The Crescent

The Crescent

by Jordan Deen


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The Crescent by Jordan Deen

Becoming a werewolf is not an option for seventeen-year-old Lacey Quinn, but death can be a strong motivator.

Lacey is so focused on her future that everyday life has past her by. Counting down the days to her eighteenth birthday, Lacey is almost home free. But when she falls for the mysterious Alex Morris, she lands in the middle of an ancient war between two enemy wolf packs. Tempting dreams, tantalizing lies and a dangerous love triangle ensues leaving Lacey heartbroken and confused.

Lacey's fate rests in the hands of Alex and Brandon, but both are pulling her strings for their own agendas. Even as she slips further into the dark world of werewolves, Lacey struggles to find the truth and save the only family she's ever known.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494377472
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jordan Deen is an Award-Winning Young Adult and New Adult Author from East St. Louis, Illinois. Her debut novel, THE CRESCENT was a 2010 Reader's Favorite Award Winner. The second novel in the series, HALF MOON, is now available. The final installment in the trilogy will release in 2014. The first installment of her second series, BREAKING LAUREN is her third novel and was a finalist in the Texas Literary Awards.

She can usually be found curled up in her favorite chair with a book or her laptop. She is the proud mother of one crazy little boy and an even crazier teacup Yorkie.

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Crescent 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Burg More than 1 year ago
Talk about your love triangles, The Crescent even had me struggling with my feelings over who I wanted Lacey to end up with. Normally when I read a book with strong male leads fighting over the attentions of a female character I find myself easily choosing a side. I then proceed to get frustrated with the female character if she doesn't instantly heed my internal advice. That wasn't the case this time around. I was right there with Lacey, sympathizing the whole time with her situation and the difficult descisions she's being forced to make, not to mention the fact that she doesn't even have all the information and background that would be helpful in her case to make an informed choice. I am still torn, even after having finished the last page. Who do I really think is right for Lacey? Lacey was an interesting character for me. She had the qualities you can expect from a female protagonist, but at the same time I must admit that the men in the story, in my opinion, overpowered her. She was quickly finding that what she knew and had come to believe in, was in fact far from the truth. Or at least it wasn't all there laid out in black and white as she had once thought. Information had been withheld from her and she quickly found herself not sure who she could trust and believe. People she had always counted on now appear to have nefarious plots involving her, and we all know how hard it is to trust someone you've just met let alone be expected to trust them as if you've known them your entire life. We meet Alex, who is that stereotypical boy in high school that girls swoon over, and never think they have a chance at catching the attention of. But Lacey is all Alex is interested in, he makes her his whole world. What girl wouldn't swoon a little as a result of that kind of attention right? He's good looking and kind and has eyes only for her, would you pass that up? I'm not sure that anyone could, at least until we meet Brandon. Just as qualified in the looks department, not to mention the boy is completely devoted, but what's a girl to do when she's already started to become involved with someone else? I'd go crazy, that's for sure! I will admit that while this was a story I enjoyed, there were gaps for me. Some details didn't add up and sometimes I found myself confused as to what was what. But with lives on the line and hearts at risk of breaking, pressure becomes a very familiar feeling to these characters. Lacey ultimately must make a choice and it's definitely not going to be an easy one, not for anyone. She's at the center of a very serious tug of war and must make a decision that brings finality to a whole new level. I was sad that the story ended with a cliffhanger. Normally I love a series, but this time I wanted closure. I ended up finishing feeling extremely bereft. I want to know what happens next, what craziness awaits our characters and what surprises are in store for me and my fellow readers next. I am completely hoping the sequel, Half Moon comes out very very soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only about 170 pages, not what I call a full book...more a novella.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
This is a must read! I absolutely loved this book. I didn't want it to end. The characters and the story are so real I felt like I was right there the entire time. I was on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. The love triangle is just amazing, this author did a superb job writing this. I cannot wait for the next one!
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
THE CRESCENT, by Jordan Deen, was an original spin on werewolves. Deen created the perfect setting for understanding her take on werewolves and the primal thoughts and urges that surround their being. This book stands out on its own in terms of creativity. The connection that Lacey shared with both Brandon and Alex was equally tempting and passionate. With Brandon it was more of a mental connection and with Alex it was definitely physical. The decision to choose from the brain or body was Lacey's impossible choice. I liked the tension created from both wolf packs to "get" Lacey on either side. This added tension created a really great love triangle and I soon became anxious for its resolution. One thing that bothered me about this book was the immediate romance between Lacey and Alex. I felt that there should have been a bit more of a courtship between the two, or at least more questions from Lacey on why he jumped right into the relationship. Alex was a bit too clingy for my taste and Lacey constantly wondered why, but hesitated to take a step back herself. And I wish there could have been more involvement for Brandon in the relationship, but maybe there will be in the sequel. I enjoyed this supernatural tale of fate versus choice and I am excited to read the sequel Half Moon, where I hope many of my questions will be answered.
SirenJC More than 1 year ago
I read within 1 day. Can't wait for the sequel. The characters felt real and you can relate to them.
Jennisixx More than 1 year ago
After hearing about this book from the author herself on MySpace, I knew I had to get this book as soon as possible. I finally got my hands on it and it only took me two days to read. As soon as it hooks you, it won't let go until the very end. I enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the sequel!
