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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    What a brilliant follow-up to Moonstone, and extremely well writ

    What a brilliant follow-up to Moonstone, and extremely well written.  There is enough background to refresh the reader on what happened in Moonstone (or to fill new readers in) without simply regurgitating it or dragging the story back into the past.  It follows very nicely in the series, but at the same time is a very different story.  I really appreciate that the author doesn’t just make this series one long story with breaks between stories, which seems to have become the norm.  Brothers takes many stand alone stories and weaves them together into a series that flows well from one to the next.  There is an overarching story to tell in the series as a whole, but so far, each novel can also stand on its own.

    Brothers’ descriptions continue to enthrall you throughout this novel.  Not only are you caught up in the suspense of the storyline but also in the beauty of the writing and of the world created by this talented author.  I really appreciate how thoroughly developed everything in this story seems, while somehow still leaving room for further development in future installments.  This avoids any downtime in the storyline where the author is either regurgitating something from a previous novel or a lack of detail because everything has already been said.

    In this story we see further development of the main character.  Not only does she grow as a person because of her experiences, but the reader also learns more about her past and what makes her tick.  We also learn more about some of her friends in this installment.  The increase development in the supporting cast gives the story an even more well rounded feel.  To top this all off, when new supernatural characters are introduced into the story we get to know about them as people, as well as learning about their species.  This leads to a very complete sense of each character.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Brothers threw some twists at me that I didn’t see coming while simultaneously staying true to everything that was developed and laid out in Moonstone.  And I must say...  I definitely didn’t expect Junior’s latest venture, but am lovin, it all the same .

    Please note that I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

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    "Moon Rise" is the 2nd book in the 'Unbidden Magic' se

    "Moon Rise" is the 2nd book in the 'Unbidden Magic' series. Just as with the first book, "Moon Rise" is filled with magickal adventures that hook you from the beginning and keep you turning the pages. Another great read from Marilee Brothers that is recommended to all YA and not so YA readers.

    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    I much preferred this installment in the series, picking up wher

    I much preferred this installment in the series, picking up where the other left off, new twists were added, and we get to experience more of Allie’s growth and of course, the plot thickens around her. 
    With a simple good versus evil battle set up beautifully with not so simply recognized evildoers, this installment has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers engaged, and even giggling. Seriously – who would think that a serial ass pincher could lead to so many interconnected yet outwardly unrelated events? 

    While we lose the potential for one love interest in Allie’s life, and she both changes schools and encounters a new set of people to deal with, we also meet a new ‘potential’ love interest, although their relationship starts as ‘make believe’.  Interactions, both with friends and potential foes is well written and the conversations are solid and real-feeling, despite the otherworldly nature of many of the topics up for discussion. 

    this book neatly leads into the next in the series, with a well-needed build, added mystery and of course, more bad guys to ferret out.  Including estranged members of Allie’s family also help to provide an interesting foil to Faye’s often misguided judgments and behaviors, a nice touch.  I am very much looking forward to book 3 in this series. 

    I received an eBook copy through NetGalley for purpose of honest review for the IOB Tours.  I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    This was a marked improvement over the first in the series. In fact, I would probably read the first just to get to this one (only because I don't think you can really skip the first). I think all of what the first was lacking was made up in this one.

    The beginning was a little choppy. For a little bit it was almost like the personalities of the characters changed, but then the story settled down. I was happy to see that Junior wasn't in this one. I just didn't feel the connection there. I almost thought it was a little cliche that the new guy in the story was supernatural. But, it worked. Beck just had the extra something that Junior was missing. Add in his twin sister Nichole who seems to hate Allie and you have an interesting twist to the story.

    The action is spread out through the story and involved different things. I liked how Beck helps Allie get her powers back. It adds to the tension. It also helps Allie realize that there are people who she can turn to that understand the supernatural part of this world. I also liked how the Tri-marks are still out to get her. I thought how that all played out in the end was intense. It seems to have a lot more magic involved that I originally thought.

