BOOK REVIEW | THE MOONSTONE, BY EVELYNE CONTANT

Title: Enchantment: the Moonstone

Author: Evelyne Contant

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: February 21, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Fear, love… and betrayal; that’s what I feel about my new life.
It’s a life I never asked for, at least not like that.
I certainly dreamed of adventure, of escaping from my ordinary life, but nothing prepared me for what would happen when my normal life flipped upside down.
On that fateful day, a witch, a real one, revealed to me that I’m not human! That’s right, I, Lou Mills, am an enchanter like her! It seems that I’m the key to an ancient prophecy and that I must save the world from the imminent war between humans and enchanters. What waits makes no sense; in fact, nothing seems to make sense to me since meeting her.
And then there’s this man…dark and mysterious…but so attractive. If only I could forget him. Duality is the way the Earth remains in balance, black and white, right and wrong, love and hate. What side should I fight for when the war finally breaks out? How to choose between my family…and the people who I belong to?

AMAZON | BOOKDEPOSITORY

i have some mixed feelings about this book, but the ending had me so hooked that i couldn’t help but rate it 5 stars. first thing’s first: black is an abusive asshole. second thing: i can’t believe i like him.

the starting of this book was very slow. i was a little confused as there wasn’t much world building, but everything gets explained slowly as the book progresses. i really like the idea of the school where everyone trains. i felt lou was a little mary sue with how easily she seemed to pick everything up, but it’s pretty much forgiven by the fact that her mentality matches up to the crazed events. (i mean, i too would feel the same way she did if i were dumped into a whole new world and didn’t even know what was going on).

i really enjoyed flicka, lou’s friend. i wish she played a more major role in the book, but i suspect she will in the sequel. i want to learn more about her as a person/character. she doesn’t get much development in the moonstone, but i was quite happy with the little that she did get.

there is a twist that i didn’t see coming (like, at all). i’m so happy with that as it’s something that rarely happens. usually, it’s so easy to guess, but not this time. there’s actually 2 major twists, and i suspected neither.

so, one thing i’m really conflicted about is black. he’s originally presented and exposed as controlling and abusive. i liked that. these “bad boy” types need to be exposed. but by the end of the book, it’s kinda forgotten. he is romanticised quite a lot, and i’m not okay with that. (in saying that, i also really like him even though i know i shouldn’t.)

this book is really good (for a paranormal romance type of book). i don’t read these sorts of books often, but i’m so glad i picked this one up. i will definitely be reading the next book in this series and i recommend you do too.

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