Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.
When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.
But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
"Virginia's trees look like they're burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they'd give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they're dying."
And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you'll love this novel!
~Author Julie Ford
The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.
I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went.
She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she's not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.
Auggie-Talk hosted a promotional post a while back for this book and I was excited to get a chance to review it. In all honesty I'm a huge fan of horses but not a fan of books with horses as a main element. I think it's some kind of childhood social trauma... (that's another post).
Despite the previous confession I found this book to be a pleasant read and while I wasn't necessarily gripping the edge of my chair, I did experience a few "Gasp" moments, which makes a book absolutely worthwhile for me.
Mystery elements - well done. While I wouldn't personally consider this a MYSTERY book, there are definitely things going on that you, as the reader, are trying to piece together and can't figure out... and some things you might figure out before the main character does resulting in that whole "talking to the pages" thing.
Tanzy is a likeable and relateable character, not only that but she's dealing with hugely REAL problems that many teens (and adults) have had to handle... the death of one parent and the alcoholism of another. So not only is the reader experiencing a darker "supernatural" story... they're also experiencing a realistic darkness through Tanzy's circumstances which adds a lot of meat to the plot.
Our girl Tanzy spends a great deal of time losing herself in the farm and the comfort of the horses... but there's something weird happening and just around her birthday life turns upside down. Suddenly she's capable of things that don't make sense. Suddenly she's experiencing a world that she's never known. Suddenly everything that was just as it seemed... is filled with mystery and layers of meaning that could never before interpret.
Definitely some good moments of suspense here.. and without ruining anything there was one particular twist that had me going "Whaaaaaa??!" (In a good way. Who doesn't like it when a book does that?). There are some supernatural and even metaphysical elements that I really enjoyed. Past lives...understanding how a past life effects your present circumstances.... coming back from the dead with paranormal gifts resulting.
This book was well written and the story was gripping and enjoyable. It's a great supernatural book in general and I definitely recommend it to all ages.
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