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Review: Spring Moon by HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian

Spring Moon (Indiana Teller #1) by HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
Young Adult, Werewolves
Ebook $3.63 (338 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Amid the expansive plains of Montana, the Lykos Ranch stretches for miles. The inhabitants who live in near isolation from the outside world are members of the most powerful clan of werewolves in North America. Among them lives just one human: Indiana Teller.
Grandson of the clan’s leader and offspring of a werewolf father and a mysterious yet human mother, Indiana is rejected by his peers and heads to the University of Montana to find a normal life. Despite warnings from his grandparents, he falls in love with a beautiful human, Katerina.
Before too long, he is the victim of an accident that would have killed him had he not miraculously vanished at the moment of impact. Are these strange occurrences just chance or the machinations of a hidden enemy out to destroy him? Facing his destiny, Indiana will have to choose who to believe, and who to love.

Something lost in translation... (3 stars)

My taste in reading varies but always comes back to supernatural elements. When the opportunity to rose to give SPRING MOON a read I quickly dismissed it. But if there's one thing that I have a hard time turning down it's stories set in the state I've lived in for most of my life. I figured if anyone could give it a fair examination it would be the gal who likes supernatural and Young Adult fiction that lives in the area the story takes place.

Alas, from the get-go I found that there was just something foreign about it. I've read translations before—this was originally in French—and found a similar issue sometimes. Perhaps it's because I know our culture here intimately, and I tried to excuse it with thoughts like "well, if you were a supernatural raised in a secluded, secretive community..." but I just never got past it. I was disappointed in the little things like the lack of attention to our climate (December is usually very cold, we were subzero for the past 6 days for example), culture (Missoula is kind of known as the hippie town), and well, we call it U-of-M and constantly seeing it said "UM" was driving me crazy.

The werewolves and other creatures (for lack of a better word) in the world of the Indiana Teller series are quite unique. It was the main saving grace of the story. That, and some of the secondary characters. Indiana himself, was a bit of a tough sell as the narrator for me. He just wasn't very likable and I never could figure out what made Katerina bother with him, let alone like him. I did, however, like Chuck a lot.

It's action-packed, has a solid amount of mystery and a story arc that will make for a strong series but the things I didn't like about it kept me from really enjoying it as a whole. I think if you're looking for something to appeal to a teenaged reluctant reader they might really enjoy this one. It's has romance, some humor, and is well paced. If you're an adult YA fan with tastes similar to my own you should probably give it a pass.

Other Reviews:
All The Bookish Love
Meradeth Houston

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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