Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews

Book: Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: 28 Sep 2010
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Shapeshifters, Magic
Summary: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…
Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.
But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.
When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.
Buy It: Paperback or Kindle eBook


Review: I knew Bayou Moon was going to feature a new hero and heroine and I'm so glad William carried over from On the Edge but I have to admit that I spent the entire introduction of Bayou Moon's Cerise comparing her to Rose. I loved Rose from the get go and I had trouble letting her go for a starter heroine who was completely new. I never doubted that Cerise would find a place in my heart too though. I think I should have waited longer before picking up Bayou Moon, however, so that Rose, Declan and William as a secondary character wouldn't have been quite so vivid in my mind.

“It didn’t knock me out. I jumped in.”
Dear Gods. “You jumped into the water with a Gospo Adir eel in it?”
“I couldn’t get a good cut from the boat.”
Unbelievable. “Are you crazy?”
“Look who’s talking, swamp mermaid.”
“I jumped in to rescue you, you fool!”

I absolutely loved how William and Cerise met and their initial interactions. It never ceases to impress and please me how well Andrews pulls off humor without being silly. It's always so well crafted and executed.

William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.” She stuck her tongue out.

I was also pleasantly surprised by how different Bayou Moon was from On the Edge. I'd expected some echos from the previous novel but some things went as far as shockingly different. I was completely thrown off guard by the swamp setting at first. And while Cerise and William had the same feelings towards each other that Rose and Declan had, in no way could I even begin to call them the same characters but with different names which I often find myself considering when it comes to paranormal romance series. Andrews is a master at creating unique characters and dialogue. None of the heroes and heroines I've been introduced to have liked each other from their first encounter, in fact they often fight like school children, yet it's always fresh, makes me giggle and crave more.

She waved her hands in the air. “Do me a huge favor, Lord William. Keep your thoughts to yourself for the next few miles. If you keep talking, I’ll have to hit you with this pole, and nobody wants that.”

William's interactions with Cerise's family were so interesting to read about. All William wants is a family but that's been denied him and he has come to believe he doesn't deserve one because of his status as a changeling. On that same note, it was just as interesting to read about Cerise's interactions with them. As her head of household she feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. Watching her bear the burden of responsibility for death and money contrasting to William being tested at every turn and trying to learn them was fascinating.

Bayou Moon is another amazing story from Andrews. I absolutely loved William, Cerise, her chaotic family, the Mire... I can't wait to delve in to Fate's Edge.


Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)


Other Books Reviewed From the Edge Series...


What did you think of Bayou Moon? Link me your review or leave your thoughts in a comment!
Which of Cerise's family members was your favorite? Lark really intrigued me, I hope Fate's Edge tells us more about her.
Based on your personality or what you like doing, if you were a changing what animal would you become? I enjoy sleeping late and am perfectly happy when alone so I'd probably be a kitty. I'd love to say a jungle cat of some kind but I'm not fierce at all.

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