by Crystal Collier


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Pride & Prejudice Meets Grimm's Fairy Tales!!!

Alexia's nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629830025
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2014
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Crystal, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and "friend" (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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Moonless 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed reading Moonless by Crystal Collier. Before I picked up this book, I was unaware of the author, however, since reading her novel, I have passed it along to other readers. It’s been a while since I enjoyed a paranormal YA novel like this. But to simply categorize Moonless as YA paranormal would be in the least because of its uniqueness and originality. I’ve never read a plot quite like this one before which enabled me to gravitate to it even more. It was loaded with a tremendous amount of surprises and action. There were several times when I didn’t see what lied ahead. The romance between Kiren and Alexia is spell-bounding. There are only a certain number of times when I can relate to a heroine and hero’s love for one another and this is one of them. I pictured Kiren’s struggles as he fought against the one thing which could destroy him; his love for his Alexia. And when Kiren turned her away for the first time with her unknowing his intentions, I could feel all of the emotions Alexia was suffering through. I can honestly say I was in love with both of them, their perils and ultimate submissions to each other. This is not only a YA paranormal, but it is also historical. There was never a moment where I was confused about the timing or surroundings. Collier’s imagery and descriptive language captivated and mesmerized me. Her writing is breathtaking. Moonless not only engages teenagers but adults could really be captured by this book. I look forward to the 2nd installment of this series!
GHott More than 1 year ago
This is the most entrancing book I think I’ve ever read! I was terribly confused for almost half the book but couldn’t put it down long to determine whether I was confused because I was reading so fast I was skipping words or if it was the book. Either way – don’t plan to put this down until you’ve reached the end… Then you’ll be begging for more! More… Author: Crystal Collier Source: Crystal Collier in exchange for an honest review Grade: B Ages: 16+ Steam: Older YA Setting: England Series: Maiden of Time #1
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I started this book and couldn't put it down! It seemed like I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  The characters are well developed and the storyline flowed very well.  The author has a way of describing places that makes you feel as though you are there.  Look forward to more from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story with great characters and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. When I offered to read Moonless, I had no idea what the story was about, but was sucked in immediately and didn’t want to put it down. The characters were believable and the author painted a great picture of each. I do have to say there were times that I got lost in the translation of who was talking, or providing the details at the time. This seemed to clear up for me the further into it I got, but there were a few spots that I did re-read for clarification. The background and family history was laid out perfectly, only revealing what I needed to know until the time was right for the rest. Sometimes I felt I was being told the story verse being in the story though. When I read a book, I want to be in the story with the characters. I want to feel the same pain or sense of accomplishment that they have. Kiren, love the name and blue eyes, was the one character I really needed and longed for more of. Alexis loved him and I wanted to love, but just couldn’t because there wasn’t enough from him in the story for me to form that same opinion. I hope there will be more of Kiren in the next one! Alexis is a strong girl and has a lot going for her. She was able to push the boundaries and take the risks needed in her life to get what she wanted and I really enjoyed that. This story is worth reading and I will absolutely read more.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
With no hopes of marriage, sixteen-year-old Alexia only wishes to stay with her parents and avoid all the stuffy social affairs of English society in 1768. Yet after her sixteenth birthday, things begin to change. She goes from plain to beautiful, has horrid dreams that come true, and meets a man who will alter her world completely. Terrifying red-eyed creatures roam the country on moonless nights and now they want her. Alexia must choose between all that she loves and becoming part of a hidden world of magic and war. A wonderful YA paranormal romance that is a mix of Victorian ideals and supernatural suspense. The world building is fantastic. A secret world of beings called the Passionate, each with their own wondrous abilities, and the Soulless who hunger for blood and suffering, especially that of the Passionate. I was fascinated by all aspects of them, and I would have loved to read more about their history. (I know there are more books in this series coming. I can't wait to get my hands on them!) There's a whole cast of intriguing characters. I fell for Kiren and his beautiful blue eyes. I'm especially interested in Miles and Bellezza. The scarred and the wicked. Each of the Passionate would have an amazing story to tell. Congratulations to Crystal Collier on a great start to the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!  Couldn't put it down, hated for it to end!
