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by Marilee Brothers

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A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller

Young Adult

A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year



A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller

Young Adult

A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime. Marilee Brothers is a former high school teacher turned full-time author. She's married to her college sweetheart, and they have three sons. Marilee lives in Washington State, where she's hard at work on more books in the Moonstone series. You can visit her website at www.marileebrothers.com.


Cross Twilight with a Stephanie Plum book, and you'll get Moonstone. It's supernatural and smart, funny and affecting. I didn't want to put the book down. I cannot wait to read the next part of Allie's story. – unmainstreammomreads.blogspot.com

“A gem of a book. An author to watch.”

– YoungAdultBooksCentral.com

I can't wait to see what happens next for Allie. I encourage you to pick up a copy today. – Great Reads Review.com

Full of magic, twists, and pure fun, Moonstone is the first in a new young adult paranormal series. The characters come to life in this shining debut. I look forward to reading more about Allie and the Star Seekers. What a wonderful book! Wendy’s Minding Spot

“Filled with emotion, made more so for the reader as we watch this well-balanced young woman cope with a very unbalanced life. You can’t help but respect Allie for stepping up and taking charge of her future, and the surprising hero is sure to worm his way into your heart. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how Allie’s changed world grows in the next installment.” Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Moonstone nicely establishes a solid back story and cast of characters to launch the next volume in the series. Recommended. SciFiGuy.caet Must captures you and she knows how to write a great story. The pace of the book was just rig

This is another [see her review for Bite Me] good choice for public library teen/fantasy collections - I look forward to the next title in this series. – Simone Sidwell, Teen Librarian, Grinnell Stewart Public Library

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: With so many paranormal young adult books out right now it's hard for each one to be different or stand out. Marilee Brothers succeeds in creating a fun original heroine in Allie. Sarah Bean, The Library Center, Springfield, Missouri

A great start to a new series filled romance, paranormal, finding yourself, and family drama which just equals fun. I love how Allie discovers something new about herself, that changes her outlook on life. I'm already looking forward to the next book.


