Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer #1) by David James

Summary from goodreads:

One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy. 

Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate’s blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn’t. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.

A romantic story of true love and dark curses, LIGHT OF THE MOON will leave you breathless.

Cover:

Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, #1)

Review:

Okay, so I really, really enjoyed this book. There are so many reasons why that I could go on and on forever but I’ll try to keep it to the most important aspects.

1) David James writes a beautiful novel. His language, imagery, and metaphors are absolutely beautiful. I love the YA genre but not many capture this sort of poetic way of writing. I’m fairly sure if this novel went nowhere with the plot line I would just enjoy reading his writing.

2) This book was unique. Granted there were definitely things about it that were normal YA elements but the world he created was just different and I liked it.

3) Calum and Kate. They were raw and honest and yes, sometimes a little moody but I loved them. I could relate to them in the sense that we all have gone through times where we don’t feel like we belong. I liked the way they were developed as characters and I liked seeing from both their perspectives (by the way, this is a first person narrative from both Kate and Calum’s perspective).

4) The ending left me wanting so much more. I finished it and was like…give me the next one! I like books that make me want to continue reading because there are some unnamed series that just don’t.

5) I enjoyed that the plot kept me guessing until about 75%. Many YA novels these days just lay out from the get-go and I enjoyed the feeling I got when I read this book. I just wanted to know but he wasn’t giving me anything which drew me in even more.

Overall, I’d recommend this book if you like fantasy YA novels. I do, so I really enjoyed it. I think it’s a beautifully written novel and David James does something a lot of YA authors these days don’t – he takes enough care in his writing to make his actual words art. So enjoy!

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