Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blood Moon by Teri Harman

Willa has always felt different.  As long as she can remember, she can sense and even speak to the ghosts she feels all around her, and as long as she can remember, she has had to hide that part of herself.  Simon has also always felt different, his ability to read minds and heal injuries a secret he kept in order not to be shunned by others who just wouldn't understand.

When Willa and Simon meet, it is like a homecoming, the sudden sense of belonging with each other.  As they become closer, they slowly reveal their secrets to each other and find that it is one more thing they can share.  The stakes become higher when Willa senses that someone is being held in captivity.  She sees a slender woman, chained to a basement wall who is being slowly tortured.  Against all odds, she discovers the location and she and Simon manage to free the woman.  That's when their world collapses, what they called normal never to return.

For Simon and Willa are witches, as is the woman they rescued.  The Blood Moon is coming soon, the only chance for a witches covenant to be formed.  The Dark Witches and the Light Witches are vying to see who can collect the requisite number of members to form the covenant, and both sides want Willa and Simon to join them.  They will have to make a decision which side they will fight on and their decision will impact their survival.

Teri Harman has written an engaging first novel in what will be called The Moonlight Trilogy.  YA readers will relate to the young protagonists and paranormal readers will be interested in the storyline that pits Good against Evil.  This book is recommended for those two categories of readers.

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