Mona Lisa Darkening (Monere Series #4)

Mona Lisa Darkening (Monere Series #4)

by Sunny

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Overview

On the vernal equinox, Mona Lisa is taken against her will to NetherHell, the cursed realm of the damned. In this place, she will be torn from both within and without by desire, love, and ecstasy. And when her first love crosses the boundaries of the world to rescue her, she must choose her own destiny-before others choose it for her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425226476
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: A Novel of the Monere Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 487,537
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sunny is a Vassar graduate and physician who lives on the West Coast. She and her work have been featured on Geraldo at Large and CNBC. Sunny has won numerous awards, including the prestigious PRISM Award. Sunny is married to literary novelist Da Chen.   

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Mona Lisa Darkening (Monere Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Queen of the Louisiana Monere Children of the Moon Mona Lisa behaves very differently towards her followers than her peers. She treats her subjects with respect rather than contempt. Perhaps it is her being the only half-breed Monere queen or her having lived amongst the humans.

On the night of the vernal equinox, Mona takers her followers outside in the bayou to celebrate the holiday by drawing on rejuvenating power of the light. However, under the full moon, something goes wrong; instead of light Mona is cocooned in an eerie darkness. While some of her shocked subjects remain paralyzed with fear and others want to act but don¿t know at who or what, she vanishes. In the realm of the damned, a gargoyle captures her while the evil Monere queen Mona Louisa tries to take control of Mona Lisa¿s body. However a hero will step forth to go into hell for the heavenly cause of rescuing Mona or being damned for eternity if he fails.

Using an excellent twist, Sunny totally refreshes her unique erotic urban fantasy saga. A simple celebration turns dangerous for Mona Lisa while her loyal followers feel helpless and concerned as they do not know what happened to their beloved queen, whose involved or what to do; their frustrations enhance Mona¿s trek through Netherhell, the realm of the damned that makes Dante¿s depiction look PG. The superb DARKENING focuses mostly on a beleaguered Mona as she struggles to survive while trying to control her appetite of wanting the hard gargoyle inside her and not succumbing to the sexual desires if becoming enslaved to him.

Harriet Klausner
readtolive_livetoread More than 1 year ago
Mona Lisa Darkening is a spectacular continuation of the Children of the Moon series that moves this series from interesting and enthralling to an extraordinarily riveting series that will hook you from the first book and always, always leaving you wanting for more of Mona Lisa and her motley family that she has created for herself. In this installment, Sunny has done a masterful job in this book of delving into Mona Lisa's depths and exploring her as a woman, as a queen and as a child of the moon - a Monère woman. For the most part, this book is entirely about Mona Lisa and how she finally comes to terms with who she is, what she is becoming and what she means to those around her - but it's not until she almost loses it all that she realizes how much she loves being who she is - a Monère Queen. I must admit that I loved this book so much that I felt cheated when I turned the last page and there was no more to read, leaving me anxiously awaiting for the next installment of this spectacular series. Mona Lisa Darkening is an incredible book that will hook you into the fantastic universe that Sunny has created for the Monère and the rich characters that inhabit this wonderful landscape. Do get yourself Mona Lisa Darkening as it is an action packed book that is bound to make you a fan of Sunny and the Children of the Moon series!
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Sunny's 'Mona Lisa' series is a fascinating, dark fantasy filled with otherworldly creatures that are quite a bit different from the usual paranormal fare. Her world is based on the Monere, a society of moon descendants who 'bask' in the moon's rays to sustain their life. They are stronger, faster, and prettier than normal humans...and many, if not most, are quite a bit crueler.

Mona Lisa is drawn into NetherHell this time, and neither her status as Queen nor her Hell mate Halcyon can help her out of this one. Instead it may fall to Mona Lisa's bitterest enemy, Mona Louisa, to provide the knowledge and skills to save herself.

