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Jan. 6 2009 A Novel of the Monere (Book 4)
On the vernal equinox, Mona Lisa is taken against her will to NetherHell, the cursed realm of the damned. In this place, she will be torn from both within and without by desire, love, and ecstasy. And when her first love crosses the boundaries of the world to rescue her, she must choose her own destiny?before others choose it for her.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected! July 29 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...And now this is my favourite! I literally couldn't put this one down, just spent an entire day reading, drinking it all in. There was so much more content and a whole new realm to explore. Loved every page. I was even pretty happy with how it ended but I can't wait until the next book comes out! This series is still steamier than what I normally read but Sunny's world of the Monere is just so original in the shape-shifting genre (at least for me anyway) that I'm totally drawn in. Definitely read the others first though, or this one will be hard to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Mona Lisa Books! Feb. 26 2012
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I'm a young woman and I Mona Lisa Darkening was awesome, even though it wasn't my favourite of all of them. I just want to point out as well that all reveiws by such a person called 'Jana' on the Mona Lisa books and the Lucinda books are very biased and should not be read or payed attention to. According to her reviews, the books are badly written and the plot is bad, well let me just tell you that when I'm reading paranormal erotica, I'm not in search for wonderful uses of literary devices and I know I'm not going to get an amazing plot as Harry Potter, but I love Mona Lisa as a character, I love Halcyon and I adore with all of my heart Gryphon, despite Jana's comments on all their names. Sunny is a nurse, not a writer, but she can write and better than you can. Any person who went through university can write. These books are really addicting, and the character dynamics are wild and beautiful. I can't wait for Mona Lisa 'F' to come out! :)
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Jana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am going to admit that I have a serious problem with the author Sunny -- one I have never had with any other author before, even other really bad authors. I have not read this book. I will NEVER read this book. Please see my reviews on her other two books that I did mistakenly order and read.

Money does not grow on trees people, don't throw it away on the undeserving peons of this world -- people like Sunny with ZERO talent who are merely connected enough to get their garbage published.

Just say no.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 21 2009
By Philbecmom - Published on
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I am a HUGE fan of this series, and could not wait for this book to come out. I am so disappointed in this book that I am writing my first book review ever. I do not know if Sunny was under a word limit (this is the first book published in mass paperback size -- the rest were in TSP), or if this was supposed to be a transition book to move the series in a new (undisclosed) direction, but I thought this was a tremendous let down. There were a lot of characters, a lot of information and a lot of ups and downs, but they were all very quick and very perfunctory. The most well developed part of the entire book were the last few pages and Mona Lisa's decisions about her relationship with Dontaine. All the other men in her life made a "guest appearance" and disappeared. There were no tremendous revelations and no great resolutions. I did not feel as if the series moved forward, and can only guess where it is going. Read the book because it is part of the series, and we can only hope that the next book reverts to form and is, once again, exceptional.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sunny could've done better Feb. 4 2009
By S. de Freitas - Published on
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I was highly anticipating the next installment in the Mona Lisa series but I was unfortunately disappointed. I don't feel that the major points of the plot (i.e. Mona Lisa descending to NetherHell, her duality with Mona Louisa and the development of her relationship with the Gargoyle warlord) was fleshed out enough. I was left with way too many questions (like, why the hell did a black light come down and take Lisa when she was basking anyway?!? Is it because partly dead ppl can't bask??) and the ending was really unsatisfying. It basically loops you right back to the beginning situation, although the characters feel very differently about eachother - but it crops up another host of questions. My other bone of contention is that the first part of the book moves too quickly and the latter half dRaGs... I feel like it was filler to make a deadline. Who wants to read about a protracted day in the salon? And lastly, the sex was lackluster. There were some good "moments" -- but Sunny, you could do better than that. I hope this was a fluke and the next novel is way better... or else this series will turn into a cheesy weekend miniseries that I'd dub "The Adventures of Mona Lisa and her Demon Friends" complete with unfinished plot threads and chemistry that fizzles.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The character continues to grow throughout each novel making her boldest moves yet. Jan. 8 2009
By Rachel P. Smith - Published on
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Mona Lisa is the first mixed blood Queen the Monere have ever had. Descended from the moon, her people, the Monere draw their strength and long lifespan from it. Once a month her people gather to her to bask in the light of the moon while she draws down its power. On this night of the vernal equinox, one of the two times a year when night and day are equal and the barrier between Earth and Hell is at it's weakest something goes terribly wrong. She is engulfed by darkness and disappears only to find herself in NetherHell.

NetherHell is the lowest level of hell and a place where even her mate and a Crown Prince of Hell, Halcyon, dares not go. While struggling to survive in NetherHell a gargoyle warlord named Gordane captures her. He's soon obsessed with Mona and she finds it difficult not to return his affections. By becoming her protector through NetherHell Mona Lisa finds herself more and more drawn to him. Her feelings for Gordane begin to grow and strengthen, but what happens when Mona Lisa's lost love reappears and crosses the threshold of NetherHell to rescue her? All this while her inner demon, the evil Monere queen that she shares her body with, Mona Louisa, is doing her level best take control of Mona Lisa's body.

