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Posted September 17, 2014
I’m struggling with what to rate this book and how to explain my rating without spoiling the ending for anyone who wishes to read it. This book is fantastic until the last 15% of it. That’s when it gets weird, and honestly, it stops making a lot of sense.
First, I couldn’t put this book down. Even snuck it in at work to read when I shouldn’t have. The two main characters are beautifully written, and their love story is epic. There’s a secondary love story going on between Claire and Analise that becomes far more prominent at the end. For a story where the two love interested characters don’t meet until 40% of the way through the book, I felt completely compelled to keep reading.
Both Jameson and Devon (the main characters) have special gifts that allow them to commune with the spirits of animals. Jameson has known about hers for the majority of her life, but Devon is just discovering hers. The discovery and relationship these two women have together is beautifully written. This is the part that kept me reading.
If this is what the book was, it would have rated 5 stars. If they Indian aspects of this story had remained as they were, it would have hit my top favorite books of all time. Right up there with Scott O’Dell. I love Indian stories. They’re something I’ve always read throughout middle school, high school and into college. I wish I had known more about where specifically this story takes place in concerns to the Indian aspect of it.
There’s language that doesn’t make sense to me, calling Indians First Nations instead of Native Americans, for example. Where I’m from, neither of those names is acceptable. It is Indian, and if Jameson is part Lakota like claimed, then it would still follow this line of thought. I grew up around Lakota and many other tribes—so this bothered me some.
The second thing that really bothered me was Devon’s staunch veganism that was not veganism. For someone who won’t eat anything that screams or bleeds or could potentially scream or bleed, she makes a lot of mistakes in what she eats. Pancakes, for instance, are made with eggs, and she agrees to eat them just after stating she won’t eat eggs in general.
The reason this book is not at the top of the list in my overall reading and does not rate a 5 star is because of the ending. Almost none of it is foreshadowed. The only part foreshadowed is the part about Devon—the rest was a complete shock, and honestly, ruined the book for me. The epilogue makes no sense at all and doesn’t fit with the rest of the storyline (none of the animals were violent until then). Without the foreshadowing, it leaves the reader reeling in a part where the story should be concluding not blowing up.
There are aspects of the story that aren’t wrapped up…like why on earth Devon was forced to marry Trevor. There are aspects that needed to be put into the novel far before the ending; yes, it might have ruined some of the mystery surrounding Devon, but the emotional journey she took would have been compelling enough. The added story about Claire and Analise was unnecessary to the plot of Devon and Jameson. It could have been cut down and shown only from Devon’s point of view and still made a strong point.
This ending shoved an urban fantasy world into a paranormal romance plot, and it did not work well.
Due to the ending, I would rate this book a 3.5. It’s hard to see the two worlds created meshing without a lot more significant transition between them. There needed to be far more foreshadowing in order to make it comprehensible. I honestly loved this book until the last 15%. Before that, it was one of the best books I had ever read. Now…now I’m just not so sure how to feel about it. I feel duped by an inserted plot that makes no sense.
This book could have used one more edit. The grammatical errors with commas were prevalent throughout it, and the rest of the errors became more abundant as the novel went on. I was going to knock down my 5 star rating .5 because of this.
Averaging the two ratings, I still give this book 4 stars. It is well-written, the story for most of the book is compelling and fascinating. It is the ending that dropped the rating—not because it wasn’t good or interesting, but because it didn’t make sense to the rest of the plot already set up (the Devon part made sense). I really wanted it to be in my top ten books of all time.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
Posted December 24, 2013
Posted August 26, 2013
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Jameson Jordan and Devon Danforth met each other when they were teens, an encounter that makes an everlasting impression on each of them. Years later, after Devon's marriage falls apart and her mother disappears, Devon and her pet wolf/husky hybrid Moon head west to Elk’s Past Sundries -- unfortunately, an accident occurs. Jameson Jordan is out in the woods painting when Moon falls on top of her, plummeted from the bridge above. Jameson and Devon find each other again, and this time both women will accept the change that they need in their lives. Long Snows Moon is a spiritual and gripping tale of love and animal magic by Stacey Darlington.
Native American and animal magic –- Long Snows Moon is filled with spiritual enlightenment told in a beautiful love story by Stacey Darlington. I find her prose flawless and stunning. Characterization is perfect; Jameson and Devon’s relationship is beautiful and insightful. I’m intrigued with all the spiritual aspects mentioned in the story such as the Medicine Walk. Jameson’s unique way of sharing her story with Devon through meditation is surreal.
All in all, a wonderful story, one that I have not read for a long time. It is also personal as Darlington dedicates this tale to her special friend Mavis. I appreciate that she shares this detail with the readers and I look forward to her future works.
Posted August 3, 2013
Wow this is a fantastic book!! Very moving, spiritual, great love story and Overall great read!! I'm so glad I found it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.