Jennifer Rummel

Head of YA department

Otis Library, Norwich, Connecticut

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Moonstone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shadowlark padded up to the moonstone to get her nine lives and new name. She touches her nose to it and instantly falls asleep. When she opens her eyes she finds herself surrounded by nine cats, all who had stars in their fur. The first one pads forward. "Mother!" Shadowlark purrs as the grey she-cat aproached. "With this life i give you fairness. Use it to find justice." She said as her nose touched her fur. Shadowlark dropped to the ground, spasms of pain going through her body. This happens eight more times. Her second life, courage, was given by her brother. Her third life, nobility, was given by her father. Her fourth life, energy, was given by her mate. Her fifth life, protection, was given by her kit Birdkit. Her sixth life, love, was given by her sister. Her seventh life, honesty, was given by her kit Feaherkit. Her eighth life, proudness, was given by her kit Stormkit. Her ninth life, to be able to be ready for battle at any moment(couldnt think of a single word), was given by Deathstar. The cats around her chant out "Shadowstar! Shadowstar!" She wakes up, feeling a mixture of exictment, happiness, sadness, and nerviousness, pads away back to fearclan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok now u r just being mean! Really i bet u say yes to cats all the time! Wait why am i asking u to join starclan? When u die u go to starclan anyway! Ha in ur face im in starclan! -mosspaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She pads in "im nere cowstar." -brightleaf-
Laurie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
I was pretty hooked from the opening sentence of this story. I loved the first person quirkiness of Allie’s pov and how she dealt with (or didn’t) coming into her powers. Honestly, I thought it had the perfect combination of funny and magical and I’d recommend it for a distracting read.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness. What a brilliantly cute introduction to the Unbidden Magic series. Brothers pulls you further and further into the story in so many different ways and with so many different techniques that this story truly is magical.  This story is very well set up. It progresses in a logical fashion from beginning to end while keeping the reader completely captivated with the many different twists found in the story. Not only are there many different twists and turns in this novel, but they also come in many different shapes and sizes. They are found in the plot line, in the actions of the characters, and in the personalities of the characters themselves. Brothers also uses phenomenal descriptions to round out her plotline. They are very detailed without being longwinded or choppy. In adds to the fact that this novel is very well written. I love how well you get to know the characters in this novel, while still leaving room for their personal growth in future installments. You get to know the main characters so well that they become real people rather than simply characters on a page. You see how they see themselves, who they want to be, and the person that the world sees them as. It was amazing how well Brothers captured this all on paper. She created characters that you don’t just read about, but rather identify with and fall in love with. This story has some heartfelt moments, some edge of your seat moments, and some absolutely hilarious moments. As a reader, you still feel for the characters even when you are caught up in the mystery and intrigue of the plot. Brothers never sacrifices one for the other, but rather weaves them together brilliantly for a well rounded story and a phenomenal first installment in this series. Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"Moonstone" is a great start to the ' Unbidden Magic' series. An original thought out plot filled with magickal adventures that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. Filled with magic, humor and the unexpected, I would recommend this to all YA readers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was AWESOME. I love the characters, the storyline- ALL OF IT! I feel like Marilee really knew her characters and she knew how to leave the reader wanting more. This isn't one of those books that you'll want to put down and come back to later- rather it's AMAZING! You'll want to read it all in one go and grab the next one because you'll WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! Allie is a great character. The kind that you feel what she's going through- and maybe you even relate to some of it because of things that have happened in your own life. You really want everything to work out for her. Her guardian angel is awesome and you hope she gets out of that dress! LOL! The story is well worth the read and I highly recommend it to all readers! It's just a great book!
gaele More than 1 year ago
