Saturday, June 2, 2012
Review: Lunatic Fringe
Lunatic Fringe by Allison Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal/Werewolf (Lesbian) Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Werewolves are back. Lexie Clarion is nervous about college. She's plagued with beastly visions, local werewolf attacks are on the rise, and she really wants to kiss a girl. And classes haven't even started yet.
Things start looking up when she meets the Pack, a group of radical women who have their own methods for handling the werewolf menace. Fascinated by their politics, intimacy, and general bad-assery, Lexie's sure she wants to join them, until an accident brings a captivating stranger into her life: Archer, a rugged woman with heterochromatic eyes and a dark secret. The Pack will go to brutal lengths to win Lexie's favor, but they underestimate Archer's love. As Archer and the Pack battle for Lexie's allegiance, the waxing moon illuminates old hatreds, new enemies, and a secret from Lexie's childhood that will change her life forever. New author Allison Moon indulges the feminine wild by giving the classic werewolf myth a feminist lesbian twist.
My Thoughts: Reading this book made me long for those crazy, hazy days of college. I would have loved to have hooked up with a group like the Pack.
Talking technically, the book is quite well done – oh, there are some editing issues, as well as a huge section that is repeated, but overall it is well written. The characters are wonderful, each delineated carefully and given a unique voice. I really enjoyed the character interactions. The book has a lot of layers – a coming-of-age story, a story about growing up vs. growing old, gender inequality and gender dynamics – and it obviously took a great deal of skill to balance everything and avoid heavy-handedness, which the author did beautifully. For some reason I had expected this to be more light-hearted, which is definitely is not; but I was not disappointed in what I read. I highly recommend this for anyone who might find the topic of interest.
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