Foxblood #1: A Brush with the Moon

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One incident can change your life. For Sophie it was the day the fox attacked.
Studying art at university with her BFF is all Sophie wants.
Life is perfect. Or is it?
Fosswell has secrets. People are dying. Danger hides in shadows. And why is a creepy old house so alluring? Could her recent fox bite be connected? Answers unfold when she meets the seductive Sebastian and learns his family secret. More

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About Raquel Lyon

Raquel Lyon is an English author, who writes YA fantasy and NA contemporary romance stories. Her heroines are kinda kooky, her heroes slightly devilish, and her romance a bit on the raunchy side. If the sun is out, so is she. She has a crazy sugar addiction and eats ice cubes as if they’re going out of fashion.

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Review by: jacquelyn smith on March 25, 2013 : star star star
Good read...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alysa H on Feb. 21, 2013 : star star
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's January Anniversary Indie Book Giveaway.

This had a lot going for it, and in the beginning I liked it a lot - promising characters in Sophie and her friends, some nice gothic mystery trappings - but as it went on it was rather disappointing.

There is a lot of complex, original supernatural mythology, but it didn't have nearly enough world-building. It was all crammed into one book at a weird kind of fast pace - it almost felt like watching a movie on Fast-Forward! Also, I could never get a real handle on who Sophie was as a person. Her characterization was kind of inconsistent, which was fine for other characters whose motivations remain mysterious to help drive the plot, but mostly just confusing in the lead POV.

I also had issue with the grammar throughout - mostly with commas, or lack thereof. In short, there were some nice ideas here, but it felt more like a first draft than a polished novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: LivedOneThousandLives on Jan. 21, 2013 : star star star star
Overall: This book was good. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. I also liked the setting, it sounded very pretty. I liked the idea behind the Sophie and Tokala thing. If you've read it you know what I am talking about. I wish it went more into detail there, because I really liked that. I'm not a huge fan of vampire and werewolf books, but this one was a better one. It was a little unsuspenseful but maybe I wasn't emotionally invested in the story for some weird reason. I just didn't connect fully with them and their thoughts/feelings. This book reminded me of All That We See or Seem. I did a review on that book a little while ago. I just don't think this type of book is my cup of tea, you know? All-in-all it was good. There wasn't anything that I absolutely hated about it, but there also wasn't anything I loved.

Characters: Sophie kind of annoyed me. She would lead people on, and then get mad when they responded to her advances. She claims she wasn't a slut, like Lara, but that's exactly what she was. Basically she was a hypocrite. But other than that part of her, she was very sweet and nice. One other thing I didn't like was she was always endangering herself, and then yelling at someone else for not saving her fast enough. Its like then don't go looking for danger. I did like her connection with the fox and stuff. Its hard to explain without spoiling anything, so I will just leave it at that.

I also loved Connor. Seb also made me a little mad, but Connor was always there for Sophie. It was very sweet and he put up with all of her crap. It was so very cute.

Quotes: None that I can think of right now.

Recommend?: Yes, if you like the vamp/werewolf type of books. Im not a huge fan of these, but if you are I would greatly recommend it. 3.5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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