After Josephine Woods’ father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth?
Review by: Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
on June 16, 2013 :
“Moonflower” by EDC Johnson is a story that will transport you to a world of sci-fi and fantasy. The story is how after her father’s death Josephine Wood is moved to the city by her mother. She hates her city life. The twist in the story starts after Josie meets with a car accident. She finds herself transported to a strange land and the only connection she has with her old world is her back pack. The story is very fascinating as it shuttles between sci-fi and fantasy. And it takes a different turn as Josie is saved by Lucius who has royal blood. The author manages to capture the reader’s attention with suspense and intrigue. The narration is very descriptive and gripping. The reader is curious to know what happens next when Josie meets the wolf. Feelings of fear and surprise run throughout the book.
The highlight of the story is Lucius’s extraordinary power to change into a wolf. That makes the story even more intriguing. Lucius is very kind and tries to win her attention and love along with his older brother Donovan who is the heir to the Conri wealth. “Moonflower” is a book that evokes a lot of curiosity in the reader. Josie’s struggle to find her way back home after being lost and then meeting Lucius keeps the reader wondering what would happen next. Would Josie go back to her mother? Or would she stay back with Lucius the wolf, or Donovan?
Review by: Renee Shelton on July 16, 2012 :
I really loved this book. Josie is a teenager who awakes after a major car accident in a forest in a different world. As she struggles with finding her way back home, she encounters one of two brothers who saves her from a dangerous encounter. She ends up staying with the brothers and learns of their royal blood lines and shapeshifting capabilities, and then truly finds herself liking both of them. Josie is very likable as a character and I found myself unconsciously rooting for one brother. The brothers are the opposite extremes, and both of Josie’s mind and body are pulled between their strengths and weaknesses.
While this is YA fiction, the story will appeal to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance or fantasy writing. I found it hard to put down once I began. The writing is very well done and I pictured myself having the same reactions as Josie if, like her, I were thrust into a different world. The book ends with the possibility of a sequel (I’m hoping for one), and I look forward to more of EDC Johnson’s work.
Review by: Mary C. on July 11, 2012 :
So glad the first three chapters were offered; that encouraged me to buy the book and find out how the story plays out. Let me just say, it just gets better from there. The descrptions are wonderful and help the reader to “see” the story. All of the main characters are developed and engaging. Although Josie is young and naive, you become empathetic with her and her situation. The brothers, Lucius and Donovan, are opposites but I found myself rooting for them both. Where they live and how they live is revealed in the picturesque imagery.
Can you tell? I enjoyed this read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to be absorbed in a story as well as entertained.
Review by: Rita Smith on July 05, 2012 :
I chose this book because of the description. I was not let down! It was very well written. This book kept me wanting to read at every spare chance I got! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I liked so much that it was difficult to put down! I liked the plot, the characters and the descriptions. I can see people of all ages really liking this book. I hope there will be a sequel!