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Review – Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer

Review – Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn ArcherValley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer
Published by Bronarch Books on April 13th 2016
Genres: Mystery, YA
Pages: 282

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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There’s just one semester left at the Briar School for Girls in Sonoma, CA. But it will take more than straight As for Lana Goodwin to survive . . .
***Senior year is not going well for 17-year-old Lana Goodwin. Her father’s vintage car business is about to crash and burn, the nicest (and cutest) teacher at school was fired under a cloud of scandal, and her hot sort-of boyfriend may or may not have something big to hide.
She’s also totally over being the class pauper. It’s bad enough her dad was briefly married to the head of the board—the rich, cruel, impeccably groomed Ramona Crawford. What’s worse is going to school with her vindictive ex-stepsister, who never misses an opportunity to make her life hell. Not ever.
It also happens to be the tenth anniversary of her mother’s suicide. No one knows why Annie Goodwin jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge the day after Christmas. She didn’t leave a note. She wasn’t sick. Even Lana’s father can’t explain it. Ten years later, someone—or something—starts sending her clues about her mother’s past.
Before Lana can escape to college, she finds herself in a life-or-death race to uncover her mother’s long-buried secrets.
Can she claim her birthright before her future and her life are snatched away?
Valley of the Moon is a modern-day fairy tale with some intense themes.
A contemporary YA romantic mystery for ages 16 and up.

Lana is counting down the day until graduation. Not much is going for her. Her family is poor. She works as much as she can to figure out how she will pay for her  college. One of the rare moments of having fun she meets Caleb who seems great and is a pleasant addition to her life. Strange things start happening. Weird men start associating with her dad which seems bad news. These men seem intent on getting Lana as part of it. As things start to escalate Lana finds out that thing she believed about her life might be different. She finds out her mother had a different name, and somehow all of the craziness ties into that somehow. Will she figure it out before she or someone she cares about gets hurt?

In an Oyster Shell –  A very riveting tale that will keep you reading just to unravel the mystery. There are some intense scenes in this book and would not recommend it to younger readers.

The Pearls – The title encompasses the story well. They live in a valley that is thought to cradle the moon. There were a lot of metaphors to the moon and it was nice and gave a unique edge to this story.

I really liked the heroine. She was smart, hardworking, yet open to more. She stays focused but allows herself to be curious. She is very aware which helps the story take on some of the paranormal elements that it does. Lana makes this story work because she is in it going through it. This book as many supporting characters but Lana is the star and makes me want to keep on reading just to see where she ends up.

I don’t often comment about the mystery of the book but this one warrants it. The mystery in this story is a tangible element. In this story, there almost seems to be a few mysteries but in the end, they seem interconnected.  By the end of the book some mysteries are cleared but the one that kept you going through the book was not. Yet, be of good cheer – Book two is on it’s way!

The Sand –  The pacing could be awkward at times. There was some tough subject matter in this book which I think was handled really well but need to be mentioned.  The end was clear but you are left with a lot of question. In the end, this was a good book but it lacked sustenance for me somehow.

3.5 Stars

About Bronwyn Archer

Bronwyn Archer is a young-adult author, digital media copywriter, and mother to several children, last time she counted.

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