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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Excerpt ~ Black Moon by Jessica McQuay {Giveaway}



Black Moon 

by Jessica McQuay


Series: The Paige Taylor Series #1
Release Date: October 2012
Publisher: Cambridge Press
Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy

Black Moon (Paige Tailor Series, #1)

Synopsis


"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students?

 What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible.

A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers.  Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?



Excerpt

“Matt, Tommy, I am thrilled to know you are finding the reading so interesting that you’re discussing it amongst yourselves. Perhaps you’d like to share your findings with the rest of the class?”

“I seriously doubt Matt wants the class to know that he’s been cheating on his girlfriend Samantha by hooking up with Rachel.” 

Oh no. Oh no no no no no! How had I known THAT? And why, oh why, did it come from my mouth, out loud, to the entire class? 

I know how I knew. Matt’s voice was the one I’d heard earlier. How is that even possible? 

I didn’t have time to contemplate; I had a classroom full of people wondering the exact same thing judging by the looks on some of their faces. 

“How did you know that, Tailor?” 

I swung around and found myself face to face with Matt. I didn’t know if the surprise had time to register on my face before he was leaning down into it, his voice a controlled whisper. “If I find out that you’ve been spying on me, you little nobody, you will wish you never let my name touch your lips.” 

The hairs on my neck and arms came to life, and chills pricked along my skin. I couldn’t look away from his eyes. They’d gone black as night with the exception of the pupils which were blazing gold. My tongue wouldn’t move my mouth was so dry. I couldn’t fi nd my voice and I was starting to shiver just as Mr. O stepped between us. 

“Matthew, get back to your seat.”

Paperback Princess Review

Paige's world changed as she knew it, all in one day! Starting with strange lighting that seems to come out of her hand, followed by hearing classmates whispered conversation all the way from the other side of the class room, to finding a classmate ready to attack her in her own lounge room...it's fair to say it's not her ordinary school day. Her eventful day ends with an even bigger surprise when her Mother tells her a story that only comes out of fairytales, her family history! Paige must now try to digest her new life, battle through her emotions, undergo physical changes all the while watching out for weres that seem to be stalking her.

Black Moon by Jessica McQuay is the first book in the Paige Tailor series. It's a YA paranormal novel that revolves around faeries. There are heaps of other creatures mentioned and I really enjoyed the book from the time Paige and her Mother travels to Verulean, where her Mother was born, and this, for me, is where the story really begins.

The beginning of the story was slightly slow and uneventful for me as there was so many things happening that I just didn't know why they were happening. Some parts of the book I found choppy, but I'm sure McQuay will elaborate in the next books in the series. I have found some first books in a series to be like this, only for the following books to be brilliant so I won't pre-judge as most books are just introductions to the series.

Black Moon is still a fascinating and amusing read. It's quite action-packed, and I'm sure that McQuay intended for it to be a bit suspenseful and for readers to be awed as they enter a new world. The character development were fair and you can tell that there are more to them that will be revealed soon as there was a lot of questions in my mind after I finished Black Moon. However, the plot is original and concept is inventive, I only wish that it was explained more thoroughly. I will still be reading the following books in the series.



About The Author

Jessica McQuay





There were only three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words. Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, goldfish named Sparkle and her cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band or dancing like there is no tomorrow at Zumba.

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