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Posted February 25, 2013
This is the third of five volumes in the Unbidden Magic series, and picks up where the last left off. It is written as a sequential series, and while the first two books were enhanced by sequential reading, this book could stand alone without great confusion.
In this book, Junior returns from Mexico to express his desire for Allie, and her boy problems continue with confusion about which boy is superior. Sadly, that whole line of the story tends to find me less than enthusiastic, Allie was developing nicely as a strong and independent girl, not requiring a boy. That is a rarity in much YA fiction today, and although this was a momentary blip in Allie’s otherwise reasonably sensible approach to relationships (for a teen girl) I did find it distracting. Likewise the addition of the fae and the fairy elements to the story, while I think that the target audience of YA readers will adore the additional elements, there are still plenty of unanswered questions to do with TriMark and the Star Seeker plot lines.
Still, this was highly readable, fast paced and enjoyable in the escapist way that a YA reader will enjoy. While I missed some of the careful attention to Allie’s development and growth, the story did move forward and provide a logical middle step for the last two books in the series.
I received an eBook copy through NetGalley for purpose of honest review for the IOB Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted February 20, 2011
At John J. Peacock High School in Peacock Flats, Washington, student Alfrieda "Allie" Emerson cannot believe how she could go from unpopular to pariah all because her mom dates the principal Mr. Hostetler. However, she has issues besides no clean underwear at a time when two boys are once again sniffing her; as Junior has come from Mexico with a retinue and Beck the half demon is healing the new girl on the block.
Meanwhile besides dodging the usual high school suspects of miscreant and deviant behavior, Allie knows the Trimarks remain a major threat to world stability (what there is) and to her well being. However, her biggest issue besides the pendant she wears is that a third boy shapeshifting Ryker has joined her other two sniffers. This were-hawk knows he and Allie are destiny's darlings as life mates if they can save Boundless, the land of the fairy, from a horde that make the Trimarks look like elementary school. Allie knows as tough as this evil crew may be they are not near high school lethal.
The third Unbidden Magic teen urban fantasy (see Moonstone and Moonrise) is an engaging tale as the heroine struggles to balance in her small town surviving the rituals of school, saving two worlds, and flirting with boys; the latter being the most difficult. Having a new male per book adds fun to the mix by enhancing the bewilderment of Allie, but none have ample time to grow as they compete for heroine and subplot spacing. Still young adult fans will appreciate her efforts to learn to use her power reminiscent of the Greatest American Hero while diligently trying to save Boundless.
Posted November 10, 2010
I think I might have been expecting to much with this one. After enjoying Moon Rise quite a bit, I was hoping Moon Spun would continue on the same path. But, I almost feel like the author is trying too hard and mixing too many elements.
First off, Junior is back. I'm not sure what it is about the guy but I'm just not feeling it. I liked Beck, but it this one he turns into an ass and disappears for most of the story. Add in the third guy (really did we need a third) Ryker and it just gets sticky. Ryker seems to be the most intersting, but then fairies usually are. Thankfully Allie decides at the end that she doesn't need men, but we will see how long that lasts.
So we add in the element of fairies, and that's were I was beginning to lose interest. I think we could have just stuck with the moonstone and the prophecy and it would have been enough. But, the story is starting to get complicated and I'm not sure were it's going. Plus, I'm beginning to feel like it's dragging out a little. But, I will probably continue on if there is another one. I've invested this much time, I was to see what Allie does with the prophecy.
Posted September 27, 2010
What could possibly be worse than not fitting in at High School? Again, Ms. Brothers has a quick answer for us: Your Mom, dating the principal of your high school. Once again, teen Allie's everyday life problems vie with her magical world problems for overall disaster quotient.
Moon Spun kicks off with a Allie-problem that is sooo Allie: an empty underwear drawer. On the other hand, totally great things await, or maybe just possibly-great; the return of her boyfriend, Junior.
We have to start doubting Junior straightaway; only he'll surprise us (and Allie.) He's a surprise to that old half-demon too (and if you didn't read book 2, you might well find yourself puzzled at this point.) Allie has enough other issues to keep us occupied than the various boyfriends or potential boyfriends; like her powers seem to go awry in funny incidents. I never could quite figure out if Allie was delighted with being the fresh fruit queen, but her wry response to so many incidents was again a delight. Dialogue is, as ever, fast paced and belieavable.
I love how Ms. Brothers maintains the rural and small-town flavor in Moon Spun. It would have been easy for me to overlook the setting here, as I've read the first two books of the Unbidden Magic series. Yes, we still do have the chiming apple tree and grumpy bull. The trailer Allie lives in is still twenty-four feet long. Characters are true to those we met earlier. My main complaint is that perhaps this wasn't different enough. Nice to find Allie still sorting all this stuff out - and there is still plenty of unpredictable happenings; but the one new thing is probably the hardest to simply believe: the abrupt addition of the fairy kingdom kind of drops out of the sky. The Boundless world is also little Endless. This story is far from dull though: Moon Spun is a fast paced, fun read. Fans of the inestimable Allie will definitely enjoy this third in the series.
I do recommend reading Moonstone, first in the series, and then Moon Rise before this one.
originally posted at: aurorareviews.blogspot.com
Posted August 23, 2011
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Posted October 28, 2010
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