Mona Lisa Darkening is Sunny's newest installment in her Children of the Moon series. Mona Lisa Darkening is her best since The Children of the Moon debut novel, Mona Lisa Awakening. Mona Lisa Darkening not only introduces a well thought out new character, but brings back a favorite of readers. Life is anything but boring for Mona Lisa and this time around things become even more incredible. Halycon is probably most people's favorite of Mona Lisa's loves, but Gordane makes a strong go at the title. He will leave readers demanding to know more about him.

Mona Lisa Darkening is a self describing title. The sweet, innocent Mona Lisa we met in the first novel is long gone, but in a good way. The character continues to grow throughout each novel making her boldest moves yet. While Mona Lisa comes from an alien race who need the moon in order to draw down their powers, she's only human. Using the Superman mythos of having incredible powers while at the same time tempering those powers with her human upbringing and the morals that go with that, you will find yourself drawn in.

If you haven't read Sunny's Monere, Children of the Moon series, and I confess I read all four to do this review, I believe you're missing out. I was pleasantly surprised by all four and can't wait for the next installment.

Reviewed at Bitten by Books Paranormal Fiction Review Site by SunandHeir
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mona Lisa dribbling Feb. 5 2009
By E. A Solinas - Published on
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Like any good Mary Sue, Mona Lisa is the superuberspecial point around which the entire universe -- living and dead -- revolves.

And it gets just a little more nauseating in the plotless, hilariously silly slog of Sunny's fifth novel, "Mona Lisa Darkening." In this case, she transports her obvious self-insert (and her hotter alter ego) into a brand new realm so she can dazzle everyone there, rendered in prose that runs from Victorian purple to awkwardly stilted.

Mona Lisa and Co. are basking under their "mother planet" (since when is the moon a planet?) when she's suddenly whisked away to a wasteland where damned souls go.

Since Sunny has established that obviously Hell is a fun and cool place to be (they set off FIRECRACKERS!), this turns out to be the horrific Netherhells. And since Mona Lisa has the evil Mona Louisa's consciousness in her brain, she got dragged along for the ride. And now she's dealing with the huge deformed bull dheus, imps, and the occasional gargoyle.

In the meantime, her demon dead hubby Prince Halcyon and emo boyfriend Gryphon decide to enter the Netherhells to rescue their Luv. Unfortunately, Mona Lisa has been (oh, how Victorian!) drafted into a tall, dark and brooding gargoyle's harem, and finds out that he wants her knocked up. But even if she handles THAT situation, she may not be able to get home -- and it may cause some problems in HER ever-expanding harem

Five books in, and Sunny still hasn't figured out how to map out a plot. From the first chapter onward, "Mona Lisa Darkening" is basically a string of randomly-occurring events. Sunny throws random plot twists (Roman-style arena! Duel for kingship! Berserker bloodsucking! Poorly-described monster!) whenever things get too slow.

Unfortunately, the entire book is too slow: endless emo moping, ghastly cartoonish dialogue ("Don't be silly. Our gargoyle friends can fly us there"), random third/first personal flipflops, and hilariously cliche romance-novel prose ("I felt the caress of those dark eyes stroke across our skin"). And for the unspeakable realm of the damned, the Netherhells seem an awful lot like the Middle East (complete with palm trees, harems and veils), except that by the end everyone is worshiping Mona Lisa's magic vagina.

And the sexual content is the worst -- a random S&M threesome (because obviously only sex can cure self-hatred and trauma), spreading her legs for a literally horny gargoyle, and details about Mona Lisa getting a Brazilian. Three words: Too Much Information.

Mona Lisa herself remains a nauseating example of the Mary Sue -- she can cure psychological ills with sex, is so hot that all men lust and all women get tantrum-throwing jealous, and she's so good and pure that she makes her nastiest enemies turn good. She even ogles herself a few times, presumably because she's the only person whose opinion matters.

As for her men, few of them have any individual personality -- and some of them are outright absurd, such as insisting that Mona Lisa have sex with other guys, or wanting to go on a "girl's day out" with her. Puh-leez.

"Mona Lisa Darkening" proves that when even when a series scrapes the bottom, it always has room to go down. And sadly, it's still not over.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of this series...Mona Lisa shows her tough side July 7 2009
By K. Eckert - Published on
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This is the fourth book in the Children of the Moon series by Sunny; and it was actually my favorite of the series. The setting was more interesting than previous books and there was a lot more action; there wasn't as much sex and romance so people who really dig that may not like this book as well as some of the previous ones.

The book starts out with Mona Lisa basking for her Monere. Suddenly a black light comes out of the moon and Mona Lisa is taken somewhere else. Strangely enough Mona Louise's personality is stronger in the new place and Mona Lisa soon finds out she is in a different version of Hell than she ever knew existed. Can Gryphon and Halcyon save her before something more deadly finds her?

I really liked that Mona Lisa's character took things into her own hands in this book. Mona Lisa's compassion matched with toughness really set her character above all other characters and made her character something special.

I loved that both Halcyon and Gryphon were in this book a lot; Halcyon is my favorite character and it was interesting to see him have to deal with limitations to his power. Once again though Amber was absent for most of the book. Mona Lisa did make some progress in her relationship with Dontaine which was nice to read about.

I thought this book had more purpose, a better story, and a faster pace than the previous book. There are less sex scenes than normal; the ones that are present are well written. I enjoyed that this left more room for action scenes. After the third book I was ready to give up on this series, but after reading this book I am convinced to stay with this series a bit longer.
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