Fantasy · Young Adult books

Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way and the thoughts expressed are my own.

I went into this book knowing very little about the actual plot, but I found this a fun approach. Usually, I’ve read the back to know if I’m interested before I decide to read any book. It begins with a young girl named Jessa about to turn eighteen. She lives on the edge of a mountain in a beautiful forest. Her house and its surrounds are beautiful. I’d love to live there! For her entire life, her father has told her on her eighteenth birthday she will meet people and see places she could never have imagined. That’s a lot of pressure to put on one birthday. But it lives up to his expectations.

Jessa has always had vivid dreams about things she’s never seen. One such dream leads her to a place in the forest where she is taken away to another realm. Jessa discovers she’s really the princess of a Faerie kingdom with a great prophecy about her birth and her future. Not to mention that she’s betrothed to the handsome warrior Roderick. The responsibilities and expectations of her new life are hard for Jessa to deal with, especially the fact that she’s supposed to marry a man she only just met. I like how realistic her reaction was, instead of suddenly being head over heels for a stranger.

It was interesting to watch Jessa and Roderick’s relationship evolve under the pressures of the kingdom’s expectations. It was said that their magical powers would be tenfold once they were united. Saying it’s an awkward start to a relationship would be an understatement. Jessa can see how much Roderick cares for her but she just can’t seem to feel the same level of love he does. But Jessa is trying her best to uphold her duties. I feel particularly sorry for Jessa since she’s never dated anyone before then here comes this council who tells her she’s supposed to jump into bed with a stranger. Sure he’s a nice guy and everything, but having to deal with a new world, becoming a queen and discovering magical powers would be hard enough let alone having an arranged marriage at eighteen.

Right away I was sucked into this novel. I found myself reading it late into the night. It was sparse on description; the main twists were easy to see coming and the events were quickly resolved. For instance, every fight was instantly finished whenever Jessa used her magic. Though, when you look at the fact that she’s supposed to be the prophesied queen of the Faeries with powerful magic, it kind of makes sense. Those were a few things that bothered but I still found it very enjoyable. The chapter length was nice and short which was just the confidence builder anyone needs. I give it 4/5.

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