Title: Shadows on the Moon
Author: Zoe Marriott
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A lush, dark, romantic fantasy retelling of Cinderella, Shadows on the Moon completely seduced me--with deeply nuanced characters, well-thought out worldbuilding, and a fantastic premise! Highly recommended for people looking for a deep fairy-tale retelling.
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Can you imagine your family being taken from you in one fell sweep? Being taken from your home and be groomed as a well-behaved daughter? Suzume's life was destroyed after her family was cut down by the government for treason. When her mother remarries, she finds she is living a luxurious life, but at the hands of her stepfather and mother, she suffers great pain. Fleeing for a second chance at a life with happiness, Suzume transforms into Yue, the most lovely courtesan in the land of the Moon.. And this young woman, cursed and blessed with extraordinary power, must decide what she will sacrifice for revenge.. For her very heart hangs in the balance..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the way this book took place in a seductive fantasy world of medieval Japan
-The gorgeous prose that sounded more in place with an ancient fairy tale than a book
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I couldn't put it down, for it completely captured my imagination
-Suzume, the young woman who loses everything, and risks it all to bring about revenge--she was deeply nuanced and I really related to her, especially the darker parts better left hidden, toward the end of the book
-Otieno, the beautiful boy from a distant land that falls for Suzume, completely and utterly
-I also enjoyed the way the tale mirrored Cinderella: it did justice to a classic while maintaining its own style and flair
-The ending--I was crying, it made me so emotional, and I like how it did justice to all of the characters--it's really important to me that an ending it satisfying
What could've been better:
-At times I was a little impatient with Suzume's self-pity
-Suzume's mother--I was really angry with her for much of the book
I really, really enjoyed Shadows on the Moon! Highly recommended to fans of fantasy/relatable heroines! Next on deck: Abroad: A Novel by Katie Crouch!