Genevieve is a teenage girl who moves in with her aunt in Alaska after the death of her mother. Soon after her arrival she learns the things she was raised to believe only existed in fairytales are in fact a big part of her history. When it gets to be too much she seeks refuge in the arms of her new boyfriend, William, only to find out he's not who she thought he was either.
This is a Young Adult paranormal urban fantasy romance with mild language and mild sexual situations recommended for readers in grade 9 and up
Aunt Bev kept telling me it wasn’t my fault. But, if I had waited one more day before leaving to spend spring break with her in Alaska, I would have been home to pull my mother from the burning house. I knew my aunt meant well, but it hadn’t helped with my dreams for the past two weeks. Or should I say nightmares?
As soon as I lay down and closed my eyes, the same scene filled my mind over and over again. Almost like a memory. I was in the woods just outside my house and helplessly watched a huge ferocious dog-like creature circling my house while it burned. At first glance the animal appeared to be red, but as I continued to stare, the color of his fur shifted like dancing flames.
My home was on fire and I looked helplessly on, listening to my mother’s screams coming from somewhere inside. I knew I had to save her, but I was afraid.
“Mom,” I screamed, and started to rush for the house when the beast noticed me and snarled. I froze, unable to move. His yellow eyes glowed as if they reflected the fire behind him and I saw his blood-stained fangs.
I quickly ran away from the house. Away from saving my mother from the hungry flames that consumed her. I glanced to either side as I ran and saw the faint reddish glow of several other dogs through the trees. They had joined the first dog in the pursuit of his prey.
My lungs burned as the woods ignited behind the dogs, forcing me to run faster or be consumed by the same fire that claimed my mother’s life. I skidded to a stop at the edge of a cliff and spun around to face the pack of wild beasts as one by one they emerged from the burning trees and approached me. They appeared to be almost smiling.
I had two choices—each of them a death sentence. I chose the latter and leaped from the cliff. The dogs peered over the edge as I fell away from them. They seemed disappointed with my choice. As they moved away out of sight I looked below and saw the ground rushing up at me.
Right before impact I woke up and realized I was still falling. I hit the hardwood floor beside my bed and cried out.
Mystery, Romance, Action...What Else Do You Need
Ties to the Blood Moon is filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, and loads of action. Written in first person, via Genevieve's point of view, we experience her turmoil of losing her mom and moving to Alaska. Moving, however, is the least of Gen's problems. Soon she learns about her destiny as the leader of werewolves. Each day she feels like things are changing...little does she know that she is growing stronger and turning into one of the most powerful creatures ever known.
Gen is brave and sometimes foolishly fearless. She is loyal to a fault, always attempting to protect those who are supposed to be watching her back. This flaw lands her in trouble more than once. To claim her position among the wolves, she will have to defeat Zane - evil incarnate. To do this, Gen and her friends must find a hidden crest which will bring challenges and changes Gen never expected.
Gen convinces her aunt to allow her to go to school where she meets Luna, Joseph, Joshua, and James...four siblings who quickly become involved in her life on several levels. She also meets William, a mysteriously stunning boy who she falls head over heels for. Can she trust him? Hmmm...
I adored this mix of mythology and fantasy. Robin weaved a unique and intriguing tale of werewolves, vampires, and destiny. A point never came that I wanted to put Ties of the Blood Moon down. It captivated me on page one and captured my attention through the very last page, leaving me wanting to know more...immediately.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of paranormal romance, in particular, those who love one-of-a-kind stories starring Werewolves.
Applause to the Author
What an awesome novel! I read this novel as a review request from the author. I am so glad that I got the request. I may or may not have read the novel on my own, but regardless, it was very well worth the read!!!!
Genevieve is forced to move in with her aunt in Alaska because her mother is killed in a devastating fire.She decides to attend public school to help her escape her grief of losing her mother; here she meets a close friend and 2 boys she can't keep her mind off of. The adventure that ensues as Gen fulfills her destiny is both mysterious and thrilling! I have seen some reviews that compared this book to Twilight. They both take place in Alaska, have a hot vampire, a steamy werewolf & a girl that loves them both. That is probably as far as I would make the comparison. Robin Waldrop is a brilliant, creative writer, and she has twisted together a tale that surprised me at every turn - not at all predictable.
The elements of myth & legend that relates to the werewolves and vampires is enthralling - the Adlet princess coming to take the throne in order to save the Adlet clan - bringing peace between the different clans. The writing style is so unique, and very descriptive - providing just the right amount of detail in order to feel like you are present in the story, yet not too detailed to lose the story itself.
Each character has it's own uniquely evocative characteristics that give them an authentic feel. Gen has so many dimensions about her - an innocent young girl who was faced with her mother's death, coming of age - becoming interested in the opposite sex for the first time, and an internal struggle with accepting the destiny handed to her. Both William and Joseph are handsome in their own rights, and have facets to them that make you want Gen to draw to both of them.
I was totally drawn to this book - the attractive cover inviting me in - the title creating that mystery that needs solved. The easy to read writing of the author makes this book a very delightful and quick read. This one is among the top books I have read this year. I have already shared the title with friends and colleagues & hope that others find this review helpful.
My thoughts...IT'S PERFECT!!
This is a book that I have put on my top ten list! The author was able to tell the story of Genieve and William exceptionally well. The love between the two along with Joseph's love of Genieve was heart touching! I felt like I was on the edge of my seat at each page turn. I definetely will be recommending this book to friends who enjoy reading stories about vampires and werewolves. I would also add that the flow of the story was excellent and beat the prior vampire story I had read!! At each page turn there were twists and turns that kept me thinking!!!