As part of the Under the Desert Moon blog tour I was given a review copy to share my thoughts and an excerpt to post. Enjoy!
Soul Fire Press
17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever. Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?
Why I Read This:
It sounded mysterious and creepy!
Under the Desert Moon was a very fun, very quick read. It had a subtlely creepy vibe to it, just enough to make the vampires scary and the situation unsettling, but not too creepy that anyone couldn't enjoy it.
I really enjoyed the brother-sister relationship between Erin and Nick. I find with most paranormal books the people looking out for the main character are their friends. This one was different because it's Erin's brother that looks out for her. Actually, Erin seems like a loner for most of the story, not really getting along with any of the other characters, and then when she did they turned out to be weirdos. It was interesting to see how that played into her character development throughout the book and the way she struggled with deciding what to do about James.
I wasn't sure what to think about James. His backstory made me really pity him yet what he was trying to do with the movie made me think he was a bit of a sleeze as well. I did like his and Erin's relationship. They had great banter and great chemistry going. On the other hand I did find some of the scenes a little too sensual for my personal taste.
The whole Hollywood movie cast meets small town plotline was an exciting part of the story as well. It was well played out. The conflict and distrust of some of the townspeople along with the possibilities for some of them to be "discovered" was a great contrast and it really played into the whole issue of trust. In fact, trust seemed to be a huge theme in the book. Should the townspeople trust the movie cast, should Erin trust James, and should James trust his feelings. The more I think about it the more depth I realise this book has to it.
Overall a very fun read...one of the better vampire stories I've read in a while. As I said, some of the scenes were a little too sensual for me, but if that doesn't bother you, then I'd totally recommend it!
I received a free e-copy for the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion.
Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade“They’re hiring extras for the movie,” Nancy said. Lyndsey’s eyes widened at this earth shattering news. “Some parts even have lines.”Lyndsey's eyes bulged. “No way."“Way,” Nancy said. “You ready to mingle?”Lyndsey set down her glass of water. She straightened her shoulders and immediately looked poised, and almost regal, if you could avert your gaze from the bra. “Wish us luck,” she said to Nick and Erin.Erin offered her a thumbs up. Lyndsey was confident and bold. Erin could admire that, grudgingly, of course. She watched the girls introduce themselves.Tom, the director looked up with polite interest as they approached the elite table. Got to be nice to the townies, Erin considered wryly.He shook both girls' hands, and introductions followed. Erin noticed with mild annoyance that Lyndsey held James’ hand longer than everyone else’s. She licked ketchup from the corner of her mouth and froze.James still held Lyndsey’s hand, but his gaze was locked on Erin. Even from across the length of the diner, she could see the green in his dark brown eyes, a luminous color, that made her wonder if he was wearing contacts. How strange, she thought. Erin had never seen eyes like that before, not even when she had been photographing them specifically for her end of year art project, Sight, last month.These eyes gleamed, yet remained dark at the same time. They gripped Erin. Oh my God, I’m staring, she realized, and felt a flush of embarrassment stain her face and neck. She picked up her coke shakily and looked back for a furtive glance. He had released Lyndsey’s hand, but not his stare on Erin.Her eyebrows knitted together. Ripples of arousal stirred inside her. What was he up to?James smiled, full lips hiding his teeth, then he turned back to the people at his booth, and the moment was over.“What was that about?” Nick asked her, polishing off the rest of his food.“What?” Erin said keeping her eyes focused on her plate.“You get the urge to photograph him or something?” Nick asked, knocking back his milkshake.Erin shook her head. Not him, his eyes.
About Emma Meade
Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She has a BA in English and History from University College Cork and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway.When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found at the cinema checking out the latest movie releases or sipping rosé or drinking Barry’s tea in her backyard with family and friends. Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on. Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon reruns of Buffy are some of her favorite ways of escaping reality.
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Publisher: Soul Fire Press
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