Friday, March 9, 2012
Review: Moonlight and Oranges by Elise Stephens
A timeless tale of young romance.
Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an over-protective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships.
When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Authore Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
A brilliant novel that sends you on a rugged trek as the characters discover, fight and surrender to their fate. Beautifully written!
The characters were all so unique in their own capacity. Kestrin constantly had me groaning in frustration yet he rouses compassion. Lorona draws a connection out of you the moment we meet her, endearing her honest, insecurity ridden determination to the reader. And it doesn't stop there. Kahlil and Yuki both ignite a fierce affection in their unwavering loyalty to their friends. Amanda, Kestrin's mother, will have you disgusted and angered. Each character produces appropriate emotions as the story tangles and untangles.
Moonlight and Oranges starts with a bang, not subtlety introducing the reader to the story, but fully throwing the reader into it from the very beginning. It was exhilarating! The mixed point-of-view's help shed light as the reader is caught in the middle of a fantastic whirlwind. Moonlight and Oranges is a contemporary, twined together with fantasy, take on the story of Cupid and Psyche (I had no idea until I reached the end and read the author's notes, after that I quickly found the likeness and the little clues hidden within. Example: Kestrin's last name Feather, referring to Cupid in the Mythological story). But it isn't just a straight forward take, there are many different aspects that make this unique in it's own right. I was in agony as the somewhat unpredictable twists took me in a different direction, but it was a blissful agony. The reader will be aware that there is a happy ending, but the journey to get to that happy ending is tremulous. There are moments that had me laughing, crying and many in betweens. Emotional and entertaining!
Elise Stephens did a superb job of capturing my attention and keeping it throughout, I was helpless to the outside world as the story devoured me.