SherryE More than 1 year ago
The year is 1768. Sixteen-year-old Alexia is supposed to marry, as any proper young woman of her time is expected to do. Trouble is, she's rather unattractive - until one mysterious night, when she undergoes a physical transformation and becomes an amazingly beautiful woman. It is then that she meets an unusual cast of characters: evil child, Belleza, and the incredibly handsome, blue-eyed Kiran. As it turns out, Alexia isn't quite human. As Belleza points out, she's "one of us" - a Passionate. And she's being chased by the terrifying crimson-eyed Souless. Moonless is an intriguing story with some excellent world building. The descriptions are so vivid, it's easy to imagine Alexia world. Throughout the book, there is an undercurrent of danger, compelling the reader to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. The characters are also well-developed. Alexia is a likeable heroine, Kiran a passionate lover, and Belleza a horrifying imp. Moonless is a story that would appeal to readers who enjoy fantasies and paranormal romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this more than once because I had to see all the subtle things I missed on the first time through. Just wow! The world Crystal builds is unique and haunting. Her characters are so real. I was living with them through the story and didn't want to stop after I hit the last page. Waiting eagerly for a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Eyre and was excited to read something with that feel to it. I spent the first third of the book wavering between being fascinated, confused, and even a little disgusted. The story opens with a very unhappy young woman, Alexia, finding herself witnessing terrible events in her nightmares--events that come true. There were a lot of deaths and murders and it was a little gruesome to read and think about. It was creepy, dark, and had a definite undertone that sinister, mysterious things were going on. I had no idea where things were heading and I was constantly trying to guess. I thought it was a good book to read in October, with Halloween coming up. The second third of the book really picked up for me. Alexia uncovers secrets about herself and her family that change everything as she's known it and she finds true love. It was hard to see her debating her choices, weighing out what is best--to save her family or herself; to find happiness and love or to be miserable and unselfish. I enjoyed the determination she had to truly discover the best course to follow. I loved her blue-eyed stranger, Kiren. There are so many mysteries and secrets surrounding him and I loved finding out more about him right along with Alexia. The last third of the book turned violent and intense again. I know it all had to come to a head, but it was sad to see the aftermath of the fight and to be on an emotional roller coaster. If you like fantasy, action, and romance, this is a book for you! Content: language: a handful of mild curse words violence: deaths, some with moderate description; moderate fighting romance: mild-moderate kissing; talk of an illegitimate child resulting from an affair
ChrysFey More than 1 year ago
Right away, I loved the dark tone Crystal Collier used to tell Alexia’s story in Moonless. Alexia is an intriguing character because she’s not beautiful, and in 1768 she feels no gentleman would want to be matched to her due to her too-thin frame and sunken jowls. Just in the first chapter we are thrust into a mystery revolving around a cloaked stranger with the brightest blue eyes, Alexia’s nightmares, and Weeping House (a mansion said to be haunted). When Alexia wakes in the middle of the night to find she is utterly beautiful and then moments later stumbles onto a murder, we are promised an intriguing story with countless twists and mysteries.  Kiren, the strange man with piercing blue eyes, captivates Alexia with his presence. He also captivated me. I wanted to know more about him. The little bit Crystal Collier shared with us in the beginning was excruciating! I wanted more. But it was worth waiting for. Trust me! Crystal Collier is a master at creating a haunting tale and memorable characters. I couldn’t read this book fast enough! The romance is breath-taking. The suspense is nail-biting. The mystery is intoxicating. I am thrilled Soulless, book two, will be coming out soon. You can bet I’ll be reading it. I am a big fan of Crystal Collier!