This is the first of five reviews for this series, copies provided through NetGalley to be included in a review tour from IOB Tours.  I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.   Moonstone is the introduction to the series, and introduces Allie, the main character around whom all the action circles.  Brothers has the ability to portray that innate goofiness and awkwardness that is all a part of teenage life.  Add in poverty and a disabled and more than slightly dislikeable mother and the story has the potential for all of the angst common in many YA reads.  The story did have a bit of a slow start, and the pacing would lag occasionally: voiced in the first person there are some overly-wordy descriptions that often alternate with a lack of description that leave the reader wondering just what is going on.  Sticking with it, the story does start to fall into place, and empathizing with Allie is not difficult, in fact often she is quite funny in her interactions and observations.   Sadly, there were some issues with the typeface with differences in font size and density, annoying typos and a few editing misses that were more annoying than truly problematical, but I do look forward to the next in this light and fun series to see just where it will lead, as this book was a decent introduction to the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. Do you know what you have? Dewstar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks up to the moonstone to recieve his nine lives. *his mother walks up. With this life i give you courage. She says and touches him with her nose. Huge pain rack his body. This happens 8 more times except with different people and different characteriistics. Motestar walks away a leader and a changed and sure of himself cat.
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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Moonstone, the first in a series of three YA novels is a fun and quirky jaunt that starts off with sparks and offers a whole different perspective on being 'different' in high school. Allie, our main character, is immediately likable. I'm not sure if it's her tough situation, her conversational style, or her always semi-humorous response to the frequently off-kilter events in her life. She never fails to learn from her misadventures (like never wear flipflops on an aluminum ladder.) Sometimes, she makes goofy decisions or takes forever to realize something we long since suspected, but she's always honest about how she sees things. She's often annoyed with her mother (Faye) and so are we! Allie is the sensible adult of the pair, and we can't help wishing she could be the kid at times. She kicks off a somewhat weird relationship with Trilby too, who just shows up out of thin air. Well - to be honest, Allie has on odd relationship with pretty much everyone. Her friends are perfectly willing to believe in the paranormal (would love to meet a vampire,) but she doubts their capacity to believe in her guardian angel. Kizzy, her pal the elderly gypsy-slash-witch, helps her identify her unusual abilities in a way I think anyone would question a bit more than Allie does, but there it is. If you haven't much tolerance for magic and the second sight (or the third eye, or the power of suggestion) this book may not be for you. One crush (that might or might not lead to something meaningful) and the High School bully all help to round out a cast of all slightly-unusual personalities. The rural atmosphere provides a fun background which comes so clearly through when poor Allie has to avoid the cow patties as she plunges off the roof, and has an obsession with garden-fresh produce. Author Marilee Brothers tells us this is a small town -- and then she very believably creates Peacock Flats. And more importantly, she creates Peacock Flats High School and its population: the all too believable high school social scene. Throughout, the setting is clearly there and occasionally humorous, but never intrusive, and never slows the fast paced story line. Everything about this story is funny and unexpected; from Allie herself to all the events that surprise her. Life is never boring for Allie, and so this tale never suffers one dull moment. It does require a willingness to believe in magic in a world trying desperately to be everyday: it all lends to the overall charm. The most appealing part of this work is Allie herself, her take on the world, and her usually positive approach to problems. Do read. Originally posted at Aurora Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It has a little bit of something for everyone. It has a bit of young romance, laughter, suspense, and paranormal fun. I read it in two days and had a great time with the characters and storyline.
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peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
Alfrieda Carlotta Emerson, Allie for short used to be a normal teenage 15 year old. She lives in 24 foot trailer situation on his Uncle Sid's land with her destitute single mom who claims she has Fibromyalgia just so she can get some support from the government. Their situation was depressing but in real time there are people with similar situation. Allie's dad supposedly left when his parents threaten to disown him. Her mom then swore that she will never ask anything from him. But one day something weird happened, upon investigation and of course with the help of a hippy ghost named Trilby and her friend Kizzy she found out that she has special powers of Telekinetic. Not only that she was the "chosen one" from the prophecy. Kizzy gave her the Moonstone that have some awesome powers. To name one, when she rotated it she can hear other people's thought. What is this stone all about? A lot of people seems to want it to themselves. When her friend Kizzy got beaten up people called the Trimark sudenly wants her dead. This is the first book of the Unbidden Magic series, and it looks promising. Allie is a likeable character, she's smart, strong, charming and has a good heart. The story was comical, magical, suspenseful and the supernatural plot draws you to Allie's world.
Kelsey94 More than 1 year ago
