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Posted October 19, 2013
Saari Mitchell shares an unusually strong bond with two men in post cataclysmic America: Dhelis Guidry, a forensic psychic; and Brogan Vincent, a psychic healer. Add sundry vampires, werewolves, other preternaturals, and a murderous alpha male scheming his way to leadership of his chosen pack by fair means or foul and you have all the ingredients of an engrossing tale.
I enjoyed Midnight Bleu. Renee Reardon writes fluently, if perhaps a little over-reliant on the superlatives, but that is not uncommon in the genre. My only regret is that I was distracted by a silly lapse in logic at the top of page 34. It was so much at variance with her careful world building I was sure it had significance and kept waiting for its purpose to be revealed. This detracted from what proved to be a clever and engaging story.
Posted October 17, 2013
‘Moonlight Bleu’ is set in 2032 near Las Vegas, Nevada in the fictional city of New Angeles. The female character, Saari Mitchell, is centuries old, cursed to immortality. Back in the 1400’s, she was betrayed by her best friend and forced to watch as her lover was murdered. Hundreds of years later, Saari still dreams about the horrifying crime that she witnessed. Unable to cope with the nightmares, she seeks the assistance of a psychiatrist, Dr. Clayton Lytton, but he manages to make the dream worse. Little she knows that he is doing it on purpose. But his agenda is disturbed when Saari finally discovers her identity, and meets two men with whom she instantly develops an unusual link. Has she found what she lost a few centuries ago?
‘Moonlight Bleu’ is a well-written paranormal fantasy that introduces the reader to a variety of interesting, uncommon paranormal characters, which makes it both original and very interesting to read. This is a plot driven novel, and the primary focus is not on in-depth character building, but the reader will still get to fall in love with the main characters (although s/he won’t get to know or understand them very well), for they are all likeable.
‘Moonlight Bleu’ is a great read for any urban fantasy lover, one that I would highly recommend. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Posted September 22, 2013
While reading this book, I found myself easily captivated, pulled into a behind-the-scenes world, set in the not-too-distant future. The plot presented in this book is certainly interesting, and not one I've come across yet. The dynamic between the three main characters, two guys and a girl, is always popular in this genre of fiction. However, the relationship and circumstance between the three in this story is unique, and gives a whole new meaning to “love triangle.” Usually, the girl is put between two incredible, drool-worthy guys- one is her “the one” and the other is just a close second, who ultimately loses out and watches the girl he loves pick someone else. Well, in this book, she's the soul-mate to both guys! This fascinating, everyone-wins scenario, thrown into a creative world of secrets, paranormal mysteries, and supernatural creatures, makes for an addictive new story.
Following the unfolding events in this story through the shifting view points of all three main characters kept this book moving quickly. Learning about each character as more time went on allowed for quite a bit of character development and connection to the story, without skipping a beat. All three main characters are very easy to picture and relate to, quickly drawing the reader into their world. The side characters all added layers to the story, deepening mysteries and propelling the story forward.
Every once in a while, you come across an author you know was born to write, and Renee Rearden is just that- a born writer. Combining all these unique, larger-than-life characters with a suspenseful story, Mrs. Rearden has created a completely entertaining story. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and while there were a few scenes I didn't care for personally, I am looking forward to reading the sequel. I would recommend this book to any fan of paranormal fiction.
*I was given an ecopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 10, 2013
First I would like to thank Renee Rearden for giving me this book for review. There were a couple of spelling errors but not anything that would make reading the book unenjoyable. I really loved the story. Saari is a very strong main female character and I enjoyed her very much. Dhelis matches her heat very much and Brogan keeps her grounded. They make a perfect match all three of them even though it is hard for Dhelis to come to terms with it. They have to come to terms with their match in the mean time, Saari has been seeing a psychologist who happens to be crazy. Dhelis and his cousin are partners on the police department hunting serial killers. The story had me so involved instead of writing my review right after I read this book I went to the second book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2013
This is the first book in the Tueri Fated Souls series by Renee Rearden. I actually found this book on a Goodreads Read4Review list. It sounded good, so I inquired to the author about the book. She was kind enough to send me a copy for review, even knowing I had a crazy schedule and it might be awhile before I got to it. Boy am I glad that I got to it sooner rather than later. What a great find!
The story begins with our introduction to Saari Mitchell in route to her shrink's office for his help in figuring out why she has the recurring dream of the night her betrothed died and she was made immortal. She has had this recurring nightmare each year near her birthday for centuries. She has to be very careful in what she tells him, as she believes he is just a human and isn't aware of the supernatural that live amongst humans. But the nightmares are coming nightly now and Saari is about ready to give up on his assistance.
As it turns out, the shrink isn't human either. Dr. Clayton Lytton is a Lunate and is tormenting Saari to enjoy the terror she experiences every time she has the nightmare. He has been putting Saari into a hypnotic state and giving her the post hypnotic suggestion that every time she sleeps, she should have the nightmare and then return to him. Dr. Lytton isn't sure what Saari is, but he plans to possess her powers and use them for his own gain. His goal is to break her mentally.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It is set in 2032 near Las Vegas, Nevada in the fictional city of New Angeles. In 2012, The Great Quake basically liquefied California and made Nevada water front property. Psychics have been accepted as a standard forensic measure in solving crimes, particularly for the missing and homicide divisions. Apart from this, there isn't a lot of difference between then and now. All other paranormals are still in hiding from the general population. Saari is aware of some, such as her friend Nisa who is a Cupid and her best friend Mag who is a vampire. But she has no idea where her particular powers and healing ability come from. That is until she is stabbed by a rogue vampire and the hunter who is there to kill him figures out what and who she is.
There is no HEA in this book and I was totally okay with that. The potential is there and that is enough for now. There is still so much to be learned and the world building to continue on. The pacing is very good, the characters have depth and the dialogue has been stupendous. I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series, Crimson Sunrise. 4 stars on Goodreads for this fantastic read.
Posted April 3, 2012
(I won a copy of this book!)
Saari lives in a place called New Angeles, the place that everyone moved to when California ended up underwater following a massive earthquake on June 18th 2012 (Yikes!).
The year is now 2032, but Saari is no ordinary woman. She was born in the year 1499, and then cursed with immortality by a witch in 1522, who was jealous of her lover. Although Saari knows that she is immortal, she doesn’t know what else she is. She has always had the ability to read people’s aura’s, but she doesn’t know why.
Every year on her birthday, Saari has a dream in which she relives the night that she was cursed. On that night her best friend Heika revealed herself to be in love with Saari, and when Saari spurned her advances, she killed Saari’s betrothed Miko in retaliation. Ever since Miko was killed Saari has felt incomplete, and this year she has turned to a human psychiatrist to help her work through the meaning of the recurring dream, and see if she can work past it.
A chance encounter with a rogue vampire results in Saari dying. Her friend Mags, who knows that she is immortal, takes her home to allow her to heal and come back to life. Mags is currently working with a man called Dhelis, who was on an assignment to kill the rogue vampire. When Saari is injured, he returns to her home with Mags to make sure that she is okay, and they inadvertently touch. This touch leads to a strange explosion of energy, and Dhelis realises that Saari is his mate.
Unfortunately Dhelis is called away before he can really discuss things with Saari, as another murder has occurred which is connected to a case that he has been working on – the full-moon killer. Dhelis works for the police, and paired with his cousin they use their talents to help catch criminals.
Sometime later Dhelis takes Saari to see his friend Brogan who is a healer. When Brogan touches Saari though, he also elicits a power surge which also marks him as Saari’s mate. This situation is extremely unusual.
Now Saari must learn what she really is, and what effect this strange three way relationship is going to have on her life, while hiding the fact that she is an immortal from the two men. While the two men must also come to terms with this strange occurrence, Dhelis and his partner must continue to work to find the full-moon killer, before the killer finds Saari.
