Thursday, December 29, 2011

In the Shadow of the Moonlight: The Awakening by J.J. Bidell ~Review~

Naomi Roberts finally receives a scholarship for a semester abroad in Maine. When Naomi’s grandmother suddenly claims that Naomi will soon be transformed into a panther, like her great grandmother Romina, Naomi believes it is a final and desperate attempt to keep her from departing to the USA.

Having arrived in Maine, Naomi enjoys her student life with new friends and her first love, Roman. Even though she feels magically drawn to a mysterious clearing in the woods, believes she is being watched and begins to sleepwalk, she does not remember the prophecy of her grandmother. Until her very first transformation. And - Naomi is not alone, which not only exposes her to mortal danger, but also Roman.

1st line in the book--> Dorothy tossed and turned around in bed.

I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up the book, but I'm glad I found it because I really enjoyed it. J.J Bidell does a great job of keeping the reader hooked and guessing. We think one thing will happen and then another curve ball is thrown in.

Naomi Roberts has lived a very sheltered life. Living with her Mother & Grandmother in a small ton near London. Her first step in becoming independent comes when she is accepted to study abroad to the University of Maine. Before she leaves, her grandmother reveals a family secret that leaves Naomi shocked and doubtful. Once she arrives to the University she makes new friends that help her adjust to living in Maine. Strange things start to happen to Naomi, she learns that her grandmother wasn't making up stories. She is a were-panther. Confused, and alone she turns to her friends for help Sammy & Kai. Things start getting worse and Naomi doesn't know who to trust. Were-panther can't have human lovers, but if they do they must never find out their partner's secret, otherwise something worse than death will happen to them. Those are the rules, but Naomi refuses to abide by it which leads to more conflicts, not only for her but for her love Roman.

Death, betrayal, love all play important roles that lead to a thrilling climax. The end leaves readers wanting to know more. I will be on the lookout for Book 2 of this series, as its due to come out in 2012. I'm happy I to have read it!!

In The Shadow of the Moonlight: The Awakening

 J.J. Bidell  


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