Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Review - Witch's Moonstone Locket, By Marsha A. Moore

You have to love when the weekend arrives.  I am counting the days until I am on vacation.  Just three more days after today.  Then I can do all the reading I want and get all the reviews caught up that I have sitting in my e-mail.  I feel so blessed to have so many people wanting me to read their books and I can't wait to finish them all.

And for your reading pleasure today....


Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead.

Determined to find that locket, Jancie goes to the coven’s annual carnival held in her small southern Indiana town of Bentbone. This opposes her father’s strict rule: stay away from witches. But she’s an adult now and can make her own decisions. She meets Rowe McCoy, the kind and handsome witch who wears the moonstone. He agrees to let her try to open the locket, but they’re opposed by High Priestess Adara and her jealous desire to possess him. Desperate for closure with her mother, Jancie persists and cannot turn away from a perilous path filled with magic, romance, and danger.


Book Title: Witch's Moonstone Locket

Author: Marsha A. Moore

I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

This was definitely something I would normally pick up to read.  I love paranormal series books.  This was a great start for a series.  The characters were strong and the story itself flowed well.  I really enjoyed the book as a whole.

The author gave us a great background to work from at the start. We get to see a great tragedy with the way Jancie had to deal with the death of her mother.  We see what she had to give up and what she did to get where she was at the time of the novel.

That being said there were some issues I found with the storyline. Once we got half way through things, the pace changed.  I love the ideas we have been given in this story, but we start moving from point A to point B in ways that seem out of place for me.  I would have definitely loved more on the pendant that this story revolves around.

Without giving away the ending, I think that the climax was rushed and the whole ending went to fast.  Jancie's character went from normal to something else way to fast for me.  I think that perhaps the ending could have been moved to the second book in the series.  It just felt like the author wanted tie everything up with a nice little bow.

I think we should have more build up to the ending, with more work toward it.  It is the ending that is giving me a hard time.  It is because of how things ended, because it felt way too rushed, that I gave this book three stars and not four.

Pros: Developed characters, great start

Cons: Ending was too rushed.

Overall rating: Recommended

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