May 20, 2012

Review ~ The Moonstone Series by Merilee Brothers

The Unbidden Magic Series by Merilee Brothers

Review of the first 4 books of the Unbidden Magic series 
genre: YA paranormal/fantasy

Moonstone:  Book 1

MOONSTONE A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller Young Adult A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.

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Moon Rise: Book 2:
Her mom's still dating losers. Her boyfriend's gone back to Mexico. Dad still hasn't told his wife and kids that she exists. At school, the drama queens and bullies still rule. But worst of all for Allie Emerson--aka the Star Seeker of an old Gypsy prophecy--is that her powers have taken a hike. She can't read minds anymore. She can't move stuff just by looking at it. The other Star Seekers are counting on her psychic gifts more than ever, and the evil Tri-marks are closing in, eager to snatch her magic moonstone necklace while she's helpless. The hot new guy at school is ready and willing to fight her battles, but he comes with some wicked baggage. 

Dear Diary: I'm a little worried. My new BF is a demon. Welcome again to Allie Emerson's funny, scary, amazing, and always unpredictable life, as the girl voted least likely to save the world from evil.

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Moon Spun: Book 3
Junior's back from Mexico with his movie-star entourage. Beck's using his half-demon charms to "heal" a new girl. Mom's still wacky and now she's dating Principal Hostetler. High school is still an obstacle course of drama queens, bullies and nutjobs. The Trimarks are still a menace, and the moonstone pendant has revealed even more mind-boggling powers. 

In other words, Allie Emerson's life as the Girl Voted Least Likely To Save The World From Evil has gone from Weird to Super-Charged Super-Weird, and it's about to get even weirder. You're a faery princess. So says the mysterious Ryker, whose handsome talents include turning himself into a hawk. By the way, he and Allie are destined to marry. In faery land--Boundless. If they can save it from forces even more deadly than Trimarks and high school. The third book in the Unbidden Magic series plunges readers into a rich other-world of danger, humor, romance, fable, fairytale and magical destiny.

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Shadow Moon: Book 4
Allie Emerson is hoping for a few quiet months to catch her breath after a summer that included the discovery she is not only a twin and of faery blood, but also destined to play a pivotal role in faery world. School has barely begun when Allie must kiss her hope of a normal year goodbye.

She can't escape her unfinished business with the fae, the Trimarks, or Junior Alvarez, who is making it clear he plans to win her back. Signs, portents and whispers are pushing Allie to "find the girl" before it's too late. 

Hoping her twin can help her solve the riddle of their destiny, Allie uncovers old secrets and begins a cross-country journey that puts her in more danger than ever before. If she succeeds, she may just find the answers that can save everyone she loves

My Review:
The Moonstone series captured my interest from the first few lines.  I requested to review this series because the teasers/blurbs were so intriguing.  Allie is not a superhero, she is not a tall, slim, gorgeous girl who is popular.  She is a normal girl, with a not so average family who just tries to get through the day without doing something to make a fool of herself.  Allie's character is likable and relatable to teens, young adults and adults alike.  Although her family and school life is not that great, she is a determined, smart, hardworking girl with an inner strength only that a few close friends can see.
From book 1: Moonstone, through the series to book 4: Shadow Moon; Allie has unimaginable people, situations and circumstances thrown at her to try to destroy her emotionally and physically.  She finds and meets her father, some "good guys" and some "bad guys" and a few quirky ones too along the way; as well as a couple cute boyfriends who come and go for some reason, and a whole lot of trouble.
From ex-gang almost boyfriend, to half-demon kinda-sorta boyfriend, to mystical and magical moonstone, tri-marks and star-seekers, FBI, government dudes, a twin she never knew about, and alcoholic spaz mom, and several good friends, weird guys and more - this series will keep the reader enthralled with Allie's story.

The only part in this whole series that I have anything not positive to say is:  when Allie goes to help her grandmother in book 3, the whole part of her "helping" and everything that happens (so hard to explain without spoilers) didn't seem to flow as well as the rest of the series.  It was the most "fiction" and "fantasy" of everything that happens - a bit unbelievable even for all the paranormal and fantasy occuring.
My second less than believable portion is in book 4 when the "government" guys show up - the last couple of chapters go a little too quickly for me.  But I can see where the lead in for book 5 is.

Ok, enough about my little complaints -lol  Overall I would say this series is one I can see being a new favorite to many YA's!

Last thing I need to say ~  the series is not over!  Book 4 leaves the reader knowing that more is to come!  Now, I have to wait for the book 5 to come out to see what happens next. . .

. . .  Click Here for a teaser of book 5: Midnight Moon by Merilee Brothers!

warning:   I recommend this series for ages 15 and up.  Mention of adult situations, violence, fighting, paranormal, magic and more. . . 

*I received a copy of this series through Netgalley for this review.  All reviews are my personal and honest opinion.*


  1. This sounds like a book series I would be in to. I love a good fantasy read. I like that the main character isn't a supermodel either.

  2. This book series sounds really good I think I'm going to look into reading!

  3. Sounds like a good series for those into fantasy and paranormal. Great review!

  4. Sounds like a good book series for older teens.

  5. I can't wait to get a chance to read these. It's on my huge review list.

  6. Looks like a great series ... I'm going to have to check it out!!!

  7. I'm usually not too interested in this genre, but this one sounds pretty intriguing.


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