Moonlight (Dark Guardian Series #1)

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I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.

kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.

lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who ...

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Overview

I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.

kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.

lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Kayla has returned to the national forest to face the horrors of her childhood. This is the place where her parents were shot by hunters who were certain they had seen wolves. This is the place, where over one short summer, Kayla will discover the truth about her parents and the shocking truth about herself. "I thought he would jerk me toward him now and plant the kiss that I so desperately wanted. Instead he said solemnly, ‘Kayla, you're one of us.'" Kayla is a Shifter, a werewolf, a seventeen-year-old young woman who is soon to go through a transformation that will change her life forever. Fortunately for Kayla, Lucas will be there for her, but things begin to go terribly wrong when Kayla discovers what a group of scientists—supposedly deep in the forest to study wolves—are really planning. This first book in the Dark Guardian series is a good choice for those who love fantasy, romance, and werewolves. It is filled with raging teenage hormones, suggestions of sexual activity, and modest werewolves ducking behind trees or bushes to shed or don clothing when shapeshifting. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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Gr 7 Up—Kayla Madison is excited about spending the summer as a sherpa in the dense national forest. She gets to reconnect with her friends from last year's guide group, including the mysterious and extremely attractive Lucast. Kayla is also hoping that the park is a chance to come face to face with the demons from her past. It was here that, at the age of five, she witnessed her parents' accidental murder by hunters who mistook them for wolves. Kayla's adventures begin with her 17th birthday and the opportunity to lead a group of scientists under the guidance of Dr. Keane into the park to study wolves and their behaviors. Things soon begin to spin out of control as Kayla discovers what Dr. Keane and his group are really up to. She faces difficult choices that not only make sense of her past but will also have life-altering effects on her future. Hawthorne expertly weaves romance with the supernatural, cloaking them with danger and suspense. The plot is fast paced and full of action but ends a little too neatly and at times seems a bit rushed. However, the author does a good job giving readers a natural view of the legends and myths behind werewolves and their evolution. This is a good series to watch and a must-have for those libraries with a vampire/werewolf following.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061709555
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Dark Guardian Series , #1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 463,245
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Kayla thinks she's stumbled onto a great summer job with people she connected with last summer. Right now, she's the newbie and can't wait to start pulling her weight. She's hoping to figure out some deep dark issues hidden under the surface about her past - the murder of her parents in the very woods she'll be working in this summer.

    She can't help but feel Lucas's eyes on her. She knows that he's older, but she can't help crushing over him anyways. What she doesn't realize, but soon begins to unravel, is that Lucas isn't like other boys.

    In fact, the townspeople aren't exactly normal. They mate for life at the age of seventeen, and Kayla's birthday marks the beginning of a trip. She has no idea what's going on around her, but with a group of scientists heading into the woods in hopes of catching a legendary werewolf, she's about to find out.

    What she discovers leaves her as breathless as when she discovers she's head-over-heels for Lucas.

    MOONLIGHT is slightly different than Rachel Hawthorne's other novels. While all have romance, this darker series plays with the supernatural. DARK GUARDIAN is not a series to miss. Hawthorne expertly weaves romance with the supernatural and cloaks them with danger.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    OMG JUST LIKE TWILIGHT!!

    This book is so much like Twilight but with werewolves!Kayla 17 is the protagonist of the story and meets Lucas who is kind of bossy and proctective of Kayla in the beginning,but as things go on their love is so intense and passionate and soul deep! A must read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Light Read and quick love tale.

    This was a different kind of plot. Yet again we see another girl character go from knowing nothing about herself and woundering where she fits into the world around her. Then of course on her road to discovering that she is the soulmate to the leader of the pack. Of course I loved reading the book with all of its nice little twists in it. Of course I think the character development was laking but the story itself was refreshing. I think I will be looking forward to the next book Full Moon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    A Great Teen Love Story! I loved it!!

