Today I am pleased to present a new venture from a favored author. Beneath the Twin Moons of Haldae by Angela Yseult is a YA Science-Fiction/Shifter Adventure Romance, and a really fun and short read. If you like the review – click on the banner at the top of the post to go to the Amazon page where you can get the book for free ONLY available free on January 28 & January 29, 2013.
Beneath the Twin Moons of Haldae
40,000 words / 120 pages (approx)
YA, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Romance
About the Book:
Trainee observer Zaren was never supposed to set foot on the fifth planet of system 59, let alone have contact with the indigenous population. In fact, any contact is grounds for her immediate dismissal from the program. Zaren has dreamed of being an observer for as long as she can remember, and she knows the rules well. But when her observation vehicle crashes, she finds herself in dire need of help.
Kris has been sent by the Elders of his village on a solo journey into the woods. He needs to choose a single animal to shape-shift into. Only then will he be recognized as a man by his people. Only then will he be allowed to return to care for the last member of his family, his gravely ill sister, Elea.
When Kris finds Zaren fighting for her life, he doesn’t hesitate for a second to save her, even though she’s a stranger, even though he can’t understand her – and even though he risks exile if she discovers he is a shifter.
As they trek through the woods in search of Zaren’s lost shuttle, they learn more than they ought to about each other, and also about themselves. But they will both have to return to their own kind eventually… How will they explain themselves to their people without losing everything? More importantly, what will they do when they have to say goodbye?
In an exciting twist with this author, she presents a YA sci-fi romance that incorporates shifters. I know this author under a different pen-name than her more adult titles: I was excited to read the first in her new writing adventure. I have a great admiration for her work for the 18+ group, and she has not disappointed in this YA work.
Yseult has managed to transition her skills for crafting relationships that are believable and emotional, with a definition and clarity that is rare in many books geared to this market. Although just a short story, with frequent time line switches that detail the growing relationship between Zaren and Kris to their desire to protect each other after their forbidden encounter and adventure, the story doesn’t feel confusing or muddled.
The worlds and their expectations for each in their own community are clearly detailed, and their emotional connection to one another, which dances with the romantic, is only heightened with the sweetly detailed scenes of learning to communicate with one another, sharing words and thoughts as they travel through Haldae together. Of course, there are more chapters in this story yet to be written: the author left us with plenty of questions and a huge ‘what next’ that will keep readers hungry for the next installment.
A perfect starter for this series, with intrigue and crafting that will capture the imagination of readers both young and old.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I gave Beneath the Twin Moons of Haldae 5 out of 5 stars
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She grew up in France, the quiet, bookish, geeky older sister to an athletic younger brother, and started at fourteen to put down on paper the stories that were playing in her head. Her first story was a sci-fi short set in space… and was probably sufficiently inspired by Star Wars to trigger a lawsuit!
Her next effort was a longer, also sci-fi story that earned her the first place in a novella contest in her high school. Her parents’ stunned expressions upon receiving an invitation to attend the prize ceremony were interesting…although really, what did they think she was doing, typing on her electronic typewriter for hours every night?
Switching to writing in English was a process, and for a time Angela focused on more adult stories, but her first loves have called her back for too long to ignore them any longer…