Leopard Moon, Jackal Moon, & Hyena Moon by Jeanette Battista
My Rating for Each Book: 3 of 5 Stars
Thought these three books could easily be combined into one review, so here it is. This is another Young Adult urban fantasy series, but the first three books are better than many, so they are worth a look if you like this sort of thing. I do, so I enjoyed all three books more than I expected to. I couldn’t find a good image of Jackal Moon, but we’ll go with what we’ve got. Let’s take them one at a time.
This little book turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. I wouldn’t rank it with my all time favorite Young Adult Urban Fantasy, but I WAS engrossed, and I found the characters likable and pleasantly interesting. (With the obvious exception of the Villain of the piece, who is disgusting in his twisted perversion.) Liking the characters is hugely important to me in a book, and in this case, it was enough to keep me reading until the end. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Kess and Cormac, and thought the beginning of their budding romance was done in a believable way. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes.
Book #2 in the Moon series is equal to the first book, if not even a bit stronger. At first, I was a bit disappointed to not be following along with Kess and Cormac, but I soon became interested in the Jackals and their place in this story’s mythology, so I began to enjoy the changing POV’s. I can’t say I like the character of Laila, as she is NOT an endearing sort of gal, but she was interesting, and has the potential to become a major power player as the tale progresses.
Again, I’m not RAVING about the series, yet, but it is definitely growing on me, and I do plan to read the 3rd book, Hyena Moon. Not since Kate Daniel’s Magic series have I encountered were hyenas, and these are notably nasty, for the most part. I’m looking forward to learning more about their female dominated culture, brutal and cruel as it is. And were jackals? Who knew?
This series, overall, has been surprisingly entertaining to me. The characters are so likable that each book has pulled me in and kept me interested in finding out what will happen to each of them. I think the world building is fun, too, and really enjoyed the creepy little were hyena tribe.
The young hyena, Rafe, is a favorite of mine. I felt his socially misfit and confused character to be nicely written and completely sympathetic. Lenore, on the other hand, is mostly annoying and bratty, but then that’s not an uncommon condition for young teenage girls who think they know more than anyone else and figure they should be entitled to do as they please. Hopefully, as the series continues, we will see her become a lot more mature, and worthy of Rafe’s devotion. She has all the right building blocks, and they could make a very strong and effective young couple.
Finn is always amusing, though I’m still not sold on Laila as girlfriend material. She does show signs of becoming such, and watching their relationship develop will prove interesting. Still pondering the existence of were jackals. Love the idea.
Mac & Kess are a lovely couple, even when showing signs of extreme relationship stresses. No, I wasn’t thrilled with the way things ended between them this time around, but I’m convinced that the next book will see some of their problems being resolved. They are obviously meant for each other, so I can’t imagine any other outcome.
After a glut of heavily dramatic and probably over-done entries in the field, this series feels a bit like Urban Fantasy Lite to me, but that doesn’t make it any less tasty. Sometimes I find myself craving a snack, rather than a full meal. This fills the bill.
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