Place(s) Traveled to:
Peacock Flats, Washington
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Wry, compelling, heart-warming and just plain fun. Allie Emerson is living in a twenty-four foot trailer with a mother who has decided to Retire From Life. Not exactly the sort of environment you’d expect to produce a girl destined to save the world. Allie’s barely managing to survive high school. She hasn’t got time to believe in prophecies and evil. Until evil makes it personal.
What to say about Moonstone by Marilee Brothers? This is a tough one to review because its hard to pinpoint just what I didn’t like about it. Perhaps its the plot that only seemed to build and then never fully delivered? Or maybe it was the characters. Most seemed to be just there, some held no real purpose and others just made you go huh? Allie, the main character was likeable enough but I also found her to be a bit annoying. She’d go from leaps of intellect and “ah-ha!” moments to moments of pure stupidity. I don’t know it just didn’t ring true to me, but maybe its just part of being a normal teenager. Her mother….well….don’t get me started there. She’s in her 30’s mooching off pseudo-relatives and expects her 15 year old daughter to do all the caretaking because she’s “retired from life”….lady you are a single mother you don’t get to make that choice. You do what you need to raise your daughter. The writing while nothing to write home about wasn’t as bad as other books I’ve read but it was never enough to lure me into the plot. Which I found to be a bit muddled and all over the place. If I didn’t already have the sequel I’m not sure that I would read it. But I asked for both books to review and review both of them I will. Who knows…maybe book 2 will be a turning point in the series and things will take a turn for the better. Stay tuned to my blog to find out.