Thursday, June 17, 2010

Children of the Moon Series by Sunny

Title: Monére, Children of the Moon Series
Author: Sunny
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 272 (book 1)
Rating: 5/5

Plot in Under 10:

A mixed-blood Monére fights for her life, love and throne.

Summary for Book 1, Mona Lisa Awakening:

From the time she was an orphan child, Mona Lisa knew she was different—but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty arrived during her night shift in the ER. Gryphon is hurting and hunted…and he attracts her as no man ever has before. He is a Monère, one of the children of the moon—and what’s more, so is she…Long exiled from the moon, the men of the Monère serve—and mate—with imperious Queens, who can channel the rays of their far-off homeland. Gryphon believes that Mona Lisa is a Queen—perhaps the first of Mixed Blood ever known. But her introduction to the nighttime court of the Monère, simmering with intrigue, casual lust, and calculated cruelty, is far from smooth. The other Queens are infuriated by her potential powers, and they are all menaced by a group of rogue males who have broken away from the women’s sway. Even as she battles threats from within and without, Mona Lisa is determined to discover who she is, and to explore the limits of her growing power—and her secret desires…

My Review

I read this series because it was recommended to me, and the first in the series was on sale at the bookstore. The erotic scenes originally took me back, mostly because I wasn’t expecting them, but once I got into the story I was hooked.

The series follows a mixed-blood Monére (Child of the Moon - shapshifter) Mona Lisa, the first ever mixed-blood capable of basking (drawing down the Moon’s rays to empower her people). The Monére mostly disslike their half-breeds, abandoning them at birth. Someone is always trying to kill Lisa or use her, and her heart is torn in many directions.

The 3 things I loved most: 

(I find it hard to pick these without spoilers!)
1) The plot twists, and there are quite a few. I never knew where Sunny was going to go next, so I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

2) The men. The books are packed full of hunky men of all shapes and sizes. She is very descriptive of the characters and I grew to love Amber and Gryphon in particular. These books are definitely adult reads BTW, Sunny doesn’t hold back on her steamy scenes!

3) Book 4, it’s my favorite so far, going into a whole other dimension and completely changing my view on a couple of the characters.

Downsides for me:

A few too many love interests. It gets more than a little confusing, but it makes sense to their race so by book 4 I was a little more comfortable with her flip-flopping.

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