Friday, May 11, 2018

ARC #Review - Moonlight And Midtown by Christina Bauer #YALit #Fantasy

Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum # 1.5
Format: E-Book, 125 pages
Release Date: May 27, 2018
Publisher: Monster House Books
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Novella

After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life. No more crazy aunties. Her curse is toast. And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true. Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school. Forget those sketchy tutors! To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle. It’s a blast, except for one thing:

Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan. 

All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them. Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.

But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets. With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing. Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.

Moonlight and Midtown, by author Christina Bauer, is a novella that takes place between Wolves and Roses, and Shifters and Glyphs. Briar Rose is finally free from her psycho fairie aunts who kept her locked up in a penthouse for most of her life to hide her magical nature. Now freed, Briar has discovered that she is actually a rarity; a paranormal who has access to shifter, fae, and witch magic. But, Briar has been having a whole bunch of issues with her newly released wolf who likes to pop out at the most inopportune times let alone being able to access all three magics in a moments notice. 

Thankfully, Briar has boyfriend Knox, the Alpha of the Wolves, to help guide her. Knox who has to corral Briar's wolf before she takes over fully and becomes lost. She also has her best friend Elle, who is supposed to follow the Cinderella story, and Alec, who is supposed to follow the Prince Charming story. The action takes place when Briar Rose and Elle go shopping for an outfit that won't shed to pieces every time she shifts. If you've read the first installment, you already met Fae Queen Nyxa who is a real trip and not a fan of Briar's. 

While the author avoids getting fully immersed into the subject about magic disappearing, and Briar's search for the Original book of Magic, she does hint that readers will see much more on that subject in the next installment. The main reason for my review rating is that Briar isn't the same person she was in the first installment. She is almost childish in her behavior. Hopefully, that will be resolved pronto. 

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