Monday, 18 February 2013

All Hallows' Moon By S. M. Reine

All Hallows' Moon
Series: Seasons of the Moon #2
Release Date: 5th September 2011
Format: ebook
Pages: 189
Source: Bought

Synopsis: Rylie survived becoming a werewolf at great cost. She moves to her aunt’s ranch in the hopes she can enroll in a new high school and quietly continue her life... with a few distinct changes. She transforms into a beast every new and full moon and struggles to control her murderous urges.

Without many werewolves left, it’s hard to stay in hiding. A family of hunters -- Eleanor, Abel, and Seth -- recognize the signs and follow Rylie to her new home. They want to stop her before she murders someone, and the only way to do it is with a silver bullet. Seth soon realizes the werewolf is Rylie, the one monster he failed to kill. Worse yet, he’s still in love with her.

Torn between family and love, Rylie struggles to reconcile her feelings and control the wolf within while Seth fights to do what’s right. But what is right-- obeying desire or duty?

Review: All Hallows Moon is the epic sequel to Six Moon Summer. In this book we get to see Rylie's character grow and develop in a new environment and it's very interesting. Reine's writing is still on top form and doesn't disappoint in the slightest  The reader is hooked from the first pages and is gripped in Rylies jaws until the very last page. We got to see many more characters come into play and each were very interesting and all had a part to play in Rylies future, be it good or bad. 

All Hollows Moon follows Rylie as she goes to live at her auntie's ranch to try and escape her life before the change. Rylie thinks moving will solve all of her problems but instead it adds some more to the equation. After her first change some of her aunts cows are slaughtered and Rylie believes she knows the culprit Rylie thinks she will be able to work away on the ranch and not interact with people if she can help it but her aunt thinks very different. Her aunt decides that Rylie must go to school if she wishes to stay with her. Grudgingly she goes but her inner wolf doesn't like it one bit. She ends up causing trouble on the first day when she lets the wolf lose control. All of her actions are drawing a group of hunters towards her and they will kill her. Things get worse when Seth enrols at her new school and she realises that his family are the group of hunters and she is their prey. His family will stop at nothing until she's dead. 

In this novel we really get to see how much the wolf has changed Rylie and how she's always battling it for control. We see how she is becoming more wolf like in herself and how she sees everyone at school as prey. Rylie has to act as normal as possible but when there's a wolf inside you, it won't always rest. She gets into trouble in this book because the wolf takes over, and we get to see how she reacts to it when shes back to being herself. We see Rylie put through quite a bit in this book, we see her pain, anger, sorrow and even panic. It was great seeing this so very detailed and developed character becoming even more complex and realistic. 

We learn more about Seth and his family of hunters in this book and it's really interesting. His mother was such a brilliant villain. She was so cold and just plain evil, she didn't care about anything except killing wolves. Even her sons fell down the ladder because of that. Abel, Seth's older brother has a huge scar on his face from when he was bitten by a werewolf. We know that with Seth's help he resisted the wolf and remained human. We truly get to see the piece of work he is, he doesn't care about anything except his family. Seth has to make a big decision in this book, will he betray his family or the girl he loves? It all depends on his answer. We saw their lifestyle and how they were constantly moving and living off the most basic of things all because their calling in life was hunting wolves, they didn't do anything else. 

Again the world building was brilliantly done! I want to go to the ranch and explore the grounds, it was just so detailed and described, it really conveyed that homey feeling. You realise why Rylie loves it so much. As far as sequels go this one was great, it kept up the fast paced action from book one and the plot was complex and so good! It really doesn't disappoint readers of the series. 

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