Sunday, January 23, 2011

Red Moon Rising: By Peter Moore



Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny's other half is human. Which is a good thing.

Ever since the development of synthetic blood – SynHeme – vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become
inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.

For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny's been having some weird symptoms -- fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.

Even though it's easy to be in denial, it's hard to ignore evidence. There's only a month until the next few moon, and Danny's time is running out.


Red Moon Rising was not what I was expecting. But it was great.

It is NOT a story of a forlorn paranormal entity (werewolves, vampires, zombies, ect…) that falls in love and must fight to have him/her as their lover. Nor is it the story of paranormals fighting, solving mysteries, and generally running amuck. Instead this interesting and well written book is a zestful and imaginative retelling of the civil rights movement through the tale of a werewolf.

I know right about now you must be rolling your eyes, thinking this book sounds both idiotic and disrespectful to the civil rights movement and all that it stood for. But to be honest it is neither. Moore does an amazing job creating an engaging book that is both respectful to the topics it recreates, as well as informative to the overall experience of what it was like going through this period.

Besides that, Red Moon Rising has a gripping story, who’s characters, especially Danny (the protagonist), his father, and his step-father, are all incredibly well developed, interesting characters who really shine out. Not only that but the tension is very well built so that readers are captivated to the conclusion of the story. All in all making this a creative and well written book that readers looking for something other than the typical paranormal romance story should try, and will most likely enjoy.

9 out of 10


Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

Published: February 8, 2011

Price: $16.99

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