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Danika, our favored fairy godmother is back, and it is story hou

Danika, our favored fairy godmother is back, and it is story hour for the fairy children.  She is carrying on the long tradition of telling a story that works as part lesson, part entertainment and entirely enchanting: the little fairies can't get enough.  This is the s...
Danika, our favored fairy godmother is back, and it is story hour for the fairy children.  She is carrying on the long tradition of telling a story that works as part lesson, part entertainment and entirely enchanting: the little fairies can't get enough.  This is the story of the Man in the Moon: his curse, his love and his heartache and the one little fairy who dared to be different. Danika, being a rather off-beat fairy godmother herself, can't just tell a story, she must conjure images much like a movie, using the images to highlight her readiness, and bring her listeners to attention.  




Jericho was a shepherd, albeit a handsome one, minding his own business when he encounters the most bright and beautiful woman he had ever met.  Siria is the sun, bound to rule the days for eternity, yet always seeking her match.  Jericho didn't shrink away from her heat, her flame, and fancied himself in love.  She bound him to her that first night, a sentence of 500 years free only to walk the earth once a month.  From passion to prisoner, blinded by lust to barely able to tolerate her presence, their relationship is on the rocks, and Jericho is missing his life of simplicity and sunshine, light and love. 




Calanthe is a fairy, a flower fairy, obsessed and consumed with the flora around her.  Feeling rather out of place, and curious about the treasures hidden within the headmistress' house, she steals a seed and rushes from the regular evening festivities to tend her seed.  Jericho watches Calanthe, he sees everyone in all the Kingdoms, but this one fairy caught his eye, and he swears that she was looking right AT him. 




And then, the stolen seed blooms: a moon flower and Calanthe is entranced.  Gently stroking the flower, Jericho can feel her touch and sense her care.  He decides that he will find her the next time he can wander the Kingdoms, he makes a plan. 




Throughout the story we are watching the characters develop and understand their motives, feel the love bloom between Calanthe and Jericho,  and hold our breath much like the listener's to the tale.  Utilizing Danika from the Kingdom series, bringing in the other fairy godmothers of the council, and even providing a snarky disbeliever in Genevieve, who doesn't dare admit to her curiosity, this could be any story hour at the library.  But it is so much more: connections and sexual tensions are electric, the story is refreshing and Calanthe is bold and brash and willing to sacrifice everything she knows for love. 




Truly heartwarming and a great installment in the Kingdom stories, this will whet your appetite if you've not read the earlier books in the series, and please all current fans. I purchased a copy of this book, originally read in beta format, for my own library for purpose of honest review.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

posted by gaele on November 22, 2013

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I had not read any of Marie Hall's work before this one. It is t

I had not read any of Marie Hall's work before this one. It is the sixth in her Kingdom series, but can largely be read as a stand-alone. There is a reference toward the end of the book to what I believe might be to the first book in the series, but it doesn't give anyt...
I had not read any of Marie Hall's work before this one. It is the sixth in her Kingdom series, but can largely be read as a stand-alone. There is a reference toward the end of the book to what I believe might be to the first book in the series, but it doesn't give anything away from that story and doesn't take anything away from this one.




What really hooked me about the description, and had me wanting to read the story, was that it's a story about the Man in the Moon, which was a new concept to me. We've all heard of the Man in the Moon, but what do we know about him? And do we really care? In most cases, probably not. However, in Moon's Flower, the Man is given a name, a face, an origin story. We find out what he does during his days & nights and what motivates him. It's a cool look at an "old" character that not many of us know too much about.




Without giving too much away, Moon's Flower is about a fairy that falls in love with him and he with her; it's the story of their love, and the consequences of that love. I really liked Calanthe (the fairy) and how she wasn't content to live the life she was expected to live; she wanted more for herself. There's a surprise at the end of the story that will probably make the series' readers pretty happy. I enjoyed without being as invested in the characters, so series' regulars should enjoy it too.




And I have to admit, I liked it enough to pick up "Her Mad Hatter," the first book in the series. I'd like to find out more about this world Marie Hall has created!




I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the LOP here on Goodreads.

posted by CoriFoundGlory on December 26, 2013

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    Posted December 26, 2013

    I had not read any of Marie Hall's work before this one. It is t

    I had not read any of Marie Hall's work before this one. It is the sixth in her Kingdom series, but can largely be read as a stand-alone. There is a reference toward the end of the book to what I believe might be to the first book in the series, but it doesn't give anything away from that story and doesn't take anything away from this one.




    What really hooked me about the description, and had me wanting to read the story, was that it's a story about the Man in the Moon, which was a new concept to me. We've all heard of the Man in the Moon, but what do we know about him? And do we really care? In most cases, probably not. However, in Moon's Flower, the Man is given a name, a face, an origin story. We find out what he does during his days & nights and what motivates him. It's a cool look at an "old" character that not many of us know too much about.




    Without giving too much away, Moon's Flower is about a fairy that falls in love with him and he with her; it's the story of their love, and the consequences of that love. I really liked Calanthe (the fairy) and how she wasn't content to live the life she was expected to live; she wanted more for herself. There's a surprise at the end of the story that will probably make the series' readers pretty happy. I enjoyed without being as invested in the characters, so series' regulars should enjoy it too.




    And I have to admit, I liked it enough to pick up "Her Mad Hatter," the first book in the series. I'd like to find out more about this world Marie Hall has created!




    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the LOP here on Goodreads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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