Moonstone was a really fun and exciting book. The plot was original and by the middle of the book there was a lot of excitement. Mystery and suspense on every page, you never knew who to trust. At first I couldn't really get into it, but pretty soon I couldn't put the book down, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. There were a lot of sub-plots as well that really kept the book interesting. I was wondering how all the points would work out in the end, but they did. Moonstone definitely left room for a sequel, which I'm really excited to read. The ending was perfect, but there was still some things that left you wondering what was going to happen. This was a fun read for fans of mysteries because there were a lot of twists and turns in the plot that kept you guessing. And don't forget the romance. Allie, the main character, definitely had her share of romances. All in all this was a fun book, that might take you a little while to get into, but it's definitely worth it at the end. Allie was a really cool main character. She lived with her mother in a trailer on their Uncle's property. She never complained about her way of living and didn't ever think of using her powers to get them more than they needed. Kizzy was also a great character. I loved how she lived in a big house and had tons of money, but never once overused it or acted like she was rich. Known as the town witch, from the beginning I knew something was going to happen with Kizzy. She was the one who gave Allie the moonstone necklace and told her about the prophecy. Allie has to figure out most of her powers and the facts about the prophecy by herself, but she does have a caring mom, and great friends to help her out, but I was glad Allie was mostly independent and didn't need everyone helping her all the time. She was brave and could take care of herself. Another great aspect of the novel, was that no one was what they seemed. Every character was under suspicion at least once in the book. There were a lot of characters, but it was easy to keep up with who was who. I was surprised many times during the book, and was glad the ending surprised me. Moon Rise, the sequel, looks like it will be just as good, so I'm really looking forward to reading this. If you like mysteries, books about magic, or just a fun read, Moonstone is for you. Definitely give it a read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Fifteen-year-old Alfrieda Emerson already had enough to deal with before finding out she has freaky psychic powers. Crammed into a one bedroom trailer with her mother on her half-uncle's property, Allie's life has been pretty miserable since her mom decided (thanks to Oprah) that she has fibromyalgia and can't work anymore. Every Thursday, her mother's lawyer, "Big Ed," comes to spend the night, and Allie has to escape to her creepy neighbor's opulent home. The eccentric Kizzy keeps telling Allie that she has the Gift, but Allie never believed her until a fall from a ladder into the bull pasture triggers something strange in Allie's brain, and she's suddenly able to keep the bull from charging her with a mere thought. Later that night, a hippyish ghost named Trilby appears out of nowhere, claiming to be Allie's spirit guide. Apparently, Allie has passed "the first test," but Trilby refuses to tell her anything more, except that Allie is part of an ancient prophecy. Things get weirder when Kizzy gives Allie a moonstone pendant that has been in her family for generations, saying that Allie is meant to have it. If this piece of jewelry means even more magic, Allie wants nothing to do with it. But despite her reluctance, she finds herself in the middle of a magical tug-of-war between those who would misuse the power of the moonstone and those who would see the prophecy fulfilled. It's time for her to live up to her destiny as "The Maiden Who is Strong of Mind" so she can protect the people that she loves. This first book in the new UNBIDDEN MAGIC series starts off with great promise, and draws the reader into Allie's world, where ancient conspiracy and magic meet the most common of circumstances. Watching the main character grow to take charge of her life and deal with her new role left me itching to read the next book and find out what happens to her.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Allie's day doesn't start out right. Climbing up on the roof to fix the TV antenna in flip-flops isn't the smartest plan. She falls off the ladder and into the bull pen. Immediately, the bull isn't happy and come charging at her. Frightened almost to death, she realizes that the bull is running backwards on her command! Freaked, she doesn't know what to do. She confides in her best friend, who looks at the star on her palm and understands. Allie is special: she has powers. She gives Allie a moonstone necklace that has been in her family for generations. At first, Allie isn't convinced. But she's visited by a fairy godmother (Sort of) where she passes three tests and gains more power. The necklace helps her to read minds. But someone's after the necklace and they'll stop at nothing to get it. When her best friend is brutally attacked, Allie knows she needs help. She turns to tough Junior, knowing she can trust him. Trust might lead her into falling for him. When her mom goes missing, she fears for the worst. Can she use her powers to save her mom...and more importantly herself? A great start to a new series filled romance, paranormal, finding yourself, and family drama which just equals fun. I love how Allie discovers something new about herself, that changes her outlook on life. I'm already looking forward to the next book. ~ http://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/
harstan More than 1 year ago
The daughter of Faye, an impoverished single mom, Allie is living in her uncle¿s trailer. Allie Emerson knows she is a classic klutz. However even for her this latest fiasco could not have been more unlucky short of breaking a bone. Standing on a ten foot ladder she is fixing a TV antenna on the trailer¿s roof when she falls touching an electric fence before landing face first into cow pie. Though the dive would have been scored a 10 for its perfect landing right into the bulls-eye, Allie Blue Note believes she has nothing but bad luck