If you haven't been reading this series, you don't want to start with this one! It would still be an interesting and different read, but you would miss all of the broad scope that's packed into such a small novel. The back cover states that Sunny's series will appeal to fans of Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton, and I agree with that. But I would add Sherri L. King, Laura Anne Gilman, Jennifer Rardin, and fans of C E Murphy's 'Shaman' series to that list. There's not as much sex in this book as in her previous, but the heat is still pretty darn high and in many ways I think this book rides that line between romance and erotica because of the number and 'kinds' of sex portrayed. I'm hooked on this series and look forward to each new book...so yet another for my groaning keeper shelves.
amber_h_79 More than 1 year ago
I have read all 4 of the books in the series and I want more. It just ends and I never like that when it comes to a story that I fall in love with. The way that Sunny makes you apart of the story with her utstanding writing is something that I have not seen in a long time. Thank you Sunny for an outstanding series!
bratkat1976 More than 1 year ago
I am completely in love with the Mona Lisa series! This book rates fourth of the four in the series in my ratings but it is still by far one of the most interesting, erotic, emotional books I've read. I just hope Sunny makes more!
Nom_de_Plume01 More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read and truly enjoyable to read. I suggest starting at book one and working your way up, because you'll be glad you did it. I love how Sunny has taken the world that you typically know, and added a layer of mystery to it, one that seems believable and well thought out. I love when writers do that; fantasy is great, but when they can make it so creative that it almost seems plausible, that's when I enjoy books the most.
nesaah More than 1 year ago
I sure hope this is not the end to the Monere series I love her books and this book was just as good. I found myself peeking ahead of the chapter because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This last book was full of twist and turns and like all the other's a real page turner she did lessen the sex scenes in the book which is ok with me because it dosent take away from the book at all. The only thing I didn't like was I felt at the end it was unfinished like I had questions about where does this leave her relationship with some of the men in the story. overall buy the book good read, read it in on sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for her to write more of this series. I read the books back to back. I didn't get much sleep because when I would close my eyes all I could think of was what was going to happen next. Good plot, sex, romance. Very good!
KitaliaZen More than 1 year ago
All of her books a wonderful and heartbreaking. This one was very well written and I really enjoyed the plot and new characters.
MaGicAllyGeNuisJ More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent, I L.O.V.E how it started off, and I especially L.O.V.E how it ended. If you have not started on the Monere Series...you need to. Because every book in this series, is very consistent, and thrilling. Sunny gives you romance, L.O.V.E, drama, thrill, excitement, devastation, and most of all vampires. Mona Lisa comes back with a kick, and a side of her you never seen in the other three books. On this night of the vernal equinox, one of the two times a year when night and day are equal and the barrier between Earth and Hell is at it's weakest something goes terribly wrong. She is engulfed by darkness and disappears only to find herself in NetherHell.The whole time she finds her self trapped in this unknown world.Her inner demon, the evil Monere queen that she shares her body with, Mona Louisa, is doing her level best take control of Mona Lisa's body. In case your wondering,NetherHell is the lowest level of hell and a place where even her mate and a Crown Prince of Hell, Halcyon, dares not go. While struggling to survive in NetherHell a gargoyle warlord named Gordane captures her. He's soon obsessed with Mona and she finds it difficult not to return his affections. By becoming her protector through NetherHell Mona Lisa finds herself more and more drawn to him. Her feelings for Gordane begin to grow and strengthen, when out of no where her lover. Comes and rescue her. If your looking for something different, and exciting please read this book. I cant wait until BOOK 5!!!! GO SUNNY GO!!! LOL>
em18966 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I started reading the books in the ¿Mona Lisa¿ series by Sunny. I mean, there are throngs of supernatural series¿ out there, but most of them center on vampires or lycanthropes. Or the people who have set out to destroy them. It can become a pretty generic genre. Needless to say, the Monere society appeared to be a breath of fresh air.The first three books in the series (¿Mona Lisa Awakening¿, ¿Mona Lisa Blossoming¿, and ¿Mona Lisa Craving¿) were really good. In fact, after reading book one I was so hooked that I immediately went out and bought books two and three and pre-ordered book four. (And after finishing the first three books, I impatiently awaited the release of ¿Mona Lisa Darkening,¿ going so far as to troll around unsuccessfully for ARC¿s.) By the time it actually arrived, I was practically slavering with anticipation.For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, the Monere are a race that migrated to the earth from the moon 4000 years ago. `The children of the moon¿ are beautiful creatures who appear human enough to blend in, and who can in fact interbreed with humans. They are supernaturally fast and strong and live hundreds of years. They are a society led by `queens;¿ females who are born with the ability to draw down the rays of the moon in which the other Monere¿s are then able to bask in, thus sustaining their life on our planet.In this installment, Mona Lisa¿s true love, Gryphon, has recently been killed and in inhabiting the realm of hell. And she is sharing her body with the spirit of his killer, Mona Louisa. Immediately, Mona Louisa pulls some messed up sh*t and kills Mona Lisa, sending the two of them not to hell but to NetherHell ¿the cursed realm of the damned.