Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: Gray Moon Rising by S.M. Reine

Gray Moon Rising (Seasons of the Moon #4) by S.M. Reine
Synopsis (Goodreads):
It’s been almost a year since Rylie Gresham was bitten by a werewolf on Gray Mountain. Now something is beckoning her back to the place she was attacked, along with every other werewolf in the world. But they aren’t the only ones heeding the call. A group of hunters notices them gathering and sees it as their chance to wipe out the entire species.

Seth is about to graduate high school when he learns of the final hunt. He secretly plans to save Rylie and his werewolf brother even though he has to play along with the hunters to do it. But Rylie doesn’t want to be saved. She’s already decided to solve her problems with a silver bullet if answers aren’t waiting on Gray Mountain.

One way or another, everything is about to end—whether it means Rylie’s liberation or the end of her life…
My Thoughts: I'm not the only person who puts off reading the final book in a series because they don't want the world to end, am I? I've really enjoyed Rylie's journey as she struggles to come to terms with her power as a werewolf and I didn't want to let it go. I mean, Rylie's a mess. After what she did in book 3, she's eaten up by guilt and fear and it's not pretty. The Sanctuary was supposed to be a place for her to find a balance and learn to control her wolf and yet, after several months of being there, she's still just as volatile as she was when she ran from her Aunt's farm.

I did love seeing how Abel's come to accept his wolf-y side. He was... not my favorite character in previous books yet he stepped up to the plate and protected Rylie when she was at her lowest. Seth... Oh, Seth. He should get an award for dealing with his crazy mom. That woman is INSANE. And not the good type of insane, either. She's bullets and knives, festering hatred and cunning. She's scary. That Seth willingly puts himself in proximity to her because it's the only way he can get to Rylie says a lot about his mental and emotional fortitude.

I do have to mention that I might be the slowest person on the planet not to realize that this series and S.M. Reine's Descent series share the same world. The Union is becoming a force to be reckoned with (in all the wrong ways) and both Seth and Elise Kavanagh (from the Descent series) have powers that normal people don't. I honestly love this sort of world cross-over. It's delicious.

This was a wonderful and fitting end to the overall arc and I'm pleased as punch to know that there's a follow-up series out there now (Seasons of the Moon: Cain Chronicles). More werewolves! Yes!

Books in this series
1. Six Moon Summer
2. All Hallows' Moon
3. Long Night Moon
4. Gray Moon Rising - Paperback | Kindle

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Gray Moon Rising was a free Kindle download I picked up on 09/25/12 for the Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge.