Review: The Rising Moon by Nilsa Rodriguez

Posted 11 August, 2012 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Rising Moon by Nilsa Rodriguez
Genre: Paranormal YA
Published by: Black Dove Publishing on September 12, 2011
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
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How many lives do you have to live to realize that love is stronger than time and death?

Orphaned at the age of five, Angelia (Lia) Lafosse was left with questions about whom and what she truly was. One thing was clear. Lia was different. Some might even say cursed.

With the help of her best friend, Ryan Woodruff, she begins to unlock the secrets of her families past and discover answers that prove more startling than she ever imagined. Not only was she a werewolf, but a reincarnation of the immortal werewolf, a werewolf with immense powers beyond any of her kind. A werewolf that if discovered by the Lobison's to have returned, can jeopardize both Lia and those she love.

As destiny finds her love does too and they couldn't be more different. Torn between Lyle Ulric, the charming werewolf whose bloodline is as ancient and powerful as her own. And Adam Ambrose, the mysterious and alluring vampire who's determined not to allow fate or anyone tear their love apart again.

Lia has to make a choice... Destiny or Love...Run or Fight...Live or Die

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A dark and intriguing debut with a fresh look into werewolf lore!

Since she can remember, Angelia Lafosse has known she would never lead a “normal” life. Growing up with a foster families after losing her parents in a car accident has left Lia with questions about her past. When the handsome Ryan befriends her at the start of her senior year, Lia begins to learn of her true origins, which include the supernatural, reincarnation and help explain the vivid dreams she has experienced throughout her life. With that truth Lia soon comes to realize those closest to her are have become her enemies, putting her life and second chance at love at stake.

The Rising Moon intertwines great elements that make for an fascinating read: a reincarnated werewolf heroine, a forbidden romance, a family set on revenge and more supernaturals in the form of shifters and vampires. Our heroine Lia is a loner who slowly opens up to Ryan as their friendship develops and she is told she is a reincarnated werewolf, learns he is a shape shifter and others around her are supernaturals as well. If that isn’t enough to deal with, Lia is torn between her attraction to the werewolf Lyle (her friend’s brother) and the seductive vampire Adam who everyone warns her of but she’s drawn to. While I’m not one for hysterical heroines, I would have appreciated Lia to question all these revelations surrounding her a bit more than she does…I was missing that fieriness that you tend to see in paranormal romance heroines from her, but also understand she’s quite young.

Three charming but completely different alpha male characters are introduced throughout the story, but I feel only one was truly executed, Ryan’s character. I was left wanting when it came to Lyle and Adam, I would have loved more of a back story regarding these two and feel the romance between Lia and Adam was a bit rushed for my liking (even with Lia being reincarnated and all). The constant mystery and suspense make up for the rushed romance, keeping you entertained and wondering what comes next. Nilsa has created a mysterious and dangerous paranormal world of legends, magic and supernaturals worthy of praise and a sequel I hope will answer all my burning questions!


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