I enjoyed this book. The concept was quite unusual – the world was hit by a giant meteor at some point and humans evolved into different things – vampires, werewolves, etc. Saari and the other gifted people were known as Tueri – another different race that evolved after the meteor.
The story was quite complex and interwoven, but was still easy to read and understand. The different characters and their view points were handled well, and the story held my attention well throughout.
I have to say that I was a little unsure of the whole three-way connection thing. For me it can only spell trouble, but it will be interesting to see how it works out for them in further books!
Overall, an enjoyable read, and I would be very interested to find out what happens to Saari and co next!
8 out of 10.
Thanks to Renee Reardon for her competition in which I won this ebook!
Posted January 12, 2012
Moonlight Bleu By Renee Rearden
This book sears..zzz it's way into your psyche very quickly. The Author really brings the characters to life on a whole different level than the vampire and werewolves that have been such a phenomenon .There are beings that have been with us even longer than them and Saari who is the” immortal one” is sure to be with us for a very long time. Her recurring “Dream” about her lover’s murder takes her into the lives of all sorts of supernatural beings like herself but none are as unique as she is. They are not so complex that they are not believable and you are drawn into them very completely and want to keep reading to see where they take you next. This is a perfect blend of fantasy and mystery that really whets your appetite for the next book because it leaves you wanting.. to know ...more, about Saari and Dhelis and Brogan and if they can achieve this life that they have bound themselves into.
My rating is ZZZZ!! and I really enjoyed it
Posted October 21, 2011
"MOONLIGHT BLEU" BY RENEE REARDON
After losing her one true love, Miko, so many years ago, an immortal healer named Saari is struggling with the memory of what happened and how to get rid of the nightmares that plague her. The year is 2032 and supernaturals have become more prominent in the human world although they still strive hard to keep themselves from being known. Some have found solace in the company of others and some have gone rogue. One of Saari's best friends is Mag, an Egyptian vampire that seems to have deeper feelings for her than she realizes.
Having loved and lost multiple imes she has given up on ever finding the love she had with Miko, so she keeps Mag at a friendly distance. Suddenly a dark, handsome stranger appears after Saari is attacked by a rogue vampire. Dhelis realizes almost immediately that Saari is his soul mate. In the meantime Saari's psychiatrist is trying hard to find out the secrets behind her lovers death... but why?
What I loved about this book were the many different scenarios that revolve around Saari, the central character, but still have the ability to stand alone. Renee Rearden has a knack for weaving stories together bringing them to one tumultuous conclusion. Though it seems there is more than one story going on at a time there is an underlying current that connects all the characters seamlessly.
"Moonlight Bleu" is an extremely well written and exciting read. My rating is 4 Ravens!
Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud
Posted September 21, 2011
To be honest, I didn't know if I was going to like this book, based on the synopsis. I was a little concerned over the love triangle, especially as so many books seem to have them these days, and it all sounded a bit confusing. But, I quickly found out that it's an amazing book, and I'm really glad I picked it up! Rearden has created a completely original piece, love triangle included, that kept me captivated throughout the entire novel. It's a very quick read in that it's extremely interesting, especially with a murderer on the loose, vampires and weres working together, and the introduction of a new "species," the Tueri. And, it's all tastefully done.
I enjoyed all of the characters, even the ones I love to hate. Rearden has created a wonderful group of characters that steal the show, allowing the reader to drift into their world rather seamlessly. This is a very daunting task for a writer, but Rearden has no difficulty making her characters vivid and genuine, even if it does deal with the mythical more so than real-life. I found myself melting into the story on multiple occasions, and the characters even permeated my dreams. Now that, in my opinion, constitutes good writing!
