Friday, December 7, 2012

Dark Moon by Maggie Tideswell

Review by Cara Crabtree

Age Rating: 17+
Summary: Storm is living a simple, but good life. She has a boyfriend named Trevor, and lives with her best friend Donna. She has about everything she could want but an engagement to the man of her dreams. All that she has is about to be turned upside down by two different events that happen. She meets a guy name Jarred on the beach, and ends up getting pregnant by him. On top of this a series of rapes that happen in her area, someone is raping and killing women. The rapes/murders have been for occult purposes. The purpose for the murderer doing them is unknown to everyone. Elle, who is the only survivor of the attacks, tracks down Storm, so she can get a psychologists opinion of the attacker. Elle is desperate to solve these attacks, before the attacker comes back to finish what he started. Elle tells her that Trevor is the one who is doing these attacks. Could Trevor be this evil man that everyone claims he is? Trevor may not have the purest intentions when it comes to Storm, but will Storm find this out in time to save her life?

Review: It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I was I was sucked into it. I think my big problem was that the beginning was little confusing. The story has 8 or 9 points of view here and there, but the main one being Storm. Once I got everyone sorted out and how they all fit in this story, it became a lot easier to understand. I kind of liked being in everyone’s heads, and seeing their thoughts.
This novel is set in Cape Town, Africa, which I found really interesting. I don’t think I have read a book set in Africa since a college literature class I took a few years ago.
Storm- She is so stubborn about things she should probably be a little less stubborn about. It took me awhile to start liking her character, but after a little bit I did grow attached to her. She is just misguided.
Trevor- You find out that Trevor is the serial murderer pretty fast, so I am not putting in any big spoilers there. I was kind of disappointed I found it out so fast at first. But then I quickly realized it isn't really a story of who done it, it was something bigger than that. I hated Trevor.
Jarred- I really liked Jarred, he knew what he wanted and he went after it. Storm was so stubborn about him. She should have been more stubborn about Trevor.

Donna- This was Storm’s roommate. She was pretty cool, and a really good friend. Donna tried to help Storm every step of the way.
Elle- She is a very tough woman. She was able to get her emotions together, and help with the investigation. She only has eyes for Jarred, which makes for some rough waters in the books.

Overall, it was a pretty good book, with an interesting story. This was definitely an unexpected ride, which I truly enjoyed. I hope you guys will check this book out. I suggest it to anyone who likes books about witches.  
Rating: out of 5