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Monday 25 February 2013

Review ~ The Moonsongs Series by EJ Wesley {Giveaway}

Welcome to Paperback Princess' stop for The Moonsongs Series tour, hosted by CBB Book Promotions. I'm so very excited as this is the first tour I've participated in that was for an entire series...well so far anyway. In my stop you'll find my review for Blood Fugue (Moonsongs #1) and Witch's Nocturne (Moonsongs #2) and of course fantastic giveaways! There are not one but TWO giveaways, so TWICE the chance and the tour wide prize is HUGE! So don't miss out. Please follow the remaining stops, tour schedule can be found here.

About The Books

Title: Blood Fugue
Author: E.J. Wesley
Series: Moonsongs #1

Blood Fugue (Moonsongs, Book 1)

“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. 

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.

”Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

Title: Witch's Nocturne
Author: E.J. Wesley
Series: Moonsongs #2

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Witch's Nocturne (Moonsongs Book 2)

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. 

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.

Paperback Princess Review

"Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness  for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted. For me, dwelling on the past was akin to keeping a picture of an ex-boyfriend who had cheated on me with the town whore, stolen my favourite t-shirt,and given me Chlamydia. There'd be no value in holding onto that kind of torment. Personally, if I bumped into yesterday at the grocery store, I'd punch it in it's shitty face and take my shirt back."
That was the first paragraph of Blood Fugue, seriously...who can't continue to read on from there. This paragraph had me in absolute stitches. 

Jenny Schmidt is quite alone in this world, her parents have both passed and her last Guardian, her Grandmother had also recently passed. She hadn't known any other relatives until her Grandfather, Billy Moonsong, Facebook messaged her. The arrival of Jenny's Grandfather is what Blood Fugue is about, the tumultuous journey that changes Jenny's life forever. 

Blood Fugue is the first book in the Moonsongs Series. The series is about the Moonsongs, an Apache tribe of monster hunters! When Jenny's Grandfather contacts her for help, she is thrust from her boring life into a paranormal world she didn't know existed. 

This first book in the series was over before it even began, it was more of an introduction into the new world that Jenny is entering. Don't let the fact that it's an introduction fool you, it was still filled with action and a very surprising ending that really has you wanting to grab the next book immediately. Lucky for me (thanks to the Author and Candace from CBB) I was able to grab Witch's Nocturne straight away.

Witch's Nocturne commences where Blood Fugue left off. Jenny is inspired to start an online paranormal investigation business, after all, she's part of the Moonsong tribe, some of the best monster hunters blood runs through her veins. This book is about Jenny's first clientele, IpsWitch, and their first investigation. IpsWitch's coven is planning to taint the water supply of Jenny's town. The coven wants revenge on the town they held responsible for the burning of one of their founders,  Felicia. 

Witch's Nocturne like Blood Fugue is fast-paced, straight to the point but still filled with mystery, twists and turns and an explosive ending. The story has you turning the pages quicker than you can finish reading the last sentence. Things are not what it seems and all these elements are what made me enjoy this book maybe even slightly more than Blood Fugue, I'm guessing that's because I already knew the characters. Witch's Nocturne did not waste any time, it went straight to the plot of the story.

The Moonsong series are written as short individual stories with the same main characters. Each story has a fairly conclusive ending with no major cliff hangers. The writing is fantastic and I wish that EJ Wesley will write an entire novel as I just couldn't get enough of this story! Blood Fugue and Witch's Nocturne are both fun, fast-paced reads, well written and the adventure and mystery level are perfection. Both books are straight to the point with the story and the ending coming far too soon for my liking...yes you heard right, I wish that these books were longer than what they were. I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the consecutive books in the series. 

Loved It! A Must Read!

About the Author

Born and raised in Oklahoma, E.J. grew up in a land of good earth and better people. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to spend his time in the heads of imaginary people to real ones. He writes and lives in South Texas, and loves to chat about movies, books, music, food, and family.

~ Giveaway ~  

This is one special tour as there is not one, but TWO giveaways! 

Giveaway 1 ~ TWO winners will win TWO ebooks; a copy of Blood Fugue AND Witch's Nocturne each. For your chance to win, just comment below and tell me:

a) What appealed to you in this tour post that made you want to read The Moonsongs series?
b) How do you like these types fo

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much for joining in the tour, and for the wonderful reviews of the books, Angelica. So glad you liked them! Plenty more of Jenny to come. :-)

Candace said...

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!


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