08 February 2013

{Book Review} Moonset by Scott Tracey

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 February 2013 at 12:04 AM | | | |

Moonset (1)

Legacy of Moonset #1
Author: Scott Tracey
Pages: 384
Release date: April 8th, 2013
Publisher: Flux
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 Birds

Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.
When the siblings are accused of unleashing black magic on the town, Justin fights to prove their innocence. But tracking down the true culprit leads him to a terrifying discovery about Moonset’s past . . . and its deadly future

Initial thoughts after reading first chapter: I’m very much intrigued. I want to read on.

Initial thoughts after reading first 100 pages: This book has potential.

Initial thoughts when halfway through the book Hmm, this is dragging a little, but I am enjoying certain scenes.

Initial thoughts after finishing the book: It was alright.

The first thing that made me want to read MOONSET was a blog post Scott Tracey wrote about his process of writing this book. It, for some reason unknown to me, struck a chord, about how deeply he fell into the story, how quickly he wrote it, and how much he wrote. . There is one thing I must mention: I first came across Scott Tracey via the YA Rebels, and when his book titled ‘Witch Eyes’ came out, I was unbelievably excited – a book featuring a gay witch protagonist, please! But, for some reason, I felt dissatisfied when finishing reading Witch Eyes. I couldn’t tell if it was the plot that didn’t capture me, or the writing style.

My point is, if you were dissatisfied with Witch Eyes, like I must admit I was, do NOT judge MOONSET for it. Tracey has woven a much better, more complex story in MOONSET, and his writing style has greatly improved. Ever the characters are great! My favourite was Ash, with her witty lines and her naming Justin after a mango made me laugh. Justin was a great protagonist, you could see how much he cared for his siblings but also for his own life without them in it. Tracey did a very good job of creating a realistic sibling-relationship between the five kids.

I have to say, it annoyed me slightly that it took as long as 150 pages to reach the “first day of school” section of the book, and I did feel like some information was a bit superfluous. I also feel like the ‘first day of school’ was original, yet at the same time also clichéd in parts.





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