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ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
When seventeen-year-old Lacey meets Alex, she soon finds herself falling deeply for him - little does she know, though, she'll soon feel the same way for the equally appealing Brandon, giving rise to what soon becomes a difficult love triangle. As if things in Lacey's life couldn't get any more confusing, though, she eventually discovers that her ties to both Alex and Brandon have landed her square in the middle of an ages-old war between rival werewolf clans, ultimately forcing her to make what soon proves to be a tremendously difficult decision regarding not only her own fate - but that of entire races of mythical, mystical creatures... The impressive debut effort from author Jordan Deen, The Crescent is an attention-grabbing mix of fantasy and reality that hooks you in from the start. In it, Deen presents authentic characters who find themselves in realistic situations, making it easy for the reader to relate to the unfolding action of the story - even if does happen to be about werewolves. Furthermore, The Crescent touches on a wide variety of different themes, chief among them the genuine affection that Lacey has for both Alex and Brandon, which lends it the added appeal of tugging at the heartstrings of anyone who knows what it's like to face the difficult decision of having to choose between your mind and your heart. Solidly grounded in reality - yet propelling the reader to fantastical heights - The Crescent is an engaging, entertaining tale from a promising new literary talent. Look for more impressive storytelling from this emerging author on the rise. Josee Morgan Apex Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a fast,fun read. 4 me it was hard to put down! I love everything about this book! I cant wait till Half moon comes out!!!
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4.5 stars!! This was a fun and quick read! I read it in one sitting. I really enjoyed this one and it kept me on the edge of my seat! We are introduced to 17 year old Lacey. Just like every other teenager, she doesn't get along with her parents and plans to get away after she graduates. Then when the new kid, Alex, comes into her life.. things start to change. The two hit it off right away and fall into a relationship. But when Brandon enter's the picture, he stirs up emotion's inside of her which starts confusing her. I have always been into books and movies that had to do with werewolves and this one did not disappoint! It was very well written and the plot was complex and sooo interesting!! It was full of adventure and mystery. Lacey enter's a crazy world that she is so unfamiliar with. One day she was just your average teen and the next she was dealing with prophecy's and wolf's. Lacey was a great character and I connected with her right away. At times, I even felt bad for her. Things were happening to her life and she just didn't know why. There are multiple characters we meet throughout the story and each one has to do with this new dysfunctional life that Lacey has to live. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a quick read and werewolves!!
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DforDarla1 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Not because of the werewolves, the hot guy, the dreamy guy, or the awesomeness that is Jordan Deen but those were helping factors. Lacey for one was genuinely confused about who she should love: Alex or Brandon. Which makes it pretty hard for people to decide teams. I am firmly on Team Brandon. He's a sweet and dreamy guy. Really Lacey dreams about him. Alex. Well Alex kind of gave me the creeps in the beginning of the book - he's really passionate and possessive. Towards the end I kind of ended up liking him but I totally love Brandon. I totally didn't see the ending coming and hopefully everyone else loves this book as much as I did!
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YA-Addict More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars actually. I didn't know what to expect going into this one. All I knew was to expect werewolves. One of the first things I couldn't help but notice was the odd way the paragraphs were spaced and quite a few grammatical errors. I knew this book wasn't published by a big publisher, so it wasn't "polished" as nicely. But I still went in with an open mind to focus on the story. As soon as I got into the story, I didn't even notice the errors. Lacey was a pretty likable main character. I immediately felt bad for her for living in a house where her parents fight all the time. That hits pretty close to home for me. One thing I really liked about Lacey was that she had an after school job. She helped her aunt at an animal shelter after school. That is something I'd like to see more of in YA lit. There was one thing that irritated me about Lacey, and that was her lack of questions. She had questions bouncing around in her head, but she wouldn't actually ask them. Especially with stuff going on with her parents. Any person in her situation would be asking "What the hell is going on?" more often than she did. It also seemed that her parents just stopped fighting all of a sudden, with no explanation why. The first few chapters made it seem like they do nothing but fight, but then you didn't see it anymore. That was a little confusing for me. The main focus of this story is the love triangle. But this love triangle is SO much more complex. First Lacey falls for Alex. Their relationships seems perfect. It moves way too fast, but you understand later in the story why. Then Brandon comes along, a guy Lacey knows nothing about, but is having flashes and daydreams that feel like they really happened. But this isn't as easy as picking one over the other. By choosing one, it could mean the death of the other. This is really a love story about the difference of who you love, and who you are supposed to love. At one point Lacey says she loves one with her head, and one with her heart. I loved that line. I honestly can't pick a team. There are qualities and flaws in both Brandon and Alex. Most of the book I was all for Brandon. But at the end, I started leaning towards Alex. I'll have to wait for the next book to see what I think! I loved the idea of one wolf pack against the other. I don't want to go into the details of what being a werewolf in Lacey's world means, because I don't want to spoil anything. But I will say that I thought Deen's idea was very unique and intriguing. The ending left at a cliffhanger that left me wanting to know what is going to happen. The Crescent was a quick and enjoyable read for me. It had a few flaws, but in the end I was left wanting more. The qualities outweigh the flaws for me. I have a good feeling about the next book in this series. Romance fans will enjoy this one. I, for one am waiting for the sequel!
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