Review: Blood Moons by Alianne Donnelly

Posted July 18th, 2011 by in *Review, 4 - Very Hot / 0 comments

Reviewer: Lisa
Genre: Paranormal Romance w/ Futuristic Elements
My Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (September 2010)
Series: The Blood Series, Book 1
ISBN: 978-1-59578-763-7
Length: 100,200 words
Rating: A; Nearly perfect – A keeper!
Heat Level: 4; Very hot

Blood Moons by Alianne Donnelly
Blood Moons by Alianne Donnelly is an amazing, exciting novel with plenty of drama and a thrilling romance. The story is wildly entertaining and highly addictive. Paranormal fans should not miss the first installment in the Blood Series.

Dara has an ability that has caused much grief in her life. An extraordinary power of telepathy has made her life socially awkward and emotionally overwhelming. Then one night she experiences a serial killer murdering his latest victim. When she reports the murder, Dara ends up getting arrested for this crime which she didn’t commit. Then to make matters worse, she is sent to one of the most dangerous prisons in which her roommate is one of the only prisoners whose thoughts she cannot read. As if that isn’t confusing enough, Dara is strangely attracted to her roommate Tristan and quickly realizes he is more than meets the eye.

Tristan is disgusted at the thought of being in the same prison cell as a woman but is ultimately resolved to making his best effort to ignore her. He immediately realizes she is a telepath like him, but unlike him, has little or no control over her power. Eventually, Tristan’s will to keep his distance is broken as he becomes increasingly fascinated by this interesting female. Dara’s presence has brought out the animal within Tristan…one itching to force it’s way to the surface and claim it’s mate.

There is very little or new to say about Donnelly’s novel Blood Moons except for the fact that I loved it! This novel is set in the year 3028 and I was a bit apprehensive since Sci-Fi or futuristic novels are not really my cup of tea. Yet, after reading the novel and enjoying it immensely, I would have to say this novel is more along the lines of a paranormal and isn’t overwhelmingly different from a contemporary paranormal.

I think the most interesting character in Blood Moons is Tristan. Looking at the character objectively, I would say there are readers who would hate him and readers like me who love him. When the novel first starts, he comes across as the ‘bad boy’ alpha that no one should mess with. Ultimately, he is Dara’s protector…doing anything and everything to keep her safe and it’s increasingly attractive. Near the end, his shape shifter side was completely obsessed with Dara. I can see how some may view this as a turn off, but his possessive nature was something I loved to read about. It made Dara and Tristan’s relationship so much more interesting.

Honestly, after reading the novel, Tristan’s attitude toward Dara was exactly what she needed. For a long time now, she had been lost and alone because she had no idea how to control her ability. I wouldn’t describe her as ‘weak’ exactly, but she was lost and desperate for the connection she found with Tristan. You could find realistic faults with each character, but together they were perfect!

Shortly after I started Blood Moons, I found it difficult to put down. There is plenty of action throughout and a passionate romance that keeps you coming back for more. It certainly reminded me why I love the paranormal romance so much. Most of the dialogue between the two leads, was just breath-taking and terribly romantic. If you’re looking for a fresh and new paranormal series, you should start here with Blood Moons. If the rest are like this first installment, then it promises to be a fantastic series.

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Writing: 4/5
Interest: 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Pace: 5/5
Cover: 4/5

5 stars
4 flames



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