Friday, May 5, 2017

~*♥Release Blitz with Review♥*~ The Moon Shines Red by Pamela Sparkman

The Moon Shines Red
Series: Heart of Darkness #1
by Pamela Sparkman
Release Date: May 5, 2017


The red glow of the moon washed over land and sea like a faded bloody stain. Everything was bathed in it, including him. A constant reminder of the curse that marked him before he was born. Every night he gazed at it like he was lured and haunted by it. It followed him, it beseeched him. It called out to him. Just once he wanted to see the moon glow as everyone else saw it. Bright and illuminating. But he knew that would never be possible.

The all too familiar feeling of despair suffocated him, like long gangly fingers squeezing his neck, cutting off his air. He fell to his knees and begged for the sky to fall on him. He had suffered long and tirelessly and he was desperate for it to end. And yet, he fought to breathe. He fought to stand back on his feet. Because fighting back was as instinctual to him as breathing. He had come too far to let his loneliness and despair get the best of him now. He was battle worn and weary, but he still had a reason to live.

Or so he hoped.

He stood back on his feet and he fought against the doom that hovered over him since the day he was born and he stared up into the darkened sky.

At the moon that shines red only for him.

He was cursed.
I should have stayed away from him. But I couldn't.
HE was my life. And he just might kill me.
So I guess that means...he may also be my end.


Title: The Moon Shines Red
Author: Pamela Sparkman
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Heart of Darkness #1)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
I’ve been attempting to write this review for well over a week. A review that wouldn’t be overly telling (because as with a lot of this authors work, you need to read it to experience its full effect yourself), while also writing a review that would do the story and the author justice. Try as I might, I was either too telling when it came to details of the story, or I would get upset with myself because I felt like I was underplaying just how truly extraordinary this story is.

The Moon Shines Red is the perfect example of why I have a shelf on Goodreads named magical. And before you think, “oh this is a fantasy story so of course it’s magical” I mean it in a different way. Romance, especially these days, and I’m talking real, heart wrenching, gut punching romance, is hard to come by. Stories that evoke feelings, they’re out there, but they're not at the top of the pile where I believe they should be. This story has that. Sure, it has all the elements of a good fantasy story (as only this author can deliver, based on prior leaps she’s taken thus far in her career), but there is more to it than that. The love that grows over time between Elin and Lochlan, it’s magical in every other sense apart from its genre.

Before you even get into the real nitty gritty of the storyline that takes place here, you’re given irrefutable proof that there can be no other for these two unique individuals. No one can tame the beast that lives inside Lochlan, quite like Elin can. Alter his very existence even. Much like, there can be no other protector, confidante, friend, and lover than Lochlan for Elin. They live through some of the worst things I believe characters like these can live through, especially Elin, and they’re made stronger for it. Apart and together. It was truly an honor for this reader to be able to see that. Be privy to it and even now, ages after I’ve read it, their story, love story and otherwise, it stays with me. ‘

Not only because it’s romance done right from my perspective, but also because it’s fantasy done right. It’s story telling at its finest done right.

I grew up reading Forgotten Realms fantasies. I mean, they were the go to books for me in terms of fantasy when I was younger. But they always needed a lot of time given to them because of the amount of details that go into creating not only unique characters that fit, but also an entire world, existence if you will that is definitely not an easy task. As time wore on and my time became more limited with children and other commitments, I went to stories that moved quicker. Taking on a fantasy again, well it became a dream that I didn’t think I’d ever get around to.

Pamela Sparkman, Lochlan, Elin and every other secondary character here, whether large or small, they changed that for me. It was no longer a dream, but a reality and one worth taking.

The perfect amount of detail, character development and story were here, rivalling all those fantasy authors of the past I enjoyed reading. Sometimes even bettering it.

The author took a really big risk changing genres the way she did, but much like the work she’s done in the past, moving from Contemporary to Historical, she pulled it off beautifully.

This is a must read for everyone. Romance fan. Paranormal or Fantasy fan. Just a reader period. You won’t be disappointed.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before release and to the author apart from that, thank you for renewing my faith and love in the written word. You’ve set the bar with this story, much like you have with your previous works and this story came right when I needed it the most. I not only got to fall in love with Elin and Lochlan, but also what I loved so much about reading and you can’t put a price tag on that.

Ending note: If there is one book the world needs to experience this 2017 year, it’s this one.

No comments:

Post a Comment