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This book brings all kinds of originality to the paranormal fiction genre. The author has pretty much created her own supernatural creatures, and I want to know more about them. I was confused from time to time through the story, and I have sooo many "Why? and "What?" questions. I hope these questions are answered in the sequel. There was a lot to absorb, and I'm worried I may have missed something. At the same time, I think there is a lot of information we purposely haven't been given yet. Even with all my lingering questions, this book has me intrigued. Moonless is entirely unique and chilling, and I want to know so much more!! Moonless by Crystal Collier was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be an intriguing regency romance and paranormal book rolled into one. It was slow starting out but picked up quickly. It turned out to be an engrossing read. This is the first novel of what's sure to be a unique series. * I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I didn't know what to expect from Moonless. The reference in the blurb to Jane Eyre definitely peaked my interest, as that is one of my favorite classics. It was a good reference to make. There is the same feeling or weight of something a little darker as you read this story. It is also set in basically the same time period. There is young, innocent, and niave Alexia and older, experienced, intense, and roguish Kiren. There is a great attraction and passion between them that is almost instantaneous and which Alexia doesn't completely understand.  Then there are the differences. This is definitely not Jane Eyre rewritten. It just has that feel to it. Alexia has a loving family. She has means and has been cared for her whole life. Then the circumstances surrounding Kiren are also very different. He definitely has been keeping something hidden from Alexia, but it is something that is not only his secret, but hers as well. The beginning of the story started off very mysteriously. I was intrigued by the characters and wanted to know what was going on. Alexia happens to see a man that she has seen in her dreams, but doesn't know who he is or what it all means. Then something terrible happens and Alexia is whisked away. The story continued to be mysterious as the story progresses, and slowly things are explained. There were some things that didn't make sense to me, such as Alexia looking quite haggard and then miraculously changing overnight. It would have made sense on her sixteenth birthday, but not then. I also wanted a lot more information on the Passionate and the Soulless. There was some explanation, but I wanted more. I did really like Alexia in many ways. She acts her age in being a little rebellous and passionate, but she also has this fierceness to her to find the truth and to defend those she loves. That drive seems to carry her into danger quite often, but it is still commendable. Kiren is your brooding and handsome leading man. He is also torn and tortured in many ways and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He doesn't want Alexia to become a weakness for him, for both of their safety, but he desperately loves her. Their romance was the focus of much of the second half of the story and some of it was a little over-the-top for me. It was a little too instant as well and I would have liked it to have slowly developed a little more, particularly on Alexia's part. Kiren's love I could understand as he has known Alexia for a very long time. There was plenty of action, intensity, and climatic moments, which all kept my interest. There are a couple of different characters that the story follows and one character who has been plotting revenge. It got pretty hairy towards the end. I wasn't sure exactly how it was all going to fit together and turn out. It ends satisfactory, but open for a second book. I would recommend Moonless to those who enjoy a more Gothic tale, Romance, and historical Urban Fantasy. Content: There is some intense kissing and violence, but I would consider this clean. Source: From the author, which did not affect my review in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A queen came in, carrying 2 small kits. She whispered," Take care of them."and left.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry i was grounded from the nook for a week Gos hunting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in looking around noticing how inactive it was now, "Hmm, looks like they didn't last long." She shrugged "Oh well, came back to see how things were." She turned and raced out to wolf hall res 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lithe silver shewolf pads in, her green optics flicking around warily. Her black paw is half hidden from veiw and she lets her feathery tail rest on the ground behind her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The wolf trots in. She barks as she sees l the wolfs
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"Oh, et off of there!" -stumbles aeound blindly but waves a tail to the entering wolves- ( gtg b back in 1-2 weeks)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uh i no where she is. Shes at warriors first res. I think.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woke up whimpering &#9538
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ginger she-wolf trotted in, gazing around with wide green eyes. "Hello." She greeted, padding over to Midnight. "My name is Phoenix."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A black she wolf came in. She had a white blaze on her chest and blue eyes. "Hello."