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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review - Light of the Moon by David James


I finished this book weeks ago but I haven't been able to write a review yet. Long story short, my mother passed away December 5th. As you can imagine, life has been absolutely bazonka-nuts. Now, back to the book.

In the spirit of disclosure, I met David on Twitter (). He is the nicest, sweetest guy you could ever hope to meet. So I was worried that his book was going to suck. After reading the prologue I stopped, took a breath and read it again.

It's good. Really good.

In fact, it's probably better than it has any right to be. You will not be able to read this book quickly. It forces you to slow down, to take your time. I drank in sections like wine. There are moments when I'm reading David's writing and it feels like I'm witnessing a young  Clive Barker at work. I don't use that comparison lightly either. I dare you to read the prologue and not feel the same way.

It is a YA work and the elements in high school made me feel like I was right back there. And that wasn't the scariest part. Even though it is YA, David throws himself firmly into horrific elements in the final act that made ME cringe.

The action scenes are well-written and frantic with action. The romantic moments are quiet and tender, like the first time you tenderly kiss someone while melting in their arms.

Reading Light of the Moon made me remember that it's okay to be literary and polished artistically even if you're writing genre. I bought the e-book first. After a few chapters I realized I needed to have the physical version too. The physical version is great because it has questions for discussion at the end. And it hit me: why don't more books do this? What a simple and yet amazing idea.

In closing, Light of the Moon is a very solid, enjoyable book. Most amazing for me is the hints of what a stellar (sorry for the pun) writer David James is. We can expect great things from him.

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