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Allison Moon is a founding member of Camp Beaverton for Wayward Girls. She grew up exploring the woods of Ohio, and now she's exploring a different kind of wildlife in the California Bay Area. In 2011, she was named a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Writers Fellow. Lunatic Fringe is her first novel. Learn more at http://www.TalesofthePack.com
on July 28, 2013 :
What an exciting ride! I really wanted to get something done today besides reading. The story wouldn't let up, it was so exciting! Except for the occasional oops that you might find in the best published works, I was in love with the writing of this book. The vocabulary was mature and didn't assume that the audience would be third-graders. And descriptions that the author used were unique and beautiful.
Don't let this book scare you away, should you not like the idea that it has lesbians or werewolves. Neither are overbearing or gruesome. And it is full of enlightenment for anyone who would pick it up. My goal this year was to read as many books as I could that had female author and a strong female main character. Okay, maybe the main character isn't strong when we meet her, but the other females around her are, and she grows.
I already have book two, and can hardly wait to read it. I want to know what happens. Thank you, Allison Moon, for allowing me to read this at the discounted price. I look forward to reading your other books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
I loved this, and I'm going to buy the sequel. Great characters, nice plot twists, excellent tension and believable but not predictable resolutions.
Whatever doubled-section existed in previous versions has been fixed in the most recent version.
Lexie's growing confidence was a joy to read, and that was nicely tempered by her occasional bouts of self-doubt. Her relationships with Archer and the Pack were as tangled as first-year-away-from-home drama can get.
This is an excellent story which stands solidly on its own while being open for sequels in many directions; I look forward to buying and reading them all, however many eventually get written.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 01, 2012 :
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal/Werewolf (Lesbian) Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Werewolves are back. Lexie Clarion is nervous about college. She's plagued with beastly visions, local werewolf attacks are on the rise, and she really wants to kiss a girl. And classes haven't even started yet.
Things start looking up when she meets the Pack, a group of radical women who have their own methods for handling the werewolf menace. Fascinated by their politics, intimacy, and general bad-assery, Lexie's sure she wants to join them, until an accident brings a captivating stranger into her life: Archer, a rugged woman with heterochromatic eyes and a dark secret. The Pack will go to brutal lengths to win Lexie's favor, but they underestimate Archer's love. As Archer and the Pack battle for Lexie's allegiance, the waxing moon illuminates old hatreds, new enemies, and a secret from Lexie's childhood that will change her life forever. New author Allison Moon indulges the feminine wild by giving the classic werewolf myth a feminist lesbian twist.
My Thoughts: Reading this book made me long for those crazy, hazy days of college. I would have loved to have hooked up with a group like the Pack.
Talking technically, the book is quite well done – oh, there are some editing issues, as well as a huge section that is repeated, but overall it is well written. The characters are wonderful, each delineated carefully and given a unique voice. I really enjoyed the character interactions. The book has a lot of layers – a coming-of-age story, a story about growing up vs. growing old, gender inequality and gender dynamics – and it obviously took a great deal of skill to balance everything and avoid heavy-handedness, which the author did beautifully. For some reason I had expected this to be more light-hearted, which is definitely is not; but I was not disappointed in what I read. I highly recommend this for anyone who might find the topic of interest.
(reviewed long after purchase)