August 2, 2012

Title: Moonlight Mayhem
Author: Sherry Soule
Series: Spellbound
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
Published: July 1, 2012
Pages: 325

From the Publisher: Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.

Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—fast!

It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic problem. But she spends so much time wallowing in the darkness, how can she not become a part of it?

When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace. Except that’s not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.

But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…

Let’s start with the trailer:

**Celeste received this ARC from the author
but that did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: I was so excited to start this as soon as I finished the first book, Beautifully Broken. Shiloh Ravenwolf has always known she is a witch. In fact, she comes from a long line of witches and is the 13th daughter, which means she is there to fulfill a prophecy. Her duty is to protect the innocents from all the paranormal activity going on in the town of Whispering Pines, since there is an entrance to Sheol there. In this installment of the series Shiloh now understands her ability more as a witch/demon hunter and is able to work on fine tuning her skills. While the first book dealt with ghosts and demons, this book deals with more supernatural demon beings…..lycans, zombies and oh, so much more!

But the supernatural beings aren’t the only demons in Whispering Pines she is fighting. Shiloh also has to deal with the demon blood within her, the poison that tries to take control over her white magick. Luckily she has Trent’s uncle, Evans, as her mentor. Not only as her mentor, but as a friend too. After the tragic murder she needs all the support she can get. And then there’s her boyfriend….he now seems to have something going on too that definitely has a demon vibe. I have to say, I really like how it all played out. I wasn’t sure exactly what Trent knew or if he was hiding something, or he was truly unaware.

Which now brings me to Trent. Le sigh. I spent the first quarter of the book blowing through the pages saying where is Trent!?! But he finally got back into the picture. Phew.  Shiloh has Evans to help train with magick, and now Trent to train with combat fighting. Let’s just say I love the training. Rawr. *looks to author with puppy eyes for a deleted sweaty romantic scene from that???*. Once Trent and Shiloh accepted their feelings they make an outstanding couple and demon fighting team-I loved them!

While I really enjoyed the book there were still a few items I struggled with:

  • How could Shiloh forgive or even stand to be in the same room as her mother? Maybe she honestly had no choice so she just made peace with it?
  • The romance. While it was very believable I needed more sizzle because as I said in first review Trent = pure sex. What happened to the bad boy that wants to score? Maybe he just matured because of the tragic events?
  • The ending had too many loose ends. Nothing really felt wrapped up except for the alpha being stopped. Maybe. However, there’s a 3rd book so maybe I will get more answers there.
  • There started to be too many paranormal beings. I enjoyed just focusing on the lycans. The zombies, necromancers and Raze seemed unneccesary. Maybe I just need more answers. There is still a lot of potential. If the 3rd book focuses on Raze I think it will work, otherwise his character didn’t have any value in this book.

Will I read the next one? Absolutely positively! I need to find out what happens. Ms. Soule has a fabulous way of story telling and I can’t wait to see how she ties it all up. The 3rd book in this Spellbound series, Destiny Disrupted, is due out in September 2012.

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