Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: The Rising Moon by Nilsa Rodriguez

The Rising Moon by Nilsa Rodriguez
Publisher:  Black Dove Publishing
Publication Date:  September 12th 2011
ISBN:  9780983910
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Book Summary:  How many lives do you have to live to realize that love is stronger than time and death?


Orphaned at the age of five, Angelia (Lia) Lafosse was left with questions about whom and what she truly was. One thing was clear. Lia was different. Some might even say cursed.

With the help of her best friend, Ryan Woodruff, she begins to unlock the secrets of her families past and discover answers that prove more startling than she ever imagined. Not only was she a werewolf, but a reincarnation of the immortal werewolf, a werewolf with immense powers beyond any of her kind. A werewolf that if discovered by the Lobison’s to have returned, can jeopardize both Lia and those she love.

As destiny finds her love does too…and they couldn’t be more different. Torn between Lyle Ulric, the charming werewolf whose bloodline is as ancient and powerful as her own. And Adam Ambrose, the mysterious and alluring vampire who’s determined not to allow fate or anyone tear their love apart again.

Lia has to make a choice… Destiny or Love…Run or Fight…Live or Die
My Thoughts:  So hard to believe that this is a debut novel!! Set in everyday Wyoming, Lia is living on a ranch with her alcoholic foster father John.  She has lost her both her parents to an auto accident and has also since lost her foster mother Veena.  If that is not enough to deal with, Lia is just different from the typical senior in high school.  She looks different.  In one of her eyes, she has a white pigment shaped like a half-moon - she is diagnosed with heterchromia.  She has also been diagnosed with Lycanthropy - a disorder in which she believes she can transform into an animal.  Wow!!!!  What a lot for a young lady entering into her senior year.

As she begins the school year, she finds herself befriended by many she had never been friends with before - one a very good looking boy, Ryan.  They soon become best friends.  He helps her though some very hard times - specifically learning all about her family and mother.  So many secrets unlocked:  she learns she is a very special werewolf - reincarnated from an immortal werewolf.  She also finds out that the families ranch in which she and her step-father reside also come from an ancient werewolf family.  

Now, we have talked about the werewolves, and you just know that there has to be a vampire somewhere - right?  Yep - Adam is a vampire that is linked to the werewolf in which Lia is reincarnated.  You have to read the book yourself to find out who Lia finds her heart drawn!!

This story is very fast-paced and is very enjoyable to read.  Although it has a dark story-line, it does not leave the reader in a dark mood.  The imagery is very vivid!  You can just feel yourself located throughout the novel.  As a debut author, Nilsa Rodriguez is a very skilled writer. She blends the paranormal, action, and romance into one wonderful package!

There are many other characters that played an integral roles throughout the story.  I am hoping that this is only the beginning of a great series.  I can many different paths that the author can go.

About the Author:   Nilsa Rodriguez ‘s love for writing began at an early age. Being an author is quite literally a dream come true for a girl who spent most of her childhood moments escaping to far-away lands and wondering into enchanted forests through the many books she's read growing up and still enjoys to this very day.
Having had studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design and Early Childhood Education at Penn Foster College her love for writing has always remained close to heart. Nilsa received her literary diploma from The Institute for Children Literature in 2009. 
Born and raised in New Jersey, she now lives in sunny Florida with her husband and son where you can find her writing well into the night on her next novel.

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