    I picked up this book because another writer I like recommended it. I'm glad I did! The first few pages pulled me straight into the book. Kayla's birth parents died when she was little and so she was raised across the country from where she was born. She was raised around normal people and doesn't believe in werewolves. The whole 'in the dark' theme made it for a fun read as Kayla learned more about herself and her past amid fighting for their lives. Lucas was incredible! I don't want to give away too much, but his brooding attention toward Kayla gave the book something really special. I enjoyed it. It kept my attention through the entire book. I thought Rachel did a great job pulling in the other characters. I can't wait to read Lindsey's book. Rafe's bad boy image seems so opposite of her Miss Innocent. If I had to compare it to another romance, I'd say 'undying love' like Twilight. The only complaint I have is it was too short, but I guess compared to Twilight everything is too short!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Moonlight

    MOONLIGHT, by Rachel Hawthorne sets the scene in the middle of the forest, where a group of seemingly ordinary kids work as wilderness guides, but there is a reason they claim these jobs. They must protect their land and the pack. When Kayla, an outsider to the wilderness reservation begins work as a guide things get weird, with flashbacks of the night her parents were murdered by a wolf on the very reservation she now lives on and the strong territorial feelings she gets every time she is around Lucas, the leader of this wild group of kids. Secrets are revealed in this novel to unveil a masterpiece.

    I was hesitant at first about this book because usually I go for the vampire novels and not so much for the werewolf genre, but after just a few pages I was addicted and could not put the book down. Kayla seems so lost in herself when she first arrives in the wilderness and feels like an outsider because the other 'sherpas' have been together since birth. They are so tight and she feels like an invader. Rachel Hawthorne portrays her feelings so perfectly it feels like I am Kayla.

    I love Kayla and Lucas, Kayla is innocence and Lucas is that bad to the bone kind of guy, they are two people you don't expect to be together, but Kayla is able to see through Lucas's alpha attitude and see that he really can be more than a pack leader. It is apparent that the two are meant to be together, but that takes a whole new meaning when it is revealed to Kayla that she is in fact a werewolf and when the time comes for her first change, she will need more Lucas more than anyone else, he is her soul mate.

    This book branches off a little from the usual Vampire romance genre and goes into a more complex werewolf scene with lots of action. love, deception and surprises. I have very high hopes for Rachel Hawthorne as an author, and cant wait for more Dark Guardian books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Moonlight

    Oh, how I love this series. Its was a great read. This book is like no other. That is if you like light and fluffy stories. Which I do of course. This is a werewolf story. In this book there are shifters. The male shifters shift first, and the females shift on the first moon after their seventeenth birthday. In order for the females to survive the shift they must be there with a male shifter. Preferably a male shifter who has chosen them for a mate.


    Kayla parents were killed when she was little, so she had no idea that she was shifter. He goes to camp every summer. Upon this summer is Kayla's seventeenth birthday. At camp she meets Lucas the leader of the camp. He is also the leader of the shifters. Lucas draw dangerously close to Kayla. She has no idea that he has chosen her for his mate.


    Lucas is such a gentle and patient man. Even when Kayla refused him he stood by waiting in the wings for her. Kayla and Lucas finally declare their love for each other. Kayla finally accepted the idea of being a shifter and accepted Lucas.


    This book is told in a romance style. There are currently four books in the series. What I like most about it, is that it is all romance without the other junk. (sex, drugs, etc.) A teenager could read this book. But I will warn you it is real light and fluffy. So if you like that kind of read check it out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne Review

    I can't remember how I came upon this series, but what I do know is that I'm so glad I did! Moonlight is the first in the Dark Guardian series and once again I've found myself a new series that I already can't get enough of.

    As a fan of the paranormal genre, I'm always excited when I find a book within that genre that has a new twist to the old storyline. The Dark Guardians' series has taken the old tales of werewolves and produced a new and unique spin on the characters.

    Rachel Hawthorne created a story out of her very realistic world and had me believing instantly! Her main characters, Kayla and Lucas were great. Brave and compelling Kayla meshed very well with the dark and brooding Lucas. Their story was romantic, yet frustrating, moving and yet so much fun. I loved it all!

    With werewolves being a reality and some ill intent humans after them for their own nefarious purposes, readers will be on edge to see if Kayla and Lucas will be able to defeat them and remain safe or if their in deeper water than they thought. Will their romance and feelings be enough to keep them strong for the fight ahead, or will it all be just too much for Kayla to handle with the other revelations she's faced with?

