Mona Lisa Awakening (Monere Series #1)

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From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different-but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty entered her life.

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Overview

A smoldering debut novel.

From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different-but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty entered her life.

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Readers who love Laurell K. Hamilton are sure to enjoy this strong, sexy paranormal introducing Mona Lisa and the people of the Monère. These non-humans are the exiled children of the moon, dependent on various warring Queens, whom they serve and mate with in exchange for prolonging their lives.

We first meet Lisa as a lonely ER nurse in Manhattan, a perpetual outsider with unusual healing powers. She is strangely drawn to Gryphon, the wounded patient in Bed 8; and her healing powers confirm to him that she is part Monère and the first Mixed Blood Queen. Their flight from the hospital kicks off Mona Lisa's introduction to her real life and a new world full of enemies. There is the race to find the antidote that is poisoning Grphyon, the discovery and rescue of a long-lost brother, and the saving of her other protector, Amber, through sexual healing. This promises to be a great series to follow. Ginger Curwen
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Once readers get past the silly premise of Sunny's sizzling debut-a humanoid race called the Mon re came to Earth from the moon 4,000 years ago-they'll find much to like in this intrigue-filled erotic paranormal. The "children of the moon" are ruled by "Queens," rare females whose ability to pull down the moon's rays allows them to heal rapidly and live 300 years. Gorgeous, shape-changing males protect, serve and have sex with the often ruthless Queens, who sometimes cruelly abuse them. After treating one of these males, Gryphon, at Manhattan's St. Vincent's Hospital one night, 21-year-old ER nurse Lisa discovers she's not only a part-human Mon re herself but also the first "Mixed Blood" Queen, Mona Lisa. Her human blood makes her impervious to sunlight and silver-the banes of the Mon re-and her latent powers pose a threat to the nastier Queens, who want to destroy her. Mona Lisa shares many traits with Laurell K. Hamilton's heroines, including having lots of hot sex for good causes, but mercifully without their kvetching and self-doubt. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425211601
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: Monere Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sunny is a former physician and the wife of novelist Da Chen. She with her family.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    The True Mona Lisa

    Well, I'm not ashamed to tell you that I love this story. Sunny runs the story lone book to book with only hours passing for the characters from one book to the next. FYI, you have to read the short stories as well to get the whole story. That being said, it's such an enthralling story, make sure you have plenty of time to read through all the books one after the other - you'll want to.

    Now, on to what must be said; a warning . . . the characters are promiscuous and definitely sexually uninhibited. Whether or not their actions are a good surprise or a bad surprise depends on what you, the reader, brings to the table . . . or comfy armchair, since we're talking about books.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2009

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    I wanted to like this book

    Unfortunately there's only so much character and plot developing you can do in 243 pages. I thought the characters were one dimensional and and the story was rushed. It's one thing to read a book and think, "this is just bad." I finished this and was left wondering what could of been. Feeling not that it was bad, but that it could have been so much better.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    good

    it was a good read and it made me want to read the rest of the series! i cant say that it is my favorite book but i would reccomend it to my friends! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    the moon folk and you could bask in it... :)

    I enjoyed this book, it was catchy from beginning to end... started with the lady not knowing who she was and then truly being awakened... I thought the multiple lovers were a plus, each was different and she was not having sex with the folks just for the heck of it... she was "healing" them... you know, like Marvin Gaye sung about... :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Sunny not so sunny

    At first I was really pleased with how fast the book was moving. Then the tedium set in. It seemed like I was reading a watered down version of Laurell K Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. I suspect a lot of the character base is derived from that series, but there wasn't enough originality to make them able to stand on their own.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    good but lacks focus

    I would have rated this story better if it were more focused. The characters make up for the aimless, meandering plot. The story was entertaining and easy to read but I couldn't help the feeling that Mona Lisa was just a sticky ball rolling along aimlessly and gathering people as she went. The story and its protagonist seemed to lack a goal. There is little suspense in wondering about the characters' futures since its apparent the characters have no clue what they'll do next and are simply reacting to events.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Amazing story! Must read for paranormal lovers! Darkly erotic

    Wow! I absolutely loved this book. I love finding a paranormal series that is refreshingly different. Mona Lisa is an ER Nurse in Manhattan that feels alone in the world. She meets a creature during one of her shifts that changes her life and helps her to understand why she has been different all of her life. She is not only another species, but a born Queen of that species (kinda like a queen bee) that is meant to rule. This story was absolutely amazing. Filled with action, heart break, and loyalty that is so intense. Mona Lisa is a strong female that grows into an amazing inspiring leader. She faces many challenges and protects those she cares for with intense fierceness and love.

