Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade


Published: August 29, 2012
Publisher: Soul Fire Press
Format: ARC, eBook
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever.

Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?

The synopsis of this book is what lured me in, since vampires are one of my favorite paranormal groups to read about. I have never read a story quite like this one; especially one where the vampire is a movie star. The fact that the author provides the reader with a new and unique angle such as this makes her worthy of props. I also appreciate the fact that this book was written from the dual perspectives of the main characters, Erin and James. It was definitely necessary to get inside both of their heads.

Erin, the female protagonist, is likable enough and her ambitions to leave her small town life are admirable. But that being said, I still had a hard time connecting with her and I didn't feel as invested in her character as I would have liked. I also found this to be true with James, the vampire. When this happens it sort of ruins a book for me. Don't get me wrong, these characters could easily capture the hearts of other readers but unfortunately they couldn't quite win me over. On a side note, I did end up liking Erin's brother, Nick! He was the most rational person in this novel and an overall great guy.

When James' character comes to Erin's town to film a movie and he is initially introduced, he comes off as a cold and calculating predator. I think it's great that he changed and ultimately became a better person/vampire, but I think it happened way too fast and without enough explanation. He meets Erin, then BAM!, he's a new man overnight.....and their romantic relationship develops pretty much the same way--at least that's how it felt to me. There was no easing into the relationship or gradual change and I felt like something was missing from the plot, like part of it's structure caved in somewhere along the way.

However, I will say that the last few chapters of the book did hold my attention a lot more, and there was a bittersweet feel to the ending. When I was done reading I did find myself curious about the future of the characters because of the way the book ended. Even though this book didn't fully agree with me, I would still recommend for anyone who likes vampires and romance to give this story a try because it's a quick read that does have some suspenseful and entertaining qualities.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
 

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