However, something weird happens to Allie besides Child Services stalking her and her mom. She suddenly has developed paranormal powers. Her friend Kizzy the witch gives her a moonstone to help her focus. However, as is the case with Allie, her luck turns all bad. The Trimarks now know she is the Star Seeker and need her removed to complete their evil plan starting with stealing her Moonstone. Allie turns to student Junior Martinez, a retired gangbanger for help even as her unknown stalkers abduct her mom and then her.

The first Unbidden Magic teen fantasy is a wonderful tale due to Allie. She is a terrific protagonist who holds the story line together in an optimistic way in spite of her belief that she is jinxed. The support cast like her mom and the Trimarks is weak and underdeveloped except as a major cause of her bad luck. Still young adult fans will appreciate her efforts to learn to use her power reminiscent of the Greatest American hero¿s early days while the Trimarks stalk her and her unique choice pf a hero as her sidekick is a former gangbanger.

Harriet Klausner
StarryNightBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Moonstone was an okay book It has the potential to be really good as long as the characters grow throughout the rest of the books. The story is pretty simple. It basically involves Allie discovering her powers and trying to keep away from bad people. There are really no twists or turns in the book it’s all pretty much straight forward. Allie (aka Alfreida Carlotta) lives with her mother who is faking an Illness to get money from the state because she refuses to get a job. If that's not bad enough, she lands in the field with Blaster the bull and he's not happy at all. That is when things start to get a little strange! Blaster charges Allie and is dead set to gore her but she somehow manages to stop him and she has no clue how she did it. She ends up with a ghostly guide who is more hippie than helper and her mentor and friend gives her a Moonstone that she says is prophesied to be hers. Allie finds out that she may be part of a prophecy involving two ancient races that have been fighting each other for centuries. I’m still reading the rest of the series I’m writing reviews as I go. Besides the fact that it was a very simple read it's meant for teens and it reads like it is exactly that. If you can look past that then it really is a good read. I kept going because I wanted to find out what happens next.
shmy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Allie, she's funny, smart, and not whinny. Unlike other authors that try to make their heroine strong only to turn their heroine into a that word that rimes with itch. Not only that, the author is very good at relating the story through a 15-14 year old unlike some other YA authors who make their characters talk like they have a PhD. There are lots of colorful characters in this book Kizzy, Faye, Junior and Trilby, sometimes they are so much fun and colorful that they do take over Allie. I found it so refreshing when Allie shares her supernatural abilities with her mother, I think this is the first book in YA, actually, it's the only book where I've seen it done. But as the story progressed it bothered me, how easily characters accepted Allie's abilities. I found it a little confusing how little we know about the moonstone where does it come and what are the powers it gives to Allie, which were more than one. And why was there a ghost around? I know, the prophecy, but still I felt there was too long of a range of paranormalcy (not that it's bad) but it was so broad I didn't know where to draw the line because I didn't understand what were the "rules" in the Moonstone universe. I am a sucker for romance, and I was glad there was a hint of one in Moonstone. Junior, the lovable but dangerous Hispanic! The set up for the couple was good, I enjoyed seeing how Allie debates between resisting or giving into her attraction for Junior. Junior on the other side was much harder to read, I suppose this was because the book is from Allie's point of view. The pacing is truly great, there really isn't a point where the story is dull, which makes the book an easy read. Overall, it was entertaining and fills the quota for a paranormal but I felt there were too many loose ends, and that I did not really understand what the Moonstone was about or better said Allie's power and their rules. I liked it but it was just that, it didn't make me jump and try to get a hold of the sequel. Cover commentary: To be honest I am not loving the cover.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I would say this book originally came out before the young adult genre exploded like it has today. So, I'm not sure how much recognition the author will get for what she has created. Because, in all reality, there are better books out there (and obviously some that are worse). I think the author tied to hard to make readers identify with Allie. She's seems more like the girl from the wrong side of the tracks instead of a likable heroine. Her mother, aunt and uncle, and even her cousin are just to much to bear at times. How is it that this girl is even remotely normal considering the influence she's surrounded by? The development of her powers is the only thing that makes this story interesting and gives it direction. The prophecy leaves me hope that this story can be turned into something. It definitely kept me reading when I thought the story might have lost a lot of its charm. Last, with the trend in young adult you might get the impression that teens want romance. They want the swoon worthy guy. I'm sorry to say that Junior is not it. He seems like a good guy, but the romance just isn't quite there. So overall, the story is just off a little. Maybe it's needs a little bit more development, more romance, and little bit more action. Hopefully the next in the series satisfies those requirements a little bit more.