    I've always been a fast reader but I was able to really fly through this book, it took only one day for me to finish and after I was done I wanted to jump right into the next installment. There's a little bit of everything in this series; romance, adventure, action and suspense, plenty of description and depth to keep you interested and wanting to come back for more. I really had fun with this one and already ordered the second installment, Full Moon, because I just can't stand not knowing what will happen next, I'm hooked yet again! I'm really looking forward to see where Hawthorne and her Dark Guardians' series takes me next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    Love it

    My Faveorite book in the series

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    loved it!!

    My best friend got me hooked on this series. I read each book in a day just because i couldn't put it down. I even lost track of time reading so i just blew threw them. But i highly recommend these books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Moonlight: Book 1 of the Dark Guardian series

    This is one of those books that's perfect for a rainy day...or whenever actually. With a little bit of romance and fantasy thrown in, Moonlight was exactly my kind of book and just what the doctor called for. LOL! :)
    I loved this book. An easy read with a quick-moving and interesting plot. I devoured it in a few hours because it was hart to put down. The characters were perfectly developed - not to shallow but not too overdone either. Each had a bit of mystery to them, which I loved! Makes it a little harder to figure them out and then when their story is finally revealed you like, "Wow! Wasn't expecting that!"
    After finishing up this book, I ran out to the nearest bookstore the next day and bought the rest of the series. I can't wait to start reading them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    Fanfiction Published

    I read tons of fanfiction, some of it is okay, and some if completely fabulous. But most of it is very obviously amateur. This book, while good for a light read (hot werewolf guys? fun), feels very amateur and juvenile- the writing is not at all up to par with many that of many other books. There's a little emotion for the reader but not that wrenching emotional attachment that is awful but oh so good at the same time.
    I might recommend it, but my recommendation would certainly be "borrow it".
    In a few words: a cute, basic, fanservice that should be borrowed at the library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    it was really cool

    i loved the way it was well written and the characters.. cant wait to read Full Moon! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    love it !!!!

    i love this book im waiting for #2 it comes out on june 30th

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Overall a great story.

    I loved reading this book. It was short and sweet. Not a hard read at all but very interesting. I loved the plot and it kept me reading. I finished it in one sitting. I would recommend it to anyone really.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    Very Good.

    I loved this book. It was very interesting and I can't wait for the next book to come out (Lindseys story).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    Supernatural Romance

    Kayla thinks she's stumbled onto a great summer job - with people she connected with last summer. Right now, she's the newbie and can't wait to start pulling her weight. She's hoping to figure out some deep dark issues hidden under the surface about her past - the murder of her parents in the very woods she'll be working in this summer.
    She can't help but feel Lucas's eyes on her. She knows that he's older, but she can't help crushing over him anyways. What she doesn't realize, but soon begins to unravel, is that Lucas isn't like other boys. In fact, the townspeople are exactly normal. They mate for life at the age of seventeen - Kayla's birthday marks the beginning of a trip. She has no idea what's going on around her, but with a group of scientists heading into the woods in hopes of catching a legendary werewolf, she's about to find out. What she discovers leaves her as breathless as when she discovers she's head over heels for Lucas.

    Moonlight is slightly different than Rachel Hawthorne's other novels. While both have romance, this darker series plays with the supernatural. Werewolves seem to be on the verge of becoming the new vampires in YA Lit. This is not a series to miss. Hawthorne expertly weaves romance with supernatural and cloaks them with danger.

    ~http://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Lucas,lucas,lucas!!

    I didnt know about this series till the cover caught my eye while looking for something to read, i read the reviews and decided to read the expert on it availible, and i was hooked!! as soon as i read what was availible i couldnt not finish I ran out and bought the book and read it in a day!! I just Love lucas and his secretive ways, and his rocking body does add to his appeal! and kayla was a great heroin. This book helps you see a different side of all the werewolf stories were use to. Its a story of a more natural look at these magical creaters, and the connection that Kayla will soon discover go far beyond her love for nature. Once lucas is introduced to us by Kayla and her thoughts you instintly want to know more about wether their relationship will take off or not. I recommend this book to all who want something sweet with adventure. Its a great quick read which only leaves you wanting more. I cant wait for book 2 of this trilogy series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    Quick read, good story, light on action and depth.

    Quick read, good story, light on action and depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Sandy hollow

    A large hollow with soft age-polished sand and smooth walls. Perfect for training.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Nursry

    A mossy hollow in a log. Willowstar

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