Daily Archives: May 10, 2014
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 180 pages
Rating: B List
Blurb: A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Charlie Fitzgerald is sick of being the kid nobody takes seriously. His older brother Colin is fighting vampires and other troublemakers in New York City, and Charlie wants in on the action—but no one will listen. Then he overhears the lycan council is looking for a human emissary to take a message of peace to a werewolf in the forests of Romania, and Charlie decides he’s the man for the job.
Xan is furious: his best friend, Charlie, one of the Fitzgeralds he’s vowed to protect, is walking into danger, and Xan chases him all the way to the freezing Romanian forest to save his stubborn butt. When Charlie is almost killed, Xan realizes he feels much more than friendship for his charge, and emotions that have been bubbling under the surface of his calm façade threaten to boil over and flood them both.
They end up in the middle of a political mess involving lycans, werewolves, and nosy vampires, and if they make it out alive, the friendship between the headstrong hunter and his bullheaded protector might turn into a love neither can live without.
1st edition published by M.J. O’Shea, April 2012.
Review: Third in the Insolita Luna series it is the sequel to Hunter’s Moon. This book has a subplot of a magical fairytale that doesn’t compromise the theme at all, the story still contains the danger element of the werewolves, lycans, vampires and witches.
Charlie is a fed up teenager, aching for adventure. He is the youngest of three boys and wants to prove his worth and be level pegging with his older brothers. He feels frustrated and doesn’t understand why his parents are holding him back. With the small amount of knowledge he knows about his ancestry, Charlie decides he has had enough and takes matters into his own hands, not only risking his own life but that of his best friend and protector Xan.
Xan is a Dryad and has vowed to protect Charlie. Xan has grown up in a magical forest, but has to venture out to watch over Charlie, attending school, building a close friendship and gaining Charlie’s trust. Charlie is stubborn and pushes Xan away when the truth of their friendship is finally revealed to him. Charlie has feelings far more than just friendship with Xan, he feels Xan’s presence in his life was only out of obligation and not of the heart. Xan doesn’t give up hope, he can’t give up! he believes in Charlie. But can Xan convince Charlie their relationship is built on so much more than just friendship and most importantly save Charlie’s life, allowing Charlie to fulfil the prophecy.
It was nice catching up with characters from the previous two books. It is well written with good characters and setting descriptions. The only downside for me is that I found some of this story lacking in depth in places, but again I put this down to this read being suited to much younger readers than myself, this has not put me off reading other works by this author.
Reviewed by Teddy