I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released: April 16th 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Published by Simon Pulse
“One of my favourite things about being a book blogger or indeed just an avid reader is when I discover books like this. Books I didn’t expect…Books that are now one of my favourite reads so far in 2019.”
~ Under the Covers
One of my favourite things about being a book blogger or indeed just an avid reader is when I discover books like this. Books I didn’t expect. Books that I would normally dismiss as being ‘not my thing’. Books that are now one of my favourite reads so far in 2019. It’s the most brilliant feeling, knowing that the chance that you took has paid off and not only do you have a new book to worship, but a new author to explore. As you can tell, I kind of liked this book.
I want to talk about why I would normally just dismiss this book without any further thought. It’s the genre. I don’t normally ‘do’ young adult. And when I do try young adult it certainly isn’t a contemporary romance. Teenage drama about love and sex? Count me out, I had enough of that when I actually was a teenager, I don’t want to relive it. But, I am hapless before a pretty cover so, Serious Moonlight ended up on my kindle despite my aforementioned objections to YA.
But dismissing Serious Moonlight as just a YA contemporary romance is too reductive and I am glad I picked it up. There was a lot of things packed into this book, yes romance, but also grief, family, found family and illness – both physical and mental. Then there was the added spice of some sleuthing. All blended together it created a compelling read that was difficult to put down. This was a cute romance disguising some surprising depth as the main characters of Birdie and Daniel deal with a number of issues, amongst them the budding of first love. It also had a cast of eccentric and interesting secondary characters that enrich the story, as well as adding some humour to it.
If, like me, you don’t usually venture into the YA genre I do recommend giving this book a try, it had a lot of heart and wasn’t the outpouring of teenage drama that I was expecting. If you are already a YA reader than you need to add this one to your TBR.
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