Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ashley Stoyanoff Review: New Moon Summer by SM Reine

New Moon Summer by SM Reine

Title: New Moon Summer (The Cain Chronicles, #1)
Author: SM Reine
Number of Pages: 53
Publication Info: Red Iris Books (Oct 2012)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Werewolves
Shelf: Books I Bought
Rating: ★★★
Good-Reads: Here
Author Website: Here
Purchase: Here

Summary from Goodreads:
Rylie is Alpha: the leader of the werewolves. They're an endangered species living in a sanctuary, and she's guarded them for two peaceful years.

The peace is shattered when somebody sends Rylie a threatening silver bullet. A new member of the pack goes missing. And to make things worse, her inner wolf is strangely attracted to her boyfriend'
s brother, leaving her torn between the love of two men--one of them a werewolf, and the other a former hunter.

My Review:
New Moon Summer was a super quick read (only about 50 pages). Reine kept my attention right until the end with this fast paced tale.

The blurb pretty much says it all so I’ll get straight to the review.  Although I liked the character of Rylie, she also really confused me.  She is the packs alpha, but I can’t wrap my head around the how.  She’s relatively quiet and really not the strong figure I expected the alpha to be.  Rylie spends a lot of her time worrying about being alone and handling the pack alone.  And she is extremely dependant on Abel (her boyfriends brother).

Now Abel was a completely different story.  He was strong and dominant.  I really enjoyed his character and look forward to reading more of him.

As for the plot, it was interesting and kept me flipping pages.  I enjoyed watching Rylie and Abel together, but the rest kind of … lacked.  There just wasn’t enough substance or backbone to the characters or the plot to make me overly invested in the outcome.

Even with my complaints, overall, New Moon Summer was a quick and fairly entertaining read.  I just wish there had been more substance to the story and definitely more character building.  With that said, I have not read Seasons of the Moon (another short story series) which I discovered after finishing this story introduced these characters.
So, will I continue with this series?  Probably.  The first segment was left at such a huge cliff-hanger that I can’t stop thinking about it.  However, I may pick up Seasons of the Moon first and start at the beginning.  I hope that will clear up all my questions about the characters.

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