Saturday 22 July 2006


Yesterday I ordered Midnight Moon from my fave bookstore, and was reminded that I still hadn't read the first book in Lori Handeland's new trilogy. So I picked it up last night, intending to read a few chapters to get a taste of it... but I enjoyed it so much I had to stop only because it was getting a little late. By that stage I'd read 100+ pages and couldn't wait to get stuck into it today.

And that, I did. I actually finished it in under 24 hours. Something I rarely do because there are so many other things that need to be done during the week.

Anyway, this book was excellent! And it introduced the heroine of the next novel, Cassandra. This one's in the POV of Diana Malone, who is a cryptozoologist and widow. Since her husband's death, she's been obsessed with finding what he strived so hard to find - a werewolf. He went to the grave with a tattered reputation, much like herself. But when she gets a call in the middle of the night and offered the job of going to New Orleans to snag the rumoured wolf, she accepts. And enters a place filled with magic, swamps, curses, dead bodies and voodoo... oh, and the enticing Adam Ruelle (a Cajun! Gotta love it!) ;)

Now she finds herself knee-deep in mystery and lust. A wicked combination, that's for sure. I loved the flavour of this novel and the description made me feel like I was smack-bang in the middle of a place I've never been. New Orleans sounds like a wonderful, eerie place to visit and an ideal place for this novel.

Diana's a strong character who has a hard time letting go of her dead husband and becomes terrified when Adam stirs things in her she never thought she'd feel again. It's a heartwarming tale wrapped up with a lot of dark stuff. A terrific paranormal read... and since I love reading about voodoo and Lori's other werewolf books, I can't wait for the next one. It's set in Haiti! Can't wait!

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