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Jul 5, 2012

"...Average YA novel with an average plot..."

Leopard MoonLeopard Moon by Jeanette Battista

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own.

As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess' relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

When the moon rises, the hunt is on…




Leopard Moon was an average YA novel with an average plot and just average characters, except for one character in particular. The writing was simple and unexaggerated and the storyline was less than thrilling. That said, I made it to the end of the book and that should count for something.

Kess, the main character, sometimes made me want to throw up. She was so self-pitying sometimes and the fact that she hated herself and stated so several times throughout the book almost made me want to throw my eReader at the wall. I despise weak female characters. Yes, females have actual emotions which is what makes us different from the male species. But when it comes in the form of a whiny teenager who just wants to be left alone so she can make out with her werewolf boyfriend in peace, I simply can’t deal.


**SPOILER** On the flip side, she had a good reason to be a little whiny. Sekhmet, her brother, is a sick, sadistic son of a bitch and was the only reason I made it through the book. I loved Sekhmet, despite the fact that he wanted to mate with his sister to keep their clan of wereleopards from extinction and keep the line pure-blooded. SICK, but I found myself more intrigued with this disgusting individual than the main character and I have a problem with that.

Other just okay characters were Cormac (the werewolf boyfriend) who was sweet but boring as hell (I like bad boys, can you tell?), the wolf Alpha, Alaric (Cormac’s father), and basically everyone else in the book. BORING. But it is nice to read a book where every single character isn’t a jackass, however, jackasses make for better reading. Let’s be honest.

Overall, this book was half Harlequin romance, half when-animals-attack. Not the best combination, but not the worst. However, I probably won’t read the rest of the series because I don’t care enough about the characters to find out what happens to them. My theory proven once again: If readers dislike your characters, they will dislike your book.

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