Melissa Graham is a mother of four, a wife, and a new author. Though the Wolfblooded Series is the first works she has started publishing, Melissa has always been writing as a hobby. For the last seven years, she has been part of the RP (roleplay) community. It has been a great outlet for her creativity and her writing and she has met some amazing people through it.
on Sep. 22, 2017 :
Deny the Moon was excellent. I got very invested in the characters.
Liz and Jackson are both excellent characters. I like them a lot and I'm really glad they have Harley's back, even if she can't always see it. After all, someone has to have her back. They're both really cool.
Even minor characters like Braedon are developed enough for me to get attached to them, which is impressive.
I hope in future books we see more of Harley's trainer and the cop, even though I didn't exactly like the cop and found him really misogynistic at times. I have to admit, I was a little happy Frank ended up scaring the crap out of him.
As for Frank... I like that he's kind of sympathetic, but I hope he remains a bad guy instead of becoming a love interest. Even though he loves Harley in his own convoluted way, he's evil through and through and there's a difference between being flawed and abusive and he was straight up abusive to Harley. He kept secrets from her, mocked her for not knowing the very secrets he kept hidden, and actually beat her up. He seemed to justify that by "preparing" her for the future or whatever, but there's a huge difference between training her to fight and take a punch with her consent and just plain beating her up. Hell, even Kilgrave from Jessica Jones felt sorry when he made Jessica harm herself. Frank didn't regret hitting Harley at all.
I don't really like Harley. I get she's had a crappy life so far and everyone, including her family, love keeping secrets from her for no apparent reason (the exception being Liza and Jackson. I understand why they wouldn't exactly want to tell her they are werewolves). But at the same time, she's so dumb. She actually thought Frank would leave her alone once he got his bike back. Even after she knew he had found her she didn't pick up and run, instead thinking it would be the end of it, despite him constantly saying they belonged together.
Nor did she tell Liza, Jackson, or her boss what was going on. I understand not wanting to tell the police because of the murder she witnessed, but she should have told Jackson and Liza. Instead of shutting Liza out and pretending it was because she couldn't deal with the idea of werewolves, she could have been like "Hey, no offense, but the only werewolves I've seen before now were murdering psychos, so forgive me if I'm a bit nervous." Half this story would never have happened if she had told them what was going on.
I don't understand her family at all. I don't know why they kept things from her, played favorites-- if they did and Harley wasn't just jealous of her sister-- or let her go without actually looking for her. None of that makes any sense and hopefully, it'll be explained in the next book.
Aside from Harley's character, this was a pretty good book. It was very interesting and well written and I'm definitely at least interested in reading the second.
(review of free book)
on June 13, 2014 :
I gave this all five stars. There may have been flaws in Deny the Moon, but I barely noticed any at all. This book was entirely consuming, and I had to put all my work on hold because I literally couldn't stop reading. Finished the whole thing in one sitting, literally only two minutes ago.
First of all, the writing was exceptional. One of the most important things about the book other than the story itself, is the writing. I am picky about writing styles and a complete spelling and grammar nazi. People, you'll find no problems here. It was flawless, skilful. The writing style was wonderfully descriptive, but not overly so. It complimented the story perfectly.
The storyline though, was incredibly original. At no point was it predictable, and every scene really brought out a different emotion in me. The moments between Harley and Frank were the best, because you always want something to happen, and it doesn't. Something better does. There's so much going on but it's not too hard to wrap your head around. There's a detective doing his work, the backstory of Harley and her family, and her friend Liz. And of course about Joy Anne (the evil jealous bitch) and the rest of the pack, and don't forget the wolves being discovered.
Characterisation was amazing. There are a lot of characters, and I'll admit, I did skim through some scenes. The best, main characters were written very well. I love Frank and Harley because they're very real characters, and their differences and personalities are well known by the end of the first chapter. And even if Frank may've been a bad guy to Harley, the inner romancey me totally adored him and his over protectiveness, literally killing for her and stalking her.
What I love the most is how detailed the book was - there's a perfect amount of balance. You have the supernatural genre included, which to my pleasure didn't overshadow the romance. Then you have the smaller amount of her and friends Liz and Jackson. The romance was present all the way through out the book, but done in a completely realistic (as can be) way. There were scenes where Frank was a total ass, then saving her, followed by drugging her, finding her again, and the little flashbacks of a girl being saved from her miserable home life.
God knows I am still gushing over the book. If you like supernatural themes, but romance most of all - this is for you. It contains everything you'll love. I'm not mentioning how possessive he is, how he lays claim to her, tells her she is his and belongs with him, holding her and telling her his cryptic plans for her - because I am embarrassed to say I liked those parts the most. I am so excited for the next book, to see what happens between Frank and Harley. The ending to Deny the Moon added another intense plot line, and of course, Frank...
I can't believe this was only a dollar. It's ridiculously cheap. Just read it, love it. It was great.
(reviewed the day of purchase)