Riley's Curse, A Moon's Glow Prequel

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
See how a life can change after just one bite.

Because of one fateful night, Nathaniel Riley loses his girl, his family, and life as he knows it. His world has been turned upside down. One day, a normal teen living in the 1890's, the next a mythical creature he didn't know existed. How can he live with himself with deadly urges he can't control? More
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About Christina Smith

She is a wife and mother, who lives in a small rural town in Ontario Canada where she spends most of her free time writing.

She has always loved to read, but didn't realize she could write until a few years ago. She has told stories her whole life, but never thought to write them down.

She took a novel writing course at Winghill writing school, and since then has written four books. Two are finished, the others are being edited.

Her book Fated Dreams was named Semi-Finaliast in the 2011 Textnovel writing Contest.

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Review by: Lace Vintage on Jan. 9, 2013 :
3.5 Stars

Christina did a really good job writing riley's curse. It cant have been easy writing through a males point of view, especially a teenaged males point of view but she really pulled it off, even if at times the narration seemed flat.

I loved seeing Nate grow,  evolve and go through what most people would associate with becoming a werewolf, he felt real human emotions, regret, loss, self pity, anger & loneliness my only complaint would be that sometimes I felt that the story Was rushed particularly at  key moments.

Riley's Curse isn't a full novel it's a novella that gives some back ground info on Nathaniel Riley, so in that respect it very much delivers what it promised and now I'm all clued up on the werewolf cutie Nate & I'm off to read Riley's Secret!

Would I recommend it? 
Yes (but if I had the choice again I would read Riley's secret first)

Would I re-read it? 
Probably not.

Am I Excited about the Second Book? 
Very Much So.
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Review by: Julianna (Bella) Doerres on Jan. 2, 2013 : (no rating)
A Moon’ Glow Prequel
Riley’s Curse
By Christina Smith

Riley loves his family, loves the girl of his dreams and hopes to marry her.
In one night when taking a walk during the full moon she is ripped from his life and brutally killed by a werewolf. He is to be the next victim but a simple mistake saves his life and he is cursed as much as the wolf that turned him. Riley however is different than she was. He refuses to accept being a cold-blooded killer he believes that he can make a difference. He has to confess to his father what has happened and fearing for the safety of his family he is sent away to learn to control his curse. Through the help of a father’s love Riley is able to continue life and continue to be part of the family he loves only on the outside being a part but separate. This story is so well written and held me from the first page. I have to encourage you to get it and read it. The story brings you in and you become a part. I found myself pulled into this story and hated to have to put it down. I couldn’t wait to see what Christina Smith would do next to her character and how the story would unfold. A definite must read.
Bella Doerres M.Ed. 01/02/2013
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Review by: Jonel Boyko on Dec. 30, 2012 :
Ok, so I must say that if I weren’t already a werewolf addict this novella would push me over the top. I can only describe it as “The complete guide to becoming a Werewolf: the exciting edition.” Smith combines vivid descriptions with lots of action and real life drama to set up her series in a brilliant, well written way.

The character development in this story goes far beyond what you find in most novellas. You really get to know the characters that will carry on throughout the series. The main character in this story also feels real emotions: loneliness, joy, guilt, remorse, sadness are all present and real within these pages. My heart goes out to him time and time again while he fights through the trials that his life puts before him. I also commend Smith on her use of period correct dialogue throughout the novella.

I have a feeling that this novella gives the reader everything that they need to know for the rest of the series while keeping the reader’s interest through every word. Oh, and can you say “Holy Cliff-hanger. “
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Review by: Cheryl Landmark on Oct. 11, 2012 :
With some help from a good editor, this novella would probably have earned another star from me. There were quite a few misplaced or missing commas and apostrophes, and misspelled words such as "barley" for barely. I found some of the dialogue a bit stilted and clunky as well. And, there were places where the plot dragged a bit.

Despite these editorial and grammatical issues, the book, for the most part, was very entertaining. And, I absolutely love, love the cover!

As for the story itself, it was a refreshingly different take on the werewolf theme because we saw how the making of one could dramatically impact the changed person as well as his or her family. I admired Nathaniel's strength and determination not to become a monster even though he was not entirely successful in his vow not to kill humans. Nathaniel's family handled the strange, disturbing situation very well. Sadie was a great character, too, but we unfortunately didn't get to see a lot of her. Rowan was indeed a monster and I hope he gets his comeuppance in the future.

I would be very interested in reading the first full-length novel in this series by Ms. Smith.
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Review by: Marni on Oct. 1, 2012 :
For anyone who knows me, you know that werewolves just aren't my thing. I am a fan of the unusual, but the mythological beast by night, human by day can bring the slow yawn of boredom to an upbeat day. I applaud Christina Smith for smacking down that yawn and shoving it from the furthest recess of my mind, for bringing back the power of the werewolf, for bringing this genre back to life for me.

As the title states, this novella is about the curse that is brought unto Nathaniel Riley in the worst way. His life suspended, his love lost, his family unable to stay intact for fear the truth would be uncovered. Unlike most books, this prequel brings the reader right along with Nathaniel through the years. We hurt with him, we discover with him, we feel his pain, we feel his families pain, we understand his fear, we find ourselves one with Nathaniel.

As I finished the prequel, I went straight into the first full length book of the Moon's Glow series, Riley's Secret . Stay tuned, once I'm done with that one, I will be back with another review, and I'm hoping that the story is as good as it's beginning.(
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Review by: Adriana Noriega on Sep. 19, 2012 :
When Christina told me that her new novella was out i had to get it, and im glad i did i loved it. This is the start of im sure to be a must read series.

It starts with Nathaniel and what is supposed to be nice walk with the girl he is in love with, but then this walk turns to his worst nightmare, that leaves him with the werewolf curse.

Christina lets you love and hate characters, i have to say my favourite character in this novella was Nathaniel and Sadie, from the start she captured me, i would want someone like that in my life, i was so sad to read what happens to her :( but the story goes on through the years and new characters come into it.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Christina keeps you captured at the end of your seat, just when every thing seems like it is going well for Nathaniel and his life something unexpected happens. I wanted more and more.

I cannot wait to read the next in the series as i know i will love it. I love anything that Christina writes and this was no diffrent. If you want a Werewolf story with a diffrence this is your book to start if off. So read it.
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Review by: Ashley Stoyanoff on Sep. 14, 2012 :
Riley’s Curse by Christina Smith is a quick and entreating set up to what I’m sure will be a fantastic series.

The main character, Nathaniel, starts out in this story as a young man whose only real concern in life is to find that perfect gift for his girl. Little does he know, his life is about to be ripped apart. When plagued with the werewolf curse, he struggles to keep a tight grip on his humanity and fight the monster he has become.

One of the things I love about Smith’s writing is her delightful use of words to create a brilliant depiction of every scene. By masterfully weaving setting, character, and action together, she gives us a story that we can fully emerge and lose ourselves in.

In my opinion, Smith's biggest accomplishment with this story was the ending. I don’t want to give it away, but WOW! What an ending! I was so utterly disappointed when I turned the last page. I wanted more, and I couldn’t believe it was over. I am dying to see where this story will go.

I look forward to the next segment in this series, and I would recommend this book to everyone.
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