Moonset (Legacy of Moonset #1)
by Scott Tracey
Summary: Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.
When the siblings are accused of unleashing black magic on the town, Justin fights to prove their innocence. But tracking down the true culprit leads him to a terrifying discovery about Moonset’s past . . . and its deadly future.
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Moonset had one of the most interesting premises. I love novels with witches and the politics of the covens in Moonset were fascinating. The idea of a coven becoming terrorists and working against the governing body of witches is awesome and to have the story from the point of of view of the children of these terrorists is even cooler. The world in Moonset was incredible and unique.
Somehow, the awesomeness of Moonset must have been poorly executed in some way. I am baffled by how such an amazing story fell flat for me, but it did. I was unable to connect with any of the characters, despite all of them having distinct personalities. I thought it would change once Ash was introduced. She was a quirky and fun character and Justin’s love interest, but as much as I loved the idea of her character, something about her and the other characters fell flat.
As I continued reading, the plot thickened. The pace sped up and an entire web of secrets began to unravel before my eyes. As awesome as this was, there was still something about this book that wasn’t hooking me. I felt intrigued, yet somewhat disconnected the entire time, despite totally loving the events that were taking place. I cannot say that Moonset wasn’t a good story, but I just couldn’t get into and connect with any of the characters and truly care about the outcome. I’m not really sure why. As much as I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t.
I would probably recommend the book because it is unique and the plot really was great. Perhaps whatever went wrong for me won’t happen to others. I did enjoy the premise and it partly filled a giant gap in my life since The Secret Circle television show was cancelled. I realize how much I need more books with witch covens and darkness and family secrets.
Moonset will be released on April 8, 2013 and is available for pre-order:
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