Review of Jeanette Battista’s Moon Series
Young Adult, Shifter, Weres, Romance
How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?
A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother’s obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess’ relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac’s life and Kess’ freedom.
When the moon rises, the hunt is on….
Laila has been pledged to serve the jackal god, Anubis, since she was a child. She wants nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother and become a member of the Keepers of Divine Order. When her initiation into the Keepers leads her to Miami and pits her against the wereleopard Sekhmet, Laila is cast into a sea of clan intrigue and bitter rivalries. The stakes grow ever higher once the rival pack of werehyenas, led by the beautiful and bloodthirsty Samara, decides to lay claim to the wereleopard’s territory. With the arrival of Kess, the true wereleopard clan leader, and her retinue of werewolves, violence threatens to erupt. Will Laila’s training and skills be enough to save the young werejackal and everything she’s worked for?
The scales are ready and Anubis awaits…
Miami is still in the hands of the wereleopard clan. Sekhmet’s assassination has been dealt with, and Samara’s attempt to take over the city has been stopped for now. But things aren’t simple for Kess, especially now that she has Samara’s son, Rafe, to deal with. While others see only a spy, Kess is determined to help the damaged young man abandoned by his mother.
Rafe is torn: his mother left him in the hands of the wereleopards, presumably to die, but Kess has treated him more like a guest than a prisoner. But Rafe still feels a sense of loyalty to his werehyena pack, and he’s uniquely placed to gather information that his mother will need if she ever hopes to take Miami. Things grow even more complicated for the young werehyena when Cormac’s non-were sister comes to town for a visit. Rafe finds himself fascinated by the girl, finding more and more reasons to question his loyalty to his pack.
Rafe knows his mother isn’t done with Miami or Kess. In the final bloody conflict between wereleopard and hyena, which side will he choose?
I was unsure what to expect. I had not read anything by Ms. Battista and I’ll have to say I was happily surprised. I find myself saving and waiting for her other books. She has a unique way of bringing us into her characters lives and creating a plausible world with shifters in it, like they belong along side us. I really like the heroine of the books, Kess. She really had some junk to deal with. Kess showed amazing strength by first surviving on her own, then accepting someone into her life after what she had been through. I must say I was a little disappointed that she did not take her place as heir to the WereLeopard clan, at first. I was joyous to see she had by book 3. No spoilers it’s in the blurbs. I do also love the people around her. She is the central thread of the stories drawing them together but we get to experience different friends and foes. I can only say one bad thing about this set of books, there’s not enough of them. I want more, even if it’s not about Kess and her friends. There are so many cool things that could come from this world she’s created.
Jeanette Battista graduated with an English degree with a concentration in medieval literature which explains her possibly unhealthy fixation on edged weapons and cathedral architecture. She spent a summer in England and Scotland studying the historical King Arthur, which did nothing to curb her obsession. To satisfy her adrenaline cravings—since sword fighting is not widely accepted in these modern times—she rode a motorcycle at ridiculously high speeds, got some tattoos, and took kickboxing and boxing classes. She gave up the bike when her daughter came along, although she still gets pummeled at the gym on a regular basis.
When she’s not writing or working, Jeanette spends time with family, hikes, reads, makes decadent brownies, buys killer boots, and plays Pocket Frogs. She wishes there were more hours in the day so she could actually do more of these things. She lives with her daughter and their ancient, ill-tempered cat in North Carolina.
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Book Links Goodreads: Leopard Moon, Jackal Moon, and Hyena Moon
Buy links Amazon: Leopard Moon, Jackal Moon, and Hyena Moon
Amazon UK: Leopard Moon, Jackal Moon, and Hyena Moon