Review: Midnight Moon, Unbidden Magic #5 by Marilee Brothers

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Midnight Moon
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Title:
  Midnight Moon
Author:  Marilee Brothers
Format:  Paperback, eBook
Publisher:  Bell Bridge Books
Pages:  242
ISBN:  978-1611942194
Purchase Now:   Amazon  §  Barnes & Noble
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Series: Unbidden Magic Series
Best Read in Order: yes
Stars: 4
About the Book:   The Trimarks are planning an invasion. And the only thing standing in their way is Allie and the moonstone.

All Allie wants is a normal life – friends, boys, school dances. Right. Like that’s going to happen.

In two weeks, during the summer solstice, Allie’s going to face the biggest challenge of her life, fighting against time to save the world from a Trimark invasion. You’d think the world of weird might leave her alone to plan how she’s going to survive. But nothing in Allie’s world is simple or easy, especially when she’s attacked by Trimarks trying to steal the moonstone. Then Sammie disappears into the faery world of Boundless, and Allie must follow and bring her home, only to find the fairy queen, Luminata, isn’t about to let Allie leave. So, what’s a girl with magical powers supposed to do?

Fortunately, she has a team to help her, a team with special talents of their own.

Book Review:

In the last installment of the series, the action increases and there is a time-sensitive quest that Allie must finish to save the world and fulfill her prophecy.  Several roadblocks are thrown in her path, yet she has grown enough and is starting to realize her own personal strength, and she adds a new level of determination to become all that she can be.

A well-formulated ending closes the open holes in some of the stories, while a few unanswered questions remain, this was a satisfactory ending: bringing to close this time with Allie.  As a series, this is a good read, destined to become a favorite of many YA readers.  Marilee Brothers has managed to create characters and situations that while operating in fantasy still manage to hold some grounding in reality.

As an overall read, I would rate this series at a 4: a clever series penned and highly appropriate for the YA market with plenty of fantastical creatures and a clever incorporation on a less than stellar parent.  With Allie as the main character, her dalliances with the multitude of boys flocking her way do not distract her to the level of “must have a boy to survive” and her smart, sarcastic wit combined with moments of self-doubt that never quite undermine her forward progress make her a heroine that is easy to relate to for readers of all ages.

I received an eBook copy through NetGalley for purpose of honest review for the IOB Tours.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

About the Author:

I am a life long resident of Washington state and the author of a young adult urban fantasy series (Unbidden Magic) as well as two adult novels, Castle Ladyslipper and the Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam. My husband and I spend five months a year in southern California, not far from Los Angeles and San Diego. I spent a number of years as a teacher and school counselor. Those years gave me a wonderful array of characters to write about. In addition to writing, I love to read, spend time with my family and hack my way around the golf course. I’m on Facebook, Twitter and love hearing from readers. I have a blog called Book Blather and welcome all those who love book. http://bookblatherblog.blogspot.com. Please visit my website, http://www.marileebrothers.com. If you send me a comment, I promise I will answer.

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