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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review: Mark of the Moon by Beth Dranoff

Title: Mark of the Moon
Author: Beth Dranoff
Series: Mark of the Moon #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 6th, 2017
Length: Novel (254 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free via Author
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Mark of the Moon is book one in Beth Dranoff's debut series. I love an Urban Fantasy with different paranormal beings so I knew I had to read this when I saw the blurb. There's a healthy mix of vampires, weres and demons in the story and the cast is quite large. Our leading lady, Dana Markovitz was a normal human living in a paranormal world until she gets scratched by a were and contracts the virus. Now she's coping with everything that brings to the table as well as someone seeming to want her and the people surrounding her dead.

We start off meeting Dana Markovitz in a BDSM scene with Dana's no strings attached lover Jon. Things turn interesting when she gets scratched by Jon's jealous lover that happens to be a were and Dana winds up getting the virus. She tries to go back to her normal life of working in a paranormal bar as the bartender but things get out of hand when people start trying to attack her and her friends. Not sure who to trust, Dana has to rely on new and old friends to try to survive.

Mark of the Moon is a promising start to a new series. I enjoyed the mixture of paranormal beings and the characters kept my interest. I did have a few issues with the novel though that I want to point out. I feel like the cast was a bit too large for me to keep track of who was who. I tend to have this issue with large casts in books though so that might just be my issue. There's also a love triangle so know that going in if you're not fond of those. Another issue is that Dana seems to pass out/black out/get knocked out a ton in this novel. I didn't care for that being the transition scene so often and hope that doesn't continue in the next installment. That's pretty much my main complaints and overall I enjoyed this book. I will most definitely be grabbing book two when it's released in July 2017. All in all, if you're looking for a new Urban Fantasy with vamps, weres and demons I suggest you try this novel.


20 comments:

  1. This sounds like a pretty good one! As long as the love triangle isn't too dramatic, that is. I can handle love triangles usually but if they get too crazy I usually give up on the books. =/

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    1. Not too dramatic, she has a no strings attached type relationship with one, and she likes the other. They're both not pleased that she has someone else though lol!

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  2. I can understand your issues with it, but I'm glad you were still able to enjoy the book. I could try it at some point because, you know, I'm into urban fantasy and it does sound like this has potential :)

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    1. It has great potential, I think you'd enjoy it :)

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  3. Thank you so much for the review!! I promise -- the blacking out thing as a transition is not an issue in book 2 (Betrayed by Blood - coming out July 24). :)

    - Beth Dranoff

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    1. That's great to hear! :D I can't wait to read book two!

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  4. I've just finish an UF and love it so much. I'm open to a new one. I love when the heroine is human. It's easy to connect. For a debut novel, this sounds really good. :)
    Anyway, awesome review.

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    1. Oh yay I hope you enjoy if you try it Geybie!

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  5. Large casts only work when you've had time to be introduced to them. Over several books. At least IMHO.

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    1. I have to agree with you on that front. It really takes awhile to get used to large casts if they're in book one.

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  6. Well that's one interesting way to get the virus, haha!

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    1. Right? lmao I wasn't expecting it either

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  7. lol okay I can't handle one triangle at times, multiple, yikes >.<. I can see how a large cast can be an issue, especially in book 1. Maybe if it was a gradual build up

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    1. I appreciate the gradual build up normally *nods* Otherwise I'm like wait was he the guy from two chapters ago? :P

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  8. I like getting a world with different beings in it as well. Though this sounds a hit heavy on the romance for me. ;) Thank you!

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    1. It might be for you, there's a good mixtures of paranormal action though ;)

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  9. Good to know about the triangle. Odd that was used so often for a transition.

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    1. Yeah, I hadn't seen that in awhile. She did say book two doesn't have that though so I'm glad for that! hehe

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