Six Moon Summer: Seasons of the Moon, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Rylie's been bitten. She's changing. And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf...forever.
Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger.
If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||S M Reine|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 26, 2019|
|Publisher||Red Iris Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #175,435 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#509 in Paranormal Mystery, Thriller & Suspense for Teens
#845 in Teen & Young Adult Werewolf & Shifter Fiction
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I stumbled upon a box set of the first few books in the series awhile ago, and completely devoured them including the Cain Chronicles! The storyline captivated me from the get go, and the characters .... ooh the characters ... Abel gives me shivers until now! I reread the entire series once a year, and each time it’s like I’m reading it for the first time.
This is the series that I measure all other werewolf books by, and I have literally written in other reviews ‘the reason this book did not get higher is because five stars belong to the best series I have ever read by SM Reine.’
I was NOT given any advanced copies for my honest review of this story. I bought every single book in the series willingly and happily because it’s that awesome.
If you haven’t read it yet...
If you’ve been debating reading it but have been hesitant...
Just do it.
Shy and timid, she hides in the pages of her journal where she feels protected in a cocoon away from the mean girls who care more about fashion and bullying. Safe that it is until she is attacked in the woods by an enstranged wild animal and her memory lost of the attack or how she made it back to the camp safely.
Meeting Seth a boy supposedly from the other camp that is forbidden, Rylie soon learns that she only has three months to keep from changing into the evil creature that has changed her life forever.
After the death of her father, will her love for Seth and for being human be enough reason for her to fight the change? Or will she sacrifice herself to save the campers and the boy she loves?
S. M. Reine creates a unique love story that blossoms from the horrific truth of an ancient legend. She keeps you on the edge of your seat and glued to what the characters will do next.
Its hard to find a story that captivates me long enough to finish reading it in a couple of days. I love this first novel in the Seasons of the Moon series and l am looking forward to reading the next chapter in Rylie’s story.
"Rylie considered the words with a frown. Camp could be interesting, I guess. Maybe if I see it as a learning thing instead of a punishment for the divorce...?"
At about a quarter of the way into Six Moon Summer, I still had no idea how I felt about the book up to that point. Rylie was... unlikable. I originally felt sorry for her and I understood where her anger and hostility came from (her situation and the oncoming werewolfism). However, she was just as drama seeking and petty as the other campers that she hated. She was constantly nasty and feeling sorry for herself yet they were situations she'd gotten herself into. I found myself enjoying the idea of the book a lot but it wasn't going to be enough as the story continued.
"Why had Rylie, of all people, been bitten? She was going to become a wolf at the end of summer, and she hadn't done anything to deserve it."
"He nodded. "The library is in the back room. Kids aren't allowed."
"No wonder, if they've got stuff on werewolves," Rylie muttered. "How do we get in?""
I did a whole lot of my own suspension of disbelief in Six Moon Summer but was too farfetched. I love paranormal/fantasy so the werewolf aspect wasn't my issue. I had a problem with the counselors having secret werewolf books, Seth being the one to guide her and always showing up at exactly the right moment/knowing everything (some of the Seth stuff eventually gets explained but it doesn't change the fact that it was 100% ridiculous and unbelievable until you get to that point and Rylie eats it up), Rylie's constant rule breaking and general obnoxiousness not getting her kicked out or some sort of real punishment until far down the line... I couldn't immerse myself into a novel when I don't find anything believable.
I was not a fan of how werewolves were tackled in this book. I like books where werewolves are the dark heroes typically, but them being evil is okay too. In Six Moon Summer they aren't really either... they're rabid animals. This is very much a personal preference thing. Reading a different take on werewolves was refreshing and interesting but it wasn't something that I enjoyed.
Rylie was horribly whiny, constantly feeling sorry for herself when she was the cause of her problems, and frankly she wasn't a nice person. I don't see how any of her 'friends' liked her. She claims Cassidy was a close enough friend to risk getting into trouble by sneaking her out yet all I saw was her avoid Cassidy in a mean way and use her.
""That's not fair!" Rylie complained. She never got to see Seth unless something was wrong. She wanted one chance to have fun before the summer ended. Her chin quivered as she tried not to cry. "Everyone else gets to go!""
*She stole the counselors' car which resulted in privileges being taken away*
I actually liked the ending despite its bittersweet quality. I will probably give the next book in the series a try before I decide whether to continue on or give up.
This review was a little harsher than I intended it to be. I definitely didn't hate the book but Rylie pressed every button I have and apparently I had a lot to say about that. I would recommend Six Moon Summer to readers who like lots of action and can forgive a whiny heroine. Reine kept the book fast paced with very few quiet moments.
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The main character Rylie thinks the world evolves around her feelings, needs and fits of sulky mood swings. A trait younger readers will identify with and older readers may be a tad annoyed by it.
There were some inconsistencies but nothing that disturbed the flow of the storyline in any way.
I was a little perturbed by the way the character did or didn't react to the news that necessitated her going home, only to come straight back a few days later. That part of the story did not gel well at all for me. Rylie states how close she was to him and then subsequently forgets about him completely.
Having read some of the later work in this series I know that the author has ironed out a lot of wrinkles that are evident in this first book.
This book doesn't reflect the true depth of her talent, which is more evident in subsequent books.
It seemed very rushed if I'm honest and Rylie took to finding out about werewolves too well. I didn't like Seth either, I always get weary when the to be love interest starts out too nice or too helpful. It was obvious who the werewolf who attacked Rylie was too.
I will continue the series but only because they are free and I really want the read the ascension series and see what Elise and James get up to next. Although I am slightly concerned with how SM Twine is going to be able to join together a gory and sexy UF series (descent) and a YA series without alienating one genre group
There are much better werewolf books available, with much less stereotypical plots and characters. I got this as a freebie, so can't complain too much, but I'm glad I didn't pay for this book.