Aug 26, 2012

"Moonglow" by Kristen Callihan (ARC)

Title: Moonglow

Author: Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London #2

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Imprint: Forever

Publication date: July 31st, 2012

ISBN: 9781455508587

(Book read from an e-copy acquired through NetGalley from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.) 

My rating: 2.5 of 5 


Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.


My Thoughts on the Book:

Ok, so I loved Firelight the first book in the Darkest London series, as well as it's prequel Ember, but Moonglow - not so much. I know I will be in the minority here, 'cause so many people loved it. I actually can't even say that I'm disappointed. Why? Well, it started like this (and there will probably be some spoilers from here on).   
At first, it was harder for me to get into it when compared with Firelight, but as soon as I did, I loved Moonglow. I loved the interactions & dialogues between Daisy & Ian, they were so fun, and they made me like them so much, and the mystery was so good, even suspenseful, I was so intrigued. Also, I liked that the author started to introduce other supernaturals, and I thought that the idea of the GIMs was really interesting.  
But, somehow it all went downhill...  
From what point, you might ask? Well, after the point when Daisy realises she has power, too (duh), saves Ian, and I got to think: "Great, she'll be a kickass heroine, too, because her ability is kickass" :) but NO, that so didn't happen...   
After this, it was all about the romance. Everything else fell in secondary plan. I mean, yeah, this is an adult romance novel, and I read them & love them, both paranormal & historical romances, but this was just too much. And I didn't even enjoyed reading this, I even started to dislike the characters, and the story, too. So, yeah, slowly, it went downhill... 
Some things I strongly disliked (and I'll try not to rant, although there will be spoilers): in one scene, Ian sees something, and he's like "WTF?" with exactly those words. I don't mind cussing in books, but exactly those words, seriously? So, he said "WTF?" and I was thinking (I might have even said) WTF about his WTF, and yeah, this choice of words really annoyed me. I mean, it's an expression I use, too, and although an old one, not something I'd expect in a historical novel. 
Another thing, my reaction on Daisy's illness - "Seriously?". That was just so unnecessary, and yeah, I'm going there - stupid. I mean we got the story with the mystery (although who exactly the evil one behind the poor werewolf really was surprised me (although I catched up early on who the werewolf is) and I liked the last scene between that werewolf & Daisy), so when she realised that she's ill & she'd dying, I knew how it will end, but I didn't like it, it was unnecessary, and yeah, I think the whole thing was plainly stupid & unnecessary. 
So, from great book that I loved, Moonglow became a book that I disliked, with stupid ending, that was definitely the lowest point of  the story...        
So, do I recommend this book? No. Not the worse book I've read, and it wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a good one... :( But, I know that a lot of people enjoyed it, and I definitely recommend Firelight (which I loved), and if you enjoy that one, you might give a shot to this one. Will I continue reading the series? Yes. I still want to read Poppy & Winston's story, so I'll definitely pick up Winterblaze, and hopefully it will be much better...  



  1. I read your review only up to the spoilers (I appreciate the heads-up, by the way!). That's too bad when the second in a series flops after reading the first one that you fall in love with! Oh, well! Hope the next one picks up!

    1. Yeah, I hope so, too.
      And I usually don't use spoilers in my reviews, so when I do, I write a warning ;)