    The characters are growing on me (yes even Faye). I'll be reading the next in the series. I want to know what else is in store for Allie!

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    A fun sequel

    Allie's slowly recovering from the kidnapping incident where she discovered more about the moonstone necklace given to her by her friend. Now one tiny problem is plaguing her - she's lost her powers. She can't read minds or move items with her mind. Plus, she's the head speaker at a meeting she just wants to avoid. When a new kid in town offers to help, she's a little skeptical. Sure, he's cute and all, but she sort of has a boyfriend, who's MIA at the moment. Then she finds out that he's half demon. Is he after her necklace and her powers or can she trust him to help her regain her confidence and her powers?

    A great second installment in this fun paranormal series. Danger, magic, demons, paranormal powers, enemies awaiting revenge, and a dash of romance makes this read hard to put down.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    Allie is back

    The second book of Unbiddden Magic made this series "unputdownable", while I resent Faye for being an immature mom dating losers and being all patheic and sadly irresponsible it gave me a clue on why, she possess a secret that her daughter our refreshingly optomistic protagonist, Allie. But that detail will have to wait until book 3, which sadly is not due until February of 2010, and I have no information on the title yet. ( I will find out I promise)

    Book two starts with Allie on her way to conjugate with the member of her world called the Star Seekers, where she was a guest of honor due to her previous adventures with the evil driven organization called Trimark, whose main purpose in life was to take the magical Moonstone from her by eliminating her out of their way and rule the world with their malevolent plans. He previous used of her Telekinetic power resulted in killing a Trimark memeber which in turn unleased the power of three. The main result was she lost her juice. Coincidently, some one new was there to help her. Beck Bradford, easy on the eyes and born with special powers too. Beck and her twin sister Nicole are half-demon. (Their mother was raped by an incubus). How did Beck helped her? He is a healer or a Shaman, and did some chanting and ritual that helped her loose the nightmares and the feeling of guilt. Not only did he helped Allie got her juice back, he now also held Allie's heart at present. Junior, Allie's supposedly boyfriend went to Mexico, possibly not returning anytime soon or ever.

    Book two also revealed that there are two prophecies, one we already knew was about her and the other one involves something about the Trimark themselves. There were three villains this time. The one was obvious but the two others snaked their way in to get close to her. They did some pretty interesting magic on their end too. We also met Allie's estranged grandfather Claude, who gave Allie something to think about. "Ask you mother why is she so unhappy", "Ask her about her mother Melia" oh and he knows Allie's the plot thickens.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    The second Unbidden Magic urban teen fantasy is a terific exciting tale

    In Peacock Flats, Washington at John J. Peacock HS, student Alfrieda "Allie" Emerson recently lost her telekinetic skills which include reading minds. Her loss of power has angered her at a time her boyfriend Junior went home to Mexico as she feels she lost something precious. The pressure from her dad who just recently came into her life and his group the Star Seekers add to her ire and helplessness; they insist she is the key to the prophecy by keeping the moonstone necklace safe from the Trimarks. Faye AKA Mom is no help as she finds one pathetic loser after another to go out with.

    At school are two new students, twins Beck and Nicole Bradford. Allie is attracted to the hunk, but also has other worries like the school counselor who wants her removed from her mom. Meanwhile the siblings hide a secret from Allie and others at the school as they are not what they seem. However, they are the key to keeping Allie safe with her retaining the necklace as the Trimarks are using all sorts of tricks to get at her.

    The second Unbidden Magic urban teen fantasy (see MOONSTONE) is a terific exciting tale with Junior in Mexico and Allie's new BF being a half demon. This leads Allie to protect the necklace but also elude her dad and his group of goody types, her mom and her loser dates, the counselor fro hell, as well as the bad dudes, which make male high school hormonal butt pinching seem irrelevantly inane. MOON RISE contains a fabulous fast-paced story line, but is owned by the heroine whose perspective on her out of control life simply fun to follow as danger lurks around every corner of the school, home, and town.

    Harriet Klausner

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