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Marie Hall has always held a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.
Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there'd be no vampires/shapeshifters/mermaids/fairies/or even stinky trolls in her future unless she wrote about them. More often than not she can be found roaming the wild, lush tropical forest she calls her backyard (a.k.a. Hawaii) and day dreaming constantly about her latest project.
Her Mad Hatter is the first book of her Kingdom Series.
on Dec. 30, 2013 :
I had not read any of Marie Hall's work before this one. It is the sixth in her Kingdom series, but can largely be read as a stand-alone. There is a reference toward the end of the book to what I believe might be to the first book in the series, but it doesn't give anything away from that story and doesn't take anything away from this one.
What really hooked me about the description, and had me wanting to read the story, was that it's a story about the Man in the Moon, which was a new concept to me. We've all heard of the Man in the Moon, but what do we know about him? And do we really care? In most cases, probably not. However, in Moon's Flower, the Man is given a name, a face, an origin story. We find out what he does during his days & nights and what motivates him. It's a cool look at an "old" character that not many of us know too much about.
Without giving too much away, Moon's Flower is about a fairy that falls in love with him and he with her; it's the story of their love, and the consequences of that love. I really liked Calanthe (the fairy) and how she wasn't content to live the life she was expected to live; she wanted more for herself. There's a surprise at the end of the story that will probably make the series' readers pretty happy. I enjoyed without being as invested in the characters, so series' regulars should enjoy it too.
And I have to admit, I liked it enough to pick up "Her Mad Hatter," the first book in the series. I'd like to find out more about this world Marie Hall has created!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the LOP group on Goodreads.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2013 :
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.
I got this book from LoP under the read to review theme. Thanks Carrie (moderator of LoP) for this wonderful opportunity!!!
Whoa!!! What an enchanting read, I just couldn’t get my eyes off the e-reader and kept on reading and reading till the very end. A fascinating fantasy read that I’m going to cherish for a long time.
The characters are so developed and I couldn’t pinpoint even a single negative point about any of them. The total world building is great and I loved the way things turned out at the end. The flow of the story is also great and I enjoyed the fast-pace of it.
The love that we got to experience and feel in this story really touched my heart in many ways and the skilled writing of the author made the read much more intriguing.
I loved Danika’s character and the presentation and execution of the each and every tiny detail of her personality won me over and made me adore her. A totally unique concept and the brilliant execution of it made me a great fan of Marie Hall’s work and I would be definitely following her future releases. Enjoy this book and I bet that you wouldn’t regret picking it up.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Joselyn Raquel Moreno Burke
on Dec. 09, 2013 :
I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.
It was so beautiful so romantic, I shed tears with this tale and haaa so cute that even danika have someone, ohhh and all the new characters and all the new beginings, love it.
I crave more of Kingdom *---*
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2013 :
R2R: LoP: Moon's Flower: A Tale of Hidden Kingdom
I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.
Danika regals the young fairies with tales, well you could call the fairy tales. One night, they gather for their monthly tale, the Man in the Moon. All the fairies begin to protest this story, since really, who cares about the Man in the Moon. But, this is not your average story; it is the story of the fairy that falls in love with him and the consequences that come because of this forbidden love. It is a story that is very near and dear to Danika's heart.
'But she had to do it. She couldn't explain it. From the moment the flower had bloomed for her, it was like a part of her soul had entwined with it. Her heart ached. Literally hurt in her chest, each beat was a throb that bled anew with the thought of never seeing the flower again.
And yes the flower was pretty, and rare, but it was more than that. She didn't know why, or how, she simply knew that it was.'
Another great story, from Marie Hall. I was elated with the ending, since it put everything to rights. Great characters and wonderful flow! Must say that I am a fan of her work; serious, with a playful edge. Can't wait for more!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Nov. 25, 2013 :
Moon's Flower by Marie Hall
Kingdom Series Book 6
An older fairy favors the young Fae children with a story on this particular evening. A story about a young flower fairy and the Man in the Moon. Of forbidden love, jealousy and betrayal.
Jericho had been a man once. Living in England. Falling for a beautiful woman cursed him to five hundred years of darkness. He was no the Man in the Moon, no longer able to enjoy sunshine. Hating the woman who has enslaved him in the darkness. And then one day, a ray of hope.
Calanthe was not quite content as a flower fairy. Tired of the nightly revelry. She breaks a few fairly laws, but it was worth it all when she meets Jericho and finds love.
This is part of the Kingdom series. Some of the fairies in this story have been introduced in previous books. You may want to keep some tissues handy with this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)