    I can't recommend this book enough to lovers of the paranormal. Or to anyone that appreciates a strong female, hot yummy shape shifters, and a wild ride. This book is a keeper and a re-reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Great sample....and then it goes downhill from there

    The first 20 or 30 pages are interesting but then there is a ton of plot with little to no character development which makes it hard to care what happens to them. It seems like the author took a ton of time thinking out what she wanted to happen and then ran out of time to write it. The plot feels rushed and boils down to apathetic attempt at a romance novel when that wasn't what I was looking for or was described. The mythology was not fully formalized either.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Reina

    Black hair with bangs over a blue eye and a green eye showing. Age ten.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Shaylee

    Name:Shaylee Drangio. Age:28. Looks:6'7" and slim. She has brown hair thats wavy. Sh is wearing a tshirt with a sun on it. She is wearing blue jeans and sneakers. She has ice blue eyes. Job:owner.~Shaylee Drangio

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Looks like a good book?

    I havn't read it yet, but it loooks like a good book. Any suggestions?

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    GREAT PARANORMAL SERIES.........YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

    I have read the entire Moniere series and what can I say other than 'I LOVED EVERY MOMENT'. Sunny keeps you wanting more and more. I found myself wishing I was Mona Lisa. If only I where so lucky!!!!!! I hope there will be more and more to come. I hated to see the series end. DEFINETLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES!!!! If you love paranormal romance, I can guarantee you will love Mona Lisa and the Children of the Moon.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    Rip off of BJT

    This story is in every way a rip off of the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop in every way shape and form. I will never give this author money for work another Author did.

    If you want to read the real story Read that. This actually doesn't even deserve a ONE star rating. Truely....argh. Doesn't anyone write their own stuff anymore?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2010

    Fantastic Read

    I was a little resistant to reading this book at first, since I hadn't read anything similar before;however, I am glad that I did. Like most other reviews state, I simply could not put this book down. Sunny did an amazing job with this series-it's a wonder why she was ever a physician!If you are looking for a great story mixed with steamy scenes, this is definately the series for you!I have read Awakening and Blossoming, and currently reading Craving.None of them have been disappointing thus far!Go ahead, get it-you know you want to!

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

    Fantastic

    This book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the synopsis on the first page. I highly recommend it if you like sci-fi fantasty and are looking to get lost in a book for a few hours. I am so excited to read the rest of the series.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    So good start of so good series

    I don't even know how I found this author but I'm so glad i did. Couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to read the next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great Book!!

    This book is very original and interesting, I could not put it down...
    I recommend this book to everyone...

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Seductive & sexy

    The author uses a lyrical way of writing that doesn't need alot of words to form a visual in your mind. Her way of describing the same scenes where never boring b/c of her style of writing. She worth reading over and over and any of her novellas are a hit with me.

    This book is the first in the Monere series and starts by revealing the some of the characters mystical sides. Some of the characters are established and are very powerfully present. If your imagination is as active as mine your brain will dance happily with this book. So beautifully made. It ends with you wanting more and also prepares you for what's to come. (less)

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    I'm awake

    This is an easy read with charactors that don't slow down for a minute. I enjoyed the fast pace of the story and didn't need all the extra details some missed. This story is full of graphic violence and sex so if you are easily offended then avoid this book/series or if this is the kind of stuff you crave you've hit the jackpot!

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    ify

    The characters were great. They had life and a story and you could imagine them with your minds eye. What I didnt like was the fact that everyything jumped into motion way too fast from one topic to another.I think she would have been great with a little more detail. Like for instance how in the hell does Mona lisa know how to kick bad guy butt?? Who taught her to hold a knife?? Simple things about her should have been a little more detailed. Even though I find it a little flawed in that sense, the originality of her writing has me hooked on to read the next mone lisa books.

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