Title: Caged Moon
*Series: Caged Moon #1
Author: Rachel Deagan
Pages: Paperback; 250
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Source: Autumn Review Book Tours
Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Nothing of note
HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a good twist in their paranormal romance.
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Haunted by an animal attack, seventeen year old Charlotte feels she is being followed. When she runs into a mysterious boy while camping, she’s afraid. Nothing seems right about him. Despite trying to stay away, there is an unmistakable draw to be near him. Even his scent smells familiar. But the closer she gets, the faster the secrets begin to unravel. Not only is he not human, he may have a link to her past. When Charlotte finds out someone wants her dead, she is torn between love and fear. Can she trust him to keep her safe?
I'm not generally a werewolf fan (I'm more in the vampire camp myself) but I knew I wanted to read Rachel Deagan's Caged Moon as soon as I noticed the mystery aspect. Werewolves and mystery? I'm in. I'll admit that I was already fairly certain that Charlotte herself was somehow related to the wolves. I mean, after all, it does kind of mention it in the synopsis. That's not to say I was entirely right, but let's just say that a lot of what I thought would happen? Did. Still, this book is extremely addictive. You've been warned. If you are going to read this, set aside time to finish it from cover to cover.
Charlotte was an okay main character. I did like that she didn't just blindly accept everything that was thrown her way. Instead, she is the type of character who questions, mulls things over with friends, and then finally makes a decision. In a word, smart. However she kind of walked the line between that and being a bit naive at times. There were points when I just sighed out loud. I understand that this was Charlotte's way of sharing her thoughts with the reader. At times it just got to be too much for me.
Liam was a much more engaging character in my eyes. Charming, sweet, and just a bit mysterious. Although his story wasn't too hard to uncover, I did enjoy the way that Rachel Deagan allowed him his own unique personality. He is a great companion to Charlotte! I would have actually liked to get to know him a little more. I'm hoping that in the second book there will be more of his back story. The insta-love between Charlotte and Liam was the one thing that was a bit off. I chalked it up to their wolfish natures though, and that made it a little more palpable.
All in all I thought that Caged Moon was a pretty great read. It had its issues, but there were some fabulous parts too. Rachel Deagan manages to mix mystery, romance and the paranormal all into this story. While it wasn't a favorite for me, I'm sure that big fans of this genre will fall in love. There is a lot to enjoy. If you are a werewolf lover, give this one a shot. Liam is well worth it!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.