Hello again! Thanks to HMH for the review copy! This in no way affects my opinion or review. The girls who escape into the forbidden woods do it for one reason: freedom. But Marni has never heeded the voices that call to her from among the trees, the ones that lured her mother away so many years ago. Marni is the rightful heir to the throne, though she lives in exile, growing flowers for the court. While it isn’t the life of a princess, at least she’s been safe—until now.
Marni is not a little girl anymore. People are starting to notice her, and the voices in the woods have grown too loud to ignore. When the trees themselves begin to move in on the kingdom, Marni knows she must make a choice. She could claim her birthright as princess of a realm whose ruthless king wants her dead. Or she could make a life with the father she has never known: the wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her. Another five-star read! There is a feeling you get after finishing a really good book it fills you up inside until you feel as if you just might just burst. A Creature of Moonlight is one of those books. In one word, this book is beautiful. Hahn’s writing is thoughtful and full of emotion. Plus can we take a minute to appreciate the cover? *gazes at cover*. It’s gorgeous.
Okay, now that I’ve got my gushing out of the way, let’s try to write a more helpful review. But it’s very hard to write a helpful review of a perfect book.
Soooo… characters. They are the definition of Amazing. They are relatable but they are interesting people too, someone you wish you could know in real life. No one is purely good or wicked and nothing is black or white. Hahn’s character’s come alive in these shades of grey: sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re bad; sometimes they do the right thing and sometimes they don’t; sometimes they love chocolate and sometimes they hate it (how?).
But wait! There is more. A Creature of Moonlight is NOT based around a romantic relationship. Such a concept! Rebecca Hahn is a genius! Okay, sure, there is Marni’s maybe-romance with Lord Edgar, but it definitely isn’t the main focus of the story. Marni is an intelligent girl and she is not about to let some man take over her life. Girl power! Edgar is not exactly Prince Charming, either. He’s ruthless, power-hungry and… kind? I love a complicated character. Marni’s struggles with staying true to herself, but also wanting to fit in are relatable, even if you do not live in her world. A Creature of Moonlight is an amazing book, and it is one that I am happy to give 5 stars. I’d recommend it to fans of fantasy and magic, particularly those entering their teens. A Creature of Moonlight is a thoughtful and charming read debut.