Author: Marilee Brothers
Series: Unbidden Magic (#1)
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (August 1st 2008)
Disclaimer: Copy received for review purposes.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“MOONSTONE A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller Young Adult A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.” GoodReads’ blurb
Note: I’ve got this one from the publisher via NetGalley, in a special reviewer pack with the whole series. This review is just about the first book, Moonstone.
If I had to describe Moonstone with one word, I’d use “okay”. Which is good, because it does its job of entertaining the reader, but is also bad because it means there were no remarkable things to write about.
The storyline was entertaining, but it felt slightly jumpy at times-no, that’s not quite right. The relationships felt jumpy. Some characters popped in and out of the plot, and I had a hard time with that because it made difficult to tell apart the sidekicks and the love interest at first.
As a rule, the characters were amusing and entertaining, but not memorable. Allie had some really good moments, and her reactions to some situations are realistic – I think she was the best part of the novel. Even if she takes a bit long to get her mission into her head.
I think that Moonstone is aimed to a younger YA audience – readers around 12, say? – and that it’s important to take that into account. Probably that’s the reason it didn’t grip me – it was a bit juvenile, which is something a lot of YA today seems to have forgotten. But at the same time, there wasn’t anything that I could find fault with. That’s why I said it was an okay book... If it’s for a kid, it might be a good choice. If not, I’d go check out some of the other titles out there.