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A Reluctant Assassin (Order of the MoonStone Book 1) by [Morrows, JC]
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Editorial Reviews


"JC Morrows has an amazing talent for writing Christian speculative fiction. Engaging and full of suspense, her work keeps me on the edge of my seat . . . from the first paragraph, I found myself unable to put down the story until the very last word." ~ DJ Mynatt, author of You CAN Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days
"Ms. Morrows creates intrigue, suspense, and romance all within the pages of the novel. I cannot wait until the next one comes out. This book is an excellent read." ~ Toni Shiloh, author of A Life to Live
"The narrative style and voice are reminiscent of older works of fiction and unlike what this reader usually finds in today's YA, but they suit the story, setting, and characters very well.~ Cynthia T. Toney, author of award winning YA novel; 8 Notes to a Nobody
"I ended up devouring it. The Order of the MoonStone series has the potential, if played right, of being a fan favorite." ~ Nicole L Rivera, author of Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter
"A RELUCTANT ASSASSIN, the first book in the Order of the Moonstone series, is a must-read." ~ A Backwards Story Book Reviews

From the Back Cover

Her mission was simple -- get close to the Prince, and kill him. . .

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait -- for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .

But due to his father's unexpected death and an archaic law -- he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants -- just might be the one who is there to kill him...

Product Details

  • File Size: 10774 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: S&G Publishing; 1 edition (September 29, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0137ZPN92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,918 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 10, 2015
Format: Paperback

A Reluctant Assassin is the first book in the Order of the MoonStone series by J.C. Morrows. It is a young adult fantasy romance, that is light on the action/adventure and heavy on the romance. Perfect for fans that love a good love story in the background of a high fantasy universe. This is also a clean book, so it would be appropriate for young young adult readers as well as older readers. I really enjoyed A Reluctant Assassin. I had a bit of a snafu with the Prince early on, but overall this was a good read.

The Prince has to marry as soon as possible, "for his kingdom". He was very much against the idea of marrying for the wrong reasons. I really liked that about him. I admired that he wanted to get to know girls. And actually get to know them. What irked me was that from the moment he saw Kayden, he knew she "different" and "real" and the one. And I just didn't see how he could go from wanting to get to know which ladies had substance and which didn't, to being totally taken with just one of them.

That being said, after the somewhat shaky first meeting, I really liked watching Kayden and Dvarius interact. If you are looking for a high speed action and adventure fantasy, this might not be the book for you, but if you love the castle setting and you are looking for a sweet and clean romance, this is the perfect series for you to check out. There is a bit of action excitement at the end, and I think there will be more to come in the next installment, but for this first book, author JC Morrows does a great job of setting the stage and letting us get to know the characters really well. I thought this was a solid first book in a new series, and I think the next one will be even better.

p.s. I also have to say that I just love the cover! Her assassin's outfit is on point! ;)

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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Format: Kindle Edition
With a title and a cover like this, who wouldn't be interested in reading this book? A female assassin sent inside the castle to kill prince charming. The premise has such great promise, but the delivery is problematic.

Let me start with the positives: I think readers who like romance will enjoy this book, because that is what it is: a romance.

The problem for fantasy fans is that there is little worldbuilding. We don't understand much about the cultures in the world. It seems like it's America set in the future after four world wars, but then, at times, it seems like an alternate reality or another world altogether.

There is some interesting backstory that as a reader I would like to know. For instance, who is this organization that has trained the heroine? Why does she react so viscerally to the word "my dear"? And the big problem - how did they get her into the castle at all? How is it that she is posing as a princess and no one thinks it's odd?

Then - boom! - the novel is over. It's a cliff hanger ending which would make any reader angry, expect the first chapter of the next book is offered to mitigate the sting.

Judging by the other reviews, romance fans seem to enjoy the storyline. If that's you, then take a chance on this book. But if you're a fan of speculative fiction, it's best to pass this one by because very little besides romance happens.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Paperback
"A Reluctant Assassin" is a dystopian novel based in the future U.S.A. where monarchs rule, women wear big dresses, and princes must marry to become kings. The story opens at a ball where twenty-five of the most eligible ladies have been selected from the kingdom in order that the prince might choose his bride. Only, one of them isn't really a wealthy noble, she is an orphan plucked from the streets and trained to assassinate the prince. But, as she gets to know him, will she have the heart to fulfill her mission?

I really, really liked this story. I ended up devouring it. The Order of the MoonStone series has the potential, if played right, of being a fan favorite. The story is told mainly from the perspective of the prince and the assassin. The author does a beautiful job of keeping each character's voice distinct enough that I had no problem knowing whose head I was in without the need of subtitles. And I never experienced any dull or lagging moments in the plot. Everything in this book is there for a reason, not just to fluff the story. Given all this, let me add a disclaimer (or a few):

1. "The Reluctant Assassin" is not long like most fandom books, i.e. Divergent, Hunger Games, etc. And ends rather abruptly, but that wasn't too bad because the "sneak peak" of the next book eases the reader out of the story while still keeping us pining for the next.
2. It is formatted in British style, so be warned that there are no Oxford commas, some of the words are spelled differently, etc. Oxford commas are a pet-peeve of mine, so I feel duty bound to warn others who feel as I do about having the additional comma.
3. Read all the forward materials. They explain why the book is formatted a bit different than today's traditional formatting.
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