¿ (Direct quote from the back of the book, LOL). This situation starts a chain of events that send Gryphon and Halcyon (the High Prince of Hell and one of Mona Lisa¿s mates) on a perilous decent to NetherHell to bring her back before it¿s too late.Frankly, there is not a whole lot in this book that makes sense. And (spoiler alert) at the end, we are simply right back where we started from.As much as it pains me to do this, I feel obligated to give this book a single star rating. Unfortunately, Sunny seems to have taken a swift and drastic downturn when it comes to the quality of her writing. I hope this is just a fluke, and that any future Monere novels will be closer to what we loved from the beginning of the series.The plus side is that if you do love this series, you should be okay to simply skip this book. As I said before, the book pretty much ends up exactly where it started, so you won¿t be missing anything. You can pretend that ¿Mona Lisa Darkening¿ never even happened¿
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sunny's 'Mona Lisa' series is a fascinating, dark fantasy filled with otherworldly creatures that are quite a bit different from the usual paranormal fare. Her world is based on the Monere, a society of moon descendants who 'bask' in the moon's rays to sustain their life. They are stronger, faster, and prettier than normal humans...and many, if not most, are quite a bit crueler.Mona Lisa is drawn into NetherHell this time, and neither her status as Queen nor her Hell mate Halcyon can help her out of this one. Instead it may fall to Mona Lisa's bitterest enemy, Mona Louisa, to provide the knowledge and skills to save herself.If you haven't been reading this series, you don't want to start with this one! It would still be an interesting and different read, but you would miss all of the broad scope that's packed into such a small novel. The back cover states that Sunny's series will appeal to fans of Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton, and I agree with that. But I would add Sherri L. King, Laura Anne Gilman, Jennifer Rardin, and fans of C E Murphy's 'Shaman' series to that list. There's not as much sex in this book as in her previous, but the heat is still pretty darn high and in many ways I think this book rides that line between romance and erotica because of the number and 'kinds' of sex portrayed. I'm hooked on this series and look forward to each new book...so yet another for my groaning keeper shelves.
xbetty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Mona Lisa series by Sunny and in this latest installment Mona Lisa finds herself in NetherHell - a realm for the dammed. Souls so far beyond saving for the evil they have committed that they cannot find a place in even hell. Though this is not my favourite of the series so far I can honestly say I enjoyed it despite it's neat little ending. Though I suspect that it is merely a starting point for another chapter in the series which I shall be looking forward to reading. I found the prospect of NetherHell an interesting and fresh focus point and Halcyon's and Gryphons's POV an interesting turn, I'm hoping to see maybe more of this in the future. If not, I hope we see how the events here shape her future relationship with both men. I was hoping to see more of how Mona Lisa is integrating herself into life as Queen of Louisiana - we get a glimpse of the vast wealth she commands in the last pages, but I'd like to see something a little more in depth. I'm starting to wonder though, when Mona Lisa will start seeing some true happiness in her life that isn't stolen away at an opportune moment? All in all I really enjoyed this book, got stuck in a few sections, but it also had be intrigued enough to keep me going. I hope this isn't the last we've heard of the goings on in NetherHell and that we discover more of the new races Sunny has introduced us to here in this installment.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Children of the Moon series by Sunny; and it was actually my favorite of the series. The setting was more interesting than previous books and there was a lot more action; there wasn't as much sex and romance so people who really dig that may not like this book as well as some of the previous ones.The book starts out with Mona Lisa basking for her Monere. Suddenly a black light comes out of the moon and Mona Lisa is taken somewhere else. Strangely enough Mona Louise's personality is stronger in the new place and Mona Lisa soon finds out she is in a different version of Hell than she ever knew existed. Can Gryphon and Halcyon save her before something more deadly finds her?I really liked that Mona Lisa's character took things into her own hands in this book. Mona Lisa's compassion matched with toughness really set her character above all other characters and made her character something special.I loved that both Halcyon and Gryphon were in this book a lot; Halcyon is my favorite character and it was interesting to see him have to deal with limitations to his power. Once again though Amber was absent for most of the book. Mona Lisa did make some progress in her relationship with Dontaine which was nice to read about.I thought this book had more purpose, a better story, and a faster pace than the previous book. There are less sex scenes than normal; the ones that are present are well written. I enjoyed that this left more room for action scenes. After the third book I was ready to give up on this series, but after reading this book I am convinced to stay with this series a bit longer.
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Theres a highrock this is where theclan meets
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Takes a baby girl from the basket and sets her down.
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Smiles. ~Shaylee
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love all her books... please make more soooooonnnnn sunny . I just cant get enough!
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