Release Date: March 29, 2011
Pages: 188 (Estimated: only available in eBook)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Review Date: May 10, 2012
Rating: 3 bookmarks
The cover art is not attractive, but not surprising being that all of the covers in this series don’t look that good to me. As always, that is just my personal opinion. Don’t let the cover fool you, the book is pretty good! Just like the first two in the series, good writing, evolving characters, interesting story line, all of that.
The book, being under 200 pages, is short and to the point. My only complaint would be that the length is almost a tad too short. I almost want to classify this as a short story. The storyline moves at a fast pace and there is never a dull moment, there seems to be a lot going on.
I like Samantha Moon, she is smart, witty and she has some interesting prospects. She has a unusual group of acquaintances and it’s all comical enough. It’s interesting reading about Fang, the killer with vampire teeth hanging from his necklace. Defense attorney and werewolf Kingsley, with his zombie, pieced together, smart mouth, butler. Detective Sherbert, her detective friend who she loves to hate. Plus all her new investigator friends, one of which is Elvis. We meet at least one new vampire, Detective Hanner, which I could see appearing in a future book. We also get a dose of Sam’s husband, who shows up to help with their son. Oddly, he is actually nice to Sam in this book, his new behavior was mentioned in passing, but wasn’t really touched on or explained beyond that.
The main story line is that her son Anthony is dying from an aggressive form of Kawasaki Disease. Side note, I’ve never heard of Kawasaki Disease, so I wasn’t clear on what was going wrong nor why treatments weren’t working. I digress, anyways, Anthony apparently can’t be cured. Even with her son sick, Samantha had two cases to solve. The first case fell her lap when she gets a mysterious phone call from a scared little girl. She has set out to find Maddie at all cost. I almost think she is determined to save Maddie because she’s not sure she can save her son. We never did get an explanation on how the little girl ended up calling her cell phone to begin with. We get theories from the investigators Sam started to work with, but no real explanation. I wish there were one. Her other for hire case is solving a artifact disappearance at a newer museum.
In addition to Anthony’s illness, solving a kidnapping and a theft, we learn that Samantha’s skill set has evolved and now she’s seeing auras, seeing and talking to ghosts, and talking Saint Germain via her automatic writing. She’s even considering Dark Magic to save her son.
The paranormal romance theme that was very present in the previous books, really took a back seat in this installment. I guess with all the serious things going on with children in the story, she didn’t have time for romance. Which is fine with me. This book didn’t need it.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Moon Child, book #4 has to offer!