he came across with me) but he seemed a little too relaxed for someone who had just been dumped by a girl he'd intended to spend the rest of his life with. It was this and other reasons why I truly did not like Connor or Brittany.

I love the story and the series, but the characters needed some work.
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