Book: Moonlight DancerAuthor: Deb Atwoods
Page Numbers: 283 pages
Publication date: August 13th, 2012
** Disclaimer: I was privileged to receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My review is not biased and it is written as my personal opinion**
This was truly a very intriguing book and something entirely different than what I have read before. Not only is the essence of the story so captivating, but also the entire contents including the characters, the writing style, and the vast amount history put in to this book, so very fascinating! The story goes into so much thoughtful detail and there is no end to the unpredictable happenings throughout, that as a reader you don't have one moment to be bored. I never knew what would happen next and this really kept my interest and curiosity at a peak throughout the entire book!
The characters were enjoyable to follow throughout. The main character, Kendra is primarily known to be a strong young Korean woman, who normally does not falter, let men hinder her in any way, or physically does not seem bothered by what others think. You would at first sight (or should I say at first 'read') perceive that she is throughout emotionally and physically grounded. This however changes drastically when she purchases a very expensive Korean doll which encases an ancient Korean ghost that slowly changes and possesses her life.
The characters surrounding Kendra were sincere, however sometimes I felt that not all the relationships she shared with other characters were put into much detail or depth as the relationship she had with Hiro, her lover. The connection between Kendra and Hiro was realistic to me as in how there was no 'love at first sight' and that it had its genuine ups and downs as usual relationship do. However I could not fathom how Hiro had developed (so instantly) a deep passion for Kendra that he would literally leap head over heals to make sure that she is safe and well treated.
I almost wished that Kendra's relationship with Hunter, her housemate, was more developed and pressed on more to really create a stronger 'love triangle'. But this was unfortunately for me not too much explored throughout the story. This is a downside for me, as you readers know by now how much I adore love triangles, but my downside could be strong positive for another depending on their preference in the existence of love triangles ;)
I want to emphasize on the doll and what kind of impact it had on me as a reader. Mrs. Atwood is so good at describing the doll's appearance, its effects on Kendra, and what it represents in totality, that the ghost within the doll truly frightened me and tugged at all my emotions. The doll physically is only a doll, but slowly throughout the story you realize there is much more beyond is physicality. I love how the doll was the instigator of the connection between Kendra and Hiro. Their relationship only grew stronger through the experiences they had with the doll.
The way Mrs. Atwood pulled the reader into the past of the Doll's ghost was very unique. I found it so creative how physically Kendra stayed in the present, but was pulled during her sleep, drugging, or other ways, into the 16th-Century in Korean history. You can really tell that Mrs. Atwood dug up a lot of dusty books and sought out for loads of expertise on Korean history to create such a in-depth and realistic portrayal of how times were back in that century. Due to my childhood friend who was from South Korea, I have always been very curious about their history and this book exceedingly fed that curiosity well.
I most definitely recommend this book to readers who love a bone thrilling story which is oh-so-much-more than just your usual ghost story. The present and past are so symbolically mingled together that it makes this book different than your every other paranormal, historical romance, and action packed book.
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