Publisher: Pencode Books
Publish Date: March 21, 2011
Origins: From Author for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old March Howe is going through some bizarre bodily changes - the last thing she needs when most people at school already think she's a freak. Little does she know that those changes are leading her into a supernatural world of strange mysteries and terrible danger. March is a werewolf - but not just a were-wolf. She's the last known female of the species, and that makes her a rare commodity.
Just when the guy of her dreams asks her out, a pack of werewolves invade her house to take her back to their den, where she must be heralded through her first change or risk certain death. Along the way, she meets the dark and handsome Greyson, her only peer in the pack, and is caught up in the dark intrigue surrounding her new "family" and the strange truth behind her existence. Will she fit in this new, magical world better than she does at school? Will she even survive her first change? Or will the power that's growing inside her destroy her and the entire werewolf bloodline?
In Book One of the Lone March Series, March Howe must choose between mundane and magical, the familiar and the unknown, freedom and responsibility. Will she decide her fate before the last of the werewolves decide it for her?
Review: Moon-Linked is a interesting take on the werewolf/lycanthropy genre. March is a 15 year old girl going through many changes in her life. She’s forced into adulthood within a remarkably short amount of time, dealing with physical changes and psychological ones, while being confronted about the paranormal aspects in her life. The concepts in Moon-Linked are very intriguing, but there are some issues with the character building.
March seems to be overly naïve, not even knowing what menstruation is or that her dog isn’t really a dog. Some of the other characters don’t seem to ring true to how teenagers/young adults are; even the adults are iffy at times. YA audiences, I think, would be hard-pressed to accept those things. However, there is good action, mystery, and paranormal happenings. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Moon-Ache. I see a lot of promise in Ms. Irvin’s writing and I believe I will enjoy watching that growth over time, as well as seeing where life takes March.
The Lone March Series: Moon-Linked (1), Moon-Ache (2), Moon-Burn (3)