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The Moon Shines Red (Heart of Darkness)

The Moon Shines Red (Heart of Darkness)

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Erschienen am 05.05.2017

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Rezension zu "A Monster Like Me (Heart of Darkness Book 2)" von Pamela Sparkman

Seeking redemption
Artemis_25vor 5 Monaten

Oh, so beautifully heartbreaking. I loved being given the chance to accompany Zeph on the stony path of redemption. Naturally, there were many, many setbacks, but they made the tiny steps forward so much more worth it. He is one of the most complex characters I have come across so far. I simply could not not feel every single emotion with him. He is such a troubled man and we get to know why and it made me sad and angry at the same time.
Zeph really has some serious issues and I liked the sensible way they are dealt with in this book by not going too much into detail but still not using any euphemisms. These atrocious things happened and they happen to far too many people.
Loved ones are so very important. We can see it in this story as well. Zeph's relationship to Elin and Arwyn warmed my heart. It develops into something deep over time which made me very happy for him. After all the torture he had to suffer Zeph deserved some happiness even though he has a hard time accepting it with all this guilt he is carrying around.
Zeph, Elin and Arwyn are not the only characters I adored, of course. The side characters have a lot to offer, too. Many of them we already know from book 1. I have been able to get to know them better, some even presented themselves in a whole new light, some others made me quite suspicious. A few new characters are introduced as well. Favian is my absolute favourite, he is soo adorable.
There is also danger from the outside intruding into their lives at the monastery which adds some spice to the story.

It feels like this is the final installment of the The Heart of Darkness Series. I certainly am very happy with how things ended. If by any chance there is coming out a sequel, I will be one of the first to read it. I just love the characters and would not mind reading more about them. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in evil turns good, intense emotions and lovable characters.

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Intense, lovely, bittersweet and an invite to dream
Artemis_25vor 2 Jahren

Bittersweet, that's the best word to describe this beautifully written romantasy story. I loved every bit of it.
There has been put so much love and detail in every single character, I just couldn't help adoring them all in their own special way. They kept surprising me along the way, again and again. Once I had thought I had figured them out, something happened that proved me wrong.
The story as a whole has turned out to be quite different to what I expected it to be. At the first glance at the cover and the description, the combination of the moon and a curse, leads one to think about the classic werewolf story. Frankly, I have quite enough of vampires and their natural enemies because, more often than not, stories involving them tend to be pretty cliché. But something about the book cover, the red glow of the moon, the mysterious vibe of it plus the description in form of a little teaser called to me somehow, made me curious. So I decided to give it a chance.
And I am very glad I did.
No vampires, no werewolves. Faes are the stars of this book, creatures I haven't come across that often, meaning there is quite a bit to discover. My fantasy and all kinds of magic loving heart has been very happy to delve right into the world of Fae that is presented here and has been left wanting more of it. The author has a way with words, wow. You don't need to think, just feel and experience. The pictures are turning up in your head on their own, just as if you are watching a movie. And the feelings, never have I felt with the characters more. The blossoming lovestory between Elin and Lochlan, the latter cursed to kill with a single touch, becomes a very intense experience this way. The longing, the yearning of the two lovers to touch the other, you can feel it as if it were your own. There is this one scene, where Lochlan describes how he would kiss Elin for the first time if only he could, and I felt my heart melting. I'm very much impressed.

The author has gained an additional fan in me. I love her beautiful style of writing, so full of gripping emotions. I can highly recommend this piece of art about bittersweet love and the dream-like world of Fae and I can't wait to read the sequel.

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