WTITLE: Blue Moon
AUTHOR: Pat Spence
AUTHOR: Pat Spence
PUBLISHER: Hashtag Books
AGE GROUP: 12+
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"Forget vampires, he laughed dismissively. Who wants to drink blood for eternity? What we have discovered is far more seductive and a great deal more dangerous. When 17-year old Emily Morgan meets beautiful but strange Theo de Lucis, there is an immediate attraction between them. But what is his secret? What ancient link ties him to Emily? And what is the significance of the Blue Moon Ball? As Emily is drawn irrevocably into the glamorous and mysterious world of the de Lucis family, so she is forced to change every perception she has ever had about life, love, ageing and death. The truth is terrifying and the consequences unthinkable. A supernatural horror story, based on societies obsession with ageing and the desire for eternal youth, Blue Moon is the first book in the Blue Crystal trilogy For all Twilight fans who want a change from vampires, this is the book for you."
When Emily becomes friends with the new girl at her college, Violet- little did she know it would change her life. She swiftly gets introduced to Violet's brother: Theo, and there is an instant spark between them. The closer Emily gets to Theo, the more he pushes her away; she starts to realise that she needs Theo in her life: that she can't live without him, and she can't stay away. There is an instant attraction pulling her to Theo, that she cannot escape from- however hard she tries.
There is something that doesn't feel right, and Emily is determined to get to the bottom of it. There are certain secrets she wants to uncover: to at least have a chance with Theo...
But: what is Theo hiding? Could it all end in spine chilling consequences?
I really loved the way Pat Spence sculpted her writing, making some parts dark and some lighter. She definitely sets an atmosphere from the first page; keeping the reader on their toes the whole way through. The descriptions are exceptional- with vivid imagery and heart shattering emotion, allowing you to jump into the book yourself. Being able to pull a reader into your book; making them feel like they are witnessing the plot- with the main characters right next to you, is a very special, powerful skill.
At first the plot was slightly slow: but it started to gain a lot of pace soon enough! But I did like the tension building pace of the plot, as in the beginning there was an air of mystery; so the plot could have gone in any direction at all- but of course it had me digging to find the deep, dark secrets of the novel. Overall, I rate, 'Blue Moon,' 5/5 hoots- it is a fantastic read if you want to immerse yourself into young adult novels. What I liked most about it is that it wasn't typical; it was fresh and enthralling: keeping me well and truly hooked!