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PJ Sharon is the award winning author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award and the 2013 (NERFA) National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One in the trilogy, was a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence. Book Two, Western Desert released in June of 2013.
Writing young adult fiction since 2007 and following her destiny to write romantic and hopeful stories for teens, PJ is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.
on Nov. 01, 2012 :
I fell into reading Waning Moon with the quick ease of a cold person entering a warm room, given a cup of hot tea and a comfortable blanket. P.J. Sharon's writing has that perfect mix of 'the essentials' a reader needs: just the right amount of emotion, reaction, action, plot and backstory. The steady pacing, interesting characters and increasingly intense story made me forget where I was. Lily is a strong young woman, a healer, a caregiver to her younger brother and Uncle Sam, loving and still vulnerable. At sixteen, she notices the good looking drifter she helps rescue from one of her uncle's traps in the ground. She knows Sam won't be happy to have a stranger inside their house, but he understands her need to help a wounded person. This drifter, Will, has his own baggage and is searching for someone. Meeting him will impact Lily's world.
In 2057, the world has changed after a virus decimated a sizable chunk of the population and a global shift forces people to create housing and gear to protect themselves from the sun's rays and drastic changes in temperatures.. Food is scarce, trading goods and services is popular, and the government has a secretive organization, the Industry, searching for genetically altered kids who were part of an experiment. Lily and her younger brother, Zephron, are two such kids. When Lily embarks on her trip to Albany to trade, Will accompanies her. Both are on a journey to search for those they love but secrets may put the two in more danger than they know.
Waning Moon is an excellent, entertaining read and I can honestly say I loved it! I really liked Lily and the mysterious Will. Even the secondary characters were likable and what can I say about those two wolves? The futuristic world was unique and easily believable. Lily and Will's growing attraction only added to the intensity of their situations. The actions scenes played out like a movie and I hated for the first part of the series to end. I was just up in Albany two weeks ago and thought about Lily traveling the area in the future. P.J. Sharon has created a story fans of dystopian, futuristic, and general good storytelling can get excited about. Recommended.
(Complete review can be found here: http://www.readergirlsblog.com/2012/10/waning-moon-blog-tour-excerpt-interview.html)
(reviewed the day of purchase)