Detective Work, A Lovable Heroine, A Punchworthy (But Very Kissable) Sidekick // New Adult Paranormal Book Review


16923351A sinister magic is sweeping across Nash City…

To Fiona Moon, it’s just another day at work. And some days, well, they’re a helluva lot worse than others. As a member of the elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona is tasked with hunting down the most-dangerous Paranorm criminals. To find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises.

Master Necromancer Ian Barroes, a rich professor of Necromantic Studies, wants only one thing in this world… Fiona.

They each hold secrets that could destroy them, but could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other and track down Bokor before more innocent lives are lost. When Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman, she is lured into his trap. Now, she and Ian have to fight for survival… and their very souls.

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Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of the audiobook version.

What makes Voodoo Moon so special is that it’s set in a lush and vivid post-apocalyptic world where magic, assassins, paranormal beings and one seemingly unsolvable mystery collide in a thrill ride of deceit and a pile-up of dead bodies.

Really cool detective work. I felt like I was right there with Fiona and Ian trying to solve the case. I thought this was really unique in a paranormal series. It reminded me a little of reading Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld Series particularly (the one where MC is hunting down jack the Ripper). I like books that have more going on in them than the heroes quest where there is some amulet they need to find to defeat the bad guy. This book had an actual case with real clues that needed following up on that made it really interesting and pulled me into the story.

Great side characters. OMG!! The side characters!! I loved the cast of characters so much that I think Fiona’s adoptive dad totally needs his own story. I’m being so serious. You can’t have a character like that and not give him his own story. I’m just saying! All of the characters were so dynamic. This is a huge must for me with books, and I was not at all disappointed.

A really bad ass protagonist. Fiona is a total hardass on the outside and very much so on the inside too, she’s had to keep her family glued together pretty much her whole life so there isn’t much that this girl can’t handle. She doesn’t pull her punches, she’s more witty than snarky and favors a dagger. My kind of girl.

An a-type love interest that needed to be punched (and kinda sorta did) and then totally grows on you because he’s annoyingly likable and lovable. So the blurb said that Ian wants to claim Fiona. I sorta had to pause to roll my eyes at that. I know, I know. It’s a standard romance trope. (Just because it’s a standard trope though, doesn’t mean that I have to like it or that it doesn’t crush my soul a little). So I cooled my jets. However, I liked Ian. Okay, truth time. I loved Ian. He’s smart and funny and he annoys the hell out of Fiona. It’s the best kind of I-hate-you-but-I-love-you romance ever.

Read the book. If you’re considering listening vs reading, I recommend reading over the audiobook version. I was not a big fan of the narrator. I got used to the narrator’s reading style and was fine after, but my preference is that a reader not attempts to do voices if it is not their forte. Then again, I cannot expect everyone to read like Will Patton. That man is a god among men and his voice should read all books in the history of mankind!! Or perhaps just my favorites. If only!

Hands down, I loved this book. Months later, I still love Fiona and Ian. I still think of the fully imagined, intricate post-apocalyptic world that June Stevens has built and really wish that this book were a TV series because OMG CAN YOU IMAGINE!?!?!?

Seriously, read the book and then picture the adaptation. It would be epic. Imagine. It would be like The 100 but specifically for adults. Just picture the epic fight scenes!

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8 thoughts on “Detective Work, A Lovable Heroine, A Punchworthy (But Very Kissable) Sidekick // New Adult Paranormal Book Review

  1. Ohmg, so total truth cookie here: I saw your post come through in my email (because I follow) and I saw the post title and thought “Oh, I’ve got to go read that post, it sounds like a book I’d like”… so, without reading any more I clicked over to find a new book to read, and then I saw the words “Voodoo Moon”..

    ACK! Thanks for such an amazing review! I’m glad you like Fiona and Ian!

    1. Aghhh!!!! I love it!!!! I’m so happy that you’re happy with the review! I love Fiona! AND Ian!! 😍😍😍 That man!! I’m excited to read the rest of the series and I NEED to finish the series ASAP. Lol.

      1. Hahaha! #bookwormproblems and #authorproblems for real!

        I really liked Jarrett. What I saw of him. He definitely piqued my interest so I look forward to a binge. With all the stress lately I owe one to myself.

      2. Also it really tickled me that you found Ian punch worthy, because you were supposed to! Fiona does…. but it doesn’t make him any less amazing. LOL! A good man always has his punch worthy moments. 🙂

      3. Oh absolutely! I’m the kind of reader that sees that language in a review and am like “I need this book in my life, I need pinch worthy/amazing” 😂😂

  2. I’ll be honest: I’m not usually much of a fan of new adult books, but this one sounds fantastic! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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