Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Moonstone by Marilee Brothers Review

Book: Moonstone
Age: Young Adult
Copy From: Other Shelf Tours
Summary (from Goodreads):
A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.
Review: I can really go either way with this novel. I had read some great reviews, and the story just did not live up to them, in my opinion. I hate to be the one to say that I disliked this book, a lot.

Allie was an good main character, but it took me awhile to really like her. In fact, in the end I'm still not sure if I did like her as a character.

Her mother, on the hand, I despised. This is what I wanted to say to her: Get off your ****ing @$$ and get a job (use your imagination). Needless to say, her mom Faye landed on my list of characters I want to punch in the face (and I don't even have a list...).

The story was kind of blah for me, it didn't seem too original, and in the end I saw it all coming. None of the "shocking" moments shocked me.

As a whole, I was really disappointed with the story. Usually I love magic, and whatnot in stories, but this one just made me think about how much I loved all those other stories.

Highlights: Um...it was amusing at points. I liked how Allie didn't just say "Oh sweet, I have magical powers". She was more realistic about the whole scenario, and she was giving.

Lowlights: I think I've said enough. However, do not let my review keep you from reading this story, because everyone has different tastes and sometimes certain stories don't mesh well with certain readers. This story + me = not good.

Despite that, I've seen some amazing reviews about this novel on Amazon, so I would definitely recommend anyone to check out their thoughts to see if it's something you'd like to read.


- Lea


  1. Sounds like a good book!

    You got an award at my blog:

  2. Oh what a shame. There is something about the premsie that makes me think I'd be in your way of thinking so I won't bother with this one. I admire you for posting an honest review. It think it is even more difficult to be honest when you're reading a book for a blog tour. Well done for standing up and saying what you think!

  3. I agree, wasn't much of a fan of this one.

  4. Thanks for the honest review! I still might be look into this one though.

  5. I don't know, based on that review, don't think that one is gonna hit my TBR pile. Thanks for the honesty!