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on January 30, 2009
I wish I could give this book less than 1 star, because it is truly, truly terribly. My most heartful recommendation is to avoid this book. Not only does Sunny blatantly rip-off authors Laurell K Hamilton and Anne Bishop (she pretty much admits to it in her dedication at the front of the novel), she doesn't even do a very good job of it. She's stolen many themes, plot-devices, and even some of their terminology, then stirred everything together to make something truly heinous. The writing is second-rate, like I'm reading high quality fan-fic or something. Sunny must have connections in the publishing world because there is no way this could pass muster otherwise.
I won't rehash the plot other than to say Mona Lisa finds out that she's descended from a race of people called the Monere who came from the moon to Earth over 4,000 years ago. After that, much raping, running around pointlessly, raping, complaining about being raped, and more raping ensues.
Right. Good times for everyone.
So the moon is actually a planet that died out 4,000 years ago? Really? Come on! Even I could do better than that. And Mona Lisa never thinks, "Wow, I'm from the moon. Okay, so how did the 'planet' die out? How come we can't see remnants of their cities, etc from Earth with a telescope? Did they cover everything up before they left? How did the lakes dry up and the atmosphere disappear? And how did these people (who don't seem to have any fantastic technological advances) get to Earth in the first place?"
Also, the Monere gain their energy by Basking in the moonlight. However, sunlight is deadly to them. Did someone forget to tell Sunny that moonlight is just reflected sunlight? Or, that the moon is also bathed in sunlight just like the Earth is? Or, maybe 4,000 years ago, they all lived on the dark side of the moon, in which case, how would they be able to Bask if they were ON the moon and avoiding the sunlight?
The Alpha males... aren't. They're all weak and pathetic, and of course, instantly attracted to Mona Lisa---the best Queen ever. By the end of the novel, she's only been a Queen for approximately a month and yet somehow, she's the best. The 'alpha' males are also boring. I could have fallen asleep during the sex-scenes, but maybe it was because there were so many of them. At one point, I DID fall asleep. That was when Sunny felt the need to spend 4 pages detailing the proper technique for fighting with a dagger (pgs 249-253 in my copy). I dozed off, woke-up, and swore because I was still at the boring dagger training scene.
The only positive thing I can say about this horrid novel is that it moves quickly (except for pgs 249-253). Everything happens at a break-neck pace and is handily wrapped-up at the end in a neat little bow. Mona Lisa gets everything she ever wished for and only has to suffer a few paltry rapings / near rapings in the process. She learns she's powerful, smart, attractive, has all the men she can handle (even a spare for future sequels---aka Prince of Hell), is reunited with her family and accepted into her new community except for one or two bitter Queens who can be villains in the sequel (and who could probably be stopped with some hair-pulling and a brisk pillow fight). Life is good for Mona Lisa. If only we could all be so lucky.