- File Size: 1230 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bronarch Books (April 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E13FC5E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Valley of the Moon Kindle Edition
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The story is well-plotted with lots of suspense. There's a particularly dark event I never saw coming and couldn't believe at first, but the more I examined the story in retrospect, the more I realize it's part of the longer plot, as this is the first book in the series. The author weaves an intricate tale of loss, fear, longing, and revenge with fascinating characters and mind-numbing twists.
The writing is fluid and poetic at times. The author does a great job of building tension and interspersing it with lighter moments, allowing the reader to breathe, before building back up again to a breathless conclusion.
Lana is one of my favorite young adult heroines. She's brash, tough, smart, but is still vulnerable enough to make her sympathetic. She's got a smart mouth and sometimes overuses it, but that's one of my favorite things about her. The other characters are equally interesting, especially because we never get to really know them except through Lana's eyes, making them all enigmas that I can't wait to find out more about in the next book.
What Didn't Work for Me
1. There's only one thing that rubbed me the wrong way and that's the ending. It wasn't a cliffhanger, it just...ended. It was odd and it left me unsettled rather than satisfied or dying to read more. This was the only thing that kept this from being a perfect five stars for me.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Valley of the Moon
1. Lana. She's an amazing heroine with just enough grit and softness to make her kickass and belivable.
2. Lana's dad. He's troubled, but I like him. He puts his daughter's safety and interests first.
3. The mystery. Trying to figure out what's going on is half the fun with this gripping tale.
4. The twists. So many things I didn't see coming kept me turning the page to find out what the heck happened.
5. The cars. Lana has an amazing collection of awesome cars at her disposal. If only the Russian mafia weren't trying to kill her, she could have really enjoyed them.
Valley of the Moon is a fast-paced young adult mystery thriller with enough romance and suspense to please nearly any audience.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lana Goodwin lost her mother, but has a loving hard-working father. She works hard to maintain her scholarship at a private girl’s school, and she works harder to save a little money for college. She doesn’t really need a distraction like Caleb Weaver, and I’m not sure the book did either.
Caleb Weaver is a good-looking, smooth operating college boy who strikes up a conversation with Lana at a party. He doesn’t come off as a player, just more mature than the rest of the high school boys at the party. He and Lana develop a relationship that is filled with the usual angst of a high school romance.
Valley of the Moon is a mystery with a bit of a fairytale premise. The prologue is intriguing, and I looked forward to a mystery based on that scene. I enjoyed the sense of foreboding that builds throughout this book, however, the story tension could have been thoroughly gripping if the story had been a little tighter. For much of the first half of the book, the story focuses more on Lana’s romance, her life as a scholarship kid at a private school, and her relationship with her wicked ex-stepmother and ex-stepsisters. There are just enough mysterious clues to keep the mystery lovers following the story. To be fair, Valley of the Moon is a truly YA novel, and it probably packs enough punch for its intended younger reader.
Ms. Archer’s turn of phrase is delightful. I loved the evil descriptions of Ramona and her daughters. The inclusion of how the Sonoma Valley came to be referred to as the Valley of the Moon was a nice touch.
“Some night the moon hangs so low above the valley it nestles right between the Sonoma and Mayacama Mountains which is why the Native Americans called it the Valley of the Moon.”
Lana’s discussion with her father about her recently deceased mother and the moon made me a little teary-eyed.
Valley of the Moon was an okay read for me. The characters are interesting and developed. The setting and descriptive writing style caught my attention. The story premise is rich and enticing. However, the plot pace was a bit slow for me and the story layout felt a little unfocused. As stated earlier, a younger reader will probably find this book more enthralling. I will say that there is good potential to Ms. Archer’s series being an A+ once it reaches it’s culmination, so if you are okay with cliffhangers and first books that are mostly set-up for a series, dig in and be prepared to be a little spooked.
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