Author: Vanessa Morton
Age Group: Young Adult/Teen
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Series: Tales from the Levant, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though a valiant attempt at an engaging fantasy story set in Biblical times, I just wasn't feeling this novel--with too many names and foreign places to keep track of, the unique premise of a pair of twins was bogged down severely and I just couldn't engage in it.
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Moonfall tells the story of twins Rachav and Zaron. When Rachav partakes in forbidden temple wine, the punishment results in Rachav being put in the service of the local temple priestesses. However, Zaron volunteers to go in her sister's place, setting off a chain reaction of events that result in the destruction of all the twins hold dear, and Rachav finds that faith, love, and danger are far closer than she ever could have imagined..
What I enjoyed:
-The premise of this novel was unique--a girl bound in service to a powerful goddess, and her twin volunteering to take her place--it seemed like quite the adventure
-Rachav, the main character, the strong and beautiful young woman who fights for her family and for her own freedom--I really enjoyed my journey with her, and her character development was rich and real
-I liked the setting of this novel, of Biblical times set in a pagan city--it was really different
What could've been better:
-Even with an extensive character and city name list, it was really hard to follow everything
-Most of Rachav's family and friends, save Nuzi and a few others
-The pacing seemed to be really all over the place and it was hard to follow
-As the pacing sped up in spots, the plot got muddled and sometimes I couldn't follow anything that was happening at all
-The mood of this book was dark and disturbing and creepy--sometimes overly so
I really think this was a good try at a different premise, but I just didn't like it very much--it was just okay. Next on deck: The Monster's Muse by Bradford Tatum!