I loved that Rearden doesn't keep the murderer's identity a secret. The readers know the who and why early on in the novel, and I think this adds to the suspense because we have a leg up on the other characters. It's dramatic irony at its finest (if I'm allowed to use that term with novels) and I loved knowing something the rest of the characters didn't, and watching them slowly realize. until it's too late. Rearden presents it in such a way that I actually enjoyed knowing the murderer's identity more than not knowing and finding out along with the characters, if that makes sense. Rearden is a very talented writer with a wonderful imagination, and I'm ecstatic that she is sharing it with us through her novels. Four stars.
Posted March 15, 2011
Saari is a woman with a past, but no knowledge of her roots. An unexpected encounter with a rogue vampire threatens to expose her secret and introduces her to the hero, who has the answers she's looking for. This book has a well-developed antagonist more than one hunky hero. If you like urban fantasy, this is a fun read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2011
I would recommend this book to everyone. When I heard about "Moonlight Bleu" I wasn't sure I wanted to read it because it had vampires in it. It wasn't at all what I expected. There wasn't blood and gore or tasteless scenes. It was all put together very well to keep you wondering what would happen next. I can't wait for a sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2011
I throughly enjoyed Moonlight Bleu by Renee Reardon. Reardon's writing style grabs you from the first line. I liked all the characters and felt for them through their journey; but I especially loved Saari. I will definitely re-read this book because I enjoyed it that much. Reardon has a fresh and unique writing style and voice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2011
I absolutly loved this book! Every second of free time I had to read, I did! Did not ever want to put it down! I can't wait for the next one!
Renee Rearden loves to write and you can tell her passion in this story.
Posted January 4, 2011
I applaud Ms. Rearden for thinking out of the box and giving a fresh face to paranormal/urban fantasy genre. A fabulous debut novel. I enjoyed the new world she created and the characters and plot pulls the reader along page after page. The triagonal relationship adds conflict and depth to the story on many levels. I definitely recommend this book to fellow readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2010
Saari Mitchell is a immortal with a tragic past. She has not been able to let go and move on, in all the century's she has been alive. This then brings her to a physiatrist in order to stop having a reoccurring dream. The dream is of the night her only love was killed and she was cursed with immortality.
In the parking garage on her way to work an early shift at the hospital Saari is attacked by a rouge vampire. Her best friend and vampire Mag, just so happen to be tracking this vampire and got there in time to help her. But he was not the only one tracking this rouge vampire, a man who has answers to her past and heritage she has never been able to get answered, was also there to to kill the Rouge and save her from another tragic death (of course since she is immortal she cannot die but that doesn't mean it does not hurt like alot).
Dhelis Guidry recognizes Saari as what she is, a Tueri like him a pure bread unknown. As soon as he touches her he also knows that she is the soul mate he has been searching his life for. Not wanting to push her but wanting to claim what is rightfully his he tries to introduce her to his world. He tries to explain who and what she is and what their connection means. This is also difficult because she is still very injured from the attack.
Saari's injuries are to sever for her to heal on her own so Dhelis takes her to a friend Brogan Vincent, to help heal her. As soon as he touches her he instantly knows she is also his mate. Long ago he was told he would find his mate and she would belong to another, so he never wanted to look for her but one touch and he know he could never leave her side.
Saari has not one but two men who claim to be mated to her. A psycho killer out to get her and reoccurring dreams that are bound to drive her crazy , well she should survive it all she is immortal after all.
I enjoyed this book. It has a new fresh idea. I loved Mag and Alarico. I may be bias because they are vampires, but there is just a strong loving presents from Mag that you can't help but fall for. He takes such good care for Saari, but you can see he has a vulnerable side and its very enduring. Alarico just radiates Danger and Power and everyone loves an Alpha male. The characters in the book are fascinating. Brogan is easy going and gentle but strong and burley, ware as Dhelis is strong but a bit over bearing a little on the over protective jealous side. The story is captivating from the beginning. With the way the book left off I'm very interested in seeing how it all turns out. Im not sure I like the agreement that Brogan and Dhelis came to but we will see how that works out. I know now you want to know what the agreement was , well you just need to read the book to find out. Sexy men , vampires and action what is there not to like?
Posted February 5, 2011
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