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Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen. Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling experience. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who blessed her with two amazing children. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.
on Aug. 05, 2012 :
This book was on my to-read list for a while, but I hadn't taken the time to read it yet. I'm glad I finally did! The story is written in such a way that it's hard to put the book down. You won't stop reading till the end ( in my case ;) ). However, there were some things the author could have paid a little more attention to ( not that I have big problems with how it looks like now ;) ), since it just didn't feel logical sometimes.
The first and major issue is with the attacks on humans, where millions are killed and missing. I imagine that if something like that would happen, there would be a creepy atmosphere or fear, but you didn't notice a thing of that when they were traveling. Even when they went to Paris and walked to the Eifel Tower, people just continued their everyday life. This is not logical, since major cities were the target of these attacks. People must have been scared and running away from the big cities. Not continuing their daily lives like everything is fine and there isn't a creepy mist that can murder them in seconds....
The second issue is that Artemis can be a bit naive, especially when boys are in the picture. Example: she doesn't get that when two boys are fighting (literally) it's because of her. Most girls would have understood what was happening before the boys were even lying on the ground...
I also had a problem with how she treated Brent and Ares. It's possible that your best friend is in love with you, but it's nice to take his feeling into consideration and not crush them by acting like they don't exist at all. Initially, she treats Ares the same way, hurting his feelings ( he doesn't retaliate and stays nice to her... he's amazing ^^). Even when she understands the way their bond works more and more, she still tramples his feelings occasionally and it makes me want to smack her and comfort Ares at the same tame (although it's actually not a big dilemma, hugging Ares is way better ^^)
She has definitely a problem with hierarchy. She doesn't behave well in front of alphas, but when someone she considers inferior to her doesn't treat her like one, all hell breaks loose. Although they are mates, the attraction between them was a bit too much at times. With half as much passion, I would have totally understood that they are destined to be with each other.
I didn't have any problems with Ares, loved how he stayed so calm and nice (okay, he snapped sometimes, but that was completely understandable ;) ) while Artemis was trampling on his heart. The only problem I had with him was the difference in age. He's slightly *cough cough* older and you really notice it in his reactions. I know in Twilight they also have a huge age difference, but there you didn't notice it as much and here it bothered me a little...
Overall rating: 4 hearts. Although I had some complaints, I still found it a great book to read. With a huge cliffhanger at the end *argh* If I can't stand something it's a cliffhanger -.- It always make me want to read the next book immediately ;) Therefore I will read the second book asap ;)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2011 :
Song of The Moon is one of those books that draws you in and doesn't let go.
The way the story starts out I thought it was going in a different direction that it ended up going. The author blew me away with the story and the characters. Artemis is a strong, independent chick. She hasn't had many friends except for her best friend Brett.
I liked Brett in the beginning, he's a good friend but somewhat overprotective. His story line just kinda ends so I am wondering if he will reappear sometime later in the series. When Ares comes along, I totally forgot about Brett. I mean he is like a God, so hot and romantic. Whew I was wishing I was Artemis lots of the time. I mean she has this Godlike werewolf mate plus two more super hot werewolf twins Koda and Matt in the pack. What more could a girl want? At first she is not sure if she should feel the way she does so quickly towards Ares, she falls fast and hard for him. I would too if he came my way.
Ok yes there are really hot werewolves and I mean really hot, vampires and sidhe (fairies) but there is so much more to the story. The plot is well written, the characters are all so likeable and the ending will leave you wanting more. It has everything I love in a paranormal romance... action, romance, hot guys, kick butt heroines and a cliffhanger ending. Did I mention lots of romance and hot guys? LOL
I am reading the sequel right now and it does not disappoint, it is so good too.! I can't wait to continue with this amazing series. A truly spectacular read for any young adult paranormal romance fan!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 17, 2010 :
great book, can't wait for next one
(reviewed the day of purchase)