Author: Tara Fuller
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Published: Jan 12, 2012
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This is definitely one for the romance junkies.
Tara Fuller impresses me with her debut novel, giving me a heart-warming tale of first love, witchcraft, and everything in between. Her writing is so effortlessly mesmerising that from the first single word - Death - right through to the last sentence, she had me completely and utterly enthralled. Not once did my attention waver from the story, nor did I ever feel disengaged from the characters. I was more than satisfied with the dynamic, layered protagonist and her equally complex love interest, and more than happy with the captivating story line. Perigee Moon was exactly my type of book.
Meet Rowan Bliss, our teenage heroine. Plagued by the presence of death – both her mothers and her own suicide attempt - Rowan moves to Massachusetts to start a new life with her grandparents. Instantly her unique, strong voice makes itself known to the reader. She is consumed by grief and sorrow – it is obvious the memories of hearing her mother’s screams still haunt her thoughts – and I recognised and felt her pain straight away. There is nothing quite like connecting with the protagonist of a story almost immediately. It was also wonderful to see Rowan growing out of her bubble and progressing as a character throughout the book. Tara Fuller’s writing shone through beautifully through her. I loved this line, in particular:
“I imagined that my mother was the wind. That she was wrapping around me and running her fingers through my hair, whispering that everything was going to be alright.”
If the writing wasn’t enough to appreciate, Tara Fuller weaved together the sweetest romance between her main characters. Alex Foster is an enigma of a character, both to Rowan and, initially, to the reader. The cloud of secrecy that surrounds him is enough to drive anyone mad, but I couldn’t help but still fall for him. With his alluring blue eyes, dark hair and caring manner, Alex had me under his spell. I found myself savouring each sweet moment between him and Rowan and swooning on every other page. This isn’t a light romance, and I will admit that I was concerned that Rowan and Alex may have fallen into that typical ‘insta-love’ category, but any doubts vanished in an instant as I settled further and further into the story. In fact, I think the romance is perhaps my favourite aspect of the whole book. Here, have one more quote:
“When he laughed it was like music, but no song I’d ever heard.”
Another brilliant aspect of the book: the plot. A good story line with a book about witches can be very hit and miss, but Perigee Moon is definitely one of my more favourite witch books. Most chapters begin with an extract from 1692, which, at first, make little sense to the reader, but then help us to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I loved how expertly the author handled each of these entries, and how perfectly she managed to tie them in with the present. These extracts, along with the mysteries Rowan begins to uncover for herself, contributes to crafting a riveting and engaging plot. I definitely think the story takes itself up a notch during the second half of the book, especially towards the end. The climax was thrilling and written very well, but nothing too exhausting. In other words, it was just right.
Overall, Perigee Moon is a wonderful YA read, with the perfect blend of romance and fantasy. This is a stand-alone novel, which is a shame, as I would have happily read more about Rowan and Alex. I’m just glad Tara Fuller has another book due to be released this year – Inbetween. At least that means I still have something to look forward to! But while I count down the days to Inbetween’s release, all you paranormal romance addicts should go and grab a copy of Perigee Moon. You won’t regret it.
Rating: 4 stars