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A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn {4 Stars}

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn is a book that has been on my shelf for a looooooong time. I was so excited when Christina @ Christina Read YA wanted to buddy read it, since it made me finally get off my butt and grab this gorgeous book off the shelf! I knew that there was a high chance I’d love it given opinions I’d heard and the dragon on the cover, and it ended up being just the right book for my mood, full of atmospheric and creepy forests, strange but brave young girls, and dragons!

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn {4 Stars}

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 313 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss, Purchased
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A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The first thing that grabbed me about this book is the writing. It has that lovely lyrical quality where I don’t even really care what is being discussed because I just want the honey-like sensation of those words in my head. I’ve started really liking this slower pace but gorgeous writing style so that I can really savor the story.
  • I am such a sucker for creepy woods! I have loved every book I’ve read with creepy woods and there has been a fair number over the last year or two, ha. These woods are full of creepy fae creatures without eyes and without human morality.
  • Marni is a fantastic heroine, and she especially won my heart when she rolled her eyes at every suitor that came by and was never interested in a man saving her. This isn’t a book to read if you are hoping for a romance. There is some development in that direction, but Marni just isn’t that interested.
  • Dragons! That dragon on the cover is no lie :D. At first I wasn’t sure how much the dragon would really factor into the plot, but the end is full of dragony goodness, so have no fear.
  • My favorite characters was hands down Gramps. Marni’s grandfather made some intense sacrifices for her sake and is such a strong and bright character despite not having a lot of page time. I love it when a grandparent plays a significant role in YA stories.

Weaknesses:

  • The middle gets admittedly slow. I still enjoyed my reading experience due to that gorgeous writing, but I didn’t find myself compelled to keep turning the pages.
  • I’m just not a fan of court politics, so this is partially what contributed to the slow middle for me. Marni finds herself navigating a tense political situation and I just wanted her to get on with her life and go into the woods, haha.

Summary:

A Creature of Moonlight is as gorgeous inside as it is outside (seriously, check out under the dust jacket!). I’m so glad I finally found time to read this lovely tale and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for standalone fantasy that is going to sweep you away and remind you why you love reading.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

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  1. This one always looks so awesome, and I think the cover really draws me in. Lovely review, and since I tend to like court politics, maybe this one will be to my liking.
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  2. I want to read this one just for the cover alone, I think! It sounds really good and I like the sound of the fae and the creepy woods. And of course dragons! :)
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    • That’s totally what sucked me in too! It’s even more gorgeous in person and without the dust jacket, all the silver foil!

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