Review: Perigee Moon by Tara A. Fuller
After the tragic death of her mother, 17 year old Rowan Bliss moves to Massachusetts to live with her grandparents, hoping to start over. Once there she meets Alex, a mysterious witch who’s keeping more than a few dangerous secrets. And that’s not the worst of it – Alex is destined to die. Rowan will do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening, which means she’ll have to discover the truth about her past and open herself up to the power she has within. But is it even possible to fight fate…and win? Perigee Moon is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
- Title: Perigee Moon
- Series: n/a
- Author: Tara A. Fuller
- Prominent Characters: Rowan, Alex
- Recommended Reader Age: 14+
- Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
- Sexual Content Level: A little, nothing too explicit
Nothing has been the same for Rowan after losing her mom to a terrible fire. Life is bleak, empty, and dull. Her relationship with her father is strained and awkward, so she decides to move to Ipswich, Massachusetts to stay with her grandparents. It’s not long before she meets Alex, a boy who Rowan has an instant connection with. For the first time since her mother’s death, Rowan feels alive, and it’s because of him. As she spends more time with Alex, Rowan’s feelings grow stronger and more powerful; however… she knows he’s keeping things from her. He’s reluctant to talk about his family and his past, but eventually the secrets begin to unfold and Rowan learns of two shocking revelations; first, Alex is a witch, and second…there’s a prophecy that says Alex is doomed to die. Rowan refuses to lose another person she loves, though, and is determined to stop the prophecy from coming true.
Perigee Moon was a romantic story full of mystery, magic, and even time-travel. The book revolves around Rowan and Alex’s relationship and Rowan’s quest to find out who she really is. I really liked Rowan as a character, and I easily connected with her. You can actually feel her pain every time she thinks or talks about her mother, or whenever she and her father interact. And when you find out what went down after her mom’s death, it emphasizes just how broken she was. Her powers were interesting, too, especially her ability to feel other peoples’ emotions. I wish that Rowan’s father had been in the book a bit more, though. I know that he avoids her because of the events that occurred before the book picks up, but I would have liked to hear more from him.
And now, on to Alex. He was a sweet guy, yet also had this bad boy aura. He was protective, charming, and passionate. He’s one of those guys who loves with every fiber of his being, and he was utterly devoted to Rowan. I like that Tara Fuller gave us some small glimpses into his inner thoughts through journal entries at the beginning of each chapter. It was nice to see what was going through his head as the book progressed. His relationship with Rowan was beautiful, though they did fall in love rather fast. What they had was more than just an instant connection, it was more like they belonged to each completely other upon meeting.
Generally, I’m not usually into books about witches and witchcraft, but I found myself intrigued by the story and the world Tara Fuller created. There was also a cool twist in the book that I didn’t see coming, which was great since I love unexpected turns and plot twists. Fuller sucessfully managed to incorporate time travel into the novel, too, which I know isn’t an easy thing. Time travel is tricky, and an author needs to make sure it makes sense so the reader can understand how it works in whatever world they’re reading about. Fortunately, Tara pulled it off.
I want my own Alex…*pouts*
“And what do you feel from me?” he said, his voice husky now. In that moment the wall between us dissolved like a vapor and everything in Alex was spilling into me.
“What do you feel?” he asked again.
Without thinking I uttered the first word that entered my mind. The only word that fit what I was feeling from him.
“Forever. It all just feels like what forever should feel like.”
Heh. At least he admits it.
“Don’t worry. I’ll meet you back here tonight. Then we can talk.”
I bit my lip to keep from smiling like too big of a dork. It broke through anyway.
“That is if you can keep from distracting me next time.”
“Hey, I have no control over your weak teenage hormones,” I said.
“No, but you do have control over your attire,” he said as he ran his fingers down my shoulder. I shivered.
“You know, most boys wouldn’t complain about seeing their girlfriends in a towel.”
He threw his head back and laughed. “Trust me. I’m not complaining. Just don’t expect me to be able to form rational thoughts if you insist on parading around like that.”
If you liked Perigee Moon…
You might also like Die For Me by Amy Plum. It’s a YA book about a girl who moves to Paris after losing her parents to a car accident, which is similar to Rowan’s situation. I also think Alex and Vincent are alot alike, in that they’re both sweet, and old-fashioned, too. Plus, they both like to keep their secrets. They’re both very mysterious characters.
I also recommend Book of Shadows (Sweep/Wicca book 1) by Cate Tiernan. This series also focuses on witchcraft and is YA.
Perigee Moon was an entertaining read with compelling and likable characters. The romance was great, and there were several hot (for YA) scenes, which was a pleasant surprise. If you’re a fan of novels about witches, you should definitely check this book out! I’m crossing my fingers Tara Fuller will write a sequel.
Rating: Perigee Moon