Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review of The Moon Omnibus by Jeanette Battista

I picked up a copy of this book at YA'll Fest in Charleston last November, and finally had a chance to sit down and read it.  I am so glad that I did.  Below you will find a review for each of the books in the omnibus.

Leopard Moon

The book is about weres, but not just the traditional werewolf. While there are some in there, it is more the story of Kess, an older teenager who is on the run from her disturbed older brother. Did I mention she is a were, a wereleopard to be precise. One of the aspects of this book that I liked so much was not just the paranormal, which I did enjoy, but also the references to Egyptian mythology. As a history major, mythology has a definite appeal to me. The author seamlessly blends Egyptian myth with modern day paranormal. This book has a little bit of everything to appeal to wide audience. There is romance, intrigue, suspense, paranormal, and myth. The blending of all of those is one of the things that pulled me in. The characters are fantastic. They are believable, you are able to relate to them, and their personalities reflect the way that their particular "breed" would act. Kess, as a cat, is more reserved and like others of her kind, more solitary. Whereas the werewolves you encounter in the book are more like a family unit, demonstrative and close-knit. There are a lot of times that I like a book, but will put it down and pick it back up at my leisure. This was not one of those. I would definitely reread it, which to me is the mark of a good book.

Jackal Moon

Well, this one does have ties to the first, and they blend together wonderfully. But while they might be related, this one focuses more on another character, rather than just a continuation of the first novel. I loved the back story on Mebis and Laila, and was impressed, yet again, by the references to Ancient Egypt and the mythology. The author once again stays true to the nature of the beasts that the people are able to transform into. With the jackals, they are very similar to the wolves, except that there is a particular order to which some of the were-jackals belong. The twists and turns are woven tightly together to give one an experience which they will never forget. Plus, with the continuation of Kess's story from the first novel and the men that are a part of her life is fantastic.

Hyena Moon

I read the first two, and intrigued, moved on to the third, thirsting for more. The story of Kess continues in this installment in the series, but it also focuses on yet another character, this time it is Rafe, a were-hyena, and the girl that he falls for. There is the continuing theme of Egyptian mythology that also runs through this one, but the action in this novel, to me, was more intense than the other two. There is an epic showdown in this novel, and once again, the author seamlessly blends the new with the continuation of the previous story line. One is integral to the other and the talent shows. Not everyone can carry all of the important information from one novel to the next. Now that I am finished with this novel, I hear that there is at least one other one in the series, and so I will be making my way to Amazon to purchase a copy. I am anxious to see where this series is going from here, as the end of this book left some burning questions unanswered.

All in all, a great omnibus to sit down and read!

About the author:

I graduated with an English degree with a concentration in medieval literature which explains my possibly unhealthy fixation on edged weapons and cathedral architecture. I spent a summer in England and Scotland studying the historical King Arthur, which did nothing to curb my obsession. To satisfy my adrenaline cravings--since sword fighting is not widely accepted in these modern times--I rode a motorcycle at ridiculously high speeds, got some tattoos, and took kickboxing and boxing classes. I gave up the bike when my daughter came along, although I still get pummeled at the gym on a regular basis.

When I'm not writing or working, I spend time with family, hike, read, make decadent brownies, buy killer boots, and play Pocket Frogs. I wish there were more hours in the day so I could actually do more of these things.

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