Blue Moon by Alyson Noel (July 7th 2009—St. Martin’s Griffin)
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.
Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...”
Review: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
There was something grating about Blue Moon that left me wanting to shove it back into the depths of my bookcase—out of sight, out of mind.
Blue Moon took on something that ever bad Twilight fanfiction attributes—making the lead male character human. I mean I can overlook that fact since it’s not one of those moments where it makes everything good. In fact, it makes a whole lot of bad, no-nos and a lot of trouble. No, what made me dislike this book was because of Ever Bloom.
Ever had this semi-whiny attitude that grated on my nerves. I can’t explain it in so many words but the fact of the matter is she takes so much crap from other people, her common sense is somehow obliterated, her overly emotionally dependence on Damen (like she just can’t survive one millisecond if he’s upset with her) is just a ticking time bomb for me.
There were some lingering questions in my mind after I finished Blue Moon. Although Ever was able to sense that Roman was bad, did she not sense that Ava knew him? Was there a passing thought in her mind that might have let Ever know this little fact. And could she not sense this? So despite the fact that Ava had a clean aura that allowed her to see the temples in Summerland (I’m assuming that she could see it) does this imply that her thoughts were good. Maybe I’m just over complicating things or something.
And there was this whole thing with the ending. Ever’s common sense flew out the window. So basically there’s this guy who completely ruined your life, almost killed your soul mate, turned the school’s hierarchy no more (which is just plain bizarre in the pyramid disappears) and in the last minute you take his word over these two twins who have only helped you!? Even though they can pretty much give you evidence as to why you should you trust them, you turn your back to them because they spoke in this mystery codes when you wanted direct answers. And here’s the thing that really just grated me, Ever trusted the evil guy! I’m just like—what the hell!? Are you f***ing stupid!? So yeah I do think you deserve what you got.
So now that’s off my chest let’s talk things that made sense and things that made me happy. I love the idea of Summerland, the concept, the execution. It’s the ability to think and create, to loose yourself in people or in mother nature. Summerland gives you a choice.
I enjoyed Damen’s character. He wasn’t the perfect person, that’s what made him so much better—depth, dimension, and drive was all there. What I found the most comforting was the fact that he can screw up, move on, and not pretend that the past didn’t happen—as much as what Ever hopes for.
I love the combination of alchemy, astrology, magic, fantasy all rolled into one novel. It fused together so many elements that made it work.
Overall: I can’t believe it but I’m probably end up reading the 3rd installment in this series. I mean I think my friend might love it should I ever want to toss it away.
Somehow I think the covers for Blue Moon and Summerland should switch.