In F.M. Sherrill and Becca C. Smith’s (Atlas) collaborative effort, Black Moon, we meet the bored Shea Harper, a college student stuck at ASU in Phoenix. I say stuck, because it’s clear from the outset that she is miserable there – she wanted to go to UCLA, but couldn’t find funding. Like me, she cannot stand the dry, suffocating heat (my little college town in California isn’t a desert, but it certainly gets hot here, and the town just kind of sucks you in like a vacuum). I was immediately able to relate to her situation.
While I found Shea relatable, I sometimes found the prose…a bit purple. While this did bother me a fair bit, it wasn’t enough to stop me from continuing to read to see what happened to Shea and the other characters. Immediately after meeting Shea, we meet Aiden, her BFF. I think I may be a little old for the term “BFF”, since it makes me cringe a bit to use it here – but I know that 20-somethings won’t be at all bothered by its use. The language use throughout the novel makes me feel as though it is definitely aimed toward young adult readers and 20-somethings – especially given the college setting.
In all, it was an enjoyable read. We meet Lucian who shakes things up quite a bit for bored Shea. She learns that she has special powers, that there are vampires in the world, and that perhaps, yes, there was some sort of divine intervention keeping her chained to Phoenix. The novel moves quickly, and I was able to get through it in an afternoon. It’s a great escape from chores and the boring things of every day life. One of the best things about this book involves the author’s ability to blend their collaborative effort together seamlessly.
Authors: Becca C. Smith and F.M. Sherrill
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Shea Harper is forced to stay in boring, hot and dry Phoenix, Arizona for college. But once she meets the enigmatic yet positively egocentric Lucian, Shea’s life changes forever.
She finds out that she comes from a long line of descendants called Vessels. In her soul is the key to destroying an ancient prison protecting the world from darkness itself: Lucian’s father.
Up until now, Lucian has captured every descendant except Shea. With her powers awakening, all vampires want to drag her down to the pit. But Lucian is territorial. She’s the first female Vessel… and he’s convinced she belongs to him.
Saucy and tauntingly surprising, Black Moon captures the struggle between burning desire or denying the heart. This is a love story that will drain you dry.
Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Most recently Becca released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.
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F.M. Sherrill: recent citizen of earth. Plans on ruling the planet once she gets over the common cold. Or, F.M. Sherrill: time traveler. Decided to alter the space-time continuum by writing a novel, thus changing history slightly, which will eventually lead to the rise of a new human species.
But here it is. F.M. Sherrill is a novelist, A.K.A. an avid bullshitter; that’s why she lives in L.A.. She’s been writing for as long as her ancient mind can remember, devouring tales like an anemic vampire roaming the streets in hot pink heels, always thirsty for more. When she’s not writing, she’s making steampunk weapons, sewing giant plant-eater Mario plushes, making costumes for some film bloke or cosplayer, and sculpting/casting movie prop replicas while gardening in her urban apartment. Her favorite tools? A soldering iron, a blowtorch, a band saw, a sonic screwdriver, a replicator and an active imagination.