Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Summary: (from

     Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him.  As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

     Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 304 
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Source: Bought

Originality: 10/20
Characters: 6/15
Writing: 5/10
Voice: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Entertainment: 5/10
Cover: 10/10
Recommendation: 8/10

Total: 60/100 = D-

Previous Titles in the Series:
Evermore - my review


Now, I will say that I did love the first book in this series, Evermore.  However, I started losing interest while reading Blue Moon.

It was very had to get into.  The beginning was very slow, and I almost gave up reading it a few times because of this.  At times it felt like all the characters had different personalities.  They had seemed to change (not in good ways) from the first book.

I also felt like Noel's writing felt somewhat forced in this installment.  It felt, at times, like she wasn't... connecting with the characters like she did in the first novel.  This is the only way I can think of describing it.

While reading Evermore, I didn't really see the Twilight similarities.  However, as much as I hate to say it, they were very evident in Blue Moon.  For example, Damen and Ever's situation for a good portion of the novel parallels Edward left Bella's situation in New Moon

If you read Evermore and liked it, I would say continue on reading the series, but I would definitely recommend you getting this book from the library or borrowing it instead of buying a copy. 

I do plan on continuing this series to see where it goes.  As I type this, I have Shadowland, the third book in the series, sitting on my shelf to read.


I bought this book for myself.  I wasn't in any way, shape, or form paid for writing this review.


Maria the Bookworm said...

The end of this book was depressing ;s

Godlybandgeek07 said...

I agree with your review, my opinion is that it gets worse with the next book.

La Coccinelle said...

I know what you mean about the characters. They're just not very consistent... even within the same book!

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the third book. I haven't read it (I swore off the series after Blue Moon), but from what I've seen, the reviews don't seem to be very good for Shadowland.

Morgan said...

Too bad you didn't enjoy it more. I've been wanting to read the second book in the series after finishing the first during the summer.

Jessica Kennedy said...

I wasn't a fan of book 1 and I didn't plan on reading book 2 but I won a copy so I read it.

I've vowed to never read another book by this author. She just infuriates me to no end. Nothing good would come out of me reading and hating another book by her.

I'll stay tuned to your review of the next book.