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Moon Rise by Marilee Brothers

Moon RiseThings aren’t looking so great for Allie Emerson. Her boyfriend hasn’t come back from Mexico. Her mom is dating a new loser who Allie kindly refers to as “Brain Dead Roy.” School is just as trying as well with new bullies and the extremely annoying and nosy school counselor. And to top that off, Allie is the Star Seeker prophesized pretty much to save the world. That would be all good and well except for the fact that Allie has seemed to have lost her powers, the powers she needs to defend herself against and ultimately defeat the evil Trimarks. Talk about some baggage! But Allie has little time to dwell on the overall suckiness of her situation because the stakes have risen. Not only are Allie’s and her friends’ lives in danger, but the precious moonstone is in risk of being stolen and, if Allie’s not careful, her own heart.

Moon Rise was a satisfying sequel to the exciting fantasy Moonstone, but while I definitely enjoyed the story, it also could’ve been much improved. Like its prequel, the plot of Moon Rise is filled to the brim with conflict after conflict, each larger or more convoluted than the previous. Though this ensures no shortage of action, it felt a little repetitive. Allie’s problems presented in the first novel were carried over into the second, and all the new ones were very reminiscent of the old ones. I feel Brothers could’ve been a little more creative in the plot execution since the story didn’t progress as much as I hoped it would. Like the plot, the characters aren’t perfectly written, but they are sufficient; I particularly enjoyed Allie’s spunk and determination and new kid Beck’s overall hunkiness. Their predictable romance was one of the highlights of the story. Although Moon Rise could’ve been much better, I still liked it and have hope for future installments in the Unbidden Magic series.

Fans of the A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy by Libba Bray, the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz, and The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott may enjoy this interesting fantasy series.

Rating: 3.75

Review copy from publisher Belle Books

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