January 14, 2011

Moonlight (Rachel Hawthorne) Review

Publisher: HarperTeen (March 3, 2009)
Paperback: 263 Pages
Series: Dark Guardian #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
I see him and knows what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.

KAYLA is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying-and thrilling-gene that will change her life forever.

LUCAS is dangerous, gorgeous ... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

Review (by Jessica)
MOONLIGHT, by Rachel Hawthorne sets the scene in the middle of the forest, where a group of seemingly ordinary kids work as wilderness guides, but there is a reason they claim these jobs. They must protect their land and the pack. When Kayla, an outsider to the wilderness reservation begins work as a guide things get weird, with flashbacks of the night her parents were murdered by a wolf on the very reservation she now lives on and the strong territorial feelings she gets every time she is around Lucas, the leader of this wild group of kids. Secrets are revealed in this novel to unveil a masterpiece.

I was hesitant at first about this book because usually I go for the vampire novels and not so much for the werewolf genre, but after just a few pages I was addicted and could not put the book down. Kayla seems so lost in herself when she first arrives in the wilderness and feels like an outsider because the other 'sherpas' have been together since birth. They are so tight and she feels like an invader. Rachel Hawthorne portrays her feelings so perfectly it feels like I am Kayla.

I love Kayla and Lucas, Kayla is innocence and Lucas is that bad to the bone kind of guy, they are two people you don't expect to be together, but Kayla is able to see through Lucas's alpha attitude and see that he really can be more than a pack leader. It is apparent that the two are meant to be together, but that takes a whole new meaning when it is revealed to Kayla that she is in fact a werewolf and when the time comes for her first change, she will need more Lucas more than anyone else, he is her soul mate.

This book branches off a little from the usual Vampire romance genre and goes into a more complex werewolf scene with lots of action. love, deception and surprises. I have very high hopes for Rachel Hawthorne as an author, and cant wait for more Dark Guardian books!

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