- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Export ed. edition (April 16 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1534445285
- ISBN-13: 978-1534445284
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#478,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #29835 in Children's Literature
Serious Moonlight Paperback – Apr 16 2019
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About the Author
Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series; the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Reviewers' Choice Paranormal Romance Book of the Year; and Grave Phantoms, which was awarded RT's May Seal of Excellence for 2015. She is also the author of The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (a.k.a. Night Owls in the UK); Alex, Approximately; Starry Eyes; and Serious Moonlight. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.
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There's a lot of brilliant diversity and representation in SERIOUS MOONLIGHT and this author is always including such fabulous dialogue surrounding safe & consensual sex-positivity content but.. I didn't really love the plot (mystery surrounding the identity of a crime writer) and I kind of saw a few things coming that the MC, a sorta Veronica Mars-esque character didn't, and additionally I'm not sure I liked any of the characters?
I loved the idea of our love interest, I felt for some of Birdie's struggles and adjustments and emotional hang-ups, but.. I never lost myself in this one. It wasn't as funny, not hardly as swoony, and unfortunately the ending felt kind of rushed. There were definitely sweet moments and I was never bored or annoyed or anything. It was just.. fine.
The best part of this read, however, is that it's made me want to reread ALEX, APPROXIMATELY and STARRY EYES. And kinda makes me want to award extra stars to the latter. And maybe I will!
My feelings about this release aside, however, don't change the fact that I will a) be forever excited about whatever this author puts out and b) read all aforementioned things this author puts out. I love her quirky characters and her banter. This one just didn't quite stick the landing the way the others have.
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I received an ARC for an honest review.
The book is told from the perspective of Birdie Lindberg, a 17-year-old homeschooled narcoleptic wanna-be detective. She is delightful. She has some serious waters to navigate, and she's scared, unsure, has no idea who to go to for help, embarrassed by things and by her own existence. Anyone who has ever experienced a moment of social anxiety or awkwardness (or, y'know, everyone, except maybe Helen Mirren) will immediately relate to and want to help Birdie.
Don't miss the mystery, the love story, the families learning to not keep secrets. Fun read-- I say it again WHERE WERE ALL THESE AWESOME YA AUTHORS WHEN I WAS Y?
Birdie and Daniel had a chance meeting and then Birdie dashed away because of it. She was happy with the fact that she would never have to see him again.... Until she did. And worse yet, they work together. They build a bond together to find out more about a mysterious author who is trying to hide under a pen name and uncover way more than they bargained for.
As a character driven reader, I loved this! Daniel was such an interesting character and I loved Birdie. She seemed so much like me with her love for mysteries and detectives. (I am obsessed with Joe Kenda lol) I also loved learning more about Birdie and Daniel. They turned out to be some very deep characters that I couldn't have predicted if I tried.
The reason I didn't like this one as much as her others was the almost non-existent plot. The plot I thought was supposed to be about Daniel and Birdie solving the mystery. Which it was, but it seemed way too drawn out. It got a bit repetitive after a while to me. The character arcs is what kept the story going. The ending was what got me tho. I didn't put two and two together until the other person did. It was a great ending that I wish hadn't waited until the end to be in the book if that makes sense.
There was also so much more that I liked about this one. I LOVED the sex positivity and how Bennett wasn't afraid to show them being safe about it. (That's my personal opinion about sex in YA.) I liked that Daniel talked about his medicine in a positive way. And I also loved the way that there was a trade school and a different route of life after high school taken in this one. Not everyone has the same route and it's important to remember that.
This book wasn't what I was expecting, but it was still an enjoyable read. Jenn Bennett has shown again that she writes the best boys and the best relationships. I know others will like this one more than me, but there were just some things that I couldn't' look past.