Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Book Review: As Silver is to the Moon by R. A. Watt


Media Type: ebook ARC
Title: As Silver Is to the Moon
Author: R. A. Watt
Publisher: TER Publishing
Pages: 313
Publication date: April 28th 2019
Source: Xpresso Book Tours/Author
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Content Screening: Some violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers looking for an interesting coming of age paranormal story.

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New school. First love. A psychotic werewolf that wanted me dead. And it was only week one in Santa Isadora.
For fifteen-year-old Teavan Laurent and his older sister Suzanne, Santa Isadora seemed like a sleepy and idyllic California town to finish high school after their unexpected move west from New York City.
As he struggles to make friends in a town shrouded in secrets, Teavan soon finds himself the target of an irrational tormentor and rumored-to-be werewolf. The revenge-obsessed psycho vows to wipe out Teavan and his small family due to past wrongs beyond Teavan’s control or knowledge. The twisted legacy left to him by his late grandfather brings Teavan at odds with everything he knows to be true—or at least everything he thought to be true.
The impossible truth of the tale begins to gain traction at his first wolf sighting, and Teavan and Suzanne soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the dark and secretive lycan world of Santa Isadora.
Stalked by a legend that shouldn’t exist, Teavan must decide how far he is willing to go to save those that he loves and come to terms with what lurks from within.

What a roller coaster ride, in the best way. There were twists and turns that I didn't expect and the story unfolds in a very meaningful way. I would categorize this as a coming of age story. Friendships, familial ties, first loves, there is a bit of everything and it all blends beautifully. 

Teavan is an interesting lead character. He reminds me a bit of the friends in Stand By Me. A little bit of an outsider, just trying to figure out his place in this new town and hoping to make some friends along the way. His sense of morality and right vs. wrong make his character grow and change as he learns about "the change". 

Not to be outdone, Teavan's circle of friends all have their own identities and nuances that make them unique. I loved the camaraderie and faith they put in each other to keep each other's secrets. Nothing brings friends together like a bully and some folklore. 

All in all this was a solid 4 star read for me. It has a few faults, and got a bit rushed at the end, but it was a fun read with a surprising ending. I recommend this to readers who enjoy some paranormal with their young adult stories. 

Ryan is a husband and a father of three children. A lover of food, wine, sunshine, skiing, and fiction.
Although his background is in finance, he has always had a love of books, particularly fiction, since a young age and has been an avid reader ever since. Ryan's favorite books are deep, engrossing novels that may not necessarily win Pulitzer Prizes, but are difficult to put down.
Reading should be fun, absorbing, and a step away from our ordinary world. No matter what the critics say about the book on your nightstand, if you don't look forward to reading each night it's not the right book for you!



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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.

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