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Early Book Review: Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves #1) by Jan DeLima

 

 
Overview
 

Author: Jan DeLima
 
Title: Celtic Moon
 
Series: Celtic Wolves
 
Book #: 1
 
Genre(s): Paranormal romance
 
Release date: September 24, 2013
 
Publisher: Ace
 
Length: 304 pages
 
Heat level: Moderate
 
Review copy provided by: Author in exchange for honest review. No additional compensation received, requested, or offered.
 
Reviewer recap: Sophie Thibodeaux has been on the run for 15 years, hiding her son from the father who was so dominating and controlling that she ran away when she was still pregnant. Joshua has inherited more than his father's good looks though, and Sophie once again returns to Dylan's village so he can help his son control the wolf inside. War is coming and Dylan's home and people are no longer safe; he must find a way to protect what matters to him must without driving them away with his wolf's need to overprotect. Sophie has become stronger in her years away from him and help comes from an unlikely source as their son comes of age in a tumultuous time of change.
 
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Writing style & finesse
9.0


 
Originality
9.0


 
World-building
9.2


 
Character development
8.9


 
Likeable/relatable characters
9.0


 
Plot tension
8.8


 
Flow & pacing
8.7


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
8.9


 
Total Score
8.9
8.9/ 10


User Rating
146 total ratings

 

Positives


Original and compelling, Celtic Moon is a shifter story that stands out from the crowd!

Negatives


Slight lag in pacing just past the halfway mark.


Bottom Line

This story continually adapts to the events of the overarching plot, a butterfly effect leaving behind new growths of budding storylines and future possibilities. The pace lags a little between the 50 and 80 percent marks, but comes crashing back with a creatively gruesome (in a great way, don’t worry!) ending and a neat segue into what will likely be the next two books. If you’re a fan of shifter stories and have been looking for your next “must read”, look no further than Celtic Moon! With respectably original creativity and a satisfying blend of lore and powerful personalities, the Celtic Wolves series is off to a fantastic start.

4
Posted September 11, 2013 by

 
Full Review
 
 

*** This review is spoiler-free! Read on with confidence! ***

My very first impression from the start of this book was that this was going to be an exciting, high quality story and with every page turned, that was proven as fact. Ms DeLima’s style is lyrical and flowing with strong elements of character development and skillfully unraveling history and plotlines, with that extra je nais se quoi that makes some stories so compelling. I was immediately taken by Dylan’s dominance, power, and restraint and conversely, with Sophie’s determination, cleverness, and sheer bravery. Joshua, their son, is immediately likable and someone I’d have love to have spent time mooning over as a teenager.

Celtic Moon is a unique blend of shifter lore, Arthurian legend, and ancient Celtic myth. The Celtic Wolves series is one of the more original and compelling story universes I’ve read in the paranormal romance genre, and the plot unfolds with dignity and intense loyalty. In a space so crowded with copycat shifter fiction, Ms. DeLima has crafted a community that feels like home yet still challenges and motivates its characters.

Memorable Quotes

And so it begins…

Another war was inevitable.
The Katahdin territory, his territory, had remained spoiled over the years by human progress – due to his calculated precautions. Nature thrived in untouched glory, raw and powerful, a precious achievement during these modern times.
An achievement his enemies coveted.

Fear and love are powerful motivators. Fear FOR your loved ones is the ultimate…

Within a month she could load bullets in the dark, because she practiced every night. Within six months, as long as the target was in range of her vision, moving or stationary, it didn’t matter, she never missed her shot. Never.

I’m not sure if that’s a threat or an invitation…

“Sophie…” His knuckles turned white around the doorknob, and the wooden door gave a groan as if too much pressure had been applied. He released his hand and stepped into the hallway. “This room is yours,” he said through the open doorway, putting space between them. “I want you to feel safe here. I’ll not disturb you or come to you at night. But you need to remember that I’ve been sixteen years without my mate. I’ll do my best to keep my distance until you’re ready to accept me.” His voice took on a sensual timber, full of dark promise. “However, the next time you stare at my mouth as you’ve just done… I will use it upon you.”

Okay, this is definitely an invitation…

“Why must you always assume something is wrong? I was just inquiring about my son.”
Taken aback, Sophie tilted her head toward Tucker. “Oh, I don’t know… maybe because I never know what to expect when I’m around you.”
“Maybe you should be around me more often then,” he replied with sexual undertones that set her cheeks aflame.

You may also like…

If you like the isolated community feel of Celtic Moon, you might enjoy Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Vampires series, where a scathe of vamps provides protection for a small town and the humans that live there in exchange for plague-free blood and a content life.  You can read more about the series in an interview with one of the characters here or you can check our our review of the first book, Redemption (one of our September 2012 Reviewer Top Picks), here.

If strong personalities, creative storytelling, and unique, unexpected plot turns are what turn your head, you may like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters series, full of meddling demi-gods and powerful warriors protecting their own and the blissfully unaware humans they walk among.  Check out Night Pleasures, the first book in the series (arguably the second, as some people consider Fantasy Lover as the first story, and be prepared to give these immortal warriors a piece of your heart!

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


4 Comments


  1.  

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It is so surreal for me to see quotes from my book posted live.
    Best wishes,
    Jan




  2.  

    DeLima combines two of my favourite things in this book: werewolves and Celtic mythology! Great review, now I have to write mine. LOL





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