Review: Moonstone by Marilee Brothers (Unbidden Magic #1)Release Date: August 1, 2008
Title: Moonstone
Series: Unbidden Magic #1
Author: Marilee Brothers
Pages: 236
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.
3 Stars

While this one had a shaky start, I genuinely enjoyed it. The writing left a lot to be desired – especially at first – but as the book continued it was more polished and each character fit into their voice a little bit more.

There were parts to it that didn’t really go – the whole character of Trilby was useless. She needed to be fleshed out and actually serve a purpose in the story, but she didn’t. She was filler – annoying filler at that.

With that being said, I enjoyed the mystery and I look forward to learning more about this prophecy and Allie’s new abilities.

Other reviews:

[…] have to admit, I liked this one better than the first. It feels like Marilee is really hitting her stride as far as writing and finding her […]

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